Is a Robot Mower Right For You?
The age of robots seems to be upon us these days as we see them taking over more and more tasks that have been typically reserved for humans alone; while you may be a little concerned that they’ll end up replacing us altogether, that’s probably not going to happen. In fact, robots have the potential to make our lives a lot easier and to free up our time for doing things we enjoy like spending time with our families. When looked upon in that light it’s easier to view robots as a positive influence on society and they really can be. One way in which robots can potentially make our lives more enjoyable is by taking care of the grass cutting duties for us.
Robot lawnmowers are no longer something reserved for science fiction novels – they exist right now. You might not have seen one yet, but you probably will soon. These handy little machines look and operate a lot like the robot vacuum cleaners you’re probably more familiar with, only these machines are designed to cut your lawn. In this article we explore everything you need to know about robot lawnmowers including their pros and cons.
Setting up Your Perimeter
If you’re wondering how the robot lawnmower knows how to get around your lawn without venturing off into areas it shouldn’t be, that’s easily explained. Robot lawnmowers know where to go because you have to set up a perimeter wire or barrier before you set them loose on your lawn. These barriers utilize an electric wiring system that creates an invisible barrier that your little robot knows to stay within. The initial set up may take a little time, but once you have things worked out, this system actually works very well.
Cutting Any Time
Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of robot lawnmowers is the fact that they can cut your lawn at any time – even while you’re sleeping. You simply program them for the time of day and the number of times a week you want them to go to work and they’ll take over the duties from there. Most of these mowers should be set up to run 3 to 4 times a week as they don’t necessarily take care of all of your lawn on the first go though.
Charging up for the Work
You don’t have to physically pick up the robot lawnmower and plug it into the wall to recharge as it takes care of this for you. All you have to do is plug in the robot’s base charger in an outdoor outlet and place the base in an area that’s easily accessible for the robot and it will find its way there all by itself when it needs to charge or when it senses moisture in the air from which it needs to take shelter.
As we’ve already alluded to above, you can program these robot lawnmowers to operate at any time of the day or night and you don’t have to worry about disturbing the neighbors in the process. These machines are extremely quiet when compared to traditional lawnmowers and are unlikely to disturb your neighbors in their sleep.
A Random Walk about
Arguably the biggest knock on these robot lawnmowers is that they don’t cut your lawn in any noticeable pattern – instead they wander around your yard in a seemingly aimless manner. While this may seem a little odd it does work and the machine is a very good at cutting all of your lawn, but if you like those nice lines in your lawn that are left behind as you cut with a traditional mower you’re going to be out of luck. If this is something that’s important to you as a landscaping feature you’ll probably want to stay away from robot lawnmowers.
Built-In Safety Features
Safety is always a concern with any type of motorized machinery and that’s just as true for a robot lawnmower, but these machines have built-in safety features designed to prevent injury for you and your family. They actually have sensors designed to let them know when they’re approaching an object so that they can avoid a collision and they’re also loaded with sensors that cause them to automatically cut power to the blade if they’re lifted up.
No More Grunt Work
In my opinion the most exciting thing about a robot lawnmower is that it takes care of cutting the grass for you. This may seem obvious, but it is the number one reason for using this type of device. Some people do like to cut the lawn, but most of us look at it as a grunt work and a necessary chore that we have to do; not one that we want to do. If you decide to make the switch to a robot lawnmower you’ll never have to cut another blade of grass again – that’s an exciting proposition for anyone that considers cutting the lawn grunt work.
Almost Ready for Prime Time
Robot lawnmowers certainly have their issues, according to most people that have owned one, such as getting stuck on obstacles that they’re supposed to be able to sense and running out of power long before they finish cutting your lawn, but they have a lot of potential. Like any new technology they will probably take some time before they’re widely adopted and during that time there’s bound to be many improvements made to these types of machines. It might be best to wait a couple of years before purchasing one as the manufacturers work out the kinks, but if you’re impatient and want to become one of the early adopters of this technology, there are quite a few models to choose from right now.