Is it worth buying a robot lawn mover?

Cutting grass can also be effortless. For this purpose, a lawn-cutting robot. But is it worth buying? Or maybe you should push the normal electric or gasoline mower down? Let's discuss and evaluate PLUSES and MINUSES.

PLUS: a robot lawn mover saves time

How much worth is your time spent with your family instead of pushing the mower? If you spend the hour you usually spend on cutting grass to play with your children or for conversations with your spouse, your life will improve several times . You won't evaluate that in cash, because family attention is very important. The lawn robot can be said to contribute indirectly to the welfare of your family.

MINUS: the lawn robot does not pick cut grass

Lawn robots usually have 3 blades that cut the grass. They rotate quite quickly, so the grass is shredded quite finely. This mulching feature is also available in some traditional lawnmower models, but is it always needed? The robot does not collect grass, it just crushes and leaves. This will fertilize the grass, but your compost box will be empty. Running barefoot under the grass is carried in to the house, polluting the pool.

PLUS: the lawn robot uses little power

The lawn robot uses electricity not when it is running, but when it is charging. You need to attach a special pad to the ground on which the robot comes to charge and connect it to the power grid. This saves electricity.

MINUS: a lawn robot can only cut a smooth lawn

When you come on a dome, even a lawnmower with a powerful engine stops. It cannot move from place to place, so it needs to be pushed. A small lawn robot would just get stuck in this situation and its sensors would not be able to move the robot. As a result, this device works best in flat, not hilly areas. Some models can travel to a 30 degree slope, but it must be smooth.

PLUS: the robot finds the loading station itself

The lawn robot does not need to be taken to the load - it sees that it has a small amount of battery left and drives by himself, bypassing obstacles on the road. In this way the robot can work every day - it loads an hour, a couple of hours it works, it loads again...

MINUS: the robot needs to set limits

Although the robot has sensors that prevent it from coming into contact with other things, it is not possible to see the entire mowing area on its own. Therefore, it needs to set the perimeter wire. Usually, each kit includes a 300-500 meter perimeter cord. It needs to fence the whole area with the twigs attached to the lawn. The robot then does not cross the boundary of that cord and does everything in the middle of the perimeter.

PLUS: the robot is controlled by a smart phone

Some models have the ability to connect to your phone via Bluetooth. In this way, the control of the robot can be done with a smart phone. You are sitting at home, and your robot is mowing the lawn in the yard.

MINUS: limited lawn area

If you have a large lawn, the robot may simply not be able to cut it. Some cheaper models cover smaller areas such as 400-500 sq. M. m. (4-5 arus). Meanwhile, more powerful robots can cut up to 2000 sq.m. and larger lawns. That's 20 ares. If your homestead has 50 ares of lawn, the robot is not very suitable. This is also for another reason - not all robots are cutting the grass consistently. Some models go chaotic under the lawn. This means that the lawn will be completely cut only after the work is finished. Some models cut the lawn more consistently, so you will immediately see how much remains and so you can plan the end of the work.

PLUS: the robot is compact and quiet

The lawn robot is perhaps 3-5 times smaller than a lawn mower, making it easy to save space in the garage. In addition, it is electric, so it works quite quietly. The noise is not caused by the engine, but by the knives crossing the grass. 60dB noise is really low.

MINUS: quite small mowing width

Typically, lawn mowing robots are small and rather narrow. Depending on the model, they can cut into 20-30 cm wide strips. The wider the stripe, the more effective the robot is. True, its power must also be higher, which also changes the cost of the robot.

PLUS: Robot cuts grass up to 2-3 cm high

The robot blades are designed to adjust the cutting height. When the lawn is not smooth, knives should be lifted. If the lawn is smooth, it can be cut shorter. This means that the height of the grass after cutting will be 2-3 cm. That's very little.

It is enough arguments for both PLUS and MINUS. Need to decide whether to pay 800-1500 euros or even more for a lawn-cutting robot? If the lawn is small and smooth - really worth it. If the lawn is large, you might want to buy a garden tractor, because there is a lot of work with a standard lawn mower. In a city where the lawn is small, such a device would certainly be useful. If your lawn is irregular in shape, full of stones, trees, tracks, and other objects, the robot's performance would be very inefficient, as you usually have to leave 40 cm off the edge of the lawn.

In such a homestead, buying a lawn robot is a big question.

One should not forget that such a lawn robot can not mow wet grass, because the knives and mulch are very obscured and not spread evenly on the grass. After a larger cutting robot, it should be cleaned to work efficiently.

The lawn robot can not mow high grass very much, so it is better to switch the cutting mode every 2-3 days. In this way, the robot will cut a little bit of grass and return to its position on the loading pad.