Ryobi Electric Riding Mower: Yep, Cell Phone Charger On-Board

Moving over to the Greenworks 40-Volt push mower has really shown me the wonders of using electric equipment around the yard. Finding an affordable rider like the new Ryobi electric riding mower was not even in the cards it seemed. Until now.

Meet the Ryobi RM480e. It’s an all electric machine that will mow up to 2 acres or 2 hours, depending on which way you want to look at it.

Ryobi RM480e Electric Riding MowerConsidering my electric push mower journey, it’s exciting to go cut the lawn now because there are no more trips to the gas station, oil changes, spark plug testing, or other common routine maintenance. Combine all of those things with the ability to start my mower with the push of a button and it’s definitely worth the cost.

Fully Electric 48-Volt Riding Lawn Mower

ryobi rm480e electric riding mower electric charging

Think about the class of a Nissan Leaf, but for riding lawn mowers. The all-electric car runs on nothing but pure batteries, is the best-selling electric car, and boasts it’s “super quiet and efficient”. I feel like this mower will meet all of the same criteria, but will also be a best-seller.

With the reputation of Ryobi and their selection of electric push mowers, this riding mower could effectively be the new, go-to electric pick for yards that aren’t huge, but require a rider to get the job done.

Let’s Talk About Clean, Electric Mower Power

ryobi rm480e electric riding mower all electric powertrain

No Gas, Zero Emissions

For Ryobi, they have been in the industry for a very long time. They have really worked to get their electric tools and equipment fine-tuned and fit for an average consumer. That being said, it’s nothing new that this mower uses no gas and has zero carbon emissions.

LED Headlights

One of the reasons an electric riding lawn mower has become a reality is because of lighting technology. If the mower batteries have to power two 30-watt bulbs, it [obviously] takes away from the energy source. You’ll get less mowing time because power has to go to the bulbs. However, with LED lighting, you’ll have the longevity of the low-energy bulbs as well as remaining power.

Low noise/no heat

Since the Ryobi riding mower doesn’t use gas power, the noise is significantly cut down. Plus, an added benefit is that the only heat being created is from the batteries, not from a combustible engine.

High Torque Powers Blades and Drivetrain

There are 3 brushless motors that run the blades and drivetrain of the mower, so you’ll be getting a longer lifespan from the motors themselves. A distinct advantage of a brushless motor is that there are no brushes to wear out. That advantage in turn creates low maintenance of the brushes. There is a high initial cost for these types of motors, but the benefits outweigh that cost.

If Ryobi decided to use brush motors, the disadvantage would likely be more electric noise and have a much shorter lifespan on the motor and overall the mower itself.

Safety Features to Consider: Reminders and Operator Presence

ryobi rm480e electric riding mower safety features

The following features for safety come with the RM480e model:

  • Beeper Indication for Parking Brake Reminder
  • Operator Presence Control
  • Key Removal Reminder
  • Reverse Reminder
  • Parking brake
Beeper Indicator for Parking Brake Reminder

One aspect that’s really fascinating about what Ryobi did for this equipment was add safety features that don’t normally exist on a typical riding mower. One of those being a beep reminder for your parking brake. That way, a reminder will be given if you happen to be on a hill or in an area where you may have thought you set the brake.

Operator Presence Control

For those out there that have experience with a riding mower, you are probably aware of an operator presence control system that is usually in place to shut off the riding mower blades within three seconds. There’s actually a safety standard implemented by the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) that suggests manufacturers to stop the blade(s) of the mower if the operator does not disengage the drive.

Unfortunately, this standard is not required, but merely recommended. It’s really an option that should be a requirement for any riding lawn mower.

Keep an eye out for a label on the machine stating it meets the ANSI/OPEI B71.1-2003 standard for safety.

Key Removal Reminder

This is pretty self explanatory, but if you leave the key in the ignition when leaving the seat of the mower — a nice, friendly reminder toner will remind you to take the key with you. Except for the people out in the country that leave the key in all the time, this will be helpful.

Reverse Reminder

In addition to the ANSI B71.1-2003 standard was a safety feature labeled NMIR (No Mow In Reverse). This states that the blades will not continue to rotate once the riding mower is shifted into reverse.

The Ryobi RM480e implements a reminder about reverse driving. I hate to mention it, but many riding mower accidents happen from reverse incidents.

Parking Brake

Set this and the mower won’t move. Pretty simple.

Other Sweet Features: Yep, Cell Phone Charging Enabled

ryobi rm480e electric riding mower usb phone charger

When is the last time you (or someone you knew) rode on a riding lawn mower with a smartphone charging option?

