Ryobi Bushless OPE – Ryobi is working on cutting down the competition with their second generation 20 in. 40-volt brushless self propelled lawn mower. The Brushless motor extends the runtime of the included 5.0Ah battery along with software with load sensing technology. The mower senses the load of longer grass, increasing the cutting speed and slows the cutting speed when there is a light load. The system seems to work well and it is noticeable when the blade speed increases.
The Ryobi mower lacks a side discharge, but allows for mulching or bagging options. There is a single lever located on the left side of the mower to adjust between 7 different heights from 1-1/2″ to 3-3/4″. The handle adjusts for two different heights and also folds up into a small package so it can be stored without taking up much room. Ryobi is very confident in this mower as it has a 90 day money back guaranty and is backed by a 5-Year Warranty.
Works with all Ryobi 40-Volt lithium-ion tools and batteries
Self Propelled with variable speed
Powerful brushless motor delivers gas-like power
Load sensing technology – maximizes power and efficiency
Includes 40-Volt 5.0 Ah high capacity battery for extend run time
7-position, single-point height adjustment 1.5 in. – 3.75 in.
2-in-1 mulching and bagging capable
Adjustable telescoping handle
Instant-starting, hassle-free push button start
High intensity LED headlights
Carrying handles for user convenience
On-board battery compartment for additional battery
Foldable quick-release handle for compact storage
5-year limited warranty, 90-day no risk satisfaction guarantee
Ryobi’s self propelled option on the 40 volt lawn mower is a big deal. The way the system is designed, you can use this as a normal push mower with no extra drag, but when you want a little help, pull the levers and slide the lever to adjust the perfect speed. The system works excellent and does not seem to have a negative impact on battery life.
Right for You?
We did a lot of testing with the Ryobi 20″ mower and we think we have a good feel on who will really love this mower and who might not be so happy. First, if you enjoy cutting your yard often, this mower will work better for you. Long grass is not this mowers friend as the cut quality and runtime are poor in those conditions. If you do not want to have gas in your garage and do not mind investing in a second battery, this machine will be more appealing. Ryobi rated this machine for 1/4 to 1/2 acre of lawn. With a single battery, we would recommend it for the 1/4 acre. With a second battery, a 1/2 acre lot is not out of the question. The reason we recommend the second battery is due to the cool down and charge time of the batteries. In our case, it took an hour for the battery to cool to charge and two hours for the battery to charge. That time forced us to cut our lawn completely in two days.
To make the cost of the batteries a bit better, one could invest in other Ryobi 40 volt tools. Between the new blowers and string trimmers, one could collect enough batteries to take care of the lawn without worry.
With a lawn that is well maintained, the Ryobi mower worked well. In our experience, if you let the lawn grow and are cutting of a lot of grass, the bagger will plug at half full and the mulch quality will lag. On the other hand, if you have a small lawn, this unit is priced right and the 90 day money back guaranty give you a chance to try this unit out. If you keep it, the mower is backed by a 5 year warranty.