The Raven MPV-7100 has me hooked. I don’t know what it is but everyone that sees it wants to stop and talk about it. Whenever I let people drive it, they come back with a smile on their face. I got to spend a lot of time with the Raven this week and even finally got to mow with it. I was skeptical about the Ravens mowing capabilities, but after this weekend I am sold! This is the most comfortable riding lawn tractor I have ever driven. Through deep grass or brush the MPV-7100 didn’t even hiccup. The deck motors apply more power when the are under heavy load to keep a consistent cut. The cut quality is decent. Don’t expect professional results but for the average homeowner, it does the job. For those of you that like to golf course look, you may want to look elsewhere. The tight turning radius can get you into the tightest of spaces. However the rear tires are the same width as the deck. You have to be careful in tight situations as not to hit objects with the tire. For cutting overall the Raven excelled at everything but the cut quality was average.
The ride is “Stellar”, “Comfortable”, “Fun”, you name it. The Raven feels solid when you drive it. It feels quality. Sitting on the Raven cruising the hood was awesome. You can pop into a neighbors and drink a beer while you siit on the Raven. Drive at night on the battery as not to wake anyone. The wide floor deck makes the Raven feel spacious. All of the controls are on the right side of the unit. The Raven felt about as top heavy as any other riding tractor so you need to be careful on inclines. High gear gives a whole new meaning to the Raven. People seem to just floor it everywhere. They get it up to 17MPH and start to slalom the Raven like they are Mario Andretti. This is still a riding mower, if you hit a bump at 17mph or pull the wheel too hard things bad things are eminent. It is not a race car. The 17mph top speed was great when you have to get between long distances. To change gears you have to get off of the unit and move a lever underneath. It would be nice to have this located in a more driver accessible area. Also to note is that you have to rock the unit back and forth a bit almost every time you change the gear speed to lock it in.
If you have a large property the Raven is the perfect all around vehicle. You can drive it to the mailbox, mow your lawn and even power your house or a garden power tool. It produces 7100 starting watts of power. Since the MPV-7100 uses electric motors for its drive motor, it has a ton of torque, It had no issues climbing inclines even while towing a 200 Lb ground engaging aerating attachment. The cruise control is the best I have seen in a lawn tractor. Just hit the switch at the desired speed and it will maintain it.
Now that I have a Raven I don’t want anything else. The original Raven MPV-710 was overshadowed by problems and design issues. This new Raven really looks to be the real deal and has survived 10 hours of our beatings with not one glitch. I already want to add accessories to the Raven and personalize it. The Raven has a bright future. The Camouflage MPV-7100S really makes the Raven look the part. The only downside to the Raven is its complexity. Only time will tell if it will last. Check out Raven America.