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Husqvarna Celebrates 1,000,000 Robotic Mowers

That’s a lot of mowers.

Husqvarna started in 1995 producing solar mowers. In an effort to help with a more green society and get rid of emissions, they created a mower that was more efficient and needed no gas to run. On top of that, it was automatic.

Husqvarna leads the global market with it’s products in the robotic mower industry. It’s no surprise that they will continue to stay ahead of the curve given their mission to succeed in the market.

Celebrating 1,000,000 environmentally friendly robotic mowers is a milestone for the Group. More than twenty years ago, we created the robotic mower market and have developed the market ever since. We naturally have a strong market leadership within this category while many of our competitors still are fairly new in the market. We see that in many countries the market for robotic mowers still remain small, while others have grown substantially – meaning sizeable growth opportunities in this exciting segment remains. Our aim is to maintain our leadership position by providing the most reliable, safe and efficient products and solutions

Kai Wärn
CEO & President, Husqvarna Group

With the over 20 years of experience in the robotic mower industry, Husqvarna has learned how to increase better cuts and a better handling of yards with complex gardens or landscaping with its robotic mowers. They are definitely trying to make the lawn cutting process completely autonomous.

A robotic mower is energy efficient and has almost no emissions during use. The electricity consumption for maintaining a 1,000m² lawn is approximately equal to a 11W light bulb. Today it is possible to control, program and track your robotic mower via a smartphone or tablet app as well as easily control the watering and lawn care from anywhere, anytime.

Husqvarna Group

To be clear, this does not only include the Husqvarna Automower lineup, but also brands such as Gardena, McCulloch and Flymo. All are designed to be an automatic system to help with lawn care and more.

Kai also mentioned, Our advanced robotic mower solutions have created our market leading position. All our robotic mowers are designed in Sweden and produced at our state of the art plants in Europe, before they are shipped all over the world. As the market leader we are committed to continue stand at the forefront, delivering the best end-customer solutions as well as continuously evolve our offer based on how people connect and engage within this area.”

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Husqvarna Group is a world leading producer of outdoor power products for garden, park and forest care. Products include chainsaws, trimmers, robotic lawn mowers and ride-on lawn mowers. The Group is also the European leader in garden watering products and a world leader in cutting equipment and diamond tools for the construction and stone industries. The Group’s products and solutions are sold under brands including Husqvarna, Gardena, McCulloch, Poulan Pro, Weed Eater, Flymo, Zenoah and Diamant Boart via dealers and retailers to consumers and professionals in more than 100 countries. Net sales in 2016 amounted to SEK 36 billion and the Group has more than 13,000 employees in 40 countries.

Husqvarna Group is a global leading producer of outdoor power products and innovative solutions for forest, park and garden care. Products include chainsaws, trimmers, robotic lawn mowers and ride-on lawn mowers.The Group is also the European leader in garden watering products and a global leader in cutting equipment and diamond tools for the construction and stone industries. The Group’s products and solutions are sold under brands including Husqvarna, Gardena, McCulloch, Poulan Pro, Weed Eater, Flymo, Zenoah and Diamant Boart via dealers and retailers to consumers and professionals in more than 100 countries. Net sales in 2016 amounted to SEK 36bn and the Group has around 13,000 employees in 40 countries.

Worx Landroid: The Most Affordable Robotic Lawn Mower?

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Worx Landroid | source: Hans on Pixabay

Apparently, the way your lawn is taken care of shows how much of an "artist" you might be. Does this sound familiar to you? If not, just read ahead. Otherwise, you might re-consider the time you put into your yard and put into reading a book or something. Kidding.

This review goes over the Worx Landroid M - a robotic lawn mower that claims to be different from the pack in the sense that it uses artificial intelligence to go over the yard. Is it really the most affordable and the best? Let's find out.

If you'd like to check out reviews on Amazon, you can find them here.

Worx Landroid | A Quick Overview Of The Mower

What Is The Worx Landroid?

