With tasks across all industries gradually becoming automated and saving us all hours of time and effort, of course, Lawn mowing was not one to be left behind. With the Aussie lawn industry being valued as the second highest in the world after the US at a cool $3 billion, it’s little surprise we’re seeking quicker and easier solutions to get the job done. So, what’s the answer? Well - say hello to the robotic lawn mower.
Why go robotic?
The most obvious answer to this is suggested in the name – no longer spend hours on your lawn, perfecting the length and edges, and ensuring you don’t miss a spot when a machine can do a great job for you. Even the Wall Street Journal put robotic lawn mowers to the test and says every machine achieved almost 100% coverage – better than most human performance, and certainly a lot less effort.
Lawn mowing can be an exhausting task, so perhaps this is the answer you’ve been waiting for. Need a little more convincing? More regular lawn cuts can be beneficial for the grass, ensuring a healthier lawn which is much easier when you don’t have to do it.
Whilst they are more expensive than manual lawn mowers, robotic lawn mowers might work out cheaper if your are just hiring a gardener only to do simple mowing, and they are robust enough to hang on to for years to come. There are also plenty of models out there for all shapes and sizes of lawn to suit yours, and many are fully autonomous with self-charging, so they can be a great investment.
Choosing the robotic lawn mower for you
To find the best robotic mower for your lawn, it’s important to consider a number of key factors:
How big is your lawn?
Of course, you’ll need one that can handle the size! Make sure the model you choose is able to handle the working area capacity, and if you have a large lawn, you may want to consider a model with automatic charging to ensure it doesn’t miss a spot.
How steep is your lawn?
Ensure you choose a model with good capacity for steeper gardens, with decent traction, wheel size, and power. Also consider the terrain – if there are objects across the lawn and bushes, you may want a model with advanced senors for remote object detection.
What’s the shape of your lawn?
If it features a number of narrow areas and sections, a robotic lawn mower with guide wires will work best as they ensure the blade can handle intricate passages.
How safe is your lawn mower?
It’s unlikely a pet or child will come into close contact but it’s still an important consideration. Some models feature a cutting disc with retractable blades, and as they are designed to carry out more regular mows, the cut is generally shallower meaning less chance of serious injury.
The best models on the market
It’s no secret that Australia currently has a limited amount of choice of robotic lawn mowers on the market, but this is set to grow steadily in the future. We’ve taken a look at the current range available to help you find the perfect model for your lawn.
The reliable robotic lawn mower
As one of the best known robotic lawnmower brands available in Australia, you’d expect good quality from the Husqvarna Automower and, well - it really delivers. As well as enabling you to barely lift a finger, the Automower has the resilience to cut grass in virtually any weather condition which is perfect for those rainy days when you don’t fancy mowing the lawn. It’s also quieter than most other lawn mowers out there, with a sound level as low as 58dB, meaning you can operate it via its unique app no matter which time of day (or night) works best for you.
Its randomised mowing pattern means it won’t miss a spot of your lawn, and it tackles steep, difficult terrain seamlessly including small objects that it may encounter. The robotic lawnmower works within an electronic fence that’s created by a boundary wire that’s easily installed by your dealer to allow you years of low effort maintenance. When it runs out of battery, it will return to its charging station. For those concerned about theft, it’s protected by a pin code, sounds an alarm if lifted without the pin code, can’t be matched to other charging stations, and is red listed in support if reported stolen.
The Automower is available at a starting price of $2,000 for the 105 model, with cost increasing dependent on the working area capacity, typical charging time, remote object detection, and GPS-assisted navigation to suit your particular lawn.
The Husqvarna Automower can be purchased from the Husqvarna website.
The state of the art robotic lawn mower
The Ambrogio Robot is suitable for all types of lawn, whether big or small, smooth or rough. Designed by Zucchetti Centro Sistemi, this robotic lawn mower is state of the art with powerful cutting power, performance, and user-friendly ability. Made with top quality materials and Italian style, it’s an ecological model that mows the lawn for you whilst improving its quality all year with a lusher and eco-friendly lawn. Working to intervals with intermittent recharging to get the whole job done, it has impressive technology that recognises obstacles and adapts to cut thicker and higher grass.
With star-shaped blades, it’s been designed to give an even cut across all types of grass and the traction on the wheels - which are supported by motors and batteries - enable the mower to easily scale slopes of up to 55%, the highest on the market. Complying to international safety standards, it offers blade protection to prevent accidental contact, safety sensors, and a push stop button.
The sensor can detect rain and will return to the charging station to protect the lawn from mowing whilst it’s wet, or you can choose for it to carry on. Additional features include patented sensors, advanced navigation devices, electric power for zero emissions, powerful lithium-ion batteries for longer life, and a hardwearing chassis for maximum performance.
The Ambrogio Robot is available at a starting price of $2,000 for the L60 model for lawns up to 200 metres squared, with cost increasing dependent on the working area capacity up to 30,000 metres squared, average working time, and maximum allowable slope to suit your particular lawn.
The Ambrogio Robot is available to buy from the Ambrogio Robot website.
Undoubtedly, Australia will see a huge increase in the amount of robotic lawn mowers available as more brands continue to release and improve their models. Once you’ve chosen your perfect robotic lawn mower, take a look at this video on the next steps for installing your machine in order to get started. Happy mowing!