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23 hours ago, mdmost said:

Thanks for the tip. I looked around on there and got a new Ryobi 40v dual battery self propelled for $330 shipped. Same unit goes for closer to $500 at Home Depot. I like the idea of being able to interchange with other Ryobi tools like cordless drills. Not sure how long it might take to ship but hopefully not too long. The yard is getting a little tall.

This is a bizarre price and I’m filing it under “ if it sounds too good to be true”.  Supposedly not refurbished.
 

https://www.vardon.shop/product/blackfriday-ryobi-21-in-40-volt-lithium-ion-brushless-cordless-walk-behind-self-propelled-mower-with-7-5-ah-battery-charger-included/

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15 hours ago, Nueces River Rat said:

So how well do these thing cut through St Augustine/ Floratam grass .   And I'm  talking about thick shit after a good rain.

I run mine over tree limbs and everything else.  St. Augustine isn't any trouble.  If it's super wet, it might clump up in the grass exhaust, but that's not a function of power.

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that vardon.shop link looks like one of those scammy websites that advertise on facebook. 

 

i've never mowed a lawn before but just bought this ryobi 40v from direct tools outlet.  this is a legit vendor, i've bought well over a dozen ryobi tools from them.  they don't publicize it but i think they're ryobi's official/unofficial outlet for retail.  it was $299 but looks like they're out.  i'll repost if they come back in stock.

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4 hours ago, dcbc said:

I run mine over tree limbs and everything else.  St. Augustine isn't any trouble.  If it's super wet, it might clump up in the grass exhaust, but that's not a function of power.

That's good to know. I guess if they are using batteries in Zero Turns now, that's a good indication they have the power to do heavy duty stuff.

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18 hours ago, Judge Roybeanbag said:

This is a bizarre price and I’m filing it under “ if it sounds too good to be true”.  Supposedly not refurbished.
 

https://www.vardon.shop/product/blackfriday-ryobi-21-in-40-volt-lithium-ion-brushless-cordless-walk-behind-self-propelled-mower-with-7-5-ah-battery-charger-included/

Lol... yeah "Happy New Year" banner... the battery alone is worth $200+ new / $150+ refurbed

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that vardon.shop link looks like one of those scammy websites that advertise on facebook. 
 
i've never mowed a lawn before but just bought this ryobi 40v from direct tools outlet.  this is a legit vendor, i've bought well over a dozen ryobi tools from them.  they don't publicize it but i think they're ryobi's official/unofficial outlet for retail.  it was $299 but looks like they're out.  i'll repost if they come back in stock.

Yep, a scam site. Only Home Depot and Direct Tools Outlet, for open box and refurbs, are authorized retailers.
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19 hours ago, Nueces River Rat said:

That's good to know. I guess if they are using batteries in Zero Turns now, that's a good indication they have the power to do heavy duty stuff.

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Ryobi arrived today. Charged up both batteries. Did a couple passes on the front with the side discharge installed so it wouldn't clog the main cutting area. It worked great. I got through the backyard and was doing some touch ups when the first battery was depleted. Switched over the key to the other side and went back to work. 2nd battery shows 3 bars still. I think I'm going to like this new mower. 

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My BIL who has a place next door is looking at this. We’re on a lake and he has 3 lots. I have trouble getting my head around 5k for an electric mower but I guess this thread suggests they are good.
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On 5/9/2022 at 6:09 PM, Judge Roybeanbag said:

This is a bizarre price and I’m filing it under “ if it sounds too good to be true”.  Supposedly not refurbished.
 

https://www.vardon.shop/product/blackfriday-ryobi-21-in-40-volt-lithium-ion-brushless-cordless-walk-behind-self-propelled-mower-with-7-5-ah-battery-charger-included/

and it's now 98 bucks..  Very suspicious

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1 hour ago, dlatin said:


My BIL who has a place next door is looking at this. We’re on a lake and he has 3 lots. I have trouble getting my head around 5k for an electric mower but I guess this thread suggests they are good.

I've had my walk behind for probably eight years or so.  Other than replacing the battery at 5 years (about $100 at the time), it's been bulletproof.  I have no idea about the riding mowers, but they have pro series equipment and I've seen at least one lawn service locally with all E-Go gear.

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I may be changing my review of the E-Go. Bought it last summer and used it maybe a half dozen times. No complaints.

