Over the past few weeks, my Tuesdays with Topher posts have focused on how to get started blogging. We’ve discussed picking your site name, buying the domain, picking a platform, choosing and theme, and last week we discussed how to pimp your site using plugins.
This week (just in time for Father’s Day), we’re going in a completely different direction.
Late last year, Ryobi sent Shanna a battery-powered lawn mower to try out. It arrived in December, and it killed me waiting until Spring to see how it would do tackling the yard.
I’ll be the first to admit I’m not too handy when it comes to engines, and my old lawn mower has struggled to make it to 10 years, so when the opportunity arose to try out a mower that doesn’t have an engine, doesn’t need gas, doesn’t leak oil, doesn’t smoke when it starts, doesn’t die for no obvious reason, doesn’t chew through spark plugs, and doesn’t need 20 cranks to start … well … excited is a bit of an understatement.
I cover most of the features in the video below, but basically, I love this thing.
Here’s a breakdown:
- Comes with 2 40-volt Lithium-Ion batteries and a charger
- When they run out, it just stops … there’s no slow down as the battery slowly drains. It’s go and then stop and switch.
- Each battery lasts about 40 minutes and takes about 90 minutes to charge.
- Usable with other Ryobi 40-volt tools (like chainsaws and leaf blowers)
- 20-inch cutting deck
- Easily adjustable deck height, from 1.25″ to 3.75″
- Lightweight and compact for easy storage – and clamping handles for easy fold-down
- Push-button start
- Mulches or bags the clippings
The only thing I think I would improve would be its mulching (which is just OK), but that’s minor compared to everything I’ve gained switching to battery power: being able to push a button and have it start every time; listening to how quiet it is while its running (so I can mow early without waking-up the neighbors); light-weight enough that I can store it on a shelf during winter; and long-term reliability since there are fewer moving parts.
All in all, this Ryobi Cordless Mower is pretty great, and I’m extremely pleased with it.
Check out the video review down below. It’s my first one, so no judging!
Thanks for stopping by!
Although Ryobi was gracious enough to send us this sweet lawn mower, the comments and opinions in this review are entirely my own.
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