This robot lawn mower claims to be the 'easiest set up' out of others on the market simply because you are suppose to be able to remove it from the box and put it to work right away.

The model we're going talk about in this review is the Worx Landroid M. 


How Does This Compare To Other Robotic Mowers?

One of the biggest benefits this mower has is that it's [more] budget friendly than some of the other brands on the market. Although it's not a remote control lawn mower like the Robomow, it's still got a major advantage here.

Here's the deal:

People are looking for a robotic mower to take time for other things like landscaping, keeping their lawn gnomes in check, and in general - entertainment. For these people (and this may be you), there's not always an unlimited supply of money in the bank. Plus, it's a big deal that you might actually get a lawn mower that cuts the grass for you.

Let's take a look at some of what the Worx Landroid has to offer.

Does This Worx Mower Have An App?

Yes, there's an app for this. And, I have to admit that I'm not as thrilled with this one simply because it doesn't have the option to drive it around the yard like the Robomow. This may not be a deal breaker for you and that's okay. Keep in mind, this is designed to pull out of the box, place it onto your lawn and let it go to work.

Major Things To Consider:

Similar to the other reviews on the site, below are some of the major factors you might consider when looking into this mower. It's important to compare and differentiate this model from the others.

Maximum Lawn Size

Since we're only looking at one model, the chart beneath here is pretty self-explanatory. The Landroid cuts a yard up to 1/4 acre.

A quick visual for the cutting area:

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Max 1/4 acre

There are some other factors that may determine how far it's going to make it including the type of grass and how fast it grows, how sharp the blades are, humidity (believe it or not), the temperature, and what else is on your lawn.

Important to note: if it tends to be hotter in your area, the mower might charge a little slower rate. Also, the less debris it has to work around, the less energy it uses.

Noise Levels

In case you're thinking about having this cut your grass at night, you might be wondering how loud it is and whether or not you can pass having your neighbors wake up and wonder about your mysterious low-level overnight grass cutting adventure.

Look at the differences with some other top model brands:

Automower®

57-60 db(A)

Robomow®

67-74 db(A)

Worx Landroid

57 db(A)

Cutting Diameter and Height

The size of the mower seems to be a little on the smaller size with only a 7" mowing capability. Now, compared to it's counterparts with widths of up to 22", this might be a tremendous disadvantage; however, it could also be beneficial if it's to be used in a smaller area. 

The best part?

When you need something that's going to get in the smaller areas, this is going to work. The other robotic lawn mowers might cut the entire area faster, but if it can't fit in the parts of the yard you need it to most, well, guess who gets to go fix that?

You're looking at anywhere between 1.6"-4" on the height. And, if you need it, there are 5 adjustable positions for this. 

How Does It Mow?

The direction that the mower decides to go is at random. This will help with not leaving mowing paths behind and making sure the entire lawn is mowed evenly.

It uses a shock sensor system to detect objects. When coming in contact with anything on the lawn, it will stop, back-up, and turn around to mow a different way. This is the process of how your grass gets cut fully.

The Worx Landroid can mow a slope up to 20 degrees (35%). 

Warranty

I put this on here because it's a plus one when comparing directly with similar models. Typically, with competitor robotic mowers, there is only the first year when the device is covered. 

But, with the Worx Landroid M, it comes standard with a 3-year warranty. That's helpful to know that it's covered and you don't have to worry about it.

Battery Life

The Landroid houses a 28-volt battery. Although this doesn't compare to their 56v 3-in-1 cordless mower, it's still pretty impressive considering this mower is doing all of the work for you!

As with many other pieces of electronic equipment, taking care of the battery is crucial. The total length of life depends on it.

The total span of the battery depends on a few factors including:

  • How long mowing season lasts
  • Number of hours Landroid mows per day
  • Maintaining the battery while not in use.

Winter Hibernation

This is designated in the manual especially to pay attention to. The manufacturer recommends that you give your mower a full charge before storing.

