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Robot Mower - the best thing I bought as houseowner

Hey,

Just wanted to let those who are on the fence of buying a automatic lawnmower: If you can afford it, do it!

I have had a Husqvarna[1] a315 running in my garden for the last month now and its been a dream. I now have a perfect mowed garden without lifting a finger[2]

If you have questions let me know and I'll answer where I can.

[1] Full disclosure - I have nothing to do with Husqvarna. Just a very happy customer. Payed 1950 CHF for the mower. (I also payed to get it installed but that is not necessary - just me traveling too much when I needed it installed)
[2] I need to change knives every few months and cut the edges of the yard where the mower cannot get close enough to (but that is trivial)
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Re: Robot Mower - the best thing I bought as houseowner

I keep looking at that, then keep looking at the price tag, and wonder if it is worth it. I keep trying to convince myself I enjoy my Saturday morning lawn moving. How well does it do the edges? And does it find the charging base by itself?
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Re: Robot Mower - the best thing I bought as houseowner

I've got scooba and roomba, which are brilliant... and I've literally just sat down after mowing the lawn.... mmmm..

(the only thing that really puts me off the robot lawn mower is I couldn't leave it unattended... I live very close to France.. )
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Re: Robot Mower - the best thing I bought as houseowner

About edges:
Where it can get its wheel over the edge, I.e. Near some tiles it cuts the edges just fine. Where there is a border it will leave a small stribe of maybe 10
Cm that needs trimming once in a while.

About Price:
I had the same reservations like you but when I figured out they actually seem to work pretty well (the trick is they cut very little but several hours a day) and they are incredibly quiet I was hooked. The thing that made me go "it's worth it" is when I realized instead of using an hour or two every week on cutting grass and getting rid of the generated green garbage I could do
Other work or simply just spend time with my kid having fun - then I bought it. You are not paying for the lawn mower, you investing into freeing up invaluable
Time

About Saturday mowing:
There is one downside of getting this thing. You start noticing how noisy neighbors lawn mowers are. Hint: they are ridiculously noisy when yours is just silent.
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Re: Robot Mower - the best thing I bought as houseowner

Oh and yes, it finds its way back to he charging station just fine.

Had to rescue it a few times I had put some branches in its way but that was understandable.

Note: I have 3 patches of
Grass that aren't all easily together so
Once in a while
I just lift the mower to these smaller patches and it spend a hour there to cut it down where after I just put it back again.

Easy.
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Re: Robot Mower - the best thing I bought as houseowner

About leaving unattended. It has a pin code so it's kinda dumb to steal unless you found away around that

My garden is fenced and regularly has three dogs in it so if anyone decides to get it they really need to mean it
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About leaving unattended. It has a pin code so it's kinda dumb to steal unless you found away around that

My garden is fenced and regularly has three dogs in it so if anyone decides to get it they really need to mean it
How does your robot cope with dog poo? Or do your dogs never poo on your lawn.
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They are good, but you need fairly large passages between borders etc, about 2m is recommended otherwise the mower has difficutly going back and forwards to different parts of the garden. (2m between the guide wires)

They cut well on banks.

Buy a good one, a cheap one is cheap and will not perform properly.

You still have to cut around trhe edges with a weed wacker/strimmer.

The "pin code" is a good idea, but there is always somebody who will steal it for the hell of it, find out it doesn't work at a different time/place and abandon it. People who nick things rarely consult the instruction book to see if it will work elsewhere,.

They are opportunistic rather than intgelligent !
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Re: Robot Mower - the best thing I bought as houseowner

I have a wife who loves planting trees, shrubs and spring bulbs hidden in the grass; I have children with sandpits and trampolines; I have a big patio with a big pool bordering the lawn and the covered seating area; I have three separate, although connected, lawn areas, and a large steeply banked perimeter going down to the street from the lawn ........... I don't think there's enough perimeter cable included - plus it would take a week to dig in.

..... and did I mention that I have two dogs (one of which wants to attack and chew the lawn mower) and a cat, who make enough mess coming in from outside, when the grounds wet, without trampling in grass clippings - plus children who forget to take off shoes or wipe their feet.

Then there's the rabbit runs, which always have to be moved.

