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Robomow robotic lawn mower

Postby robomow » January 24th, 2017, 5:05 pm

Hi guys,

how can I start a new board indexed forum for robotic lawn mowers? Specifically Robomow as we would like our customers and non customers to be able to ask and answer questions regarding Robomow.

http://usa.robomow.com/
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Re: Robomow robotic lawn mower

Postby glnc222 » January 24th, 2017, 5:24 pm

Function of the moderator only. When sufficient interest exists. You now have a thread. I have noticed more discussion of mowers at the German Roboter-Forum. (Maybe in the U.S. lawn tractors are more of interest -- more land.)
[edit] Descriptions of several mowers at http://www.robotlawnmowers.org/
Many sold on Amazon with reviews there.

[edit] The Robomow U.S. website does not have a forum for user discussion as major computer makers have in connection with support, e.g. Lenovo. Of course, those general purpose products are much more complicated and present innumerable support issues for compatibility with many other things and constantly changing software. Samsung puts customer reviews on its website, as do some appliance retailers.

Lots of youtube videos are used by Dyson for promotion, understandably today.

This website here is particularly devoted to engineering and internals of these devices, repairs etc., even reverse engineering when needed.

[edit] Also see review http://www.robotreviews.com/chat/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=19411
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Re: Robomow robotic lawn mower

Postby Panache » April 13th, 2017, 10:11 pm

I would be interested in learning more about robot mowers. I have about 3/4 acre of land and I'm truly fed up of spending every Saturday sweating like a horse for 3 hours. I see some of these mowers are spendy but no worse than a zero turn riding mower. And no oil, sparkplugs and sputtering engines to service. Or compared to hiring a lawn service, they would pay off in 2 years.

I see on the german site a lot more brands and models available there. Are any coming to the US? The only one I see for wide US sale is the Worx Landroid which only covers 1/4 acre. Also it uses the floating razor blades which I read on the german site are tricky if you have trees that shed a lot of leaves and twigs. Anyone got experience with the Robomow?
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Re: Robomow robotic lawn mower

Postby glnc222 » April 13th, 2017, 11:11 pm

No users to speak of here yet, but Google shows several mower review websites covering a number of brands.
Some lawn care services are now supplying robots http://www.greenindustrypros.com/news/12321912/on-demand-robotic-mowing-service-emerges-in-dallas
Picture shows a Husqvarna model -- major garden equipment brand. Robomow claims to be most popular.
http://usa.robomow.com/

Just as vacuum robots do not completely solve the problem of handling all furniture and flooring, I would expect limitations on use of robot mowers depending on your particular grounds.

You can discuss on German Roboter-Forum in English (preferred to poorly translating posts to German), reading with Google or Edge translator, with users there.
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Re: Robomow robotic lawn mower

Postby glnc222 » April 13th, 2017, 11:23 pm

Husqvarna Automower 450x, costs $3,500. WIRED review https://www.wired.com/2016/07/husqvarna-automower-450x-review/
Husqvarna makes cheaper models around $2,000, and the competing Robomow costs $2,099.
At that price I would compare to hired help. Gardening services heavily used in this suburban area, $100 a month or something, don't know exactly, depends on size, friends have.
Maybe you could rent out the mower to neighbors, or form a neigborhood coop to share it.
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Re: Robomow robotic lawn mower

Postby mfortuna » April 14th, 2017, 7:34 am

I have a fitbit and mowing the lawn helps me reach my step goal every week. I would not even consider a riding mower. Need to get some exercise!
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Re: Robomow robotic lawn mower

Postby Panache » April 14th, 2017, 1:48 pm

We also have a self-propelled push mower and indeed the mowing is part of the exercise routine. But, it is not very enjoyable, especially come 90-degree weather, going on vacations or having to set aside 3 hours each week to mow. Many weekends the wife and I talk about going on a hike but instead stay home to cut the grass. Those 3 hours can be used for some more rewarding activities and projects, imo.

I do speak german so I've joined the roboter-forum, where I learned about the Xiaomi vacuum. Lots of brands and models of robo-lawnmower available in Europe, and good prices, but I can't seem to find how to get them shipped to US (and then service, etc becomes a concern).

From reading the german forum, yes the mowers are not a 100% solution but a 95% solution, you still have to pick up sticks and the first mow of the season needs to be done with the gas mower to chop up all the winter sticks and detritus. But much easier to just go around the property and touch up with the string trimmer most weeks and the robot takes care of the rest.

Looks like the Robomow 630 which is rated at 3/4 acre would be good for my plot, and they are sold in the US. Next would be to ask: When is a good time to buy one? I can imagine during the off season prices drop? $2,500 is a lot to swallow at once.
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Re: Robomow robotic lawn mower

Postby glnc222 » April 14th, 2017, 5:02 pm

A bunch of these are at Amazon for U.S. delivery, but most for only 1/4 acre, the most common suburban lot. I expect the issue is mainly battery size for sufficient run time, and you pay by the acre. Something this expensive might warrant a dealer to rely upon for service, but these are specialty tech items.

[edit]Some used ones available. Also on Ebay.

https://www.amazon.com/Landroid-Robotic-Mower-28-volt-WG794/dp/B00SJEUFF4/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_86_t_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=GH40GWBS5GRJ8HDR0760

https://www.amazon.com/Husqvarna-967623405-Automower-Robotic-Install/dp/B01CUV9IJA/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_86_t_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=GH40GWBS5GRJ8HDR0760

Husqvarna U.S. with dealer locator
http://www.husqvarna.com/us/products/offers/earth-days/?&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=husqvarna%20automower&utm_campaign=Husqvarna_Mowing_Brand_Exact&utm_content=sAVAJ0yEo|pcrid|184854351509|pkw|husqvarna%20automower|pmt|e|pdv|c|&gclid=Cj0KEQjw5sHHBRDg5IK6k938j_IBEiQARZBJWkWdJMQEgSkONhcCBdU7dGLqPh7tId6G911QMcpxWkgaAsGC8P8HAQ

They also make motorcycles and construction equipment.

With a self propelled mower you can tie a rope to a tree or stake to spiral around.
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Re: Robomow robotic lawn mower

Postby glnc222 » April 14th, 2017, 7:44 pm

The acreage capacity appears governed by different widths of the bots and cutters, to cover larger areas in the same time and most efficient battery size, at proportional price differences. 3/4 acres takes the larger models.

Robomow appears to be a British company.
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Re: Robomow robotic lawn mower

Postby Panache » April 15th, 2017, 1:21 pm

:D Could also get a pack of goats! :D

SO and I will probably make the robo splurge later this summer if we don't spend too much on vacation and we'll see.
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Re: Robomow robotic lawn mower

Postby glnc222 » April 19th, 2017, 3:58 pm

German comparison of Robomow and Husqvarna by owner of both:
http://www.roboter-forum.com/showthread.php?13197-Vergleich-Husqvarna-Automower-330X-(430X-ab-2016)-mit-Robomow-RS-630-(RS-635-ab-2016)&p=130032&viewfull=1#post130032
(to see some pics on Roboter-Forum you must register)
Robomow better with leaves. When service companies use Husqvarna they have a crew to rake leaves.
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