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Considering A Robot Lawnmower?
Posted by: Thrift Store Scott
Date: April 03, 2022 08:35PM
Upsides and downsides revealed in two year, real-world test of robot lawnmower in Wichita, Kansas-

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Re: Considering A Robot Lawnmower?
Posted by: rz
Date: April 03, 2022 09:01PM
It would be nice, but my yard is way too big for it. And the grass (and weeds) in Florida are probably too much for those things. St. Augustine grass is way thicker than your fescues and such.
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Re: Considering A Robot Lawnmower?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: April 03, 2022 09:22PM
I just bought one and need to install it once the weather is just a bit nicer. I’ll report back. The reviews are very good. I think a lot of people could use one.



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Re: Considering A Robot Lawnmower?
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: April 03, 2022 09:36PM
I really want to put artificial turf in and forget having to mow ever again.... but the cost is $$$$$ and I don't live in a water poor area.



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Re: Considering A Robot Lawnmower?
Posted by: OWC Jamie
Date: April 03, 2022 09:57PM
I still love mine, about to get it ready for service in a couple weeks once it stops snowing here in IL.

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Re: Considering A Robot Lawnmower?
Posted by: Wags
Date: April 03, 2022 10:29PM
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Re: Considering A Robot Lawnmower?
Posted by: Thrift Store Scott
Date: April 03, 2022 10:46PM
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It would be nice, but my yard is way too big for it. And the grass (and weeds) in Florida are probably too much for those things. St. Augustine grass is way thicker than your fescues and such.

Understood. That video was the first relatively long-term, real-world review I've seen of a robot lawnmower, and there seems to be quite a bit of room for improvement with them.

Adding enough processing power and long-term memory so that they can remember the shape of the yard and the location of permanent obstacles via a map created from GPS coordinates, and enough short-term memory that they can remember which areas they've covered on each outing so they can mow in a more efficient and thorough organized pattern rather than a random one, would be the obvious first improvements.

Making them more powerful and able to cut a broader swath through thicker grass would be the second improvement to make.

Giving them the option of a grass catcher with self-dump capability at an owner-determined location would be the third improvement to make. If we can make self-scooping cat litter boxes, self-dumping grass catchers should be a breeze to create.



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Re: Considering A Robot Lawnmower?
Posted by: rgG
Date: April 03, 2022 11:36PM
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I really want to put artificial turf in and forget having to mow ever again.... but the cost is $$$$$ and I don't live in a water poor area.

We only have a small strip of turf at our townhouse and we replaced it with artificial a couple of years ago. I love it. It took me a while to get over the whole idea of it being fake but because of a lot of environmental factors, real grass was never going to do well in that spot anyway, so I was fighting a losing battle.





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Re: Considering A Robot Lawnmower?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: April 04, 2022 03:19PM
IMO that was one whiny review. At very least it was difficult to tell actual mower problems from install problems. I didn't find any of the mower faults he mentioned well explained.

He wanted a lawn service and doesn't mind paying $1k/year for it. I'd rather pay $1k for a robot once and then do the occasional wander around the yard with the weed whacker.

Also, he admits to coveting his neighbors lawn.

Segway is coming out with a 'smarter' robot lawn mower but its about 2x the price as worx. Sounds nice - no boundary wire, etc, but I'll wait for the reviews.

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I find the conversation to be similar to that around electric cars - people who own them and love them vs people who consider the whole idea basically impossible. I'm sure there are some people who it doesn't work for - although I wonder how many people don't install it well - but I honestly didn't find any reviews of people who did the troubleshooting work and it still didn't work for them.

I guess I should admit that I'm willing to do a fair amount of troubleshooting.







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