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Ryobi R48110 Electric Riding Lawn Mower Review

There is a curiosity within the mower aisle of the neighborhood Home Depot that appears like a mash-up of a dune buggy and an all-terrain vehicle. The mower stands out in the rows of gas riding mowers not simply for what it is lacking-an engine as well as a gas tank-but for what it has: a trio of high-powered batteries. Then there’s the USB port to charge your smartphone whilst you cut grass using the Ryobi R48110 electric riding lawn mower.

You’ll notice the price, also. At $2,500, the Ryobi costs as a lot as some of the higher-end riding tractors, and is $1,000 to $1,500 more than most rear-engine riders of a similar size. But before you create off the mower as a high-priced electric novelty, you should know that in Consumer Reports' tests, it performed on par with some impressive gas models.
Ryobi R48110

Initial Impressions

With a 38-inch-wide cutting deck, Ryobi’s R48110 riding mower straddles the line amongst a small rear-engine rider, the majority of which have 30-inch decks, along with a standard full-sized tractor, most of which usually feature decks which are 42 to 48 inches or wider. By splitting the distinction, the Ryobi R48110 positions itself as a viable choice for people with ½ acre of grass to cut.
The steel frame is lime green accented in black, and also the 75Ah, or amp hour, batteries are housed beneath a comfy, high-back seat. And with its trim design, it won't take up much space in your garage.

Ride and Cut Quality

Operating this electric riding lawn mower requires some obtaining utilized to, specifically if you are accustomed to the throaty roar of a gas-powered tractor. When the blades aren’t engaged, the Ryobi is silent. Significantly like starting a hybrid car for the initial time, you will query whether or not it's running.

However the quietness is actually a definite plus because you are able to safely use the Ryobi without hearing protection, and also you don’t must worry about disturbing the neighbors when cutting close to the home line.

The gas pedal is on the punchy side, and because you do not get much audible feedback, it’s easy to mash down on the pedal and all of a sudden take off rather than ease into acceleration as you would when driving a golf cart.

As soon as you get going, the Ryobi electric riding lawn mower is genuinely enjoyable to drive. It has a lot of pep, maxing out at eight mph, while most rear-engine riders top out at 4 to five mph. Nimble and sporty with a tight turning radius, it earned strong marks in our handling tests.

As for cutting, it edges out all of the gas rear-engine riders in our tests, providing an even, uniform cut regardless of whether you mulch, bag, or side discharge your clippings.

Who's It For

The Ryobi R48110 electric riding lawn mower appears squarely aimed at two sets of homeowners: those that are skittish about buying a 1st riding tractor and individuals who have grown tired on the gas and engine maintenance their traditional riders call for. It is a good bet for either. And unlike gas mowers, it produces no pollutants. See also Ryobi RLM4617SME Lawn Mower Review

The Ryobi will give you about 2 hours of cutting time, sufficient to cover as much as 2 acres. If your yard is larger, you could wish to turn to a zero-turn-radius rider, which may be each and every bit as fun to operate and usually costs less.