The best way to start off with the topic of robotic lawnmowers is to understand what exactly are they?
They are self-powered machines which can do various tasks such as watering plants, trimming grass or even digging holes. There are many different models available from different manufacturers. Some of them have a maximum speed while others can only go up to 5 mph. These models usually cost around $1000-$1500 depending upon the model and features offered.
Robot lawnmowers are not just limited to being used for landscaping purposes though. Many of these machines can be programmed to perform other tasks such as vacuuming floors, mopping floors, sweeping floors etc. Some robots have been designed specifically for home use where they can clean your house and some even come equipped with a vacuum attachment. One of the most popular types of robotic lawnmowers is the one made by Husqvarna Automoworks. This company produces several models including the one we will be reviewing today.
What makes this particular model so special is it comes with a built-in camera which allows you to control the machine remotely via internet. You can view live video feed of your lawn at any time and adjust settings such as how hard the blades should cut, when to turn on/off the water sprinkler system etc. You can also monitor the status of all parts like batteries, sensors etc. and even check on the last location of the machine. If you have a large lawn and don’t want to spend all day walking, you can also control it remotely using your smart phone.
Features of the Husqvarna Automower Robotic Lawnmower
Let us now look at some of the features that this particular model has to offer.
The machine comes with a powerful battery which is good for around 2 hours. This means that you can program it to start cutting the grass at a particular time and it will return to its docking station to charge itself after completing the task.
There are settings on the app which you can use to set how often the blades should rotate and for how long. You can also choose to set it up so that it waters your lawn as well.
The machine comes with an built-in camera and this allows you to see what the machine is seeing in real time. You can also use the app to speak through the machine so that you can give verbal instructions to anyone who is nearby. If there are stones or twigs on the lawn, you can even direct the machine to move over to that location so that it can remove the obstacle.
You can control when and for how long the blades should rotate. You can also control when it waters the lawn and how long it should water for. You can even turn on the music feature so that you can listen to your favorite songs as you watch the machine go about its job.
It has a safety feature which prevents it from falling down the stairs or getting stuck under objects. It will stop operating immediately if it encounters such an obstacle.
You can view a history of all the activities it has done through the app. This allows you to see when the blades need to be sharpened or when it is time to refill the seed bag.
The robotic lawnmower will continue working even in bad weather conditions such as rain and snow.
It can work for up to 2 hours but you can also stop it at any time through the app. You do not need to get near it physically in order to shut it down.
The machine has been designed to mow along the contours of your lawn so that it can cover every inch of it.
It will return to the docking station on its own power so you do not need to keep tracking where it is. It uses an internal GPS system for this purpose.
Benefits of using this model
The best thing about this machine is that it does all the work for you while you sit back and relax. You no longer have to worry about wasting hours of your day mowing the lawn.
It is a great way to keep your grass healthy because it cuts each strand to an exact uniform length. This encourages strong growth and a good environment for the grass to grow in.
It ensures that your lawn is evenly watered because it sprinkles water on it on a regular basis.
You do not need to spend money hiring someone to cut the grass anymore.
It can work on hills and uneven surfaces so you don’t need to have a perfectly flat lawn for it to work on.
The blades are very sharp so you don’t have to worry about them becoming blunt over time. You simply need to replace the blades after a year or so.
The battery stores enough power for it to complete its designated workload before returning to the docking station.
The app allows you to keep track of how many times it has mowed the lawn. It also shows you a map of where it has been so that you can see if there are any blind spots that need attention.
Easy to use and set up
This robotic mower is very easy to use. All you need to do is mount the docking station in an area that is open and has electricity supply. This could be inside or outside your home.
You will then mount the blades and the bag onto the robotic mower itself. You just need to ensure that it has power before it begins its job and then you can watch it from any location using the app.
All you need to do is connect to its wifi signal and you can see exactly what it is seeing. You can also give it direct commands through the app.
It’s as simple as that.
Downsides of this model
The robotic mower is not able to cut wet grass so it needs to be fully grown before you enable the timer for it to work on it. It also cannot work in the rain.
You also need to ensure that the blades are replaced after a year or so. You can buy these from the manufacturer website.
It’s not going to be cheap up front to buy the robot and you’ll also have to pay for the blades too.
The Robomow RC30 is a great robotic lawnmower that is able to cut your grass for you without any effort from you at all. It has been designed to suit most Australian lawns.
You can place it anywhere that is convenient within your yard. Just ensure that it has a clear path to the docking station otherwise it might get stuck.
It’s a great way to save yourself some time without worrying about maintaining your lawn.
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