Raven Lawn Mower Hybrid Generator MPV 710.

Update 2/16/2015.  The Raven MPV 710 is officially discontinued.  After a recall last summer on the MPV 710, the manufacturer has announced successor models to the Raven MPV-710.  The new MPV-7100S will offer a 46-inch deck, 7,100-watt generator, and 17-mph speed. The company says it has corrected the flaws of the original MPV-710 and made other improvements.
Lowes will have this available in selected stores starting in March 2015 and special order in all stores by late April. The new model is MPV-7100S and Lowes stock item number is 637759.  Here’s our first look at the new models MPV 71100 and MPV-7100S.

Update from Consumer Reports On Raven Mower, 7/1/2013.

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.Lowes Raven Riding Mower MPV-710
  • 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 NameRaven MPV-710
Engine Displacement (Cu. Centimeters)420.0
Engine BrandRaven
Engine TypeSingle cylinder
Cutting Range/Yard Size (Acres)2-3
Recommended for Terrain TypeFlat to Hilly
Raven Lawn Mower Cutting Width Inches46.0
Number of Blades2.0
Blade Length (Inches)23.0
Blade Engagement Type (PTO)Electric
Discharge LocationSide
Cut Height AdjustmentYes
Overall Length (Inches)80.0
Overall Width with Deck (Inches)46.0
Raven Lawn Mower Weight (lbs.)750.0
Overall Height (Inches)50.0
Frame TypeTubular
Transmission TypeFoot pedal direct drive
Mower Deck DriveDirect drive
Towing Capacity (lbs.)500.0
Suspension TypeIndependent
Fuel Capacity (Gallons)5.0
Fuel GaugeYes
Oil Filter TypeN/A
Recommended Engine Oil10W30
Engine Oil Capacity (oz.)37.0
Engine Oil IncludedYes
Battery TypeSLA
Battery Recharge Time (Hours)0.0
Crank Battery Charge Time (Hours)1.0
Battery Level IndicatorYes
Front Wheel Size18-in
Rear Wheel Size20-in
Size of Deck Wheels5-in
Number of Deck/Anti-Scalp Wheels4.0
Front AxleCast steel
Steering TypeDeluxe wheel
Adjustable Steering WheelYes
Turning Radius (Inches)16.0
Cruise ControlYes (electrical)
Maximum Forward Speed (MPH)17.0
Maximum Mowing Speed (MPH)5.0
Maximum Reverse Speed (MPH)6.0
Operator-Controlled Mow-in-ReverseYes
Hour Meter TypeMeter only
Deck Gauge12
Grease FittingsNo
Bagger CapableYes (3-bin bagger sold separately)
Mulching CapableYes (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 IncludedNo
Number of AC Outputs5
Number of 12 VDC Car Plug Outputs1
Generator Hour MeterYes
Storage BedYes
Seat TypeHigh-back
Adjustable SeatYes
Cup HolderYes
Raven Lawn Mower HeadlightsLED
Manufacturer Color/FinishBlack and red
Color/Finish FamilyBlack
CSA Safety ListingNo
ETL Safety ListingNo
ANSI Safety ListingYes
Raven Lawn Mower Warranty3-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 August 1st 2014, all Raven mowers are unavailable at stores or Lowes.com.   Will update when we hear more from Lowes or the manufacturer.