HART Enters the Battery-Powered Riding Lawn Mower Game With 30-Inch Model
When HART invited us to Anderson, South Carolina for an OPE event, we knew we were going to see something brand new. We didn’t know that the Walmart exclusive brand was jumping into the riding mower segment, though. We were able to spend some time cutting and discover who the HART battery-powered riding lawn mower is a good fit for.
HART Battery-Powered Riding Lawn Mower Performance
One of the big deals for HART is this mower jumps up to a completely new voltage level for them: 80-volt. Twin 15-inch blades handle the cutting while three brushless motors take care of driving them and the rear wheels.
With acres of grass to test on, we got to work. The size and overall design remind me of the old Snapper rear-engine model I used to use as a kid. Even at 6 feet, 2 inches, I was able to find a reasonably comfortable fit by putting the seat all the way back.
You control the speed with an accelerator pedal on the right. To reverse the mower, there’s a secondary pedal right behind the main one rather than having a forward/reverse switch on the control deck.
Even though I wasn’t able to GPS test it, the forward speed is impressive. Full throttle is more of a traveling speed than a cutting speed, as there was some clear loss of cut quality with the pedal to the metal.
All of the cutting we did was in grass well over what we expect on a normal weekly cut. The mower’s motors did an excellent job of keeping the blade RPMs up and I didn’t experience any blade stops due to clogging. I even dropped the mower deck down to its lowest position and was able to effectively keep cutting, though I did slow down to maintain good cut quality.
There are two internal 80V batteries powering the mower. Expect to run up to an hour and cover an acre on one charge. HART includes a super charger that plugs directly into the mower and gets your batteries back up to full in two hours.
HART Battery-Powered Riding Lawn Mower Design Notes
HART uses a mercifully simple control system. Just turn the key to the “on” position, release the parking brake, and you’re off. The blades engage by pulling the red button up.
If you shift into reverse, the blades automatically stop. If you want them to keep running, hit the “Reverse Mode Option” button. You only have to hit it once and it will stay in that mode until you shut the mower off again.
Side Discharge, Mulch, or Bag
Like most riding mowers, the default cutting mode is side discharge. HART includes a mulch plug and there are a couple of optional baggers. One is a traditional bag and the other has a blower assist. The assisted bagger adds a 700 CFM blower that clears the tube if it gets clogged with wet grass or high volume. Just press the “Clear Bagger Chute” button on the control panel to open it back up.
HART’s seat is cushioned and sits on springs to deal with the natural bumps in your lawn. There are no armrests and there are more comfortable seats out there. However, that’s not too big of a deal considering this mower is designed for smaller lawns than many of the other riders on the market.
- LED headlight for early morning or late evening cutting
- 1 1/2 to 4 1/2-inch deck height with single-point adjustment
- Fits through 42-inch gates
- Maintenance-free design
HART Battery-Powered Riding Lawn Mower Price
HART is putting its riding lawn mower in select Walmart stores and online for $3999 starting May 1, 2022. Both the mower and the battery have a 5-year warranty.
The Bottom Line
The HART 80V battery-powered riding lawn mower does its best work on lawns from 1/4 to a full acre. It’s an easy mower to learn and use, and it’s not as intimidating as moving all the way to a zero-turn mower. If you’re a homeowner who wants to make your weekly lawn chores easier than using a walk-behind mower and leaving gas behind sounds appealing, this is a good fit for you.
- Model: HART H80RM01
- Power Source: 2 x internal 80V batteries
- Deck Size: 30 inches
- Blades: 2 x 15-inch
- Coverage Area: Up to 1 acre
- Price: $3999
- Warranty: 5 years
Love the fact that it is 3 times as much as a gas mower