Updated 29 Sep 2016

Ryobi

Cordless 36V 4.0AH RLM36X40H40

Snapshot: The Ryobi Cordless 36V 4.0AH RLM36X40H40 is a catcher-only battery-electric mower that weighs 16kg and has a cutting width of 40cm. But is it a smooth operator?

Cordless 36V 4.0AH RLM36X40H40
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$599

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Test results

Overall score
79
Catcher cutting
?/10
Long grass cutting
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Very good catcher cutting.
  • Good long grass cutting.
  • Easy to use.
  • Very easy to push and manoeuvre.
  • Barely noticeable handle vibration.
  • Comfortable handle at a good height.
  • Easy height adjustment.
  • Very good battery life (45 minutes).

But

  • Catcher a little awkward to remove, empty and replace.

How we test

Overall score comprises performance (50%) and ease of use (50%).

Performance scores are based on cutting:

Short (30mm) grass to 15mm
Medium-length (approx. 75-100mm) grass to 30mm
Long (approx. 300-400mm) grass on the highest cut setting

We run the short and medium-length grass tests with the mower in both catcher and mulching modes where applicable. Neither the catcher nor the mulcher is used for the long grass test.

Ease of use is assessed on:

Vibration (20%)
Pushing/manoeuvring (20%)
Handle comfort (20%)
Controls (10%)
Cutting height adjustment (10%)
Catcher convenience (10%)
Ease of starting** (10%)

Noise is measured at 7.5 metres away/at user’s ear.
Weight is measured without the catcher or mulcher plug, or battery for cordless models.

Key data

Model

Type
Catcher-only
Avg price
$599

Brand survey results

2018 brand reliability (%)
83%
2018 brand satisfaction (%)
69%

Specifications

Noise (dBA)
63/80
Weight (kg)
16
Cutting height range (mm)
20-65
Starter
Electric
Run time (minutes)
45
Charge time (minutes)
60
Cut width (cm)
40
Handle height (cm)
97/100/103
Closeness of cut to vertical edge (front/right/left) (mm)
140/15/15
Chassis
Plastic
Engine
n/a
Voltage
36
Battery size tested
4.0
Battery cost
$279 (5.0Ah)
Starter location
Handle

Features

Console (skin)/battery cost
Not stated
Self-propelled drive
No

More Info

Notes
Brushed motor, smaller battery version of brushless RLM36X46 5.0Ah.
Availability
Bunnings only.

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