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Ryobi RM480e and RM480ex Picture Review.

This is going to be a very complete review of the Ryobi RM480e and RM480ex electric, cordless, brushless, riding mower. This mower has been getting a lot of press this year and all the Youtubers are stating how fun it is to drive. The new owners are all stating that it’s the perfect mower for them. In fact on on HomeDepot.com it’s getting an unheard of 4.9 star rating. Even Consumer Reports likes the RM480e. But is it the perfect mower for you? Let’s find out.

I am going to break this article down into three sections.

This review is over 8000 words so you may not want to tackle it all at once.

  1. I’ll list all the reasons why this may be or not be the best mower for you and what to expect from it if you chose to buy one.
  2. Using pictures I’ll go through each area of the RM480 and explain what you get.
  3. Finally, I’ll also go through some common questions that have been asked on HomeDepot.com and explain the correct answers.

Why should you trust my opinion? 

I have been writing about lawn tractors, zero-turn mowers and snow blowers at todaysmower.com and movingsnow.com for ten years now and over 20,000,000 people have read and trusted the information there*. I also have experience with electric riding mowers over the years all the way back to the GE Elec-Trak and currently own the Raven MPV-7100 hybrid mower. As an old industrial electrician, I’ve also had the training and experience to maintain and understand batteries, electric forklifts, golf carts, and wheelchairs. This combination of experience and training will help me help you to understand the Ryobi RM480 and help you decide if it’s the right riding mower for you.

*based on WordPress Stats.

Where to buy:

The RM480 is available exclusively at The Home Depot. Here are the links to read more and buy. I do make a commission from the sale when you use these links.

Ryobi RM480e, 38 inch, 75 AH Cordless Electric Riding Mower Model # RY48110 (about 2 hours run time)

Ryobi RM480ex, 38 inch, 100 AH Cordless Electric Riding Mower Model # RY48111 (about 2.5 hours run time)

Available Accessories:

Ryobi 38 inch 2 bin soft bagger for RM480e and RM480ex Cordless Electric Riding Mower Model # ACRM001 Note: Bagger comes with bagging blades

Ryobi 38 inch bagging/side discharge blades (2) for RM480e and RM480ex Cordless Electric Riding Mower Model # ACRM003 Note: The bagger comes with bagging blades

Ryobi 38 inch mulching/side discharge blades (2) for RM480e and RM480ex Cordless Electric Riding Mower Model # ACRM002 Note: Mower comes with these blades and a mulching cover.

Is the Ryobi RM480 the right mower for you? Reasons why it may or not be the best choice for you. 

Who the Ryobi RM480 mower is for.

Who the Ryobi RM480 is not for.

The biggest issues you need to be aware of:

I normally don’t discuss the negatives of using a product up front in an article but I want you to be completely aware of what to expect with an electric riding mower.  Even though they are fun to drive, environmentally friendly and really quiet, using an electric rider is a slightly different experience than using a gas-powered one – particularly using it on rough ground and going downhill. Personally, I have learned to use them well even though they are slightly different to use.

These issues are not “don’t buy” issues. They are just items you need to be aware of when deciding if this mower is the best for you.

  1. Controlling Speed using your foot. Driving the Ryobi RM480 is just like driving your car. Put the rider in Forward and then use the accelerator pedal on the right floorboard to control your speed and the left pedal to brake. That is fine in a smooth riding car but it takes some practice when using an electric rider. At first, when you hit a bump in the lawn your right foot will move on the accelerator pedal causing the mower to jerk. This takes practice to operate it smoothly.
  2. Going Downhill – engine braking. The Ryobi RM480 will pick up speed going down any slope. (freewheel) It can be quite a surprise the first time you go into a ditch with it! It does not have natural engine/transmission braking like your gas-powered riding mower and the regenerative braking is not enough to hold the mower going downhill. What that means is when you go downhill you will have to keep your left foot on the brake. It does have a good rear drum braking system so you can feather the brake as needed. ( I feel the industry will have to rethink electric drives and develop a gearbox that will hold these mowers going downhill with the cruise on)
  3. Mowing in Reverse. The Ryobi RM480 is capable of mowing in reverse but the procedure is different from your lawn tractor. When you decide to back up with the mower deck running you will push the RMO button on the dash BEFORE you move the F-N-R switch to the reverse (R) position. You have to do this each time you back up. With a little practice, this becomes easy to do and you can do it all with your right hand. Just so you know – all the electric riders that have mow in reverse operate this way.
  4. Small tires and a rough lawn. I have a rough lawn and I’ve been using a Husqvarna rider for years. It has the smaller tires like the Ryobi RM480. I’ve learned where the roughest spots are and slow down when mowing those areas. If you are the type of person who has to mow and get done as quickly as possible you will complain about how rough it rides on an older lawn.
  5. Built for mowing lawns – not fields and high weeds/grass. This is a fun to use, agile riding mower designed to mow your average in-town or suburban lawn. It is not designed to go out in the field next door and mow weeds and grass 12 inches to 3 feet tall! Tall, thick grasses that have been growing for half the summer will over task the electric motors on the deck and either blow fuses or circuit breakers. In addition, the blades are just standard lawn cutting blades and will bend if you hit rocks, tree roots and other debris typically found in those areas that are not mowed often.

