Update from Consumer Reports On Raven Mower
At first, the notion of a hybrid, 46-inch tractor with a 17-mile-per-hour top speed and a built-in 7,100-watt generator seemed promising. Electric motors powered the blades without the usual drive belts that eventually need replacing. Unfortunately, it fell short as a mower and has drawbacks as a generator. In mowing mode, the low-angled side-discharge chute left rows of clippings. And while the Raven’s generator delivered enough wattage to power our test appliances, handled surges well and provided consistent voltage, the receptacle for making the connection to the transfer switch was an impractical 120- rather than 240-volt.
Lowe’s said it believes Denver Global is talking to the CPSC but did not elaborate. In our mower tests we found issues with the switch that shuts the ignition off when you leave the seat. And we’ve seen, but not confirmed, online user reviews that claim the tractor has battery and acceleration issues as well. But a recall hasn’t been announced and the CPSC hasn’t confirmed that it’s evaluating the Raven. Consumer Reports June 4th 2013.
The Raven riding lawn mower with generator only at Lowes. The Raven lawn mower is a 46-in Hybrid Riding Lawn Mower with generator that creates over 7000-watts of electricity to take power wherever it is needed.
- 46″ quick-release cutting deck detaches in minutes with a simple pull of plug and 3 quick-release pins.
- 17 MPH top speed for getting around your property faster.
- Fewer emissions, less noise, with more usable power than standard riding mowers.
- Expandable storage bed to haul tools or equipment.
- ATV-style shocks/frame/suspension capable of taking on tough terrain.
- Capable of operating up to 12 hours on a single tank of gas.
- Completely self-charging technology prevents the need to ever manually charge batteries.
- Pulls heavy loads up to 500 lbs.
Raven Lawn Mower Specifications
|Series Name||Raven MPV-710|
|Engine Displacement (Cu. Centimeters)||420.0|
|Engine Type||Single cylinder|
|Cutting Range/Yard Size (Acres)||2-3|
|Recommended for Terrain Type||Flat to Hilly|
|Raven Lawn Mower Cutting Width Inches||46.0|
|Number of Blades||2.0|
|Blade Length (Inches)||23.0|
|Blade Engagement Type (PTO)||Electric|
|Cut Height Adjustment||Yes|
|Overall Length (Inches)||80.0|
|Overall Width with Deck (Inches)||46.0|
|Raven Lawn Mower Weight (lbs.)||750.0|
|Overall Height (Inches)||50.0|
|Transmission Type||Foot pedal direct drive|
|Mower Deck Drive||Direct drive|
|Towing Capacity (lbs.)||500.0|
|Fuel Capacity (Gallons)||5.0|
|Oil Filter Type||N/A|
|Recommended Engine Oil||10W30|
|Engine Oil Capacity (oz.)||37.0|
|Engine Oil Included||Yes|
|Battery Recharge Time (Hours)||0.0|
|Crank Battery Charge Time (Hours)||1.0|
|Battery Level Indicator||Yes|
|Front Wheel Size||18-in|
|Rear Wheel Size||20-in|
|Size of Deck Wheels||5-in|
|Number of Deck/Anti-Scalp Wheels||4.0|
|Front Axle||Cast steel|
|Steering Type||Deluxe wheel|
|Adjustable Steering Wheel||Yes|
|Turning Radius (Inches)||16.0|
|Cruise Control||Yes (electrical)|
|Maximum Forward Speed (MPH)||17.0|
|Maximum Mowing Speed (MPH)||5.0|
|Maximum Reverse Speed (MPH)||6.0|
|Hour Meter Type||Meter only|
|Bagger Capable||Yes (3-bin bagger sold separately)|
|Mulching Capable||Yes (plug sold separately)|
|Generator Running Watt Range (Watts)||6500.0|
|Generator Starting Watts (Watts)||7100.0|
|Generator Run Time at Full Load (Hours)||6.0|
|Generator Run Time at 1/2 Load (Hours)||10.0|
|Generator Cord Set Included||No|
|Number of AC Outputs||5|
|Number of 12 VDC Car Plug Outputs||1|
|Generator Hour Meter||Yes|
|Raven Lawn Mower Headlights||LED|
|Manufacturer Color/Finish||Black and red|
|CSA Safety Listing||No|
|ETL Safety Listing||No|
|ANSI Safety Listing||Yes|
|Raven Lawn Mower Warranty||3-year limited|
Lowe’s Raven Mower
MPV-710. Item# 437234
This hybrid gas-electric power, a built-in generator, and 17-mph top speed helped make Raven’s new $3,000 MPV-710 lawn tractor a brisk seller at Lowe’s, where it’s sold exclusively. Then Lowe’s brought Raven sales to a screeching halt in late February after its manufacturer, Denver Global Products, found a sample that spun its blades when it shouldn’t have. Lowe’s recently put the Raven MPV-710 tractor back on sale after it cleared other Ravens in Lowe’s inventory.
As for the Raven’s potential safety problem, after inspecting its inventory Denver Global Products attributed the flaw to a faulty wire connection that allowed the blade to spin when it wasn’t engaged. The company also notified the Consumer Product Safety Commission but is confident none of the roughly 450 machines sold since February are affected. Denver Global Products says it briefly test-drives each Raven tractor before it’s shipped to Lowe’s.
Update: As of June 1st, all Raven mowers are unavailable at stores or Lowes.com. Will update when we hear more from Lowes or the manufacturer.