Robot Lawn Mowers
|Source: Husqvarna Mowers|
Green Robots at the Cutting Edge
There's a slew of new robot mowers. Models include Worx Landroid for smaller lawns, Honda that cuts and feeds lawns, Robomow for all-purpose mowing and Husqvarna that's loaded with cell & GPS tech. These mowers aren't cheap. Prices range from $1000 to $3500. They're powered by rechargeable batteries so they're quiet. You pay more for online enhancements. And, if your lawn is loaded with trees and hills, your robot mower is going to be a lot more expensive.
Robot mowers look a lot like big robot vacuums such as iRobot's Roomba. They roam and groom your lawn. Their battery powered motor lasts from 30 minutes to 4 hours at the high cost end. There are also perimeter wires and sensors to keep them in place. Programming is done on a control panel with a menu for cutting dates, times, locations, cutting setting, etc. It's literally robotics at the cutting edge.
Current Residential Mower State of the Art
Currently, residential robot mowers have the capacity to do .20 to 1.25 acres. And the more challenging your property is, the more battery power the mower has to expend. They use perimeter wires and advanced algorithms to ensure total lawn coverage. Some use GPS to tell the mower where it's been and where it needs to go. And some let you use your cell phone as a remote control to tell it where to mow next. Putting your robot mower to work: that sounds like a great idea.