Still interested?  I want to hit the features and spec quickly before I show you the pictures.

Basic Features and Specifications:

Note: 

Where to buy:

The RM480 is available exclusively at The Home Depot. Here are the links to read more and buy. I do make a commission from the sale when you use these links.

Ryobi RM480e, 38 inch, 75 AH Cordless Electric Riding Mower Model # RY48110 (about 2 hours run time)

Ryobi RM480ex, 38 inch, 100 AH Cordless Electric Riding Mower Model # RY48111 (about 2.5 hours run time)

Available Accessories:

Ryobi 38 inch 2 bin soft bagger for RM480e and RM480ex Cordless Electric Riding Mower Model # ACRM001 Note: Bagger comes with bagging blades

Ryobi 38 inch bagging/side discharge blades (2) for RM480e and RM480ex Cordless Electric Riding Mower Model # ACRM003 Note: The bagger comes with bagging blades

Ryobi 38 inch mulching/side discharge blades (2) for RM480e and RM480ex Cordless Electric Riding Mower Model # ACRM002 Note: Mower comes with these blades and a mulching cover.

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Picture Review:

Overview from Ryobi
When you first look at the Ryobi RM480 you will see a lot of plastic. But the plastic is just covers – like the plastic fenders on your car. Underneath is a fully welded, rigid, tube steel frame.

 

The Ryobi RM480 is about the same length and a little narrower than your typical lawn tractor. Most of the weight is in the rear which makes it very easy to steer and gives it more rear traction than a typical lawn tractor.

 

The rear tires on the Ryobi RM480 are smaller than the rear tires on a lawn tractor but sized well for the width of the mower.

 

Ryobi RM480 is just like driving your car. Brake on the left, accelerator on the right and a comfortable steering wheel in between.
The seat on the Ryobi RM480 is not bad. It has a backrest and is padded well. It’s easily adjustable with the lever in front of the seat for short and tall operators. The spring suspension makes it comfortable for the hour or two you will mow with it every week.

 

I was pleasantly surprised to see the Ryobi RM480’s rear hitch is robust. It will handle your yard cart, dethatcher, and lawn sweeper well.

 

The Ryobi RM480 rear axle is a steel axle inside a steel tube. The gearbox and electric motor use an aluminum housing.

 

The rear wheels on the Ryobi RM480 are attached to a cast iron hub with four lug bolts. No keyways to line up or steel keys to lose if you have to remove a tire to fix a flat.

 

I like this picture from Ryobi better than the one I took. The operator’s console is well laid out and uses commercial grade switches for long life. Everything is right in one place. The console even has a USB port and slot for your phone! Charge your phone and listen to your favorite music using your wireless headphones while you mow!

 

The Ryobi RM480 has a 12 position mowing height. The lever is solid and lifts the deck easily. There is even a green marking tab so you can remember the height you cut the deck. I like to raise the deck when putting the mower in my storage shed the tab will help me remember what height I mow at.

 

The rear drum brakes on the Ryobi RM480 are variable like the brakes in your car so you can use them to keep a constant speed when going downhill. They are fully adjustable for wear using the nut you see in the picture. These brakes are true brakes unlike the tiny disc parking brake found on your lawn tractor.

 

When you get your new Ryobi RM480 the battery will be disconnected. Flip up the seat and remove the black plastic cover under the seat. Push the two gray pieces together to connect the battery.

 

When you get the Ryobi RM480 there will also be a cardboard box. Inside the box are the mulch cover and the battery charger. Please read the operator’s manual on where to put the charger.

