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    Default Re: Anybody got one of these yet? Raven mower.

    Again, Lowes has pulled the mower from the stores. It seems there are too many quality issues.
    I thank God for these gifts: 2005 Mahindra 2615 HST w/loader, (485 hours), and 3710 backhoe. Markham tooth bar, Bush Hog SQ60 rotary cutter, Bush Hog 3507 angle blade, Bush Hog LLR84 landscape rake w/gauge wheels, Rankin loader mounted forks, Paumco Quick Spade, Agri-Ease 3 point log splitter.

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    Default Re: Anybody got one of these yet? Raven mower.

    the sales person at Lowes says they have been pulled off of the market due to defects.

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    Default Re: Anybody got one of these yet? Raven mower.

    That's strange. Usually defective goods remain on the market while the "bugs" are worked out. Either that or I have an affinity for the lemons of the group.
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    Default Re: Anybody got one of these yet? Raven mower.

    I stopped by Lowes a couple of weeks ago.
    They said there was a recall on the seat switch.

    That would likely be considered a critical safety issue, and might have made the tractor unsaleable.

    Perhaps there were other issues, for example with the charging system and hybrid drive which could also render the tractor unsafe or otherwise unusable.

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    Default Re: Anybody got one of these yet? Raven mower.

    The Mayfield store as even pulled the display. The Lowes rep from what I understood thought the maker wanted to go back and try to get it right at the design level. It was a lot more than a bad safety switch I expect. I still say it is a cool concept. Hopefully they have enough cash to get it right and come back onto the market but 2013 is history for the lawn mower business as far as new designs getting to the market perhaps.

    Did any owners get asked to turn in the mower for a full refund?

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    Default Re: Anybody got one of these yet? Raven mower.

    Lowe's speedy Raven mower back on sale after flaw fixed

    The one comment at the bottom of this article sums up critical design issues of blades clashing and flying apart. Other points are mentioned too.

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    Default Re: Anybody got one of these yet? Raven mower.

    That article is a month and a half old. Is the mower on sale now?

    It sounds like the mower should have been introduced in a small community, and perhaps to some commercial operations. Let them beat on them for a year, then introduce the product nationwide.

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    Default Re: Anybody got one of these yet? Raven mower.

    Last night the person in the Lowes lawn care department stated the Raven mower display has been pulled CliffordK. I think you are correct about field testing it hard first. Blades fighting each other would not be hard to detect if they had field tested it I would think.

    It sounds like it was just introduced a year or two too soon. A nationwide false start could doom its future.

    On a side note locally TSC looks to be very serious about moving some high end riders based on their parking lot inventory.

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    Default Re: Anybody got one of these yet? Raven mower.

    Quote Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
    It sounds like the mower should have been introduced in a small community, and perhaps to some commercial operations. Let them beat on them for a year, then introduce the product nationwide.
    After a commercial operation "beat on them for a year" the manufacturer would probably raise a white flag and suggest they buy a kubota or JD
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    Default Re: Anybody got one of these yet? Raven mower.

    The parent company, Denver Global, is going through a big shake up. Thus, part of the problem is revealed: Denver Global execs out in dispute with new Chinese owners - Charlotte Business Journal


    May 14, 2013, 2:52pm EDT Updated: May 14, 2013, 3:11pm EDT
    Ken Elkins
    Senior Staff Writer- Charlotte Business Journal


    Ten top executives at Denver Global Products Inc. including Roger Leon, president and chief executive have left the company in a dispute with its new Chinese owners.

    But the story won稚 end there. 典here is some likely litigation, Leon says.

    The disagreement stems from 斗argely differing views and opinions in how to proceed with the company, he says. The executives left the company two weeks ago and will likely come together again around other products, Leon says.

    In February 2012, Chongqing RATO Power Co. Ltd. of China announced its purchase of Denver Global from Leon and others and planned to grow to as many as 1,000 production workers in Lincoln County.

    At the center of the plan is a small hybrid engine. The design combines a gasoline engine with an electric motor. The system cuts emissions and fuel consumption by combining the two means of power.

    Denver Global痴 plan was to sell the system to original equipment manufacturers that would put the hybrid power train into all-terrain vehicles, riding lawn mowers, golf carts and other off-road vehicles. The concept is akin to the hybrid automobiles and trucks being sold by most automakers, Leon explained in interviews last year with the Charlotte Business Journal.

    The new chief executive is Mike Parkins, the former chief financial officer. Jin Xiang is Denver Global痴 new president. The company didn't return a call for comment.

    Last year, the company began making the hybrid small engines in a huge Lincoln County Industrial Park building. One source who visited the assembly area says employment had reached 300.

    RATO and Denver Global are occupying the former Crate & Barrel building in Lincoln County Industrial Park. The companies plan to spend $30.2 million to set up an assembly and distribution center there.
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