It comes standard on this mower. Such a great feature; although I do wonder how much time your phone charging capabilities will take away from your mowing time frame.

One of the features that definitely stood out to me was that this thing offers cruise control! Yep, that’s right. You can drive it like a car. Tie the cruise control feature in with a cup holder and it’s a sweet right through the yard, cold drink on board and tight turns.

It Comes With Lithium-Ion Batteries, Right?

ryobi rm480e electric riding mower batteries

One of the greatest technologies right now that is accelerating rapidly is lithium-ion batteries. And, while many of us are used to having them in our smartphones, power tools, and other pieces of tech, they aren’t quite compatible with what an electric rider needs to operate.

The type of batteries Ryobi decided to use are lead acid. Inside the mower are four 75Ah 12V batteries (hence the 48-Volt total). After they are depleted, you’ll have to wait about 10-12 hours for recharge on a typical 120V outlet.

Plus, regular lithium-ion batteries aren’t air breathing batteries anyway.

Virtually Maintenance Free and Easy Operation

For the same reasons of moving to an electric string trimmer, an electric riding mower is no different. You get all of the benefits from using electricity instead of gas and super low maintenance. That means no belts, no spark plugs, and no filters! Who doesn’t get excited about that?

With a 3-year warranty, if the minimal routine maintenance does not cover a problem, it will be repaired or replaced without charge for parts and labor by an authorized service center for RYOBI. As the owner of the equipment, shipping costs (if needed) will have to be paid by you.

What Are Ryobi’s Electric Mower’s Specs?

ryobi rm480e electric riding mower deck

12-Position Deck Height

With 12 positions to adjust for the deck, there are plenty of options to make your lawn down to less than 2″ (1 1/2″ min.) or if you have a longer cut, the deck can be raised.

Side-discharge, Mulching or Bag

Options still exist for your preference of how to contain the grass clippings. If you do want a bag, you’ll have to purchase a similar bag like this one separately.

16 inch Turning Radius

A comparable gas model to the Ryobi RM480e has an 18″ turning radius. A smaller turn radius means tighter corners. With a 16″ radius, that means making turns more efficiently around the yard.

Reinforced 12 Gauge Deck and Steel Blades

Precision cut steel blades help with cleaner cuts and longer sharpness. The deck is also made of reinforced steel to protect it from bumps, trees, and other collisions. The deck is also weather resistant to withstand things like moisture and grass buildup.

Realistic Comparison Against Gas Powered Riding Mowers

The below models are the closest comparison with the Ryobi RM480e because of the differences with deck width and the form factor. As you can see, the pricing does vary with each model, and although the Ryobi is a bigger upfront investment, you’ll gain dividends on not worrying about regular maintenance that comes with a gas riding mower.

Where is the Ryobi RM480e Electric Mower Available?

As the time of this article, the electric riding mower is exclusively available at Home Depot. It’s possible that more vendors will eventually get the RM480e model, but not certain. This is similar to the Greenworks 60V lineup only being available at Lowes.

Summary and Thoughts

With Home Depot’s 30 Day Return Policy, if you’re in the market for a new mower, this is a winner. With other electric mowers coming into view, Ryobi will have to set the standard to continue providing the best electric equipment for the average consumer.

You can find the mower at Home Depot and they’ll be on/off sites like Ebay in the future.

We’ve reached to Ryobi Marketing to hopefully get our hands on a demo of the riding mower or even some of their new lineup of power tools.

Ryobi Electric Riding Mower Resources and Guides

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Ryobi RM480e Electric Riding Mower MSDS

Ryobi RM480e Electric Riding Mower Users Manual

Ryobi Warranty Information

Assembly Guide for the RM480e

Gardena Smart System: The Future of Automated Lawn Care

Thank you to Lyle MacLeod of easylawnmowing.co.uk for this Gardena Smart System review. It is packed full of details and features that the automated system has to help maintain your outdoor lawn needs.

For those out there that don’t want to get their hands dirty and work up a sweat maintaining their lawn, Gardena may have brought out the solution for you. They have combined their Sileno Robotic Lawn Mower, Smart Sensor, Smart Water Control and Smart Gateway into a nice little package so that you can get all that hard work done from the palm of your hand – the Gardena Smart System.

As of April 2017, The Gardena Smart System products are available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Scandinavia, UK, France, Italy and Poland.