 

To charge your Ryobi RM480 plug the black triangular plug into the rider – it only goes in one way. Then plug the charger into a 110-volt wall receptacle. You can use an extension cord but the charger can draw up to 15 amps so you need a 12 or 14 ga cord less than 50 feet long. When the light is green on the charger it is charging.

 

The front bumper is small but strong

 

The Ryobi RM480’s Steering is robust and uses heavy-duty connecting rods and links. It has a heavy-duty welded steel axle and a strong automotive type front yoke and axle components. I like this steering a lot and it will hold up to many years of use.

 

New owners are saying the Ryobi RM480 LED Headlights are quite bright!

 

The Ryobi RM480 Mowing Deck is a two blade steel cutting deck with metal blades and independent brushless electric motors that power each blade. It is aerodynamically designed to side discharge, mulch, and bag well. Consumer Reports has tested the deck and they state it mows very well.

 

The anti-scalp wheels are adjustable so you can lower them if you have a lot of obstructions that you may catch the deck on. these are not gauge wheels that wet the cut height so you don’t have to move them if you don’t want to. The cut height is controlled by the 12 position lever on the left side of the operator’s area.

 

The Ryobi RM480 Mowing Deck safety discharge cover is zip tied out of the way for shipping. Just cut that zip tie and it’s ready to mow.

 

The Ryobi RM480 Mowing Deck’s motors are covered to keep grass and debris from clogging the cooling fins. On the mowers I have seen so far the baked on powder coat paint is very even and will last.

 

The mowing blades on the Ryobi RM480 Mowing Deck are standard combination blades. They are a little lighter than the blades you find on many other lawn tractors but their light weight is a factor in making the mower battery last long enough to mow your 2-acre lawn. The blades shown are side discharge – mulching blades and bagging blades are included when you buy the bagger.

 

Last picture. I like this mower a lot and it would be a great choice for my one-acre yard. I know my wife would love it for hauling here landscaping supplies. It’s the right mower for me but is it the best mower for you? Click below to go to the next page. 

Click on the Next Page Button below to see a complete picture review of the Ryobi RM480 Electric Riding Mower

Where to buy:

The RM480 is available exclusively at The Home Depot. Here are the links to read more and buy. I do make a commission from the sale when you use these links.

Ryobi RM480e, 38 inch, 75 AH Cordless Electric Riding Mower Model # RY48110 (about 2 hours run time)

Ryobi RM480ex, 38 inch, 100 AH Cordless Electric Riding Mower Model # RY48111 (about 2.5 hours run time)

Available Accessories:

Ryobi 38 inch 2 bin soft bagger for RM480e and RM480ex Cordless Electric Riding Mower Model # ACRM001 Note: Bagger comes with bagging blades

Ryobi 38 inch bagging/side discharge blades (2) for RM480e and RM480ex Cordless Electric Riding Mower Model # ACRM003 Note: The bagger comes with bagging blades

Ryobi 38 inch mulching/side discharge blades (2) for RM480e and RM480ex Cordless Electric Riding Mower Model # ACRM002 Note: Mower comes with these blades and a mulching cover.

Common Questions About The Ryobi RM480e and RM480ex:

1. What is “some assembly required?”

Ryobi has created and posted an assembly video on YouTube. It is very easy and uses just a few hand tools. Most owner state it takes 45 minutes if your rider is delivered in the crate or 30 minutes without the crate. If you opt to pick it up at your local Home Depot it should be already assembled. If it is assembled at the Store make sure you get the cardboard box which includes the battery charger.

Basically, the only assembly required is to attach the steering wheel/column, plug the battery connector (just one connector), connect the safety switch connector to the seat and attach the seat to the mower with two shouldered screws. If you do not have a torque wrench as suggested in the video, tighten the nut with a wrench to the point of initial resistance and then continue to tighten about another 1/3 revolution so that the nut is securely attached to the steering assembly.  Another little not. Back it off the crate per the instructions. Be sure you let it charge fully – 8-10 hours – before your first mow.

2. How do I get this to My House? 

The Ryobi RM480e can be purchased online or at your Home Depot store and taken home with a trailer. You may purchase it online or in the store and have it delivered to your home. Home Depot currently shows free delivery. You may also purchase it online and have it shipped to your home in the crate. If you buy online and have it shipped to your home, there will be some minimal assembly upon delivery. If you buy it assembled make sure you get the box for the charger!

