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After taking over the American and European markets, the automated lawn mower is now firmly entrenched in Australia. Firstly, let’s take a look at the automated, automatic or robotic mower – it doesn’t matter what you call them.

How do they work

With an automated mower a border wire is installed around the lawn, defining the area of yard to be mowed. The wire can either be staked down or placed just below the ground. The robot will then use this wire to determine the boundary and to locate the recharging dock. Units now available can be programmed to mower at specific times, can self-dock for recharging, can contain rain sensors and eliminate much of the human interaction required to mow the lawn.

There are robotic mowers coming onto the market that don’t even require the guide wire so using one is about to get a whole lot easier again.

The benefits of automated mowers:

  • Automated mowers are capable of maintaining up to 5 acres of grass.
  • An automated mower uses batteries charged using electricity – no gas, no oil, no pollution.
  • They preserve a steady lawn height by mowing more regularly, taking off 4-5mm at a time.
  • By using a random mowing pattern (and weighing less than a conventional mower), automated lawn mowers quite possibly use the optimum pattern for keeping lawns balanced and reducing mower tracks and compaction.
  • Most automated mowers have a battery life of between 3 -7 hours and recharge in a matter of hours.
  • With the ability to be programmed to either self-dock when the battery runs low or after a pre-determined period of time, an automated mower requires very little in the way of human intervention.
  • Automated mowers create a lot less noise than a conventional lawn mower – which would keep the neighbours happy.

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