Here are the specifics of what to do before "hibernation" time:

  • Thoroughly Clean
  • Fully Charge The Battery
  • Turn It Off

It seems that some of these are self-explanatory, but it pays to get these things right. It's important to keep the battery charged in the winter due to cold temperatures and getting the most out of your mower.

Other Misc. Features

Have a look at some simple features the Landroid M has to offer. 

Rain Sensors

It detects rain drops and will immediately stop mowing. The mower follows the boundary wire back to the base and then starts a delay start countdown (0-180 mins.) before returning to duty.

Finding Charging Base

If it becomes low on battery and determines that a recharge is necessary, the Landroid will find it's way back to base, get a fresh charge and then return afterwards.

Maximized Cutting Capacity

The cutting blades actually spin in two directions in order to keep the blades sharp and cutting for the max amount of time. They can be flipped/rotated when needed to get a fresh cutting edge.

Software Update

When new versions are out, you'll be able to take advantage of newer software. It's pretty simple with just plugging a USB drive into the port available on the machine.

How Often (And How Long) Will It Need To Cut My Lawn?

The length of time (given from the instruction manual) for 1100 sq. ft is about 3 hours. A typical schedule might be setup with Monday and Thursday mowing from 7-8:30.

Of course these estimates will be determined by the slope of your yard, how tall your grass is, and a number of other considerations.

What's Included With The Mower?

There's enough in the package to get setup for the use of the mower. No additional accessories or parts needed. Here's what's included:

  • Well, the mower itself
  • Charging Base
  • 590 ft. boundary wire
  • [200] Installation Pegs
  • 590 Ft. Boundary Wire
  • [4] Charging Base Nails
  • Power Adapter
  • 2 Boundary Wire Distance Gauge

The mower uses three blades. So, you'll be getting enough replacements for three times.

Where Is The Worx Landroid Sold?

Currently, the Landroid is available on Amazon and other online retailers. 

Is The Landroid Really Affordable?

MSRP for the mower is priced less than $1,000. For most retailers, it seems to be around the 999-ish mark. But, as with many products, the price can vary. You'll need to do your own research on this part.

It's really hard to complain about that price, considering other robot mowers are going for twice that or more. 

WHO'S IT FOR?

Any person looking to get the most affordable and economical robot mower. You'll be spending less and still getting the functionality of a robotic mower to suit your needs.

Everything you need will come with the mower, without having to purchase any additional accessory kits or installation hardware. Definitely a plus!

WHO'S IT NOT?

If you own a home with a larger yard and are looking for a mower to give a quicker cut, you might consider a Robomow that will allow up to 3/4 acre and a 22" cutting width.

Another thing worth mentioning is that you'll get the capability of a remote control robotic mower using the Robomow. A feature certainly worth having and using all the time!

Summary and Thoughts

Hands down, the Worx Landroid is the most budget friendly robotic lawn mower to consider. Some of the features that you might miss out on are:

  • Wider Cutting Width
  • Remote Control Mower Feature
  • Shorter Cut Times

Even though you'll have to sacrifice some of the above features (and others not mentioned) and miss out on advanced options, it's a great buy.

So, if you're looking to invest in some of the latest yard technology, are willing to take break from pushing the mower and/or wanting to get extra tasks done around the outdoors of your home, consider the Landroid.

Find the Worx Landroid here on Amazon.

Roomba Creators Win Government’s Okay For Robotic Mower

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Back in 2006, there was mention of a robotic mower to be introduced to the market. The creators of the Roomba machine wanted to enter the lawn mower arena, but were being held back by the FCC.

Fast forward 10 years (2016) and now the company has received approval from the FCC to move forward with the device. Interestingly enough — the hold-up? The National Radio Astronomy Observatory, or more commonly known as NRAO. The tension was caused between thinking the robotic mower’s signal could cause issues with telescopes roaming in space.

