RoboMow for 8 easy payments!
I heard on the radio this morning that FriendlyRobotics has the
robomow for $49 down and $99 a month for 8 months. I
was thinking about asking for it for my birthday, but I was wondering if it was worth getting. (No, I'm not affiliated with them).
I live in Texas and in the summer it's just way too hot to get out and mow the lawn. I thought this would be a perfect
way to keep the lawn cut. Anyway, anyone have any stories to tell about this exciting new way to mow your lawn, good, bad
Here's a portion of one reply I received:
Hmmm, $850 seems a little steep for one -- I thought they were
around $650 or so. But, finance issues aside... ;-)
I think if you got one you'd pretty quickly want to hack into it
and put your own brain in place. Although the one I played with was
presumably last year's model and they might be a little smarter now.
It would be a decent base for building your own smart lawn-mower.
We played around with one mowing ___'s front yard and after 2 hours
or so it had to be put to rest so it could recharge batteries. It
still hadn't finished mowing __'s 30'-ish by 50'-ish front yard.
It got close enough to things that if you were careful when you laid
down the perimeter wire you could finish up the job with a weed-eater.
As far as safety goes, I was surprised to find that I could lift the
front up above my knees before the blades quit rotating. Yikes!
The old version of the mower used a methodology that might not
completely cut your lawn. You would guide it around the perimeter and
then it would use a narrow zig zag pattern to cut grass within the
area, turning as it detected the perimeter wire. You could have narrow
wedges of grass uncut if the randomness didn't cause the mower to
adequately cover a given area. I don't know if the newer version uses
similar operation. This is just what I heard from club member trials of
the donated machine, but with sufficient operation time it might cut
everything. Also, about it's not shutting off til it reached knee
level, it's apparently just a tilt level sensor. It is fascinating that
the cutting blade on the robot really resembles a mower blade. And the
bumper was an air tube around the front of the body that took a pretty
good thump to activate, if I remember correctly. The thing to remember
is that any additional processing or sensing or hardware would drive up
the cost, and it is a pretty good deal for what it does.
I bet it wouldn't be hard to find a human that would mow your yard for 8
months at that price. And he could probably do a better job faster. When
the robot can do it better, faster, and cheaper than a human, they won't
be able to keep 'em in stock. Until then it's probably just going to be
a very small market of robot fans who buy them. Has anyone seen any
sales numbers for these (or for similar robot appliances) ?
Actually I do have the next door neighbor's kid mowing my lawn for the last couple of years. He's not the greatest, but I guess he is
cheaper than robomow. I think I might just start up a project to make a home made robomow when I can find the time. Perhaps a high
powered laser that can wack down all the grass in one quick sweep!
Just saw one of the new Friendly machines Robomows at Fries in
Arlington, priced at $799. Looks more compact, better wheel traction,
possibly more features, no docs. Need to go check the site for current