3. Who Repairs This and How?

For service and repair: RYOBI has approximately 1800 Authorized Service Centers across the US. Call Ryobi customer service center can help you find the one closest to you: 1.800.860.4050.  At this time it looks like you are responsible for getting the mower to the repair center.

4. What does rust-resistant deck mean? What is it coated with? Is this mower made mostly out of steel? 

The mowing deck is a stamped deck and made from 12 gauge steel. Rust-resistant means it has a powder coat finish applied. Powder coat is a process where the metal is cleaned of all oils and contaminants. It is them electrostatically sprayed with a colored powdered poly paint.  That powdered paint is them baked on to create a very durable finish that is very hard to chip and won’t flake off.

The second picture in the picture review on page 2 shows the full metal frame of the Ryobi RM480.  The mower is made mostly of steel and the plastic you see on the outside is like the fenders on your car. Your car fenders are there more for looks (and aerodynamics) than for structural integrity.

5. Specs state a 38.5″ width with a 38″ cutting deck which I presume is the shipping width (with the deflector chute folded up). What is the overall width with the deflector chute down in the operating position?

I don’t have an actual number because I’m at work, but the deflector shield sticks out about 10″. You can fold it up if you need to go through a gate or something.

6. What are the crated dimensions?

The crated dimensions of this unit are: 46” wide X 63” long X 38.5” tall.

7. How long is the mower on it?

This question is hard to answer. Most people ask who wide the mower is so they know if it will fit through a gate or doorway. The cut is 38 inches wide. The mower deck with the plastic side discharge up is about 41 inches wide. So it will go through a 48-inch gate easily. With the discharge down its about 51 inches. How long is the mower deck? If you are going to take the deck off and store it separately the front to back length would be about 24-26 inches.

8. Mowing speed?

When the blades are spinning (engaged) The Ryobi RM480 has a top speed of 5 MPH but I’ll guess that the normal mowing speed is like that of other lawn tractors – about 3-4 MPH.  With the deck turned off the Ryobi RM480 will tool around your yard and over to the neighbors at 8 MPH! That 2.5 MPH faster than your neighbor’s lawn tractor!

9. Are there rebates on this mower since it’s environmentally friendly?

“Going Green” rebates and allowances are usually distributed through your local government so it would definitely be worth checking on.

10. Any plans to make provide attachments for use the year around? Specifically such as a snow blade?

Not at this time

11. What is the horsepower? 

The Ryobi RM480 uses 3 independent brushless motors that deliver max torque and power to the deck motors and the transmission.  Electric motors operate differently so trying to compare the available power/torque of the brushless motors to a gas engine is very hard. Users have stated that the mower deck motors and the transmission drive motor provide all the torque needed to deliver all of the power and run-time to mow your lawn. In fact, owners are stating it has more than enough power for the 38-inch cut.

12. It states “up to 2 hours of run time or 2 acres”. Do you get those times with the included 75 AH batteries or only if you upgrade to the 100 AH batteries.

Consumer Reports just reviewed the Ryobi RM480e with the 75 AH batteries and stated they got the two hour run times during their testing. They also rated it the best of the “rear engine rider class” and “very good” for the areas they test. Subscription required: http://www.consumerreports.org/products/lawn-tractor/ryobi-r48110-388396/overview/

13. Battery maintenance? Are the 75 AH batteries that come with this mower maintenance free, or standard old-school lead acid that need to be topped off with distilled water every now and again? I didn’t see anything in the manual about the batteries except they are Ryobi 75 AH lead acid and how to change them out.

These lead acid batteries are maintenance free. They are a sealed gel type battery so you never have to check them or add water.

If you want to get the most life out of these batteries here is an article on the subject:  5+ Ultimate Electric Riding Mower Battery Care Tips

14. How many amps does it draw when charging?

The charger for this lawn mower is rated at a 13 amp max current so any 15 amp 110-volt outlet will work. The charger will be warm/very warm to the touch when in operation.

15. What is the charge time for the batteries? Is this a quick charging unit?

Page 16 and 17 of the use and care manual states the charge time is “overnight.” The manual also suggests that you leave the mower plugged into the charger when you are not using it. The charger not only charges the batteries but also maintains (peak charges) the batteries so they are always ready to use. From a practical standpoint, these are deep-discharge sealed lead acid batteries and quick charging them can greatly shorten the life.