This system features a range of sensors which detects and keeps track of rainfall, sunlight, temperature and grass growth, and according to all these factors it will determine how often your lawn needs watered and mowed (but you can alter this if you so please). All the components are connected via the Gardena Smart System App and work as a unit to control the changing conditions of your grass to which ever specifications you would like.

Gardena Smart System Overview Video

Smart Gateway

This component produces an internet connection via an existing rooter to connect all the systems together and communicates wirelessly to all devices through the Gardena Smart App. With strong antennae in the smart Water Control and smart Sensor, this system guarantees cable-free connection from the Gateway to the rest of the components and ensures that this connection remains strong and stable even over large areas (1000m²).

It is in this way that the Gateway acts as the core of the entire Smart System.

Smart Water Control

According to the data sent through from the smart Sensor, the Water Control will automatically adapt how much water is supplied to your garden to make for more efficient irrigation of your plants and grass. The system will be aware of the outside temperature, light intensity and soil moisture, so if it’s damp, cloudy and cold it’ll put out a little less than usual and if it’s dry, sunny and warm it’ll put out a little more than usual.

But if you want to take a more control of the output and even arrange the Sileno mowing times so it coincides with the watering times, you can do so using the Gardena Smart App. You can program which days and times (1min – 10hrs) it operates, so it can be working away when you’re not at home, and you can alter the irrigation rhythm it uses.

Probably the best and most useful feature of the Water Control is that its temperature sensor will warm of any signs of frost, at which point you’ll need to disconnect, remove and store the device inside to keep it safe. It’ll also tell you when it needs new batteries, if anything is wrong with the system (with the use of LED lights) and provides you with relevant and up-to-date measurement data. This really is a very smart and effective system that could save you a boat load of stress and time.

The Water control is a small system with dimensions of 12.3×15.9×12.3cm and a weight of 404 grams so you shouldn’t have a problem finding a place for it in your garden. Allow you will need to make sure that it can connect to a legendary 3 x AA 1.5V alkaline battery from your house otherwise it won’t work.

Sileno Robotic Lawnmower

This device ensures that your grass is kept at the desired height throughout the year. It operates on a daily basis, only taking the tinniest of clippings so that your lawn is cut evenly at all times and will not have any visible stripes thanks to the Silenos SensorCut System. This makes for better lawn health and growth as the clippings will act as natural fertiliser to supply your lawn the nutrients it needs. In comparison to the regular push mower, the Sileno not only makes for easier lawn maintenance but also much better results!

The Sileno, as the name suggests, is a very quiet machine operating at only 58 decibels, this makes it not only quieter than your push mower but also every other robotic lawnmower in the market. This means you really can send it out whenever you want, be it in the middle of the day or during the night, you can rest assured that it won’t be annoying anybody.

You can program the unit either using its control panel or, like the other components, you can use the Smart System App. This allows you to change its mowing times, which you can align with your watering times, and its mowing height so that it adapts to the different growing seasons.

Now if you have a slightly more complicated lawn than most, i.e. with some narrow passages, then don’t worry the Sileno will handle these without a problem. With its EasyPassage function the mower can pass through these corridors with ease and won’t leave any tracks behind. All you need to do is make sure it’s boundary wires are set up correctly in these areas and the Sileno will work like a charm.

Smart System Sensor

Real- time updates from your garden. Light, temperature and soil moisture will be tracked and can be checked via the app at any time.

This unit gathers on the weather conditions within your garden – the temperature, light intensity and soil moisture – and sends out this data to its counterparts so that they can alter their actions and outputs accordingly. This data is also forwarded to the Smart App where you can make further changes.

In order for it to measure the soil moisture content it needs to be place within the ground and beside your plants, this makes for more reliable results as it’s right beside the plant roots. As the antennae provide a strong and reliable connection between all components, the smart sensor will operate in even large gardens without a problem.

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Smart App

The Gardena app is completely free and can be downloaded onto all Android and iOS devices. As I have mentioned above, you can control mowing times, watering times and see all the important information picked up by the Smart Sensor. Provided you have data and signal, you can keep complete control of your lawn and adapt the systems settings as you so please with just the tap of the screen.

Brief Summary of the Automated Smart System

Overall I think the Gardena Smart System really could change the way we maintain our gardens for the years to come. It takes out all the hard work of maintaining the lawn, requires almost no effort to operate and gives everyone the chance of having a brilliant looking garden. It’s just a fantastic piece of technology!

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10 Reasons You Should Switch to an Electric Weed Eater

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If you’re still thinking about making the switch to an electric weed eater from gas, these five reasons show the benefits of finally making the jump. With more power from cordless trimmers, there’s not many scenarios where you should continue using a gas powered weed eater.

