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#1 boyscout862 OFFLINE  

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Posted March 23, 2013 - 06:14 AM

Lowes has a new machine they call a Raven. A cross between an ATV, LT and a generator. Has any one looked at these? How does it produce 7100 watts? And for how long?

 

 

http://www.lowes.com...=4349395&rpp=32

 

 

 

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Posted March 23, 2013 - 06:22 AM

Wow, thats neat, needs a cup holder and mini fridge, but I like it !!!


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Posted March 23, 2013 - 06:23 AM

How does it mow even, with Suspension?


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Posted March 23, 2013 - 07:00 AM

Interesting. Hmmm

 

Sure looks like an awefull lot of plastic there.


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Posted March 23, 2013 - 07:01 AM

Looks like a lot of machine for 3000$. Sounds like a 420cc 15hp Honda clone engine. I'm not sure it would use that much less gas than a normal mower when in mowing mode. Being able to do basic chores in electric mode would be nice though. Someone has created a very unique and useful product. They will likely sell a lot of them. We'll see how it holds up over time. 


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Posted March 23, 2013 - 07:02 AM

Just doesn't have that old tractor styling.  I bet it doesn't have a K series Kohler, either!

 

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Posted March 23, 2013 - 07:05 AM

Pretty cool, but I could see their being a problem getting parts and service for it considering it's an unknown company and a unique design.


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Posted March 23, 2013 - 07:22 AM

Found this video about it.

 

http://www.frequency...9792/-/5-106425


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Posted March 23, 2013 - 07:23 AM

 I could see their being a problem getting parts and service for it

Wide eyed buyer with deep pockets seeth not so far ahead, methinks.


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Posted March 23, 2013 - 07:29 AM

I'm sorry, but it looks like the off-road wheelchairs they built on Top Gear last year!

 

Interesting contraption though.  It says you have to "unplug" the mower deck, I wonder if it's run by an electric motor(s).  Doesn't look like it has a 240v outlet to use as a standby generator.  Too bad, that would just add to the utility.  Lastly, I want to mow at 17 mph!

 

EDIT - I watched the video, it does have electric motors on the mower deck like an Electrak. I still don't see an easy way to tie it into your sub-panel as a home generator.  Quite the beefy looking trans-axle.  If they build a snowblower for that thing I will be interested!

 

EDIT 2 - I watched some more videos.  One thing I really don't like is that you have to flip a switch every time you want to change from forward or reverse.  Seems like a real PITA.


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Posted March 23, 2013 - 07:37 AM

Probably the ONLY people that can get parts is Lowes. My buddy test drove one and said it runs off the motor while mowing but using it as a ATV/UTV it runs off the battery.

 

A few problems I see with it. Instead of replacing spindles someone would have to replace electric motors. If the generator went out I could only guess that would be a 1200-1500 dollar fix. The suspension is pretty stiff. I watched a video and whenever the guy went over small tree the whole right side of the mower lifted whenever the right front tire lifted. It's like the suspensiond didn't even give any.

 

The idea of this mower is absolutely right on spot on for the "hybrid" seekers out there. All of the alternative fuel seekers  also can buy all of their electronic eqiupment and not have to buy 100' of extension cords because of the on board generator.

 

Watching videos on this mower can about sale anyone. This is a awesome machine and IF i had 3000 to blow I would be riding mine around the yard right now instead of writing this post.



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Posted March 23, 2013 - 07:47 AM

  Interesting but I think it needs a test of time. Be interesting to see how well it mows tall(6"), juicy grass. I read somwhere else the deck motors are 48v DC and I assume the transaxle motor is also. Probably for greater torque.

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Posted March 23, 2013 - 07:47 AM

It doesn't mow at 17 mph. If I am not mistaken the deck has to be taken off before it will go 17 mph. If you notice whenever they are doing the tug-a-war on the videos the deck is not installed. Whenever it shows the Raven out running the Cub Cadet the deck is not installed also. It may just be that whenever the PTO is activated the lawnmower can not go 17 hp. If this could mow at 17 mph the commercial mowers (dixie choppers, huqvarnas, scags) would have a run for it's money.

 

 

I'm sorry, but it looks like the off-road wheelchairs they built on Top Gear last year!

 

Interesting contraption though.  It says you have to "unplug" the mower deck, I wonder if it's run by an electric motor(s).  Doesn't look like it has a 240v outlet to use as a standby generator.  Too bad, that would just add to the utility.  Lastly, I want to mow at 17 mph!


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Posted March 23, 2013 - 08:22 AM

If that's the trend of the future, I'm staying in the past.
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Posted March 23, 2013 - 11:18 AM

The public will go wild over it (Yeah, Right Department) and it will be another "seemed like a good idea at the time" thing...  Just like the "Amphicar" in the '60's.  But, like CFL light bulbs and other "modern ideas" I'm sure there will be a "movement" to jam 'em down our throats.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amphicar


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