16. Is it possible to purchase multiple batteries and switch them out for longer cut times to avoid waiting on recharge?

Hi, Robert- thanks for the question. While it’s possible to change the batteries out, it is more for long-term maintenance than for swapping out during each use. The 75Ah batteries that come with model RY48110 will get you up to 2 hours of straight cutting time which equates to 2 acres of grass. If you require more run-time than that, we sell the 100Ah version (RY48111) which will get you up to 2.5 hours of cutting time or 2.5 acres of grass. We hope this helps!

16. Why is the warranty on the 4 batteries only 1 year? Is that their expected life? Would this mean that I should expect to buy 4 new batteries every year? What is the cost of a replacement battery?

Most batteries are only warrantied for one year because the life is very dependent on how the owner treats the batteries. If you don’t take care of them they may only last 2 years but with a few simple habits, you can easily get 5-8 years before they have to be replaced.

This is an excellent article on how to maximize the battery life. It more or less follows the same advice that’s in the manual but gives the “why” behind it. If you want to get the most life out of these batteries:  5+ Ultimate Electric Riding Mower Battery Care Tips. If you follow the hints in the article and the charging procedures on page 16 and 17 of the Operator’s Manual I expect you should get 4-6 years of use.

Replacing the batteries every 5 years is less expensive than properly maintaining and running a gas rider over the same period of time.

For replacement, there are a number of different sealed lead acid batteries that will work with the riding mower. The replacement should be AGM, sealed, maintenance-free lead-acid battery. The riding mower is powered by 4- 12V lead-acid batteries. The replacement cost per battery can range from $150-$200.  My understanding is Home Depot will carry replacements in the future.

17. If delivered from the store is it already charged at all? Would it be delivered to the end of my sloped drive(2 cars deep) or the top? I want to make sure I can get it in the garage to charge overnight.

The battery does have some charge – probably more than enough to complete any driving you’d like to do, but the instructions are pretty clear on charging it fully before any mowing tasks. If the mower does not move at all when you get it there is a plug under a panel under the seat that needs to be connected.

18. Are these Lithium Ion Batteries?

It’s a mistake to dismiss this mower because of the battery type. Here’s why:
While lithium batteries are better in cars and even portable appliances the differences diminish in mowers and tractors. The main benefit of lithium’s is their weight to power ratio. What this means is that for a given weight lithium batteries supply more power. This does not mean that lithium batteries are more powerful. Power in batteries is measured in Ah (amp/hours). What this means is that the battery can supply a specific power (watts – amps x volts) for a measured period of time (hours). So if a lithium battery has say 100Ah and an AGM (absorbent glass mat) battery has 100Ah they both are capable of supplying the same amount of power. The difference is that the lithium batteries are smaller and lighter but both give the same results.

Mowers and tractors don’t care about overall weight, in fact, they get better traction when they are heavier so the heavier battery is actually a plus in this type of machine.

What is an AGM battery? This is a lead/acid battery with a big difference! First, it is sealed so no acid leaks out and you never need to add water. They can fly on airplanes and are safer than lithium batteries. The batteries in mowers have another difference, they are deep cycle. That means they can withstand discharges better than the battery in your car that starts your engine which can put out a lot of power for a very short period of time.

Treated correctly and charged properly they will last a long time. Not as long as lithium batteries though. Here’s why. Battery life is measured in cycles, how many times it can be charged and discharged. and lithium wins in this category but for a big price, they cost 3 to 4 times more than sealed batteries. So, in the end, it evens out, you spend less for the battery but it doesn’t have as long a life. To get the longest life try to never let the batteries discharge below 50%, 70 or 80% is better. Battery life is also dependent on how deeply the batteries are discharged, so the number of cycles a battery will last drops with deep discharges.

Bottom line:  AGM batteries like in the Ryobi mower are a very good design choice. Lithium batteries are great batteries in many ways but in mowers that don’t have weight restrictions, their added expense is just not justified.

19. Are the batteries shipped with the mower or separate?

The batteries are shipped installed in the mower.

20. Does this mower mulch? Is there a mulching option? Does this mower come with mulching blades?

The mower comes equipped with combination mulching – side-discharge blades. The Ryobi RM480 is also shipped with the mulch plug.

A bagging kit (with bagger and high lift bagging blades) is also available separately.