FCC Robotic Mower Guidelines

To add additional context, the FCC is acts strictly against roaming into airspace that uses certain frequencies. In this case, one of the frequencies intended for use is taken up by the NRAO with no intentions of having other devices on it’s “network”, for lack of a better term.

It’s important to note that these issues commonly happen. For example: when a company wants to manufacture a wireless microphone, sometimes they request to use a band to prevent “congestion” and reduce interference (since there’s nothing else there).

Even though the initial approval was granted, there are still some regulation kinks that need to be worked out. In August 2015, Reuters gave details of the robotic mower’s FCC statements and clarification of what is required before the mower can be released to the public. It consists of waivers and proof that the mower will not interfere with any frequency (or band) and will not “negatively impact radio astronomy”.

It’s an intriguing thought to see how this type of technology get’s held up in the communication arena. We’ve been using all kinds of wireless devices and the one that gets noticed is a robotic lawn mower.

Another thing that might set this mower apart from others on the market is the fact that it uses stakes that could potentially stick out around 24″ above the ground. I know I wouldn’t want that sticking out of my yard, especially when competing robot mowers use perimeter wires and other means to keep it in the grass.

Hey — at least they’re [iRobot] not upsetting space observations.

Want some more information about these types of mowers? Check out our Robomow and Husqvarna Automower reviews on the site.

 

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Robotic Lawn Mower Reviews: Robomow w/ Remote Control

Robomow RS612If you’ve been looking for robotic mowers and are getting bored looking at near the same specifications and really want to read/see about one with a different approach, you are at the right place.

The Robomow robotic lawn mower actually has an app that you can go into and drive the mower around. Now, if this isn’t a kid’s toy (minus the blades) for adults, I don’t know what else could be. 

Here’s the deal: with a robotic mower, you’ll be able to get more work done while the mower does the work. Have you thought about the separation between mowing and weed-eating? If you have, then this is your chance. Go around the yard and get rid of the tall grass around the fence, landscaping, and other areas while the mower cuts the common areas of the yard.

Robomow | The First Robot Lawn Mower With Emotional Intelligence:

How Does The Robomow Compare To Other Robotic Mowers?

Right now, there are four models available in the United States.

  • RC306
  • RS612
  • RS622
  • RS630

The main difference - and don’t worry, we’ll cover all the other features - between all of them is the lawn size capability which should definitely be taken into consideration.

Interesting fact: the Robomow was developed when one (of the 2) entrepreneurs’ wife asked him to mow the lawn and he dreamed of having a robotic mower.

Important to note: The Robomow is actually offered in Great Britain and the United States, so when you are searching for one, you might notice that depending on where you live, the results may vary.

And, it seems that there are actually two additional models in Great Britain! Sorry for all the upset users in the United States. Hey, at least we have the option to have a robot cut our grass.


Robomow Versus Husqvarna Automower

Just as we have a Robomow review, there's also a Husqvarna Automower review here where you can find out more information about the differences, similarities and other aspects of the two.

It's interesting to see how both of these robotic lawn mowers do the same task, but in a different way. There are features of both that set them apart, but, that's why there's a choice, correct?

Are There Any Installation Required For Robomow To Work?

Yes, there are installation steps involved with trying to get Robomow to work.

It requires a setup of what is known as a perimeter wire and it's job is to primarily guide the mower around the lawn. The wire does need to be properly installed to get the best use of the mower.

During the installation process, if you are finding that the wire might be difficult to run in certain areas, you can use the app to control where the mower goes. A bit of a manual process, but maybe an option for your situation.

Does The Robomow Have An App?

Not only is there an app, but compared to other robotic lawn mowers, the Robomow does have a significant advantage. In addition to mowing the lawn autonomously, the app also offers the ability to remote control it!

No matter where you might be, you have the ability to track detailed information about the mower including security alerts with an added option - GSM module. If you're interested in having Robomow send technical information to make it better, you do get that option with the GSM module as well.

