Ryobi 21″ 40-Volt Cordless Lawnmower Review
Ryobi 21″ 40-Volt Cordless Lawnmower Review
The newest Ryobi model #RY401130 21″ 40-Volt cordless lawnmower gained a lot of attention at the recent Tool Box Buzz Best Cordless Lawnmower Head to Head comparison test. Ryobi brings affordable cordless options to homeowners that are easy to find. Their cordless outdoor power equipment line continues to evolve and grow and the new 21″ 40-Volt cordless lawnmower is a great example of their progress.
Ryobi 21" 40-Volt Cordless SelfPropelled Lawnmower
Model number: RY401130
Power source: 40-Volt Lithium-Ion Batery
Weight: 79.2 Lbs.
Specifications and Features
- Drive Type: Rear Wheel Drive Self Propelled
- Battery System: 40-Volt 7.5 Ah Lithium Ion
- Deck Size: 21″
- Cutting Height: 1.5″-4″
- Deck Height Adjustments: 7 Point
- Starter Type: Push Button
- Cutting Options: Mulching, Bagging, and Side Discharge
- Warranty: 5 Year Limited Tool & 3 Year Limited Battery
- Weight: 79.2 Lbs.
First Impressions of the Ryobi 21″ Lawnmower
Last year I had the opportunity to review the 21″ SMART TREK self propelled lawnmower from Ryobi. I found this model to have several lacking areas. When I began evaluating the new 21″ 40-Volt cordless model, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this new 21″ 40-Volt model was greatly improved.
The overall construction of the mower has a very solid feel. The wheelbase is more compact than others at 65.15″. This gave the Ryobi mower excellent handling. The mower deck as well as the handle assembly are all metal which contribute to the solid feel. However, the mower is pretty heavy. At 79.2 Lbs. it was one of the heaviest mowers we tested. That weight was concentrated on the motor housing and centered on the deck which gave the mower good balance.
Standout Features of the Ryobi RY401130
Ryobi’s Self Propelled System
One feature of the SMART TREK mower I absolutely did not care for was the self propelled drive system. The new 21″ 40-Volt lawnmower’s self propel system is intuitive, responsive, and above all else easy to use.
Ryobi’s spring loaded safety handle folds flat against the cushioned handle bar. Two green plastic levers are used to engage the self propel system. The blade deck turns on and off with by pushing of the center button. The speed is controlled by an easy to reach sliding control lever. This control system is more user friendly than the SMART TREK system which requires pushing down on the handle bar.
On Board Battery Storage
The Ryobi 21″ 40-Volt cordless lawnmower uses a single battery as a power source. The housing has a spring loaded smoked grey plastic cover that keeps dust and debris out. Inside the battery compartment area is an extra space where a second battery can be clicked in and stored. Having the second battery ready to go and on hand is a great idea feature for users cutting larger areas.
Ryobi Mower Deck Height Adjustment
My favorite feature of the Ryobi Model RY401130 is the deck height adjustment system. Ryobi incorporates a molded handle into the deck housing. The handle features a release switch and adjusts for height simply by pulling upwards or pushing down. The system features a total of 7 preset detents that allow adjustment from 1.5″-4″. I was not the only one impressed by this, in fact the Ryobi took first place overall for best/easiest deck height adjustment during the Head to Head.
Ryobi 40-Volt Power and Runtime
Ryobi offers a new 7.5 Ah high capacity 40-Volt battery with the new 21″ cordless lawnmower. This is the largest capacity battery pack Ryobi has ever made. One of these batteries is include with the mower, however you would need to purchase additional batteries separately.
By combining the 40-Volt system with a large (7.5 Ah) battery pack, the Ryobi 21″ mower produces a calculated 270 Watt Hours. During field testing, the mower accomplished 10,430 square feet of mowing on a single charge. That equates to about 1.1 miles traveled all together. That kind of coverage is exceptional for the average homeowner. Also, the cutting potential becomes almost endless if you are willing to purchase additional batteries.
Room For Improvement
As I previously mentioned, the Ryobi 40-Volt mower is heavy. It is also somewhat loud for a cordless lawnmower. At 89.2 decibels it registered as the loudest mower we tested. If Ryobi could find a way to shave some pounds and decibels this would be welcomed improvements. Especially considering that cordless lawnmowers are a sought out product for buyers in congested neighborhoods or noise restricted communities.
Current Pricing on the Ryobi 21″ 40-Volt Lawnmower
As with most Ryobi tools, this mower is exclusive to Home Depot. Therefore the mower itself as well as extra batteries and other accessories are easily accessible to buyers. At the time of writing this article, the 21″ 40-Volt cordless mower is available for $449.00 as a kit with charger and one 7.5 Ah battery. This represents a good value for homeowners and is well suited for the majority of residential lawns.
Overall Impressions of the Ryobi 21″ 40-Volt Cordless Lawnmower
I found the Rybobi 21″ mower to be a well executed tool with some excellent features. It has room for improvement, but is a solid option overall. Any homeowner would be well served for a small to mid sized yard with the 21″ 40-Volt lawnmower. The excellent features outlined above, combined with Ryobi’s warranty program, and the availability of Home Depot make this a great choice in my opinion.
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