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Ryobi 40 V HP Lawnmower Cutting Height Adjustment

I am getting ready for my first run mowing the yards. I have re-read the manual and found some confusion about mower height.

The mower single adjuster lever has numbered slots for height. It does not indicate the actual height. There is no table in the manual.

The following settings are what I measured with my mower.

  1. 1.5 inches
  2. 2.0 inches
  3. 2.5 inches
  4. 3.0 inches
  5. 3.5 inches
  6. 4.0 inches
  7. 4.5 inches

There is a caution in the manual to remove Start Key and battery packs before adjusting the height.

In general I feel that a bit more caution is needed around this type of mower as it is simpler to start!

Removing the Start Key and hanging it up in a safe place seems to be a good idea. I also am thinking about purchasing a spare start key as a backup.

Setup and first run of the Ryobi 40V HP Lawnmower

I have completed the setup and first look at the new Ryobi lawnmower. Here is a video summary:

The mower is ready to go, but the grass has to grow. I will be back with much more on this mower.


Ryobi 40V HP Lawnmower Introduction

The new Ryobi 40 HP Lawnmower is a significant step for me into the Ryobi 40V line of outdoor power tools. I have set up the lawnmower and created some documentary videos to help others along the way.

Here is my unboxing and setup timelapse:

Operating this lawnmower is easy. The mower runs on one battery at a time. The Start Key has to be inserted pointing to the battery you want to use. It is a good idea to remove the start key when the mower is not in use. I will also be discussing battery safety and storage.

This mower is part of my long term home testing program! Shortly I will post my visual manual videos on the blog!

Screwdriver Clarity

The other day Seth Godin wrote an very interesting post on all kinds of "tools."

If it’s a tool, not a destination, what’s the tool for?It doesn’t have to be expensive, all-purpose or exactly the same as the others are using. It simply needs to do the job you need it to do better than any other alternative method.

From: Screwdriver Clarity by Seth Godin

Life On 40 Volts

In my last post I introduced my summer plan on moving to all battery power outdoor tools. After a lot of research and many days of "sleeping on it" I have decided to go full out on Ryobi 40V tools.

The core tool set is as follows:

* Self Propelled Lawn Mower
* 18in Chain Saw
* 40 Volt Expand-It Power head with Line Trimmer, Edger, and Tiller
*  500cfm Blower

Over the next several months I will be using the tools and blogging about progress. I have completed the setup of the Lawn Mower and will blog about that shortly. It is too early to mow!

I did some spring lawn prep and using the Edger and the Tiller for some of that work. Those updates are in production right now.