What are some other things the app can handle? How about:

  • Weekly schedule for your mower
  • Various lawn settings (like size)
  • Setup or change your mowing zones 
  • Monitoring your robotic mower

Not only is this a fun option, but it also eliminates having to perfect installing the perimeter wire precisely - refer to the is there any installation required section. Notice a small part of the lawn that was missed or just doesn't get mowed because it's outside of the perimeter setup? Done. With your smartphone. From the porch.

Let’s See Major Things To Consider:

Like all good things, there are some factors to think about when deciding on a specific option. Here are some for the Robomow:

Maximum Lawn Size

For sizes of lawns, the Robomow mow uses a system with a number of zones to determine how it maneuvers across your lawn. Each model is dependent on a certain number of acreage (in table below) and it's important to consider each option. 

If a mower has more coverage than what you need, you can also use it for a smaller lawn. An advantage here would be if you wanted a 22 inch cutting deck for less mowing time. Just keep in mind that if you have a larger area to mow, the limitations are according to what the model specifies.

​Below is a quick visual to look at comparing the different sizes for each model.

RC306

RS612

RS612

RS612

1/8 acre
1/4 acre
1/2 acre
3/4 acre

Safety Features

As a father with kids, I'm concerned about what they are going to interact with. Especially when it comes to mowers, one of the first things I look at for these reviews are the safety precautions that manufacturers have taken to make equipment that is safe to be around my children and something I'd be comfortable with having around my home.

Child Lock

Similar to a child lock on the door of a car, if a button is pressed, the mower will not do anything. You’ll have to press certain buttons in a secret spy combination order to make it work.

Anti-Theft

There’s a code that has to be setup in order to use the mower. Think of it as a unique security code specific to you. The mower can be disabled without having this code entered. After the correct code is used, the user can begin driving the mower or start the robotic grass cutting marathon.

Lift Sensor

If someone tries to lift the mower off of the ground while the blades are spinning, it will stop straightaway. Very handy if it decides to roll over or a kid wants to see what’s underneath.

Tilt Sensor

Similar to the lift sensor, if the mower is moved out of it’s normal operating position (level with the ground), the blade stops.

Obstruction Sensor

When the Robomow is going across the lawn and it bumps into something - say like a tree or some type of landscaping, it will disengage the spinning blades, alternate it’s route and start cutting again.

Emergency Stop Button

Press this button and the Robomow will stop whatever it’s doing. If it’s moving, it will stop. If the blades are spinning, well, you get the point.

Safety Switch

When this is turned off, the mower cannot be used. Additionally, this must be off before Robomow can be lifted off of the ground or there is service done on the machine.

Sealed Batteries

Self-explanatory really, but it just means that no fluid will leak anywhere.

It's really important for kids and adults not to be in contact with battery acid.

Mowing Width

The low-end (for lack of a better term) RC306 model has an 11 inch cutting width. All the remaining models double that for a 22 inch width. A significant difference in case you’ve got the larger yard and would like a quicker cut.

Slopes

Another thing to consider is the lawn that your Robomow will be on. Is it hilly? How about bumpy? A great thing about robotic mowers is that they can handle a good deal of unevenness (is that a word?) - but, if they flip over, well, that’s not going to get very much grass cutting done!

In order to combat this, the Robomow comes with premium wheels to help stabilize while mowing.

All models can mow a slope up to 20 degrees (35%). For any math majors out there, that’s a hypotenuse of approximately 3.16 foot over a 3 foot span.

Number of Zones

What does this even mean? Well, simply put - the Robomow needs certain zones that attach your yard together like a puzzle, or, more like “passages”. There’s a main zone to your lawn and then there will be sub-zones. You’ll need to connect this main zone with the others in order for it to know where to go.

The cool thing? If you don’t have these zones connected with buried wires, you can just hop on the app and drive it yourself! I have to admit - probably the coolest feature this thing has to offer! I haven’t yet seen the competitors with this option.

