Robotic Lawn Mowers

As a professional gardener I am always on the look out for ways to improve my work day and also to provide a better service to my clients. I also try to be as environmentally friendly as I possibly can within my work.

I have invested in cordless, rechargeable mowers in order to cut down on fuel usage and noise pollution. As well as cordless tools being more beneficial to my surrounding environment they also benefit me personally in terms of gaining time.

They are, more importantly, not so heavy to use as petrol mowers, therefore prove better for me physically too.

Searching for new, innovative gardening equipment has led me to, amongst other things, Robotic Lawn Mowers.

This latest garden trend is gaining interest rapidly as more and more people come into contact with them at garden shows, fairs and exhibitions.

I am going to take a further look at which brands are making the cut and give you my take on robot mowers…their usability, capabilities and value for money.

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How does a Robotic Lawn Mower Work?

They work in much the same way as a robotic vacuum cleaner. Once set up a robot vacuum does the carpet vacuuming for you. A robotic mower does the same by cutting your lawn for you.

It works on a computerised memory of the size and shape of your lawn.

A perimeter wire has to be installed around the edges of your lawn to tell the robot mower where it has to go. The mower needs to know where the edges of your lawn are.

Robotic lawn mowers are mulching mowers, they do not collect the grass clippings but instead cut them very fine and scatters them as it goes. The clippings decompose and nutrients go back into the soil. You don’t have a grass box to empty.

Some more advanced mowers have the capability to map out your lawn, then use the most efficient route.

More advanced models will manoeuvre around flower beds, furniture, toys, structures etc with ease and don’t even require perimeter lines. You just turn them on and off they go, while you sit back and enjoy a nice drink or two…wine in my case.

Or, indeed, you have time to deal with other chores in the garden.

 

What You Need to Consider Before Choosing your Robotic Mower

First of all…what is the size of your lawn?

Some robotic mowers are ideal for small lawns, but you may have a larger space that would generally need a ride on mower, there are robotic lawn mowers designed for lawns up to 3600sq meters, which is nearly an acre.

Also consider whether your lawn is flat, the basic, less expensive models are sufficient for flat lawns, however, we don’t all have a perfectly flat, straight lawn so you may need a more substantial device that can handle slopes.

Robotic mowers require a docking/recharging station, you need to think where this going to be situated. Somewhere secure that is on a level with your lawn so that the mower can come and go un-aided. Also, if you have children or pets then safety considerations apply too in terms of making sure children or pets don’t come into contact with your robot mower when it is in operation.

Some mowers require you to physically replace them back in the docking station after use, others will make their own way back.

All these considerations will determine the type of mower you may need and at what cost they are to purchase.

I would recommend some basic care and maintenance before storing your robotic lawn mowers during winter.

They should be cleaned and wiped dry

Store in dry, frost-free conditions.

Also store their docking station indoors over the winter.

The wire installation can remain in the lawn.

 

All I need is one of these mowers to cook my dinner, pour me a glass of wine after it’s cut the lawn and then trundle back to its docking station. Perfect.

 

Flymo 1200R

Best Place to Buy: Amazon

The Flymo Robotic Lawnmower 1200R does the lawn for you.

Effective and reliable.

As and when required, the robotic mower recharges itself at the charging station.

The easy to place boundary wire shows the 1200R where to mow.

The cutting height ranges from 2cm to 5cm and is adjusted with the settings knob.

Programming is quick and simple to do.

Different mowing times or days can also be programmed with the large selection panel.

After programming, the 1200R starts on its own at the set times.

The powerful, maintenance free lithium-ion 18 V /1.6 Ah battery ensures reliable and energy-saving operation.

The 1200 R works quietly and there are no fuel emissions.

Highly sensitive collision sensors along with correctly installed boundary wire help the 1200R to avoid obstacles.

Safety features include a lift and tilt sensor, so if the mower is lifted, the blades automatically stop, preventing injuries.

There is a large, easy-access STOP button, which enables you to override the auto programme should you need to stop the mower.

The 1200R is suited for most garden types.

Pack includes:

  • Docking Station
  • Battery
  • Power cable
  • Perimeter wire
  • Pegs
  • Couplers and connectors
  • Instructions Manual

 

Specifications

  • Area 400sq meters
  • 25% incline

McCulloch Rob 1000

Best Place to Buy: Amazon

Ideal for gardens up to 1000m2, the ROB R1000 is fully automatic.

Simple to install and program.

ROB will automatically navigate the garden.

Can be programmed to run day or night.

When the battery is low the ROB R1000 returns to the docking station to recharge.

The “guide wire technology” ensures correct navigation of lawns, providing an even finish’s and cut.

Pack includes

  • Docking Station
  • Battery
  • 200m of boundary wire
  • 400 staples
  • All necessary connectors for a quick and easy installation.
  • Instructions Manual

Specifications

  • Battery charge time 50 minutes
  • Run time 65 minutes
  • Area 1000sq meters
  • 25% incline

Bosch Indego S+350

Best Place to Buy: Amazon

Bosch Indego S+ maps your lawn and cuts it in efficient parallel lines, it’s smart technology decides the optimum time to mow your lawn.

The Bosch Indego S+ also has app control for convenience, making it easy to maintain beautiful lawns. It covers multiple areas with ease.

Pack includes

  • Docking Station
  • Docking Station fix screws
  • Battery
  • 125m perimeter wire
  • 180 Fixing pegs
  • Power supply unit
  • Instructions Manual

Specifications

  • Battery charge time 45 minutes
  • Run time minutes 45minutes
  • Area 350sq meters
  • 27% incline

 

Gardena Smart Sileno

Best Place to Buy: Amazon

The Gardeno Smart Sileno Robotic Lawnmower is ideal for large lawns and more complex gardens of up to 1600 sq meters. Its is operable via a smart App too so your lawn can be maintained whenever you are at any time. The programming is straightforward and easy to control your preferred mowing schedule.

It handles corridors and passages with ease, proving it is set up correctly initially. The Gardea Smart Sileno can be operated in all weathers.

Pack includes

  • Docking station
  • Battery
  • Fixing Pegs
  • Perimeter wire
  • Smart App
  • Instructions

Specifications

  • Battery charge time 60 minutes
  • Battery run time 65 minutes
  • Area 1600sq meters
  • 35% incline

Free up some of your valuable time today and invest in one of these innovative robotic lawn mowers. They needn’t be the future, they can be your present. With a mower to suit most budgets and certainly every lawn type, isn’t it time to give yourself more freedom to do the garden jobs that you love the most? Or simply allow you to do nothing at all, sit back with a Gin and Tonic, or an ice-cold beer and let technology do the work. For further labour-saving, eco-friendly garden maintenance tools, go to my reviews page.

Get in touch via the comments box or contact details and let me know your thoughts on these great time-saving products.

Happy Gardening

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