Robomow (RoboMower) General Info
Does the RoboMower
It sure does. The RoboMower is the next generation of lawn
mowing products, a natural evolution to the next level in
mowing, automatic mowing. It provides an exceptional quality
of cut, equal to or better than what a walk-behind mower
will provide. It provides a means and convenience for you
to save time and effort, all while keeping a manicured lawn.
does it work and how does it
know where it is going?
A small wire is pegged to the ground below the grass level
around the perimeter of your lawn, a similar type of technology
that invisible pet containment systems use. This is a one-time
setup and takes about as long as it does to mow your lawn
one time. This wire will virtually disappear from sight
in two to three weeks in normal growing conditions. This
wire forms the virtual fence for the RoboMow , containing
it to the area you are mowing.
The RoboMow uses an onboard navigation system, monitoring
it's position relative to the wire around the lawn. In addition,
it is always aware of its current driving direction and
distance traveled. This is done by means of an internal
compass-like device. This device provides the data to the
mower and uses this information to determine the next most
efficient path for the mower to take.
long will it take the Robot
to mow my lawn?
Generally speaking, it takes a good bit longer for the RoboMower
to mow than a walk-behind mower. This can be an understandable
concern from people who have never used the RoboMow, but
as customers used the mower once or twice, they are no longer
concerned about this. They just see the beautiful results.
very small area can be effectively cut with one operation,
it is recommended that you first operate the RoboMower in
one area and view the results before choosing how to manage
the two areas. Typically, we see RoboMower users cut their
lawn 2 or 3 times a week, because it is so easy - simply
set up the schedule and forget it. In fact, this more frequent
mowing is actually healthier for the lawn.
Remember, RoboMower users can cut grass whenever they choose,
any time day or night. Since they are free to spend this
time elsewhere, it is truly a timesaving product.
the mower safe, I'm worried
about it running when I am not around?
Basically, the fact that the RoboMower mows by itself without
the presence of the operator, makes it the safest way to
mow. However, you need to decide if running unattended is
right for your situation or not. It is your responsibility
to make sure bystanders, neighbors kids and such are not
getting near it while in operation. If there is a possibility
of kids or any unauthorized "guests" getting near
it while in operation, it is highly recommended to use the
Anti Theft mode, the Child Guard mode and keeping an eye
on it in general.
to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the top two injuries
from walk behind mowers are from thrown objects and from
feet slipping under the mower. It is their opinion, and
our experience as well, that simply separating the operator
from the mower will dramatically reduce these injuries.
The mower currently meets or exceeds all CPSC mandated requirements
for walk behind mowers, such as foot probe testing and blade
stop speed. Additionally, the safety sensors to detect bumping
into an object, sensors to detect a lift of the cutting
deck (and stop the blades), child lock safety features and
manual operator presence controls all add in significant
safety measures and systems to the user, far above that
found on conventional walk mowers today. Simply a safer
way to mow.
the RoboMower moves across
the lawn in many different directions, won't I have lawn
stripes that make my lawn look like patchwork or a puzzle?
The RoboMower does not leave stripes on your lawn after
cutting, it is best described as a sea of green. Since it
does not create a large airflow from the blade rotation
it will not lay the grass down similar to a walk mower,
which is what creates the stripes. However, since it is
moving across the grass in all directions it offers a much
better quality of cut than a traditional walk behind.
happens to the clippings?
The RoboMower twin blade, dedicated mulching system, and
the healthiest way to manage clippings for your lawn. Because
it mulches in three separate chambers, it will actually
mulch more effectively than most conventional mowers, thereby
leaving smaller clippings that fall into the grass. These
smaller clippings provide for quick decomposition into a
natural fertilizer for your lawn.
the height of cut adjustable?
Yes, from 1.5 to 3.5 inches. This is controlled from the
easily accessible adjustment knob. Adjustments take seconds
I have trees and other objects
in my lawn. How will it work with these obstacles?
Obstacles or other areas within the lawn that should not
be accessible to the mower are handled in one of two ways.
If the object is rigid and at least six inches tall, the
mower simply bumps into it and change direction. Other areas,
like a flower bed or swimming pool, are excluded from the
cutting area by using the same wire as installed on the
perimeter. The object is simply looped out during setup
of the perimeter wire. The inbound and outbound leads of
the wire used to loop out the object are installed right
next to one another. This causes the signal in this section
of the wire to cancel, allowing the mower full access around
the obstacle, but keeping it out of the area excluded
long will a power pack
Depending on grass height and type, but normally up to 1.5
hours of run time per charge. It will then return to the
dock, recharge and continue.. Many users split their
lawn into 2 or more mowing zones. A common layout is to
create one zone for the front and one for the rear lawn.
The front in many cases is smaller and can be cut while
other yard maintenance is performed. The rear can be cut
at another convenient time or even at night without disturbing
your neighbors. It is solely the judgment of the homeowner
to decide if the area is secure enough for the mower to
be run unattended.