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The Husqvarna Automower might be just that labor-saving device you’re looking for!
The Automower is an autonomous robot that mows your yard for you, on a pre-determined schedule.
Q: What effect does Automower have on the environment?
A: Since Automower runs on batteries, there are no emissions generated by the mower, and the actual energy consumption is very low. The running costs are only around 10 to 20 Euros [$14 to $28] per year for the electricity consumed, depending on the size of the lawn. Source
How The Automower Works
Once programmed, it will initiate a mowing cycle without further input from humans. The placement of a perimeter wire is all that’s required to set up the system.
Held in place with staples, the wire becomes embedded and hidden as the grass grows over it. The battery-operated Automower will sense the boundary wire and follow a random path to mow the area contained inside the wire. Island wires can be setup to protect gardens and any obstructions the mower might encounter (which would cause it to simply change direction and continue).
When the battery discharges to a certain level, the Automower will return to its docking station automatically. And it will wait until it’s fully charged to return to its assigned mowing cycle.
It all sounds all rather Utopian to me.
Here’s more about how the Husqvarna Automower works.
Automower Pros & Cons
So, what are some of the issues that owners of this 19-lb. grass eating machine have discovered?
Price: This is not a $150 push mower. The price reflects all of the convenience and technology that come with the Husqvarna Automower. Amazon sells the 220AC Automower for $2,399.99, indicating this is a high-end lawn care system.
Hilly Terrain: While price is the leading drawback, it appears that the Automower has some problems with uneven lots as well. Many owners seem to run into problems on hills.
Cost of maintenance and repairs: Blades and batteries are both costly. The Automower blades don’t last that long — just 1 to 2 months, depending on use and the type of soil and grass you have. The Automower battery will typically last 2 to 3 seasons.
Trimming: The Husqvarna Automower is no weed wacker. While it shines on large open expanses (especially when the lawn is mostly level), when it comes to those few strands of grass up against a building or between the pickets of a fence, you’ll still need to do some trimming. The Automower leaves 6″ to trim along edges.
Even with these somewhat logical downsides, the Automower still rates a 4.5 out of 5.
The one common positive most owners seem to experience is the fact that the Automower does an excellent job overall. Other pros to the Husqvarna Automower include: it’s quiet, effortless, easy to set up, and reliable.
If there’s an Automower in your future, enjoy!
This environmentally friendly lawn mower is both energy-efficient and quiet. So quiet, that you can be enjoying leisure activities in another part of your yard and likely won’t even notice that the Automower is quietly working away taking care of your lawn mowing chores for you. But afterward, you will definitely notice how immaculately manicured your lawn is! And you didn’t even have to lift a finger.
One thing’s for sure. You’re likely to make some new friends! Wherever there’s an Automower, there is usually a group of spectators gathering to watch in wonder.
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