No - I'll stick to a push, motor one with a collection box, thanks, and leave the robots to those with nice square, obstacle free lawns - and no kids or pets.

Plus if I move the rabbits run regularly, I can get the lawn 'cut' in stages - and fertilised at the same time

I recently bought a baby electric mower, from Landi for 55 chufs, which I can use on the bank, under the trampolines and between and behind growing things.
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Re: Robot Mower - the best thing I bought as houseowner

I put in a mower last year (a Bosch) and am delighted with it. My principle motivation was having to deal with the grass cuttings. Our dechetterie left me one day, Saturday, when I could get rid of them and it only needed it to rain or for me to have something else on, to disrupt the whole cycle. The robot sheep looks after all that itself and frankly does a pretty good job. I laid down the perimeter wire myself - it took the better part of a day, but isn't difficult. I do the borders with the old lawn mower about once every two weeks at the moment, but that delivers a small amount of grass which is quite manageable.
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Re: Robot Mower - the best thing I bought as houseowner

I know a fellow forum member who managed to get his roomba run riot in his flat destroying stuff. I don't even want to imagine what he could achieve with a robot that comes with sharp revolving blades...
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I have a big patio with a big pool bordering the lawn and the covered seating area;
Automatic Mower Wash.........is this going to be the next big thing ?
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Re: Robot Mower - the best thing I bought as houseowner

Robot Woman - the best thing I bought as a houseowner.

Best tweak her with Nagging Module upgrade 2.07a, Headache at the wrong moment 3.62 and still working on the fact that she thinks she has a say in anything and now wants to vote on the same terms as the lawnmower and liquidizer.
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Robot Woman - the best thing I bought as a houseowner.

Best tweak her with Nagging Module upgrade 2.07a, Headache at the wrong moment 3.62 and still working on the fact that she thinks she has a say in anything and now wants to vote on the same terms as the lawnmower and liquidizer.
Best to turn her off and reboot!

I find mowing the lawn quite therapeutic. Plus I like my Wembley grass pattern lines.
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Re: Robot Mower - the best thing I bought as houseowner

Coop B&H had a sale just last week - previous models of Robomow for under Fr.800 (apparently 50% off).


Robomow, Bosch, Gardena and Husqvarna all make really good ones. Honda does one that can do steep slopes as well.


The main choice in the end is whether you want the type that


1. runs almost the whole day every day, spends a couple of hours of charging, and are very quiet in operation (gardena, Husqvarna)


2. runs for 2-3 hours every other day, charges overnight, but is a bit louder (robomow).


I must say that with the grass being mown so regularly, it is far greener and has a a lot less weed than when I was cutting it every 2 weeks.
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I must say that with the grass being mown so regularly, it is far greener and has a a lot less weed than when I was cutting it every 2 weeks.
Little and often seems the best way irrespective of whether you are doing it by hand, machine, or a robot mower is doing it for you.

That's where a robot mower wins as it's less obtrusive then firing up a petrol mower every couple of days.
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Re: Robot Mower - the best thing I bought as houseowner

Might be fine with a clearly defined modern lawn- not much good for us though with an 'interesting' curate's garden! And anyhow- how else am I going to get OH to do any exercise!
(I do all the rest of the gardening and decorating...) lol
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Might be fine with a clearly defined modern lawn- not much good for us though with an 'interesting' curate's garden! And anyhow- how else am I going to get OH to do any exercise!
(I do all the rest of the gardening and decorating...) lol
Good point, soon there be devices for everything that requires movement/exercise.
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Nope our Husqvarna cope no problem with our irregular 3 section garden with a number of trees, flower beds and banks.... it's all how you lay the guide wire.

Additional guide wire can be purchased at any bay hobby etc, and you simply peg it down until you are happy with the cut, then if the grass hasn't covered it you can dig it in with a lawn edger.

For dog poo, all I can say is who on earth would not check (or have there dogs trained not to poop in the garden) for doggy surprises before mowing, no different if you have the timer set for a robot.
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They are good, but you need fairly large passages between borders etc, about 2m is recommended otherwise the mower has difficutly going back and forwards to different parts of the garden. (2m between the guide wires)
I have much less than 2m between mine. Yes, sometimes it takes a bit longer for it to find its way out but it does eventually.

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