Raven MPV-7100 Metal Mulch Kit | Year Two Update

I just wanted to give you an update on the Raven MPV-7100. This is the start of year two. Many of you are considering the Raven. It has been a great machine.

I stored it in the garage this winter with fuel stabilizer in the fuel. I had taken the deck off and that was stored in a back shed.

Around February 1st I plugged the 48 volt charger in and charged the batteries. They only needed about 3 hours on the trickle charger to top them off. The charger has an indicator that turns green when the batteries are fully charged.

The snow didn’t melt around here until April 1st so I didn’t bother to move the Raven until then. When I did I used it in electric mode for the first few moves around the garage. The second week I changed the oil in the gas generator and then tried to start it. It started right up!

Since I probably won’t mow with it until at least May 1st I decided to add some lights and just give the Raven a complete inspection. I removed the front fenders to easily install the lighting. It took me a little while to find the 8 cap head bolts that hold them on but once I found them all the fenders and hood come right off. Having them off exposes all the frame and makes adding switches to the dash very easy.

This is one of the first mowers I have had that has plenty of room to add extra lights so I installed a new front headlight, side lights so I could see the deck at night and a back-up light in the rear. I used HID LED lighting so once I installed them I would never have to replace bulbs or worry about the lights burning out.

Here is the lighting I installed I installed:

Front light. KAWELL® 36W CREE 60 Degree Ultra-thin LED Flood Light

Kawell 36 Watt Slim

Kawell 36 Watt Slim

Side Lights. Waterproof Aluminum High Power 6W White COB LED

Waterproof Aluminum High Power 6W White COB LED

Waterproof Aluminum High Power 6W White COB LED

Rear Light. KAWELL® 18W 6500K 90 Degree LED

Kawell 18 Watt Slim

Kawell 18 Watt Slim

Here is a picture of the front light installed. WOW is it bright! I can highly recommend this to anyone who needs an off road light for their ATV. You can easily see 400 feet. It is tucked in nicely right above the bumper.

Kawell Front Light Bar

Kawell 36 W Front Light Bar

Mulch Kit

I wanted to show you a few pictures of the mulch kit. I was really pleasantly surprised when I opened the box and saw the discharge cover was Metal!

Raven Mulch Kit

Raven Mulch Kit

Raven Mulch Cover

In addition to the cover the box contains a new set of blades, new blade locking nuts. bungee straps for the mulch cover.

Raven Mulch Cover

It took me about 2 minutes to attach the bungee straps

Raven Mulch Cover

Here is the mod I made to hold the discharge chute up just a little. This really fixes the problem of the deck windrowing.

Raven Mulch Cover

Just pull the snap pin on the discharge cover pin and pull the pin out. The deck is now ready to install the plug.

Raven Mulch Cover

The plug installed.

Raven Mulch Cover

Another shot of the front

Raven Mulch Cover

The cover fits under the side deck support rod and it won’t rattle or fall off. Yes, that is the new OxCart.

Raven Mulch Cover

My blades from last year were in very good shape but I put the new ones on anyway. That’s it.

Feel free to ask comments below.

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Josh Frommie
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Thanks for the quick response! I am somewhat nervous about my purchase just because it is so different. But all the reviews I have read speak so highly of it. Just don’t want any buyers remorse!

Josh Frommie
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Hello,
Thanks for all of your input, I just ordered my Raven! I am wondering how you wired your lights, switch? Photos? I need to wire a switch for a towable sprayer and want to install lights like you did, just wondering about the power supply.

Thanks again

James Copeland
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I have contacted the the company. The part number they gave me for the deck motors yields ZERO results on every search engine I’ve tried.

The part number they gave me is 31930-H200200-0001.

I am trying to build a front mounted flail mower, but no one at the company help center can get me the controller/motor specs for the OEM deck… which is what I intended to power the flail mower with.

Does anyone have any contact info for an INFORMED maintenance tech?

Michael Burke
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Ok, Thank you for the timely response.

Michael Burke
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I have a MPV 7100, purchased 07/2015, just wondering if there were any current updates, if I heard correctly from a friend there was a update on air cleaner?
That is one concern I have, operation manual says clean every 25 hours, replace every 100 hours.
It’s quite dusty here, and I have to clean the filter about every 6 to 8 hours.
Possibly a update, maybe a larger, new design air cleaner.
Thank you.

Troy
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I’ve had my raven 7100B for 3 days. I bought direct from the company. I also purchased the mulching kit. The blades in the kit are needed. I cut half the lawn with just the end cap and it left clumps all over. When I compared the blades the mulching blades are thicker and have a much greater winged edged angle to recirculate the clippings. The second half of the lawn was much better with the correct blades. I do have to add that I purchased the unit based on what I read in your website and seeing the unit… Read more »
Eddie
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Love my 7100. Ben great for two years. Just encountered a problem. Cranks and runs for 6 seconds then dies. Fuel pump putting out fuel well. Has anyone encountered this problem. Worked fine on first grass cutting this year. Thanks in advance for specific to my problem comment.

Billy. Anderson
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Ive had my raven 7100 for a month now and with heavy rain all month yard gotta little outta control especially backyard that is heavily wooded. I thought id see just what this machine could do in wet and grown conditions and i was shocked of how well it handled. My old club cadet wouldn’t have came close. Im very happy with my purchase of one but ready to see attachments available.

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Curtis C
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Severn, MD Hi Paul I recently purchased a Raven Hybrid 7100S and I am curious do you think that it could handle pulling a Craftsman Universal Tow-Mount Tiller? Also do you know of any future accessories or attachments in the works for the Raven? Thanks love you website. Very educational.

jared b
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i am thinking of purchasing this ; but a little hesitant since it is so new and had issues last year. my biggest question: the tires seem on the small size to really handle the bumps and uneven terrain around my property. have you tried this off road much and how does it handle large bumps and uneven ground? thanks!

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