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Robot mowers are becoming increasingly popular due to their ease and efficiency. While they cost more than normal lawnmowers, they are life-changing gardening investments. This article will cover how to choose the perfect robotic lawn mower to suit your garden’s needs and what questions you should ask before buying!
To choose a robot mower, you have to think about how the mower will be able to cope with the conditions of your garden. If you have a narrow, flat, garden, then smaller models will be okay. Yet, more complex mowers are ideal for bigger, hillier, terrains. Price, garden size, terrain, weather conditions, safety, and remote-control settings should all be considered.
What Should I Look For in a Robot Mower?
Although cheaper robotic mowers seem like a bargain, they are often unable to go up steep banks or handle tough conditions. So, if your garden is particularly hilly, it may be worthwhile spending more on a high-quality mower from a known brand like Husqvarna.
For example, even the most basic Husqvarna models such as the Automower 305 can handle gradients of 45%. Larger models like the Automower 435X AWD can easily handle inclines of up to 70%. So, instead of wasting your money on a inferior mower, it’s always best to compare mower gradients to see how they will cope in your garden.
Will The Size Of My Garden Affect Which Robotic Lawn Mower I Need?
Each robotic mower has its own unique working area capacity. This means it can only mow certain dimensions before it runs out of charge and has to return to its charging station. Those with smaller batteries will run out of charge more quickly and so would not be able to cope with a very large garden.
For instance, the most basic Husqvarna robot mowers will mow areas of around 600m2, yet the most advanced ones can mow 5000m2. So, it would be completely pointless to buy a cheaper model if your garden is huge.
You also have to consider if your garden has narrow passages. If it does, then a large model may be too big to mow these areas. So, measuring these narrow areas of your land to compare to the dimensions of each mower is advised before you buy.
Do I Want To Connect My Robotic Lawn Mower To My Phone?
Robotic lawnmowers connecting to your smartphone is a complete game-changer. This feature allows you to control the mower with your phone even when you’re away from home. Simply download an app and with the click of a button, your garden can be mowed for you. If you want complete control, then this option is great.
Yet, if you don’t have a smartphone, then this feature is completely pointless. This option only comes with the more expensive models and so if you don’t need it, then it probably makes more sense to choose a basic model which will save you a lot of money.
How Noisy Are Different Robotic Lawn Mowers?
One major issue with non- robot lawn mowers is that they are extremely loud, and their volume rests at about 90 decibels. This means that you can only really mow during the day so that you don’t disturb your neighbours.
Husqvarna has the quietest mowers available on the market. Their models range from 58 to 60 decibels. Considering the average conversation rests at around 60 decibels, you can let these machines mow day or night without disturbing anyone.
In contrast, cheaper robotic mowers go up to 75 decibels and so it’s sometimes best to invest in a premium brand if you know that you will be mowing at all hours. Especially if you have a lot of neighbours in your close proximity.
Are All Robotic Mowers Safe If I Have Children and Pets?
This is a great question to ask before choosing a robotic mower. Fortunately, robotic auto mowers are made with multiple built-in safety mechanisms. The blades are underneath the machine, so that accidental collision will not cause injury.
Many mowers also have emergency stops when they are picked up or tilted. This means even if a child decided to touch the mower, they would not be harmed. The best models also have collision censors which allow them to back up and change direction if any collisions occur.
This not only helps with keeping children and pets protected but also allows the machine to navigate your garden with ease. Obviously, it’s best to check the specifications of the mowers you are researching to ensure that they have this feature before purchasing. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Are All Robot Auto Mowers Safe In All Weather?
Although mowers can cut your lawn in all weathers it’s generally recommended that you park your mower when conditions are extreme. The Husqvarna ‘Connect Weather’ feature allows you to set your mower to operate in conjunction with the weather forecast.
This will make your mower return to its power station in heavy rain, snow, frost, or extreme heat or cold. Heavy rain may cause grass to clog your mower if it’s too wet. So, it may be worth thinking about smart features like this if you live in a very extreme or changeable climate.
How Much Does a Robot Lawn Mower Cost?
A Husqvarna Robot mower costs from $1700 for the basic automower, to $6299 for the commercial grade robot.
Price is a major factor in making any big technological purchase. At first glance, robotic lawnmowers can seem expensive. But, they are lifetime investments even if the upfront cost can seem high. This is what you have to weigh up when choosing which one to buy.
Although very cheap robotic mowers are available at around $400, it may be worth buying a more expensive mower if it comes with better features, an extended warranty which will allow it to be fixed free of charge, or if the fixing costs will be less over time. Not only that, frustrations last longer than the concern of the cost. An inferior auto mower that continuously gets stuck, misses sections of your garden or has a quickly draining battery is going to be more of a frustration than a help.
How long do robot mowers last?
Although robotic mowers are generally low maintenance, as with all technology they do sometimes need to be repaired. To make sure your robot mower lasts for the long haul, go with this a reputable brand where you know that spare parts will be available year after year.
If a suitable repair shop for a specific brand you want does not exist in your area, you may want to consider choosing a brand with a closer repair shop or free shipping to a repair shop elsewhere.
This will help to keep your fixing costs low and also minimise any hassle you could have in the future. If you are in Canberra, call us to get your Husqvarna robot mower serviced or repaired.
What is the best robotic lawn mower on the market?
The best robot mower for home use is the the Husqvarna All Wheel Automower 435X. Suitable for rough terrain, and steep slopes up to 35° (70%) it takes on the challenges of large and complex lawns up to 3500m2. With it’s exceptional weather resistance it can work quietly and easily during rain or shine- night or day.
The 435X Automower can be controlled through your smartphone or even your smart home set up such as Google Home or Amazon Alexa.
The combination of remote control, GPS theft tracking, and its All Wheel Drive ability, puts the 435X Robot Mower as our choice as the best robot mower on the market today
Husqvarna is known as the world leader in robotic mowing – having started the robot mower revolution in 1995 with the first Automower. If you are interested in setting up a Husqvarna robot mower system, contact us today.
Are robot lawnmowers worth it?
If you want to take the work out of mowing completely, then a robot mower is worth it. After the initial set up, the robot mower quietly gets the job done, and it is one less thing you have to do.
So, no matter which robotic lawn mower you choose, it will greatly reduce the time you spend mowing your garden and make your life a whole lot easier. There are hundreds of brands to choose from all with their own specifications. Let us know in the comments how you chose your robotic mower and if you would recommend it!
Here at CDBS Garden and Construction we have the best range of garden machinery for your home and business. From mowers, to chainsaws, blowers and much more. We are also your local Canberra Husqvarna Dealer.
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