The Pros and Cons of Using a Robotic Lawn Mower
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Who is this post written for?
We will be looking at using a robotic mower for home use as well as lawn care business operators I will discuss the pros and cons for each in this article.
As a lawn care business owner, I have noticed that robotic mowers have become more common over the last few years. The only real downside at the moment is the setup cost and battery life.
We all know that electricity is environmentally friendly and we get the warm fuzzies when thinking about doing our bit to save the planet there have been a couple of good reasons not to go batteries powered. At least on a commercial basis anyway.
The two main reasons for a slow commercial uptake were.
Robotic mowers have their own charging stations and are designed to run without an operator and this makes them a lot more attractive to the lawn care industry.
The only real barrier left (commercially at least) is price, and the prices are doping.
Seeing this has made me start looking at the possible uses of robotic mowers in domestic or commercial situations.
How long has the robot lawn mower been around?
Today they have docking stations and larger batteries so when they get low they simply head back home to recharge.
Robotic mowers are just starting to catch on in America but they have been popular in Europe where the market has been steadily growing by around 20% per year since 2012.
Pros and Cons of Using a ? Robotic Mower
robotic can benefit your lawnmower lawn
In theory, you should get a better quality
No visible cut pattern – Because the mower is continuously changing directions you will never get a pattern showing.
No soil compaction – A
Diseases – As a
Weeds – A
Giving instructions to your
robotic mower using an App
You can use a
There are quite a few things you can adjust with the app but the main ones are
- Adjusting the
- Modifying or changing the Schedule
- Setting your mower not to
- Sending you
mower backto base.
How much does a
robotic cost? mower lawn
The most quality
For a private homeowner getting an entry-level could solve all their
I will cover the financial considerations of setting up
How to set up a
When you get your
Normally the wire is buried but it is possible to staple the wire on top of the grass provided you have
You will still probably need to allow somewhere between two to six hours to set everything up depending on the method you use and the difficulty of the yard. The good news is that you only need to set it up once.
There are other ways of setting the
These methods can include.
- Beacon – Infrared, ultrasound or another directional broadcast can identify a corner or barrier through which the unit should not pass.
- Radio control
Common Questions asked before
buying a . mower robot
lawn can I mow?
From what I have seen there is a direct collation between the price of a machine and the amount of area it will cut. An entry-level machine at around $2000 will cut about 2000 sqft or 600 sqm. This may not sound like a large area but do remember that your sections are not all
The top-of-the-line machines will do a
lawns and sloping lawns.
How long does the battery last?
The amount of working time between charges
The battery should last for a couple of years before you will need to replace it. Some mowers allow you’ll need to replace the battery yourself and some will require going in so a technician can do it.
Here is a video of how Husqvarna mowers work now
The cons of a robotic mower
Edging is sometimes required – Your machine may not be able to get all the edges on the property. You may require a line trimmer to get a perfect finish. To be fair, you cannot get the edges with a
You will not be able to get a striped
Your mower could get tangled up or stuck – This isn’t so much a problem if you are home. You could get a notification on your phone and you can step outside and sort the issue. However, if you are out you are going to have to wait until you get home.
Toys – You will have to get your kids to pick up their toys if you don’t want the mower chewing on them. You are going to have to pick up any large sticks or similar items as well. Again you will have to do that with a normal mower anyway but the difference will be that the
leaves in autumn – If the leaf fall is light your mower shouldn’t have too many issues if you
Fruit trees – You will need to keep on top of this as well. If your tree is dropping a lot of fruit you will need to collect it before the mower does.
Hoses – You won’t be able to leave the hose out anymore. However, you could go fully automated and get a self-winding hose reel as well.
Dealing with the weather.
From a technical point of view, you should not be cutting wet grass anyway, but as
You are probably going to want some sort of cover over your charging station.
You can check out the latest Robotic mowers on Amazon here.
In general, there are fewer accidents with robotic than
Being autonomous and having
According to the US National Library of Medicine, There were an estimated 934,394
They also have bumpers that turn the machine when it strikes something so your trees and pets should be safe. If anything is in its path the machine simply bumps into it and heads off in another direction.
They have been running some tests in Finland and have had some safety issues with small children and cats. Here is an article about that but you may need to translate the page. There is also a link there to a safety test that they ran on six
I am not sure that anyone is going to let their children crawl around outside while the mower is running, but there is a simple solution to this any way you could run your machine at night. They don’t make much noise and will quite happily work away while you sleep.
How secure are
If your machine is working at night when fewer people are going to see it that should reduce the temptation for would-be thieves. However, grabbing a
For starters, the moment they pick up the machine a piercing alarm will sound. They will need to type in the pin number of the machine to stop it. Even if they are mad enough to throw it in the car (alarm and all) and drive off with it would be a pointless exercise as they would need a pin number to start it. They would also be missing all the accessories needed such as the wire and the
The advantages and disadvantages of
using a in your robotic mower care business? lawn
We will examine some of them here.
At face value, the thought of pacing a
If you were going to hire or purchase a mower at 5% over three years, your repayments would be around $60 a month. You have lost money if you are charging $700 a year for the job.
I think there could be a lot of advantages in setting up
Some of the advantages would be
- You have a 24/7 worker
- You could manage multiple machines one big job using your phone. Husqvarna has a
robotic mowerfleet service manager.
- There is a huge market
- It is cheaper than hiring someone
- It is hard to find good workers in
traditionalcare businesses and machines just get on and work. lawn
There is already a
care company leasing lawn robotic mowers
The is a startup that is rolling out
This is a link to their franchise page if you would like to read more — Mowbot
Their current charge-out rate for
A new take on
There is another option that I haven’t talked about here.
This is an interesting new development by a company that uses traditional equipment but replaces the drivers with
You can read more about that in this article about Electric Sheep robotics.
Now would you let one of these loose on your lawn? That might be the way of the future.
What do you think?
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