Purchased this electric ride on mower and I'm delighted!
Purchased this Bushranger electric ride on mower after the petrol engine on my last ride on blew up. It is quiet and the 72 volt lithium batteries make if very powerful. The first test was to attach my mower trailer and shift firewood to my wood shed. This garden tractor worked flawlessly not even slowing down pulling heavy wood up the hill. I spent the whole afternoon driving trailer loads of stuff around the property and it still plenty of battery power left. The second test was to tackle the neglected patch of weeds and long grass - and i...t cuts grass like any decent ride-on would. I normally finish mowing after about an hour - so there is still charge left in the battery after mowing an acre of rough hilly ground. It has plenty of power and does not seem to struggle with any task I would have given my previous 11hp petrol powered ride-on - this mower behaves like it is the mongrel offspring of a Tesla and a Makita. The ride is comfy enough with a padded seat on a big spring, and the seat adjusts back and forward to take any size of person. My only design feedback would be to put a softer spring in the seat safety switch, as sometimes bouncing down a hill, the safety switch will trigger unnecessarily, requiring the driver to spend a second switching the mower into neutral and back to reset the motor controller. Cleaning is easy - as it is electric, you can just lift it upright onto it's back, and give it a clean. It was built to be fairly stable resting upright, and all the battery and motor weight is over the back wheels. You can also store it on it's back - taking up half the space in the shed of an ordinary ride-on. A petrol ride on would leak oil and die if you tried this, and lead acid batteries would also not allow this. The manual says use two people to lift it onto it's back, but I've not had any issues doing this myself - they are just covering themselves, but get help lifting it if in any doubt. I'm happy with the lithium batteries too. They are likely to last much longer than lead acid, plus they are not as fragile - lead acid batteries cannot be regularly drained below about 40%. A lithium battery will actually give you more usable energy and work than an equivalently rated lead acid battery, with one third the weight. I also happy I do not have to handle or buy petrol - fuel is provided free from my solar panels. But the best thing (apart from making my neighbours jealous with my next generation tech) is the relative quiet, I can listen to music in my AirPods while I mow and actually enjoy the time being out in my in my garden - even using the built in cup holder for a nice cup of coffee, whereas I always hated the noise, vibration and the fumes of my last petrol mower.
Purchased in September 2019 for $3,899.00.
Questions & Answers
Do you reckon this mower would be able to tow a chipper (about 100kg on two wheels) on a flat area?
I need a mower that can also be taken into the forest in my property towing the chipper to keep the trails clean and make mulch out of all the branches that are around.
Great review thanks.
How is the speed?
How is the turning circle?
The rated speed is slightly less than our previous petrol ride-on (5.9km/hr not 7km/hr), but I did not find it slow - it goes as fast as I feel comfortable going mowing on bumpy ground, and this one has cruise control. It has no trouble going full speed up hills - even with a trailer.
The turning circle is fantastic and way better than my last mower - but not quite zero turn.
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