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tinman
10-21-2008, 08:30 PM
I know it is not a big concern yet, but eventually robotic lawn mowers will creep into our everyday lives. Currently they are too expensive and not heavy duty enough to cause Lawn Care Companies any trouble but that will change as they get better and cheaper with time. When that time comes will you be a whiner, crying about all the accounts you had until the “iMower” ripped them? Or will you be an expert on them so you can profit from them when their time comes?

DA Quality Lawn & YS
10-21-2008, 08:31 PM
At this point, neither. Not worried about it in the forseeable future.

JNyz
10-21-2008, 08:34 PM
I have three already and they are named Lupe, Geraldo and Juan.

sweetz
10-21-2008, 08:40 PM
You'll need to watch them anyways, because if you don't it'll get stolen. So where the he** is the time savings in that!? I may be wrong, but....

tinman
10-21-2008, 08:44 PM
You'll need to watch them anyways, because if you don't it'll get stolen. So where the he** is the time savings in that!? I may be wrong, but....

Good point!... Probably the best place for them would be a fenced yard anyway as I would be afraid a neighbor's kid could walk onto my lawn as the mower was running.

DLAWNS
10-21-2008, 08:46 PM
I'm not too worried about it. I don't think they will ever be that big of a thing.

sweetz
10-21-2008, 09:01 PM
I can barely see robotic vacuums really taking off, but I don't think the mowers ever will. I would love it if most of my customers got one to mow their back yard. That way I could only carry a large mower for the front yards. Ever notice that people in general will only pay about 1/4 - 1/3 of what they are paying for their front yard to add on their back yard? Even though their back yard is usually bigger, has more trimming, has limited access & takes twice as long to cut.

Restrorob
10-21-2008, 09:06 PM
You'll need to watch them anyways, because if you don't it'll get stolen. So where the he** is the time savings in that!? I may be wrong, but....

Good point!... Probably the best place for them would be a fenced yard anyway as I would be afraid a neighbor's kid could walk onto my lawn as the mower was running.


They could be equipped with On-Star ......;)

topsites
10-21-2008, 09:10 PM
I would be more afraid of synthetic turf, doesn't even require a mower.

sweetz
10-21-2008, 09:14 PM
They could be equipped with On-Star ......;)

:laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:

I got a laugh out of that one!

HOOLIE
10-21-2008, 09:15 PM
I've seen 2 of these mowers around, and actually one of the owners became a customer of mine for 5 years, while the other I would edge and trim for, as nobody has figured out how to get the mower to do those jobs yet. These things have barely any power, you really need to have them running daily to actually cut the grass.

If someone stole one, it would 'run away' as you have to bury wires around the perimeter of the lawn (like an invisible fence) so it knows where to stop. This creates problems...the guy I edged/trimmed for, he didn't want to have his driveway cut into to bury the wires, so he basically had each section of the lawn with the wires surrounding it, then he had to pick the mower up to move it from section to section. It's one of those inventions that sounds good but as the technology stands now, I don't see many people bothering with them.

mowerbrad
10-21-2008, 09:17 PM
The robotic mowers are quite a ways away. When you look at where they are now, they have such a long way to come before they can even compete with any mower on the market now, whether that mower be a residential or commercial. I don't see how they could ever handle the amount of leaves that we get in my area, especially without a collection system. You don't even see the robotic mowers being advertised. You would think that since they are electric they would be advertised alot since it doesn't use gas, but it isn't. I think that it will be a quite a while before we start seeing great amounts of robotic mowers around.

greenred
10-21-2008, 09:20 PM
After watching the robot mower at work across the street when I mowed one of my old accounts I would say I have nothing to worry about for a long time if I was still in the business.

The mower mowed in a random pattern inside its area, so it left zig zag lines all over the yard. It was set up to mulch but lacked the power to do it effectively in anything but grass with very little growth. It couldnt trim along the edges for s_hit. It left the lawn looking like absolute s_hit.

In order to make the most of it you would have to let it mow the grass every other day in the spring then come behind it and use a trimmer to get all the spots it would miss along the edges and so forth.

After watching one in action I can say they have a long long time to go before they make one that is truly viable and not just a quirky gadget.

Grits
10-21-2008, 09:38 PM
Doesn't bother me. I will adapt and be profitable.

LawnTamer
10-21-2008, 09:42 PM
I lost a client to a robotic mower a few years ago. It did the crapiest job ever. I got him back.

Frontier-Lawn
10-21-2008, 09:50 PM
I would be more afraid of synthetic turf, doesn't even require a mower.

how about synthetic turf with a robo sweeper. :laugh:

TNT LawnCare Inc.
10-21-2008, 09:58 PM
how about synthetic turf with a robo sweeper. :laugh:

But he's right . There are quite a few Companys that have been out for Awhile also trying to develope a dwarf Grass that grows very slow. Also doesnt grow past 3 inches. Could you see cutting once a month or bi-monthly.:cry:

sweetz
10-21-2008, 10:18 PM
Synthetic grass..... maybe I have something to worry about with new homes being built, but existing homes, ya right. Everyone in the entire neighborhood would have to resod their front & back yards to make it work. Otherwise you would have a good amount of weeds & other types of grass in your newly sodded yard in 1-2 years.:dizzy:

Big Bad Bob
10-21-2008, 10:27 PM
I would be more afraid of synthetic turf, doesn't even require a mower.

Then all they would need is a maid to vacuum it. :)

sweetz
10-21-2008, 10:35 PM
Then all they would need is a maid to vacuum it. :)

Or an LCO to blow it off. :cool2:

LawnTamer
10-21-2008, 10:54 PM
Synthetic lawns won't ever catch on, unless it is pushed by drought. It is nasty, it gets hot, dirty, and is an all around bad deal. Even environmental wackos don't like it. A 5k lawn releases enough oxygen to offset a family of 5, and creates a cooler environment around the house.

shepoutside
10-21-2008, 11:23 PM
The robotic pool cleaners are everywhere, but haven't seen a lack of pool service companies. ;)