21. If you are using the mulching plug, is it okay to remove the side discharge cover?

It’s not recommended.  The hardware that mounts the cover is a pin that uses a press on cap.  (You should be able to find a replacement cap at any hardware store.) In addition, the cover is spring loaded and the spring is very difficult to install. However, it is hinged, so you can raise it up if you need to store it in a smaller space or move it through a narrower gate. Most owners use a rope or bungee strap to hold it up with the mulch cover in place. That allows you to mow from either direction thru/near obstructions – narrow paths, gates, trees, flowerbeds, etc.

22. How difficult is it to remove the mowing deck to replace the blades and clean the underside?

Removing the deck is easier than most lawn tractors because the deck is smaller/lighter and there are only four hairpin cotter keys, and two electric connections that pull apart. No belts to route or belt keepers to loosen and reinstall.

Your owners manual shows you the steps on page 22.

23. Can I remove the deck and drive only the tractor?

The deck is removable for cleaning and blade changes.

24. Is the mower deck hard to clean and how do you clean it?

The deck is not hard to clean but the procedure is a little different from what we have been telling you to do to clean a lawn tractor deck for the last 10 years. Why? About 10 years ago the industry switched to sealed bearings on the deck. Those bearings were sealed well enough that many brands started to include the deck washing port where you hooked up a garden hose and used water to clean the underside of the deck. It worked well IF you cleaned the deck each time you mowed. The water pressure was low enough that it usually didn’t force water into the bearings, ruining them. By the way, never use a pressure washer on any deck, especially ones with sealed bearings or a deck with electric motors like this one. Even though they are sealed – they are not sealed that well! You will accidentally force water into them and they will quickly fail.

So, to clean this deck. What I state here pretty much follows the Ryobi RM480e operator’s manual. Clean the topside by wiping it off with a rag or brush. You can also use a vacuum or leaf blower to blow the debris off. I suggest cleaning the underside when you sharpen the blades or replace them. You only have to remove four pins and disconnect the electrical plug. The deck slides right out from under the riding mower. You may want take pictures of where the pins go with your cell phone before you disconnect the deck.

Remove the blades. Even dull blades can cut you if you accidentally slip. Use a plastic scraper and a shop vac to clean the underside. I have an old kitchen spatula (pancake flipper) and a boot brush that works really well. If you use plastic you won’t scratch the paint causing corrosion later on. It doesn’t have to be perfect – just get the big chunks. That’s it! Install the blades, slide the deck under the rider, connect the pins and electrical plug. The whole process will take you less than 20 minutes the second or third time you do it.

25. How does it handle tall grass? I assume it’s not as good at cutting really tall grass as gas-powered ones.

The Ryobi will cut tall grass just fine but please remember riding lawn mowers are designed to cut your lawn – not the field out back or the garden/paddock you haven’t mowed all year. It’s understandable how one might think an electric mower couldn’t handle tall grass as well, but we’re confident that it can. This unit is powered by 3 independent brushless motors that deliver max torque and power to the deck motors and the drivetrain. The mower uses the torque of these electric brushless motors to deliver all of the power and run-time the customer will need. Thanks again for your interest, and we hope this helps!

Works just like a gas-powered riders.

26. What is the max slope?

The rider has a lot of weight in the rear compared to a conventional lawn tractor so it will climb slopes up to 15 degrees better than most lawn tractors. The Max Slope for using the Ryobi RM480 is 15 degrees.  Page 36 of your operator’s manual has a diagram to help you determine your max slope.

27. Hi, I bought my RM480e two weeks ago, used it twice and love it. However, the parking brake on my unit does not work. The brake itself works fine but not the parking handle. It probably needs an adjustment. Where are the instructions for adjusting the parking brake?

To use the parking brake push all the way down on the left foot pedal then lift the red parking brake handle. If the brake will not set the brakes may be adjusted to tight. The operator’s manual show you how to easily adjust the brakes.  This is another great feature of the Ryobi RM480. The brakes are real brakes and you can use them just like the brakes in your car. Most lawn tractors have just a parking brake and you can’t feather the brakes to stop slowly or adjust them.

28. Can this fit through my 3 feet-4 inch fence gate?

Yes. Raise the discharge chute up and it will go through. Drive slowly because it will be close.  With the discharge chute lifted up, the width of the deck is 37 inches. Your gate is just wide enough to fit, at 40 inches.

