Ryobi RY48110 (Ryobi RM480e) Review

38-Inch Electric Riding Lawn Mower


Final Score

2.9 / 5 from 16 users

Ryobi RY48110 | Tools Official
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We spent 5.4 hours reading reviews from customers and experts. In summary, here's what users think:

7 reasons to buy

  • A vast majority of users were impressed by how quiet the Ryobi RY48110 runs because of its electric engine.
  • A good number of users liked how smooth and easy the mower is to drive on even ground.
  • The power the electric engine provides is adequate and can handle thick grasses and hills.
  • Various users were pleased with how the mower’s blades stopped instantly when backtracking to save power.
  • Some loved the mower’s hauling capabilities. A user noted that it is capable of hauling 1200 lbs without any issues.
  • The mower has good speed and can go up to 8 miles per hour.
  • Many liked how long the batteries held up after 3 seasons of use.

6 reasons not to buy

  • Several owners were disappointed with the Ryobi RY48110’s lack of suspension and noted that traveling on rough terrain can be very uncomfortable.
  • One user complained that after a year and a half of use, the mower caught fire while mowing.
  • A handful noted that the mower lacked traction because of it being 2 wheel drive.
  • Some people expressed that the mower’s accelerator software was sometimes unresponsive and needed time to get used to.
  • A few reported that the steering rack tends to get squeaky and can sometimes get annoying.
  • The mower’s acceleration when going backward is too fast and can make parallel parking in a garage a challenge.

Bottom Line

Many users liked how the Ryobi RY48110, also known as the Ryobi RM480e, performed under normal conditions. It runs very quiet and is easy to handle on even ground. Its electric engine is not only environment-friendly but packs enough power to get the job done. On the other hand, several users complained about how uncomfortable riding can get when the terrain gets rough and how its accelerator needed getting used to. There’s also one user’s complaint of its susceptibility to short because of it being battery operated. This mower will require good storage and battery care to keep it in the best running condition.


Cutting Width (in)38 inch
FeaturesMulching, Bagging, Side Discharge
Max Cutting Height4-1/2"
Min Cutting Height1-1/2"
Power SourceBattery
CategoryRiding Mowers
Warranty3 Years
Weight595 lbs
Additional InfoMulch & Bag Kit Sold Separately, 3 Brushless Motors, 48-Volt, 75 Ah Battery With 2 Hours Of Run Time, LED Headlights, USB Phone Charger, Cruise Control Features

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Tips for Ryobi RY48110 Electric Mower

  • To keep the Ryobi RY48110 in the best running condition, make sure that the mower is stored in an insulated garage during winter to prevent batteries from freezing.
  • Charge the batteries once a month while in storage to keep batteries in good condition.

Special Features of the Ryobi RM480e

  • Fully Electric Operation (Zero Emissions): It's all battery-powered, so it doesn't pollute the air like gas mowers.
  • Three Brushless Motors: Has three powerful engines that work better and last longer than usual ones.
  • Up to 2 Hours Runtime (2 Acres per Charge): Can mow for up to 2 hours or cover about 2 acres before needing a recharge.
  • Low Maintenance: You don't have to deal with replacing belts, spark plugs, or filters.
  • Eco-Friendly: No gas needed, so you're not breathing in fumes or harming the environment.
  • LED Headlights, USB Phone Charger, and Cruise Control: Comes with extra features like lights for night, a charger for your phone, and cruise control to keep a steady speed.
  • 38-Inch 2-Blade Deck with 12 Position Adjustment: The cutting area is big and adjustable for different lawn heights.
  • Charges with Standard 120-Volt Outlet: Easy to charge, just plug it into a regular power outlet.
  • User-Friendly Design: Designed to be easy to use, even if you're not tech-savvy.


  • Q:

    When not in use, is it advisable to keep the mower connected to the charger?

  • A:

    Yes, it is recommended to keep the mower continually charged when not in use.

  • Q:

    How often should tires be checked for air pressure and what is the required pressure for each tire?

  • A:

    20 psi is the recommended tire pressure. It is best to check tire pressure before using the mower.

  • Q:

    What causes the blades to stop turning during mowing?

  • A:

    First check the mower’s battery level indicator. The mower will turn off its deck motor to save battery to give you time to drive back to the charging location. Head back and immediately charge the batteries. If the battery level is good, slow the mower’s acceleration and raise the cutting deck. Load applications to the mower can cause the deck motor to stop.

  • Q:

    Why does the mower sometime accelerate when going downhill?

  • A:

    For safety when going down a slope, the Ryobi RY48110 automatically limits its speed which can cause speed fluctuations.

  • Q:

    Is it normal that the mower makes a beeping sound when driving the mower in reverse?

  • A:

    Yes, the beeping sound is to alert anyone of the mower’s location.

  • Q:

    How do I bring the mower to completely stop during use?

  • A:

    Press the brake pedal located on the left side to completely stop the mower. Unlike hydrostatic drive mowers, releasing the accelerator will not cause the mower to stop.

  • Q:

    Why is there a beeping sound when I leave the mower’s seat?

  • A:

    The mower will make a beeping sound when the key is left on the ON position or the parking breaks are not engaged. Do not forget to remove the key when the mower is not in use.

  • Q:

    Can I use a garden hose to clean the mower deck?

  • A:

    Use an air compressor or blower to clean the deck. Do not use a garden hose and water. You can purchase a high lower air blower here.

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