Keeping Portland Green

RYOBI 20” 40V brushless mower

Posted by Keeping Portland Green on 06/20/2014 at 1:06 PM in Lawncare, Tutorials

Now that we have nearly reached the beginning of summer, the days are much longer, the famous Pacific Northwest rains have nearly stopped for the summer, the days are warm and the evenings are cool. Perfect condition for growing and lush healthy lawn. Luckily my new RYOBI 20" 40V brushless mower arrived just in time to keep the lawn under control and looking its best.

Setup was a breeze, I was able to pull it out of the box and have it ready to roll in about 5 minutes. It required a few quick steps, of unfolding the push handle and latching it in place. I really liked the unique quick release design of the handle fasteners. Anyone that's a cyclist will recognize RYOBI borrowed the time tested quick release wheel skewer design.

This allows you to very quickly fold up the mower for storage and gets you setup in seconds when you're ready to go. I then plugged in the fuse key.

This is a nice safety feature. Each time your finished with the mower you can put the fuse holder in a safe location, so curious children won't be able to get into trouble.

Next the optional collection bag can be installed. The mower can also be used for mulching if that's your preference.

The final step was installing the pre charged battery. There is actually room to hold a second battery so you can quickly swap them if one gets used up.

Luckily for me I have very small yard, so it was not necessary. The battery required is the same one used for all the 40V Gas-Like Power™ tools in the RYOBI lineup.


Using the mower was very easy and intuitive. I was able to set the deck height with a single lever.

This is a genius design, no more setting each individual wheel, and then hoping you have them all the same, only to realize after your done that your lawn was mowed with a tilt in it. Next I started up the mower with a push of the button and holding the lever. The mower hummed to full speed and off I went. The first thing I noticed is how light the mower is. Because there is no need for a heavy gasoline engine, and the battery is relatively small, the mower is made up of many plastic pieces in place of stamped steel. The mower probably weighs ⅓ of a typical gasoline mower. This makes everything about mowing the lawn easier and safer. No more straining to push a mower up a hill, or trying to hold it down while mowing a slanted area. Handling becomes much easier, as does cleaning. I think this is by far the easiest mower I have ever used! I highly recommend that people give it try, especially those that feel pushing mower can be such a labor–intensive chore. The cut quality was excellent, the blade was sharp, and it was spinning more than fast enough to get clean cut, even through deep or thick patches of grass, or weeds.

In no time I was done mowing and emptying the large capacity bag. I would like to mention the bag was really easy to unhook from the mower and it's large opening made it very easy to empty too.

Next I finished the trimming with my RYOBI 40V–X Expand trimmer, and took care of all the edging around the perimeter of the yard. I then used my RYOBI 40V blower and quickly swept the sidewalks, and drive way. All of this using a single battery!


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