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We have a rural property In SE QLD. Our house paddock is fenced into a roughly 2 acre section, which may have perhaps an acre or so of lawn. As with all local grasses, ours contains a blend of several, with paspalum in the mix too. In the past we’ve very happily used a base model John Deere ride on to manage the lawns, but it recently stopped working, and given its 12 year old vintage, that’s fair enough!
We are staunch environmentalists, and have been prepared for several years for the conversion to electric equipment. We retired our still ve...ry much capable Stihl weed eater for an EGO 3 years ago ... and it has been absolutely superlative. We’d never run with a petrol weed eater again. So against this, we’d already begun researching a suitable replacement for the JD; and had our eyes on the Ryobi electric ride on, which has had many sound reviews. Husqvarna makes an electric ride on as well, with supply being a bit of an issue where we are, but we’d earmarked it anyway as a second place contender. When the JD finally konked out though, we’d found that pretty well the only retailer for the Ryobi - Bunnings - no longer listed the model in their range, despite it having been there when we checked just a month or so previously. We have three Bunnings outlets close by, and visited two, but no longer saw the Ryobis there. (BUT we saw a shiny new Ryobi in the 3rd one soon after we bought the Bushranger ... GRRRRR!!!) What we did find online though, was the apparently newly released Bushranger, which looked like being a fair fill-in for the Ryobi. Aussie company too .... double bonus. Very limited reviews though - could only find one (above) which in retrospect we’re a little dubious about now .... So ... the mower presents as very small looking, belying its 140KG heft. It supposedly has a 30” cut. Charges from a standard 10 amp household outlet, taking around 7 hours, give or take, to fully charge - note that you’ll need to have an outlet close by, as the charger doesn’t have a long cord. You’ll get 1.5-2 hours run time, depending on the work you do. Fine. There are a handful of LED chargebars on the sparse instrument panel that indicate remaining charge. When it falls to around 2 bars, the mower emits an audible signal, the blades stop, and it enters limp mode to let you get it to a power point at a reduced speed. If you select reverse on the rocker switch you’ll get a quaint little alert sounding while you’re backing.
Purchased in February 2020.
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 A$3,899.00.
Questions & Answers
only just used it yesterday and like a typical male didnt really read the manual . it mowed the lawn better then i expected though my only question is ..... i charged it all the night before so the battery was fine but the bloody thing would just stop on me and id have to turn off then on again and sometimes it took a few goes before it would start . i know this is not the case and obivously i was doing something wrong but it was like when a motor is low on oil and so the motor cuts out to protect it .... any help as to why would be greatly appreciated . cheers troy
I never struck that problem Troy. It makes very little sound when it’s active. Sorry to ask stupid questions, but are you sure it had stopped?? As noted in my review I often had to press the throttle several times before it would finally move off, and this would even happen on a full or near full battery. Perhaps yours has this issue too. Try pressing, releasing, pressing releasing until it finally moves off. Would be interested to hear how you go, and if it should happen when you’re near a power outlet I’d be interested to hear what level the charger shows when you plug it in ...
Thanks mate . I’ll try again on the weekend and do what u have said . It worked great other then that and I think it’s more to do with the operator and not the mower
Used it today and done everything you said
Was fantastic. It only had half the charge as I didn’t recharge it from last weekend as it says to drain the battery before recharging . So my nxt question is is this right ? My experience with rechargeable batteries is u never go below 50% if possible as a battery only has so many cycles and the lower u discharge it can be detrimental to the battery
Thanks for your reply last weekend it was reassuring and spot on
We bought one earlier this month and it seems to have big problems. The owners manual says if you take your foot off the power it will brake. It doesn’t! In fact it tears down our gentle slope like a runaway train unless you keep your foot firmly on the brakes. Often when we press the throttle nothing happens. Even when pressed all the way to the floor. It doesn’t seem to matter if you hold your foot to the floor for 20 seconds, still nothing happens. You have to remove it and have a few more attempts. When it is moving the throttle response is very twitchy, if you want to engage the cruise control you apparently need to have it travelling at a smooth constant speed for a few seconds. We have yet to be able to actually use cruise control because it can’t seem to maintain a constant speed. Have mowed over the same patch up to 5 times, and the grass is still not properly cut. What gives?? Trying to contact Bushranger, but they don’t appear to list an e’mail address. Anybody from there care to comment before we write our review??
Hi Wisey - Did the manufacturer solve you problem - I am considering buying - But will not until I cane see your problems resolved - Regards Brian
G’day Brian, in process of being sorted out now mate, and based upon what I’ve seen the outcome should be pretty good. The Bushranger folks have been truly outstanding with their communication so far. I think there will be an outcome in a couple of days. I’ll keep you posted, and will be doing an in depth review of the mower as well.
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.
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