The larger li-ion battery packs tool companies are putting out today are getting closer to giving us the kind of power and duration they’ve been promising since the eighties. Just slide a pack in and do whatever you need to do — like mow the lawn. Sure, Ryobi isn’t the first electric mower or even the first to use a battery. What it really does is prove engineers are still working on solving all household issues with reusable battery packs; hell, Craftsman’s even got a 48v mower.
The specs for the Ryobi show a 50-lb. mower sporting a 16″ cutting deck that takes about an hour and a half to charge the battery, so multiple batteries for a larger yard wold be advisable. This rig isn’t a giant sod-trimming monster and doesn’t look like it would handle stubborn grass that’s been left uncut for a few weeks. That’s strictly opinion, but seeing how a gas-powered lawn tractor had trouble on my Texas weeds, I’m guessing this little mower would as well.
We’d love to see how much it would actually take to stall one of these green machines vs. how long it would run (we’re guessing 20-30 minutes for most folks). It does look good, and the Aussies say it runs very well — as far as we can tell the Ryobi 36v isn’t available here in the states yet.