Ryobi RY40860 40V Brushless Cordless 21 Inch Snow Blower

It may be triple digit heat wave season however Ryobi is already getting us ready for the snow with a new Ryobi RY40860 40V Brushless Cordless 21 inch Snow Blower model.

The RY40860 model is their second standalone cordless and brushless snow blower unit which improves upon the prior RY40850 model. It gets a larger 21 inch capacity and more power to scoop up to 13 inch piles and throw snow farther now up to 35 feet away. Take that snow!

A few cosmetic changes such as new styling and a single LED light bar on the front instead of two independed LED’s on the previous model. The light bar will improve visibility with even smooth lighting with less overlapping shadows which should definitely help at night. It also gets new aggressive “cool” looking wheels.

Other features include a 180° directional chute for controlled snow throwing, push button start, variable speed auger and the ability to use up to two batteries together for longer runtime. It only needs one battery to operate while the second adds runtime.

A big thanks to DrewBHAM for spotting!

  • Brushless motor for increased power and efficiency
  • 2 active dual discharge battery ports for optimal performance
  • 21 in. clearing width
  • 13 in. clearing depth
  • Variable speed auger
  • Discharges snow up to 35 ft. away
  • 180° directional chute for controlled snow throwing
  • Hassle-free push-button start
  • LED headlight bar for increased visibility
  • Includes two 40-Volt 5 Ah high-capacity lithium-ion batteries for extended run time
  • Backed by a 5-year limited warranty

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Smoked Neckbones

I had the previous model and it looks like they changed the chute also, with the previous one I had to remove the lever to fold it up and sometimes when I reinserted it, the chit would not rotate. Now the control is on the handle bar

Smoked Neckbones

Typo. Chute not chit


Heh… it has push button start. I’m doubting that is as much of a feature as a nuisance. It should just have a safety key you have to insert to get it to run, without pushing anything more except the normal impeller control. Anyway I’m sure there’s a market for it but it’s not for me. There is minimal difference in convenience with this over a less expensive, more powerful, longer running ICE powered blower. Throwing wet snow takes a LOT of energy, I just can’t see the runtime on this even being enough to do my whole (modest sized)… Read more »

John Billiou

Until Ryobi comes out with fast 40 V single and dual chargers their 40V line will be stuck on the porch not running with the big dogs. 1. I returned my Ryobi 40V 21″ mower because the 6 Ah battery took over 4 hrs to charge. 2. This snow blower is even worse: two 5 Ah batteries and no dual charger! Do they give you two charging caps? Or expect you to charge one battery for 4 hrs. Then charge the 2nd battery for another 4 hrs? 3. I really like my Ryobi 40V attachment capable/Trimmer Plus (r) power head.…