Works better than expected. Light and efficient.
Being an owner of a few of the Ryobi 18V tools, I did some research before buying this mower. It's not as powerful as a petrol mower and will die if it bogs down in a heavy section of thick grass. Pretty obviously, as with any mower, don't attempt to cut wet grass, and if the grass is a bit thick, start on the highest setting and work downwards depending on how easy the mower appears to be handling it. (It will cut out rather than bog down, but can be immediately restarted once it's moved from the clog under it). Works fine for the front nature...strip, and expect no further issues with a small front and back lawn. I have a second battery that I use for my other Ryobi tools, and if it does run out of puff, I'll swap batteries, or put my feet up, or both. Don't expect miracles, and you won't be disappointed. Mower works fine, though, and apparently the grass is mulched underneath when the mulcher device is in place. Since writing this review, I’ve found how the mulcher/catcher states work - no thanks to the manual which doesn’t even mention the mulching device or how to insert/remove it.
Not enough power and battery doesn’t last enough for 170sq meters despite box says up to 350sq meters
This mower is supposed to be for up to 350 sq meter of grass. I have 170 sq meters and the battery dies. It takes 2 additional recharges for me to finish mowing my lawn. I mow every week so it’s not like I let it grow too long. Frustrating part is I asked for help at Bunnings when I bought this and told the lady everything about my grass...type, square meters, etc and she told me this would be fine for it. Today I rang Bunnings and the man told me he would never recommend anything with an 18V 4.0Ah battery as they don’t have enough power. Tomorrow I go and swap over my mower for the 36V. Let’s hope this one is better or I’ll be getting a full refund and going with a Masport mower.
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Awesome better than i could imagine
I bought this for my 60yr old mother with some reservations being battery powered cause she had no hope of using the petrol mower and after 1 year i see i was a fool i should of got it a long time ago its great she can use it and the battery has enough in it for the edger and blower. To be honest i have been known to borrow it on occasions. You cant go wrong with this mower.
Purchased in February 2018 at bunnings for $350.00.
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Very convenient but not great for long grass
With a 5mha battery, I can cut my entire lawn 90sqm, and switch to my edge trimmer to trim all my edges AND still have enough juice for a decent clean up blow with my my blower! BUT: it doesnt have enough power to cut long grass, so I may have to start on level 3 then go round again on level 2 if I want shorter grass!
Great lightweight easy to store mower. Does the job.
I use a 5 Amp/Hr Li-Ion battery and after 30 minutes I can still unplug it and use it on other tools. The mower's not powerful, it's meant for maintenance cutting - nothing beats a stinky 2-stroke for smashing through weeds. But it really does the job and is simple to handle, folds away nicely and takes up little space. Had one issue with the folding mechanism but just put some tension in the handle frame by bending it a bit and now it's perfect again.
Purchased in December 2017.
Perfect for my lawn - convenient, light, easy, quality
Spent a little bit more to get Ryobi brand. Wow! Glad I did. I have a medium sized lawn in suburban sydney, and this is perfect. Cutting runs for about 20 minutes. It's so easy, comes almost completely assembled, easy to use, and it packs a surprising amount of power! Handles grass up to my ankles as long as I cut it on 4 or 5 height setting. I bought a second battery and also got a string trimmer. I'm so glad I only need one battery to power the mower, that means I can use the other one for trimming or blowing. The bunnings guy said ozito...needs 2 packs, so i would need to buy more and more packs if I wanted more tools. Only gripe would be that the bagger sometimes clogs... probably a result of wet grass and you have to give it a good shake to empty it since it clumps at the opening. Wish it had a run time Light on the handle, but haven't seen that on any mowers at Bunnings. All in all very pleased and have already told my neighbour.
Questions & Answers
Regarding the Ryobi Lawn Mower RLM18X36L40: The mower IS NOT catching the grass at all. I've check the positioning of the catcher, and everytime it's totally empty... No cuttings in it at all? Anybody else with the same problem?
I also find the mower struggles if the grass is a bit long and/or if the grass is wet, even on a #2 setting and sometimes just dies.
#2 setting is very low for any mower, let alone bagging. If the grass is wet, any mower struggles to bag or cut well (even petrol). When it is wet it is never a good time to cut. If the unit is cutting out in dry grass, make sure you are using the bigger pack 4.0 or higher and it's not 30 plus degrees out... batteries can overheat and wont work to protect themselves.
For baggin, if you aren't catching ANYTHING... check if you have a Mulching plug in there? With the unit off, If you take the bag off and look in the rear door, can you see the blade/ grass under the mower?
If the grass is long, raise it up higher. Cutting higher is healthier for lawns. Just cut on 4 or 5. The higher setting allows more air for better bagging clippings. It also prevents sun burns, traps moisture, chokes out weeds, and stays greener.
The mulching plug is the black plastic section with a vertical square cross-section handle you can see when you open the flap at the back. Grip the handle and pull towards you and the whole thing slides towards you. The manual is absolutely useless and doesn't even mention the muncher bit. Good luck.
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