Afraid of Robot Lawn Mowers?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tinman, Oct 21, 2008.

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Think Robotic Mowers will take off in the next 5 years

  1. Yes

    8 vote(s)
    21.1%
  2. No

    30 vote(s)
    78.9%
  1. HOOLIE

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,981

    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.
     
  2. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

    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.
     
  3. greenred

    greenred LawnSite Senior Member
    from IL
    Posts: 916

    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.
     
  4. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 2,994

    Doesn't bother me. I will adapt and be profitable.
     
  5. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,988

    I lost a client to a robotic mower a few years ago. It did the crapiest job ever. I got him back.
     
  6. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,939

    how about synthetic turf with a robo sweeper. :laugh:
     
  7. TNT LawnCare Inc.

    TNT LawnCare Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,157

    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:
     
  8. sweetz

    sweetz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,597

    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:
     
  9. Big Bad Bob

    Big Bad Bob LawnSite Bronze Member
    from zone 5
    Posts: 1,074

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

    sweetz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,597

    Or an LCO to blow it off. :cool2:
     

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