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Looj
June 16, 2016
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Roomba
June 16, 2016

Robomow

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Picture this. It’s a hot day and you need to mow the lawn. Maybe you want to get it presentable for a party. Maybe you want a busybody neighbor to be quiet. However, it’s really hot and you don’t want to deal with push mowers and riding a riding mower is too much trouble. Maybe you’re just not the type who enjoys mowing the lawn. You might have thought “wouldn’t it be great if the lawnmower could run itself?” The Robomow seems to be one answer to the thought but is it the answer?

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First let’s get the negatives out of the way. The setup can be gigantic pain in the neck. The Robomow comes with a bunch of green wires and stakes with which to guide the Robomow’s path. If you’re disabled or elderly, you may want help with this part. Nothing ruins the looks of your lawn but you may want to be careful around them so you don’t mess anything up. However, once you get that part out of the way, it’s relatively smooth sailing. The controls on the lawnmower are less intuitive than they should be but thankfully, there’s an app for the mower that makes controlling it a lot easier. The other big negative is the price point. It often costs more than $1500. That said, if you have the money, there is a lot that Robomow has to offer, especially if you aren’t in the best of health to operate a lawn mower.

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Obviously, you don’t have to go outside on hot days and deal with mowing the lawn. The Robomow’s blades, that cover 22 inches in total, do about as good as any motorized lawnmower. It can also handle rough terrain better than one might think. It would take a lot to bring down this mower. It can handle slopes up to 20 degrees. It’s designed to mow about a ¼ of an acre. If your yard is divided, it can handle up to two divisions. The AI is pretty good, if it detects that it’s about to bump into something, it’ll stop, turn off the blades, back away slowly and gradually work its way into a position where it can continue safely. It also has safety features like a child lock that keeps small children from tampering with it and a rain sensor that keeps it from going out in the rain if you program it to do so. Programming it, once you get the wires and stakes out of the way, is simple enough. You can choose which times of day you want it to mow. It will even mow while you aren’t at home. If you need to reschedule, you can change it from your iOS device or Android.

 

The other big feature is the battery. Unlike motorized lawnmowers, which run on gasoline, the Robomow runs on a lithium ion battery. Not only do you save money on gas, and help the environment as a result, you finally get rid of the noise. The battery is rechargeable. The mower comes with a charging station that the mower automatically returns to when it’s done or when it’s low on power. If it returns to the charging station before finishing the job. It also handles the other part of the job, dealing with lawn trimmings. The Robomow will eject the grass clippings back out onto the lawn so they will decompose and contribute to a nice healthy lawn. The Robomow can be stored outside as well.

 

The Robomow is pricey and if you’re the type who enjoys lawn care, this product is not what you’re looking for. However, if you have the money, and the desire to spend your weekends doing something besides cutting grass, this is the robot you’re looking for.