Weighs, handles and cuts as if made of Lego.
On the Australia Day holiday, I strode towards our modest 25-30m2 worth of grass eager to get things tidy. Sun was shining, birds were chirping, perfect day to smash out the lawn in a (most likely) vain attempt to finally convince the wife that I possess a Y chromosome.
This mower was a timely reminder that mowing with anything other a Victa today was unaustralian.
I’m fairly convinced that this roughly 2kg hunk of plastic would cut and handle better with two bricks strapped to the top; and the battery, which needed about 6 hours to recover...a little over 1/3 of the lawn, would’ve fared better if fuelled by swearing and tears of frustration, both of which were pouring out of me like Niagara Falls. Goes over innocuous tufts of grass like it’s on a bouncy castle - if it doesn’t, it cuts out, and you’re left wondering whether it will muster the energy required to start again; and after your first ten times this happens, whether you’ll muster the will to live. After finally finishing the lawn (and sweeping up all of the grass that had fallen from the catcher), I briefly considered filling a bathtub and jumping in clutching the mower, only to realize that even at full charge, it wouldn’t have had the power to get the job done. Avoid unless sadomasochistic.
Questions & Answers
Hello, I have a Ryobi OLM1840H Mower, been fine abut this year will not start. The two 5A batteries are both fine. Both green lights in battery bay light up but the motor will not turn. Any help appreciated.
I bought a new Ryobi One + and for the first two mows it was hard to know if it was actually on, as it was so quiet. On the third mow it became a lot noisier - sounding more like a traditional petrol mower. It has been noisy ever since. How do I go back to it being a quiet/noiseless mower ? I have a small lawn which takes no more than 15 minutes to mow, so I always have enough battery power and I mow it regularly on the 2nd to highest setting available, so the blades are never under pressure from the grass being too long.
my sisters and i put some money together and purchased my mum a Ryobi chordless lawnmower. Since mum already had a fair few of the other products. However. None of us thought of getting the battery pack for the lawn mower. When i look at the prices they are well into the $200 mark which currently non of us can afford. I had a quick look on Ebay and Gum tree and there are a few for sale however i am unsure if this is the way to go. Would anyone recommend buying that way as the cheaper option or steer well clear for the very reason i am dreading.
Any advice would help? :)
I am the original poster. I would be sceptical of second hand batteries as all batteries, including lithium-ion have limited shelf life, hence Ryobi only guaranteeing these batteries for 3 years. Also, if they've been completely discharged, this will negatively affect the electrlytics and hence battery life. Unlike ni-cad batteries, lithium-ion don't have a 'memory' and are best not be discharged to a low level. I would not buy second hand batteries for the above reasons as you can't tell how they've been used.
By the way, I purchased new batteries for the original 36V one+ mower, but this didn't help. I then purchased the " newly designed" 18V one+ mower, which has so far performed flawlessly.
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