Used it for the first time two weeks ago and the 7.5AH battery didn’t finish my backyard before dying. My backyard takes a total of maybe 20 minutes to mow.

I read online that someone said if you don’t use the battery for 30 days it goes into storage mode and keeps a 30% charge while on the charger. Okay, I guess that explains it.

I mow this morning, two weeks later, and I barely finish the backyard before it dies. I charge it for four hours to 100% according to the charger and it barely finished my front yard, another 20 minute mow.

I don’t know if I got a dud or this is normal but out of the box I could mow for 40 minutes in less than half a charge and a year later I get 20-25 minutes out of it.

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I do store my batteries indoors.

The only time they are out in the heat is when I'm actually doing the yardwork.  The warnings about heat and whatnot made me leery, so possibly overkill.

Never have had a charging issue, and I am in the 3rd season with 3 of them.

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16 minutes ago, slorch said:

I do store my batteries indoors.

The only time they are out in the heat is when I'm actually doing the yardwork.  The warnings about heat and whatnot made me leery, so possibly overkill.

Never have had a charging issue, and I am in the 3rd season with 3 of them.

Yup. All batteries stored inside. 

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and it might not be the heat for sure.  Could be some fucked up battery memory or whatever like you also described.  I just read that shit when I first got mine and I was like,  " Most expensive part of the equipment? Sensitive to heat and I live in Texas?  Welp, I have a place for those in the house!"

Little bit annoying at first,  but good explanation of possible issue:

But here's this ringing endorsement of their E-Go  tools, but HATES the batteries.

 

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For the electric mowers out there - do the decks hold up well? They all seem to be made of plastic (at least on the EGO models). The metal deck on my 5-year old gas Honda looks like the shield of Leonidas. I can't help but think if it were plastic it would be completely busted all to hell at this point.

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20 minutes ago, smuggs said:

For the electric mowers out there - do the decks hold up well? They all seem to be made of plastic (at least on the EGO models). The metal deck on my 5-year old gas Honda looks like the shield of Leonidas. I can't help but think if it were plastic it would be completely busted all to hell at this point.

That's why you trim first...LOL.

(but not LOL)

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On 5/14/2022 at 9:09 AM, dlatin said:


My BIL who has a place next door is looking at this. We’re on a lake and he has 3 lots. I have trouble getting my head around 5k for an electric mower but I guess this thread suggests they are good.

plus 6 of their biggest batteries and chargers......no thank you

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10 hours ago, smuggs said:

For the electric mowers out there - do the decks hold up well? They all seem to be made of plastic (at least on the EGO models). The metal deck on my 5-year old gas Honda looks like the shield of Leonidas. I can't help but think if it were plastic it would be completely busted all to hell at this point.

 

My DeWalt has a steel deck.  It's not quite the gauge of a gas powered mower, but it's held up fine so far.

 

 

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All my yard equipment/tool batteries and chargers are indoors.  Heat and cold are their mortal enemies.  

I wish I'd have logged the number of charge cycles each one was receiving, but I didn't think of that until this week.

 

 

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2nd time using the Ryobi 40v. I installed the mulch plug as the yard wasn't too high this time and I didn't need to worry about the mower stalling on too much grass. Put the two batteries back in, did the entire yard in about 30 minutes. Took the batteries out and the one used still had 3 bars left. I'm waiting on a good deal on the 40V trimmer and blower then ditching the corded models I have. I love this mower. It doesn't mulch up sticks as well as the Toro but I also didn't mow that low today. I may test it with a lower setting next time. 

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First time lawnowner here, bought the Greenworks 80V, brushless DC suite from Costco last summer: self-propelled mower (steel deck!), trimmer, edger, blower, 1x 4Ah battery, 3x 2Ah battery, supercharger, regular charger...something like $1k all-in. Clean, quiet, and easy, no real issues to speak of yet.

Echo what everyone else here has said though..go with the max voltage lineup (and brushless DC motors if available) and maintain your schedule. Thick/wet grass will bog down the mower and kill your battery, especially if you bag and/or self-propel. The 4Ah battery is generally enough to mow my entire yard (0.3 acre, minus house), but I've had to swap in a backup once or twice. And like someone mentioned upthread, probably a good idea to store batteries inside.

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