2015 - Volume #39, Issue #1, Page #11[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Gas-Electric ATV Mows Lawns, Generates Power
“Until the Raven, riding lawn mowers really hadn’t changed much since the 1970’s,” notes Craig Rouse, Denver Global Products. “The Raven works like a modern locomotive. The 14 hp engine powers the generator, charging batteries as well as providing power to the wheel motors and mower blades. Electric motors have a lot of torque, and because they are so efficient, we only need a 420 cc engine.”
Manufactured by RATO Power Company and assembled in North Carolina, the Raven generator has a continuous output of 6,500 watts with surge to 7,100 watts. It offers four 20 amp, 120V outlets and one 30 amp, 120V outlet as well as a single car plug DC outlet.
The electric generator has an 8-hr. run time at half-load on a (5-gal.) fill of gas. Wheel motors offer a top speed of 17 mph and a top mowing speed of 6 mph in forward or reverse.
Cruise control combined with car-like steering and foot pedal control makes mowing even easier. The Raven has a towing capacity of 550 lbs. and a turning radius of only 14 in.
The 46-in. mower deck can be disconnected and easily removed. It slides out from underneath the Raven for easy cleaning and maintenance. Removing the mower transforms the Raven into an off-road utility vehicle, operating under gas power or drawing current from the 48-volt battery pack.
“While the mower can’t be operated on battery power, the wheel motors can,” says Rouse. “You can travel quietly under electric power for up to 70 min., depending on load, and then fire up the engine and recharge as you go. If you run out of gas, you can switch to electric and drive to refuel. Once at a remote site, the Raven can power tools or a campsite for hours.”
The Raven is available from DR Power for $4,499.99. Contact information for other dealers and distributors is available from Denver Global Products.
To see the Raven in action, visit FARMSHOW.COM.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Denver Global Products, 1000 E. Powell Dr., Lincolnton, N.C. 28092 (ph 888 818-7220; email@example.com; www.ravenamerica.com) or DR Power Equipment, P.O. Box 25, Vergennes, Vt. 05491 (ph 800 687-6575; www.drpower.com).
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