Just to clarify, all of the reasons listed here are for cordless options, not corded. In recent years, corded options are dwindling because of the capabilities of newer lithium-ion battery technologies.

1. No more mixing gas and oil improperly

Oops, that was a little too much gas. Oh well, that’ll be fine.

Most of us are familiar with the times too much oil or too much gas was used in the gas trimmer. Unless you are buying pre-mixed solution, it’s really hard to make sure the exact ratio is followed.

2. Electric weed eaters are stupid easy to start

I know it’s the first start of the year, but twenty pulls on this string is ridiculous!

Even using the highest priced weed eaters the following year, I highly doubt they will be starting on the first string pull. Use the below guide to learn how to start an electric weed eater:

  • Insert the battery
  • Push the button

My ratio of oil to gas for my weed trimmer isn’t working. Maybe it’s time to switch to an electric weed eater. #electriclawn

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3. Less noise to annoy the neighbors with

“Hey Bob, how’s life?” (Holding a conversation while trimming)

Compared with gas weed eaters, electric alternatives are proven to be more quiet. That means even late in the evening you can trim the yard without bothering the neighbor’s dinner or movie time. In addition, no more need for earmuffs.

4. Absolute freedom from cords

[FACT] Two things people do: cut their own cord or trip on it.

Limitations suck. Period. It doesn’t matter if it’s a vacuum or a weed eater, running out of cable is frustrating and plain annoying. There are many other words that fit here, but these should work fine.

5. Eco-friendly: no gas, oil, or fumes to worry about 

Crap. Spilled gas again. And, there goes oil in my yard where my garden plants grow. And then I eat them.

Aside from the lovely thought of never needing gas again, not having to worry about oil or getting light-headed from the fumes seems like a good trade-off.

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6. Super low maintenance

Let me grab my socket wrench so I can change this spark plug.

Let’s do a quick comparison of maintenance required for both types of trimmers.


  • Clean away dirt
  • Inspect for damage
  • Check and replace air filter
  • Adjust the idle speed
  • Clean or replace spark plug
  • Check and add oil
  • Change the oil


  • Clean away dirt
  • Inspect for damage
  • Follow proper battery care

Pretty clear here on the workload required. Depending on which trimmer you have, there might also be a fuel filter (for gas) to check and replace. 

7. Newer electric weed eaters do not lack power

My new cordless weed eater does just fine. It can slice through dandelions and single blades of grass effortlessly. -Said someone in the early 2000s

There were a few issues in the past with cordless weed eaters. No power, short use time, and long charge time. When the trim work was done (normally about 15 minutes or less), it took a long time to recharge the battery. Also, if anyone wanted to cut through something thick, they didn’t even attempt it.

Our article about 5 of the best electric weed eaters here >>

8. Storage is quick and painless

Hold on honey, I need to empty everything from the weed eater for storage.

Once done using the electric trimmer, just pull out the battery and put it in the charger. Lay the weed eater anywhere you’d like. It’s that easy.

9. Lightweight: perfect for grab-n-go

Where’d that shoulder strap go?

Lighter means less strain on muscles and easier maneuvering for getting things done. I’ve never met someone who’d rather have a heavier piece of equipment — speaking in weed eater terms of course.

10. Shared batteries with other electric equipment

Yep, I’m done with the chainsaw. Looks like there’s still some battery left.

Many manufacturers are making universal lawn equipment that share batteries. You can remove the battery from a leaf blower and go directly to your weed eater. Even some lawn mowers can share with the trimmer.

Hopefully these reasons have shed some light on moving to an electric setup. Of course, there are other reasons to consider in your personal situation. 

Electric Mower: The New Grass Cutting Gig or Lack of Power?

There’s much discussion about the environmentally friendly era. Should we use an electric mower or gas mower? What’s the world going to look like in 10 years? In 20 years?

electric mower featured

We go out into our yard and try to make it look great (for the most part). We use our mowers and trimmers to edge and curate the areas around our flowers, mulch/rocks, and lawn gnomes.

When it comes time to cut our grass, we travel to the shed and grab our lawn mower. And, typically, this is a gas mower. So, the question remains: is a gas mower really that bad for the earth?

What Are Pollutants That Are Emitted By A Gas Mower?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a report about the concerns of V.O.C or volatile organic compounds being released into the air and damaging the planet. They even made the following statement:

Workers using commercial equipment are exposed when they are close to the emitting sources several hours each day, several days a week in seasons of use.