So, how many zones can they handle?

RC306

RS612

RS612

RS612

3 zones
4 zones
4 zones
4 zones

You’ll know when the mower is done after it completes the entire number of zones created and they have been mowed.

Other Misc. Features

You may have caught onto this, but this thing is packed with features! Here are more benefits for going with the Robomow:

Turbomow

During the first cut of the season, this is usually when the grass is thickest and toughest to cut. This setting allows for a slowed down mowing speed and an increased RPM to get a better, even cut.

Floating Deck (select models)

The deck moves to adjustments of your lawn such as hills and other uneven areas to have a more gradual cut. Think of it like a floating back on a panini press allowing to sit on top of the bread.

Low Temperature Setting

Typically, the mower is going to run in all kinds of weather and temperatures, but in the case of it being lower than 41 degrees (F), the mower will automatically dock at the base station with a warning.

Auto Battery Recharge

Once the Robomow realizes it's battery is unfit for mowing duty, it will go straight to the base station, recharge, and get back to work afterwards! This is great for longer mow periods.

Night Mowing

Due to the extremely quiet mowing capability, you can have the mower run at night to wake up to a freshly cut, beautiful lawn. Since it works on guide wires, it doesn't require lighting.

"Edge Mode"

A great feature:
It has the ability to cut outside the wheels for a better finish and reduces the need for edging. This is perfect for trimming along fences or driveways.

Who Is The Robomow For?

The robotic mower can be used for any lawn where a push lawn mower or a riding lawn mower is used. Some of the features can actually help make the lawn look better because of more consistent and frequent mows.

Another person this is a fit for will be someone trying to accomplish more around their garden, landscaping, or outdoor work. Mowing takes time; that's the purpose of owning this type of technology - better efficiency and overall lawn health.

How Often (And How Long) Will It Need To Cut My Lawn?

There's a cycle that the mower uses to finish each job. It will mow the yard as much as possible on a battery charge. Should it need to, it will navigate back to the base station and recharge, returning back to cutting. 

It does cut grass slower than a human, but one of the good things is that you can adjust the mowing time as needed. Use the app after examining how the first few mows go.

The default setting is for twice a week. This is typical and tends to leave your lawn looking more healthier and having that "fresh cut" look. Perfect for dominating your neighbor's lawn - almost as good as the example video below:

The Lawn Care Nut | How To Dominate Your Neighbor's Lawn

The length of time required for each mow really is dependent on too many factors to give an estimate, but the important thing to remember is the Robomow has the widest cutting width over other robotic lawn mowers out there, having a quicker finish.

Does The Mower Work With An Electric Dog Fence?

Without starting this sentence with unfortunately, it does not work with any wire dog fences, sadly. And, you'll want to make sure that if your neighbors have one, there has to be 6 feet worth of distance between that and your perimeter wire.

You could always use the mower on a certain section of your lawn - say the front yard - and constrict your dog's wired area to the back. 


Check out the charts below; we’ve covered things like charging time and average work time amongst other features.

Specifications

RS622

RS630

Lawn Size (max)

1/2 acre

3/4 acre

Width

22 in.

22 in.

Height (mowing)

.78 - 3.14 in.

.78 - 3.14 in.

Time To Charge

90 - 135 min.

120 min.

Warranty

1 Year

1 Year

Average Mow Time

50 - 65 min.

50 - 70 min.

Specifications

RC306

RS612

Lawn Size (max)

1/8 acre

1/4 acre

Width

11 in.

22 in.

Height (mowing)

0.6 - 3.1 in.

.78 - 3.14 in.

Time To Charge

60 - 90 min.

60 - 90 min.

Warranty

1 Year

1 Year

Average Mow Time

60 - 73 min.

40 - 55 min.

Where Is The Robomow Available For Sale?