29. Tow behinds Any products like aerator, dethatcher, or seeder coming soon?

Most lawn tractor attachments from all the manufactures that hook up to the rear hitch and has wheels to pull it around will work. Lawn Sweepers, Yard Carts, Dethachers, Spreaders, etc.  I would limit aerators to 40 inches or less and put no more than 2 cinder blocks on the aerator for weight.

Manufactures include, Agri-Fab, Brinly-Hardy, Craftsman, Cub Cadet, John Deere, Ohio Steel, Polar, OxCart, Precision Products, Midwest Products, and many others.

30. Can it tow a trailer? I have a small steel wagon that is capable of being towed behind a lawn tractor and was wondering if this was capable of towing it. The Wagon is rated to 1200 lbs but is really too small to get anywhere near that and I was wondering if this could pull it.

Yes it has a hitch plate in the rear. Be realistic though and only tow a small yard cart with garden tools or a bag or two of mulch/dirt.  Total towed weight must not exceed the weight that you can safely control the mower.

31. I have less than an acre but a good-sized hill , how will this mower perform on large hills ?

The operating manual states NO MORE than a 15 degree slope. Many other factors go into how it will handle including wet grass, loose dirt, ruts and bumps.The area you can mow on one charge will be reduced by driving it up and down a hill.

32. Can the cruise control be set at any available speed, especially a very slow speed?

The cruise can set at any speed as long as you’re on level ground or traveling uphill. There is no engine braking so will not control the speed if you’re traveling downhill. The mower will accelerate downhill and does not return to the set speed until you encounter an uphill or level-ground condition. If the brake is applied (just touched or fully) at any time, the cruise is disengaged.

33. Do the headlights offer enough light to mow at night?

They should be plenty bright to allow you to mow at night. And it’s quiet enough not to bother the neighbors!

34. Does the mower CUT in reverse?

Yes, There is a reverse mode option button on the control panel. When this button is depressed, the customer is able to mow in reverse until the mower is turned off or the button is depressed again turning off the reverse mode option.

35. What is the top speed and turning radius?

The top speed for this mower is 8 MPH without the blades in use and 5 MPH when mowing. The turning radius is 16”.

36. Does it Vibrate

The easy answer is no. There is no gas engine vibration or vibration from spinning pulleys and v-belts. This riding mower will also be quieter than a gas powered rider. I own an electric riding mower with a 46 inch deck and there is no vibration from the spinning blades. I am going to assume that this 38 inch will have no vibration either. Be aware the speed control is a foot pedal. If you have problems with having your knees in one position for long periods of time the foot control may be a problem. Yes, there is cruise control but that is only good for open areas that you are mowing. Most of the time you will still be using your right foot.

37. Do I have to switch blades to go from mulching to bagging? I see there are both mulching blades and bagging blades, but does one set of these blades work better if I want to mostly mulch but occasionally bag?

Yes, I strongly suggest that you switch to the bagging blades when you’re bagging. If you use the mulching blades for bagging they will not have the throw required to get the grass into the bagger and fill the bagger with grass clippings. The mulch blades may work for dry leaves in the fall but don’t be disappointed if they work poorly.

Where to buy:

The RM480 is available exclusively at The Home Depot. Here are the links to read more and buy. I do make a commission from the sale when you use these links.

Ryobi RM480e, 38 inch, 75 AH Cordless Electric Riding Mower Model # RY48110 (about 2 hours run time)

Ryobi RM480ex, 38 inch, 100 AH Cordless Electric Riding Mower Model # RY48111 (about 2.5 hours run time)

Available Accessories:

Ryobi 38 inch 2 bin soft bagger for RM480e and RM480ex Cordless Electric Riding Mower Model # ACRM001 Note: Bagger comes with bagging blades

Ryobi 38 inch bagging/side discharge blades (2) for RM480e and RM480ex Cordless Electric Riding Mower Model # ACRM003 Note: The bagger comes with bagging blades

Ryobi 38 inch mulching/side discharge blades (2) for RM480e and RM480ex Cordless Electric Riding Mower Model # ACRM002 Note: Mower comes with these blades and a mulching cover.

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References:

https://www.ryobitools.com/outdoor/products/details/rm480ex-electric-riding-lawn-mower

https://www.ryobitools.com/electric-riding-mower/

https://www.ryobitools.com/landscapes/how-to/rm480e-ryobi-riding-mower-assembly-guide

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