This can cause health concerns later for people in the types of work they do each and every day.

Think about it. A regular guy working his butt off mowing lawns and doing it day-in and day-out might get a serious illness because of the vapors he’s breathing in from his mowers.

Essentially, he’s literally killing himself by working.

How Can An Electric Mower Help The Air We Breathe?

The below infographic tells us how just one gas mower affects the amount of pollution in the air. It’s hard to believe that when we drive our car 40 miles that it equals the same amount of toxicity in the air as a good ol’ gas powered lawn mower.

electric mower advantage
Source: Fix.com Blog

But seriously, 1 hour of mowing does this much damage?

Also, about 600 million gallons of gas is spilled each year in lawn care equipment. Almost 17 million other gallons goes into the ground.

While some may not see that as a concern, when the gas is spilled out, there are these things called hydrocarbons that get released into the air. Once they get into the atmosphere, they can get into soil and other areas of ground.

The main concern: potentially getting into ground water.

A Greener Lawn: Lawn Mower Fuel Consumption and Spillage in America
Source: Fix.com Blog

What are Some Regulations for Our Future?

Thankfully, there are agencies in place like the C.A.R.B (California Air Resource Board) to manage the different phases of keeping emissions under control – specifically small engines.

There has also been major improvements in using alternative energy resources in the market today. There has been much speculation in the past about how electric mowers and other cordless mowers would make it in the market.

The technology being used in resulting in lighter mowers with equivalent or very similar power features of an electric mower versus a gas mower. And the result is going to substantially increase the well-being of the environment.

Other electric advantages are also taking hold for consumers like trimmers (aka weed eaters, weed wackers), blowers and sweepers, edgers, pressure washers, and a whole line-up of electric tools.

How About the Electric Mower vs. the Reel Mower?

Fortunately, there has been a tried and true method the entire time: the good ole fashioned reel mower. It emits absolutely no emissions and helps keep you in good health by keeping your heart rate up.

And, comparatively, it doesn’t take that much of a time difference to make up for the difference of engine vs. no engine.

You’ll also get a cleaner cut because of the way the blades move with an reel mower – they actually cut each individual blade of grass leaving your yard looking more even.

The chart below shows some differences with lawn mowers consistently used.

A Greener Lawn: Lawn Mowing Options from Scythe to Electric Mower to Ride On
Source: Fix.com Blog

Now, I’m not advocating that everyone go out and purchase a reel mower, but we need to think about the future and how we are going to help save the planet from being so polluted.

We’re constantly breathing in air and we definitely don’t want to be worried about keeping our children indoors simply because the smog is bad on any given day.

Using Proper Maintenance Without An Electric Mower

If you can’t go out and purchase an electric mower right now, there are still steps you can take to help out the environment.

Simply maintain the equipment that you own now.

This can be a major factor in preventing leaks and ensuring that the equipment you are using is running optimally. Replace any parts that are not in good shape or just need to be updated.

By making the updates to your lawn equipment, it will keep it up-to-date with whatever the manufacturer originally intended the mower or other tool to be used for environmentally.

Take the time to sharpen your blades (or get new ones)

Something that may be a concern with the efficiency of mowers is the ability to cut the grass evenly and most efficiently. The best way to do this is to get your blades in order and top-notch cutting power!

You’ll need to do this with electric mowers any way, since they rely on how sharp the blades are to reduce the amount of power from the battery.

A Greener Lawn: Maintaining Your Lawn Mower Parts
Source: Fix.com Blog

Moving to a Greener (pun intended) Lawn

The world is constantly on the lookout for ways to increase the health of others and reduce the harmful effects that many of our own actions are causing.

One of those changes you might take note of is how often and how long to cut your lawn. An electric mower can help with this because you will be able to cut as often as you’d like (if needed) without having to worry about the pollutants making their way into the air.

Other factors you can consider:

Think About Your Needs and Lifestyle

Are you the type of person that enjoys gardening or wants an immaculate landscape? That will help cut down your mowing time and shorten the needs for your grass.

Summary and Thoughts

We’re always moving to a more energy efficient and green society. We need to be thinking about zero-emissions vehicles and tools like electric lawn mowers if we’re serious about changing habits.

To reduce our carbon footprint, there are immediate results you can start with now – change the way you mow with turning to electric tools and getting away from the gas mowers or other tools that require things like oil, more maintenance, etc.

If you made it this far, thanks for reading!



Also, thank you fix.com for the awesome infographics you create! It really makes for more pleasant posts.