RAVEN MPV 7100 S Hybrid Generator Mower- 2.0

Last year the mower world was turned upside down with the arrival of the RAVEN MPV 710.  It was a first to market hybrid mower, generator and ATV.  Well it is not really an ATV but it does go 17 MPH in high gear and has ATV like styling  The MPV 710 was plagued with problems.  You can read about that here in our Raven MPV 710 Article.  An entirely new management team has taken over and they have produced the MPV-7100.  With over 200 improvements over the 710 the 7100 is an all new beast.  When we first got it, I have to admit I was very skeptical.  After meeting with the new team and seeing the 7100 my skepticism has disappeared.  We actually had 2 test units, one red and black and a camp S version which we still have.  Personally the Camo looks the best with the Real Timber skins. It is a real head turner.

Since the grass isn’t growing we have not used the mowing deck yet.  We have been using it to aerate and I must say the low-end torque is great.  Those big electric motors give the RAVEN a lot of torque.  The unit is comfortable and easy to steer.  It has a surprisingly tight turn radius. 3 pins and a connector is all it takes to remove the deck, this gives you a lot more ground clearance.  Even though the RAVEN is touted as an ATV, it’s not.  It is only 2wd and has turf tires, wherever your garden tractor can go the Raven can go.  The unit also does not articulate, meaning it is pretty rigid and not the greatest at tackling obstacles, ditches or ruts.  That being said, treat it like a garden tractor that hauls ass and you will be fine.  Second gear will get you up to roughly 17mph at the expense of torque.  If you are on a steep incline, you will need to get off the unit and change to low gear before you proceed.  Sometimes you need to rock the unit a little while changing gears to get it to lock in.

While in generator mode we were able to power our Rolair JC-10 Air compressor but not our Homelite electric log splitter which kept popping the circuit breaker.  The generator produces a maximum of 7100 starting watts.  They are not available for sale yet but when they do are we will let you know with a complete list of the final specs.  The Raven has a 3 year warranty on the unit, 2 years on the engine and 1 year on the 48V lead acid battery.  According to RAVEN you get about 40 minutes of runtime on a fully charged battery depending on the terrain and how much of a lead foot you are.  It has a small area in the back that can hold 75lbs of cargo.  I would have liked to have seen this a bit bigger so I can load mulch and rocks for my yard into it.  The RAVEN comes in red and black, camp which is the S version and an all black version is in the works.

Maintenance looks easy and everything is easily accessible on the unit. The unit started easily every time and we did not experience any issues apart from a few sputters on the first tank of gas.  Denver Global has really done a 180 and the RAVEN has a real good chance of succeeding this second time around.  Most of the parts are still made in China by RATO and are assembled in North Carolina.  I have personally met the management team and can say that their top concern is reliability. They have a few Ravens out in the field being tested right now and as soon as the dealers are in place and they feel the unit is ready, it will go on sale.  From my experience with the RAVEN, I believe it is ready.  That being said the maintenance costs are going to be higher than a conventional garden/lawn tractor just because of all the extra electronics, batteries and motors on the unit.  Long term viability is unknown and unless you are an electrical genius doing anything other than regular maintenance is out of the question.  If you want to be the coolest cat on the block get a Raven!  Being to coolest always comes at a price though.    Stay tuned for our mowing write up and we will see how it mows.

$3.999 MSRP – Red and Black Version

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6 COMMENTS

  1. I am glad this is making a return, but I am still hesitant to be an early adopter of it… I’d rather let more kinks get found out by others 🙂

  2. Is the idle or rpm on the engine set high or fast? Any backfire on shut down of the gas engine? Did you drain the 48 volt battery of all its power and recharge it ? The extra grand on the MSRP must be for the new improvements. This should sell well if no major flaws come with its new product roll out this time.

    • Hi Bubba, Yes high idle, one speed. No backfires, although it did when I got off the unit and forgot to set the parking brake the safety cut it off. Didn’t drain the battery yet. But I will and report back.

  3. This seems like a great idea, but it also opens the door to multiple problems. There is way too much going on here, a mover, ATV, generator, airplane, bread slicer, & everything else. After a few hours of cutting grass, then you decide to do yard work. Will the generator run lights, plus yard power tools after cutting grass for several hours? Again, this seems like a great concept, but like John S mentioned. I would rather have this be in the market for several months or over a year to have all the kinks worked out. Laters TIA

  4. I bought one last week. On the day of delivery I was able to mow the front yard of my 1 acre lot before it started to rain. This week I was able to get out and mow the back yard of my 1 acre lot. Though the ground was still a bit squishy I was pleased that the comparatively heavy Raven 7100 didn’t dig in on corners or cause any ruts. I do wish the mower deck would mow HIGHER though. I live in an arid, drought-stricken area in west central Texas near Abilene. I don’t irrigate my “lawn” (really a collection of wild weeks over-sewn with grass seed but never irrigated). While some neighbors scalp their lawn then have to irrigate to keep them green I mow tall to allow the “lawn” to shade the dirt and keep the clippings onsite. Mowing on the highest setting the Raven left a clean, even cut, but in a couple months I’m going to wish I could mow another 1/2″-1″ taller.

    Haven’t had any real problems with it other than user/operator error. I did get a bit frustrated because I couldn’t get the mower blades to engage at first the day I went to mow the back yard but then remembered to check the transmission gear lever. I’d put it in High speed mode while showing it off to a friend. They had a blast zipping up and down the road and I’d forgotten and left the setting on high-speed. The mower blade safety interlock worked as designed, but I think it would behoove the manufacturer to add a warning light to the dash. I’m guessing they already have a sensor which knows when the transmission is in high and clearly some electronic brain somewhere that refuses to engage the blades. It should be a small, inexpensive addition to trigger a dash board “high-gear” warning light when a user tries to engage blades and the logic faults. I read on another website where someone returned a Raven because they couldn’t get the blades to engage and just have to wonder if they too had their Raven in high gear.

    So far so good, I haven’t had occasion to use the generator but plan to try it out running a string trimmer on the far corners of my 1 acre. Yes, I could drag extension cords that far but we plan to build and move to a 14 acre lot in the next year or two so having a self-portable generator and a way to zip to the mailbox was a definite consideration in my purchase.

    In short the Raven 7100 is a great product idea with great execution, and I hope to keep and use this for many years to come.

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