Currently, the Automower is available online at various retailers including Amazon, mower dealers, and even Ebay. The great thing about the mower is that (depending on the model) the weight is 30 pounds or less. You’ll be able to get free shipping from the majority of sellers as well.

You’ll want to make sure that you look at the specifics of the product when ordering for things like an installation kit. If that’s not offered, it needs to be purchased separately in order to have the mower function.

Summary and Thoughts

Immediately the best feature I thought of that sets the Robomow apart is the ability to remote control the mower. It is most definitely something that will have an advantage when it comes to those who may have an odd yard or just someone who's looking to get the areas like behind a shed, around bushes, etc.

Additionally, there is a plethora of features and benefits that clearly show how involved the company is at designing these. They really are looking to your best interests when it comes to child safety, keeping your lawn looking great, and indications of warnings via the app.

To speak about the lawn size, the best US model of the Robomow does only offer a max size of 3/4 acre. Other robotic lawn mowers like the Husqvarna Automower go up to 1.25 acres. This might make a difference unless you really use the remote control feature (have I mentioned that yet?) to tidy up the missed areas.

Robotic mowers in the marketplace are still coming alive and out into the open. Thus far, it seems that the Robomow has taken front and center stage.

Husqvarna Automower Review: It Really Cuts Grass In The Rain?

Welcome to the future! Although the Husqvarna automower has actually been out for quite some time, many people out there don’t know about it.Husqvarna_Automower_230ACX

If you haven’t figured it out already, this mower will cut the grass while you get to sit back and watch! It’s a great piece of technology and if used correctly, could really benefit certain lawn mower owners.

Here's the deal: with a robotic mower, you'll be able to get more work done while the mower does the work. Have you thought about the separation between mowing and weed-eating? If you have, then this is your chance. Go around the yard and get rid of the tall grass around the fence, landscaping, and other areas while the mower cuts the common areas of the yard.

What Are The Best Features Of The Husqvarna Automower?

I have to admit, this is such a innovative solution. Not only can it take some labor away from a tedious task, but there are also people that simply cannot mow. Obviously I can't list entire medical conditions, reasons for not being able to mow, etc., but it's important to think how this type of technology can change a life or two.

Okay, this answer might be subjective, but I think it's definitely worth mentioning. Aside from some of the other features of the Automower, this thing can cut in the rain! Of course, if you choose to, you can go cut the grass in the rain too; however, during a storm, there's a risk you might actually get struck by lightning. The Automower is low enough to the ground that it should evade that possibility.

There’s a lot of benefits to owning a robotic lawn mower and some about the Automower include the lawn being cut without you having to manage it. Set the mower out in the yard (after a full charge of course) and let it go to work.

One of the neat features is that when the battery begins to get low, the mower will automatically return to the charging station and recharge itself. Once there is enough power, it will go back to cutting your grass again.

It’s ideal size lot to handle is about a ½ acre yard. The terrain does not have to be entirely even and it can be in virtually any weather conditions. If you’re wondering about the angle it can cut, the slopes it can handle are around 35%.

Another benefit that the Automower presents with itself is the anti-theft system. With the app for the mower, you can have it record the location of the mower to help track it down.

And, for the green initiative with the environment, expect low energy consumption. This robotic mower works with a small chunk of energy compared to an average lawn mower you might be used to. It’s an all electric alternative which means no bad emissions to deal with.

A great video demonstration of the overall functions of the Automower:


Husqvarna Automower Vs. Robomow

First off, have a look at the in-depth Robomow review that should help clarify some of it's feature set compared to the Husqvarna equivalent. It's going to be close!

In addition to a low charging time, with the Automower, the actual time of the mower on the grass ranges from 45 to 260 minutes varying by model. Even though common sense may tell, the highest model available (Automower 450x) offers the longest run time after being charged.

Both the Automower and the Robomow can detect objects without having to place a guide wire (used during installation to avoid objects) around certain things like trees, bushes, and other solid objects. The robotic mowers can bump and re-route their path for continued mowing.

