Updated 29 Sep 2016

Ryobi

36V 5.0Ah Brushless Kit RLM36X46L50HID

Snapshot: The Ryobi RLM36X46L50HID is a battery-powered mulch & catch mower that weighs 15.1kg and has a cutting width of 46cm. But is it the sharpest tool in the shed?

36V 5.0Ah Brushless Kit RLM36X46L50HID
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$799

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Test results

Overall score
83
Catcher cutting
?/10
Mulcher cutting
?/10
Long grass cutting
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Excellent catcher cutting.
  • Very good mulching.
  • Good long-grass cutting.
  • Very easy to use overall.
  • Catcher is OK to use.
  • Very easy to manoeuvre.
  • Long running time.

But

*Mesh catcher lets small clippings and dust through.

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%)

Key data

Model

Type
Mulch & catch
Avg price
$799

Specifications

Noise (dBA)
58/74
Weight (kg)
15.1
Cutting height range (mm)
15-65
Starter
Electric
Run time (minutes)
45
Charge time (minutes)
180
Cut width (cm)
46
Handle height (cm)
94/97/100
Closeness of cut to vertical edge (front/right/left) (mm)
140 / 15 / 15
Chassis
Plastic
Engine
n/a
Voltage
36
Battery size tested
5.0
Battery cost
$279 (5.0Ah)
Starter location
Handle

Features

Console (skin)/battery cost
-
Self-propelled drive
×

More Info

Notes
We tested earlier model, updated in 2017 to now include a fast charger, claimed to reduce charging time to one hour.
Availability
Exclusive to Bunnings

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