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Ryobi 42” 100ah Electric Zero Turn Mower at Home Depot on Sale for $3599

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Up to 3 acres per charge

4 high powered brushless motors

42 in. heavy-duty steel deck

2 precision cut steel blades

12 position manual deck adjustment

Side discharge, mulching or bagging capable (bagger accessory available online only)

1.5 in. to 4.5 in. adjustable cutting height

Low maintenance: no belts, spark plugs, or filters

Battery operated: quiet cutting, no gas, fumes, charge and go

Control panel: battery level indicator, unit hour meter, USB charging

Easy access rear charging port

Charges through standard 120-Volt outlet

Includes towing hitch and tow assembly hardware
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I am still on the fence about its durability since I own all other electric tools from them. And they seem to have battery issues too often. But these look like standard golf cart style batteries, which have been around for a while. I just wish they would get more inline with similar gas powered mowers on price at least.
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I am still on the fence about its durability since I own all other electric tools from them. And they seem to have battery issues too often. But these look like standard golf cart style batteries, which have been around for a while. I just wish they would get more inline with similar gas powered mowers on price at least.
No kidding. This only has a 42" cut but yet its priced $500 higher than the 54" gas powered cub cadet zero turn parked next to it.
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No kidding. This only has a 42" cut but yet its priced $500 higher than the 54" gas powered cub cadet zero turn parked next to it.
Yeah, it's just that price gap we have for new technologies I guess. After a few years I expect the prices to come down to a more reasonable point. This is only a great deal if you are an early adopter and expect to pay premiums. One day I'll be able to put the gas down, just not today lol.
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Too expensive. Always early adapter pays R&D cost.
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I might consider this.
Most gas lawn tractors run about 1 gallon per hour.
The average homeowner will use about 40 gallons per year

Charging the Ryobi costs around 20 cents (@ $0.12/kW) so $8/yr

Of course you need to factor the annual maintenance costs (and replacing batteries every 3 to 5 years)

I think, over the course of 3 - 5 yrs, the total cost of each type (gas & electric) is about the same?
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I might consider this.
Most gas lawn tractors run about 1 gallon per hour.
The average homeowner will use about 40 gallons per year

Charging the Ryobi costs around 20 cents (@ $0.12/kW) so $8/yr

Of course you need to factor the annual maintenance costs (and replacing batteries every 3 to 5 years)

I think, over the course of 3 - 5 yrs, the total cost of each type (gas & electric) is about the same?
I seen a comparison of the 2 (gas and electric) on a site that actually had the cost of owning the electric over a few years is slightly cheaper. This includes all maintenance and total upfront cost of the mowers. But it did not include the potential purchase for new batteries.

From what I've read, properly maintain lead acid batteries should net you roughly 5-7 years. I also looked up the recommended batteries on Amazon. They are $188 at the moment, so assume another $752 at the 5+ year mark for the 100ah version.

As far as maintenance goes I don't think there is much to it other than checking tire pressure, leveling the deck as needed and keeping the batteries charged. Batteries will be the most expensive part. I'm also curious to how long the motors that drive the blades and mower itself will last.
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https://todaysmower.com/is-owning...ctive/amp/

That's the article and they do factor in battery replacement. Depends on how long the batteries last in real world use. But it is fairly close all said and done
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Seems under-powered for the price
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Yeah, it's just that price gap we have for new technologies I guess. After a few years I expect the prices to come down to a more reasonable point. This is only a great deal if you are an early adopter and expect to pay premiums. One day I'll be able to put the gas down, just not today lol.
Yes, there is a tech-gap to be filled with extra value/money; but Ryobi is a very profitable company. So this should only be considered a mile-marker for competitors to surpass, and SD'ers to keep comparing until a sustainable convergence point is met.
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I'm getting this for the battery. With 100ah, my weed trimmer should last all summer.
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I'm getting this for the battery. With 100ah, my weed trimmer should last all summer.
Haha, my sarcasm radar has detected something. But I sure hope that it is correct
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Yes, there is a tech-gap to be filled with extra value/money; but Ryobi is a very profitable company. So this should only be considered a mile-marker for competitors to surpass, and SD'ers to keep comparing until a sustainable convergence point is met.
Very true. And with competition comes better prices. Up till now I think most are 1000's of dollars higher for electric mowers and mostly aimed toward commercial buyers.
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it's pretty cool because there are no oil changes, no spark plugs and it runs extremely quiet...

but i feel like they're overpriced and if something breaks, i can repair my gas mower myself (or get someone to do it cheaply)... with the electric, i feel like if something breaks it's just dead.
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No kidding. This only has a 42" cut but yet its priced $500 higher than the 54" gas powered cub cadet zero turn parked next to it.
54" would be a waste of deck for most yards. While the description says "up to 3 acres", the specs list .5 - 2 acres. I'd personally consider this appropriate for 1 acre max as that's roughly 1 hour of operation. The 54 would do about 1.5 acres in an hour, but likely 2+ since having that land generally means longer runs and a higher average speed.

And while I do my own tractor maintenance, if I was paying for somebody to do the work the cost difference would be gone in probably 2 or maybe 3 years.

While I think this mower is still overpriced, I wouldn't necessarily say it's a bad value for people who are willing to pay for convenience or willing to go way out of their way to reduce their carbon footprint.

FWIW, I think a lot of suburban homes would get more value out of the 38" model, which would be easier to store, fit through more gates, and be a little more appropriate for lots under 1/2 acre. You can get the bagger and save $600.
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