One feature that the Robomow boasts is a rain sensor. Where Husqvarna says the Automower will mow during different types of inclement weather, the Robomow has a sensor that will tell the mower to go back into it's base station and come back out when dry.

It's not a surprise that there are many companies trying to invent this type of technology - after all, you can run robotic lawn mowers whenever you want!

Below is a quick feature comparison of the Automower vs. Robomow. They both offer incredible benefits considering they're basically a touch and go solution.

Husqvarna Automower

  • 45-75 min. charging time
  • .37 - 1.25 acre mowing area
  • 57 - 60 db(A)
    roughly the same as a conversation
  • Lithium Ion Battery or NiMH
  • Slopes up to 35%
    safer solution than humans in rain

Robomow

  • 60 - 135 min. charging time
  • 1/8 - 3/4 acre mowing area
  • 66 - 74 db(A)
    slightly louder than a conversation
  • Lithium Ion Battery or NiMH
  • Remote Control
    maneuver mower from smartphone

Does The Automower Have An App?

As mentioned above, of course the Automower (450x model only) wouldn’t be complete with a smartphone app. Some of the things you can do are check it’s current status (if it’s upside down or stuck) and change settings for the mower like cutting height.

To elaborate on the anti-theft system, with the app you’ll receive an alarm to see where the mower’s located given the fact that a person actually had the nerve to pull it off your lawn!

Check out the video below for how the app works:


Things To Consider:

Although it seems like this is just a dream come true, there are a few things to think about such as:

GPS Assisted Navigation

The two top level models including the Automower 430x and the 450x both have GPS assisted navigation allowing for a smoother transition across the yard and a more precise mow. Of course, for better features adds more cost - a factor for consideration.

With the Automower 315 and 220 AC models, you can still use guide wire navigation to get around the yard.

Cutting Width

There isn't much variation in the models, but hey, some people like a wider mower, right?

Ranges are from 8.7 inches to 9.45 inches. Less than an inch to contemplate and the extra width will decrease the mowing time, albeit very minimally.

Color

If you aren't an aesthetically pleasing person and really don't care about the color of the Automower, do yourself a favor and skip this meaningless selection.

If you want to know what colors are available, here's what you can get: granite grey or green. There you have it -- two options to choose from.

Rough Terrain

Right now, there is only one model that handles terrain that's abnormal which may be true in your case.

The model that suits your needs is the Automower 220 AC. It will handle the rugged terrain since it has what's labeled as "medium" wheel threads and not "coarse". This is also one of the select models that has an easy height adjustment though, conveniently.

The above features are just a handle of things to consider and to really get more detailed, it will help to know what the characteristics of your yard look like. Everyone's lawn has it's own needs and the Husqvarna Automower is built with different models for that reason.

Where Is The Husqvarna Automower For Sale?

Currently, the Automower is available online at various retailers including Amazon, mower dealers, and even Ebay. The great thing about the mower is that (depending on the model) the weight is 30 pounds or less. You’ll be able to get free shipping from the majority of sellers as well.

You’ll want to make sure that you look at the specifics of the product when ordering for things like an installation kit. If that’s not offered, it needs to be purchases separately in order to have the mower function.

Summary and Thoughts

Immediately, recognizing the Husqvarna brand is evident in the mower. It’s got a great style and feature set which we’re familiar with of their other inventory items like zero turns and riding mowers.

It seems that they offer a bit of an advantage with the yard size as the Robomow is only rated for ¾ acre. The charging time is also competitive since the times are a bit lower. We do need to keep in mind that it’s dependent upon the specific model being purchased.

The noise level doesn’t seem to be that much of a concern considering a couple decibels might not even be loud enough to detect. But, if you’re an audiophile, it might be a factor to think about.

Overall, I like the brand and what it has to offer. The only aspect I’d reconsider is if I wanted to drive my mower which is a feature the Robomow has.