Read up on how to go about a robot lawnmower installation. We provide instructions and tips on how to install your new robotic mower in your garden.

First Of All – What Is A Robotic Lawn Mower?

A robotic lawnmower is a self-guiding machine that cuts your lawn for you.

It is automated to mow your lawn strategically and frequently, so you do not have to. With this machine working for you, you can make time for other things.

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How Does A Robotic Mower Work?

There are many variations of the mower on the market. Despite this, these compact machines generally work in the same manner.

The mowers are battery-operated machines with rotating blades. These blades can be activated and deactivated in the process of trimming or cutting one’s lawn.

These battery mowers are different to the ones you have to push yourself – they do the work for you!

Built with sensors, these are utilised to keep the machine within the boundaries of the home and the lawn (it’s working area) that you set.

Initially, one must set up your parameters before the machine can be put to work. This may be done in a couple of ways according to your model requirements.

The most popular method is the use of guide wires. These are installed around your property to create a map that the mower can follow.

Not only are the guide wires used to set the perimeter of your property, but also to create barriers for areas that may not need any mowing. For example, your flower beds.

The mowers run on a battery that must be charged at intervals. Some run for 4.5 hours after a 50-minute charge.

This varies depending on the workload, battery capacity, and the shape of your cutting area. If there are many obstructions, a lot more power is used to navigate around the objects.

Robot Lawnmower Installation Instructions

Setting up the mower consists of three main stages:

  1. Setting up the docking station
  2. Programming the mower
  3. Guide wire installation

Setting Up The Docking Station


This is the platform the mower will return to charge itself and when it is idle.

Installing the boundary and guide wires
The boundaries that the machine is to stick within

Programming The Mower


The frequency of mowing the lawn and other settings that you would like the mower to adhere to.

Once these stages are completed, the mower practically runs on its own with no need for your interaction.

Automower Guide Wire Installation

The guide or boundary wire for robotic mower is used to set up your mower perimeter. This tells the mower where the grass should be cut, and where not to cut grass.

The exceptions could be the edge of your lawn, by your property wall and around objects like trees, hedges, and pavements.

There are two ways for your robot lawn mower boundary wire installation.

1. Pegging The Wire To The Ground

This utilises pegs to pin the wire to the ground. This way is great as it remains semi-temporary.

This means that if you make any changes over time, you can just unpin the wire. Then reshape your boundaries to the new changes you would like to implement.

2. Burying The Wire

A more permanent and laborious way of installing your guidewire. However, this is the best way to ensure that your wire is protected from the elements.

It is recommended to bury it at least 20cm into the ground.

Automower Docking Station

Another important task is pinpointing the best possible place to set up your charging station.

It is crucial to find the best possible location for the robot lawn mower charging station placement. Here are some factors that need to be taken into account:

  • The station should be on a level surface that can easily be manoeuvered to
  • A standard power outlet should be located close by
  • A place with a natural protective barrier from the weather would be advisable
  • The station should be central to the boundary perimeters
  • The best location will at least have three of those factors considered

Robot Mower Garage

This miniature carport is for the safety and protection of the docking station and mower.

Though many mowers do come with some form of protection from rain they should not be exposed to too much rain or moisture. Hence the garage is a great way to protect the mower and charging station.

Building one could be a fun family activity.

These can be built (or bought) with various materials. Galvanized steel, bricks, or wood.

Make the enclosure as steady and as waterproof as you can for the auto mowers.

Automower Outside Working Area

The minimum range of the home models starts from 150 square meters. The heavier duty ones manage 5000 square meters.

Automower And Dog Poop

Automower

Newer models that have object detection capabilities will automatically deactivate their cutting blades and shut down if approached by a pet or human.

Most of the blades are hidden within the mechanism, which is safer than exposed rotating blades.

Unfortunately, most times, dog poop is not detected by the system. Especially if the size of the poop is not big.

One will have to check for poop before letting your mower do its job. Otherwise, endure a regular cleaning schedule for the blades that will have stains from the unmentionable.

Is There A Robotic Lawn Mower Without Perimeter Wire Technology?

There is a working model that uses Sensor technology, the Ambrogio L60 from Zucchetti Centro Sistemi SpA.

Sensor Technology

This is the leading alternative to the perimeter wire.

The mowers are built with humidity sensors which allow the mower to then differentiate grass from other objects.

This works by virtue of the humidity readings. Some difficulties arise with objects that may share similar readings.

The readings allow the mower to move away from anything that is not grass.

Though still in the early stages, working models have been manufactured with seemingly great results. Manufacturers are refining the technology further.

Strides are being made for other alternative technologies.

GPS Technology

This technology is generally not new but needs expensive equipment for it to be accurate enough to accomplish the task of mowing.

Fitting a GPS chip to the mower and then setting up a ground station in your yard would enable the station to configure a map. The mower can use this to move around cutting the grass and staying away from the yard boundaries.

Currently, this hardware is rather expensive to mass-produce.

Robotic Mower Price

There is no way around it, even with entry-level specs, auto mowers are rather pricy. The lowest starts at £600, which will have low specs.

Mid-range models start from £1300, and these generally have better reviews. They have more power, better battery capacity, and terrain maneuvering.

The most expensive ranges to £5000. But this price allows you to remotely drive it over almost a 1-acre coverage.

And that price gets 1-acre cut in a whopping 100 minutes – and it is the only model that can do that. Not to mention it has a 4-wheel drive capacity (the machine is a beast!).

Another possible cost could be an installation fee, as some can only be installed by an accredited installer, which will be quite an amount as well. Either way, be prepared to fork out a bit of money.

How Long Do Robotic Mowers Last?

A robotic lawnmower will last you about ten years with regular servicing. During this time the different components that make it up will have to be replaced to keep it effective and efficient.

As with time, the battery loses capacity, and the blades get dull. One can repair and maintain as best one can for 10 years.

Robotic Lawn Mower Manufacturers

Below we mention the most popular brands:

Husqvarna

The very popular brand has been creating these longer than any other brand and is highly regarded. They boast of having an exceptional range of products to suit specific needs.

They are well-known for their riding lawnmowers, and push mowers ranges.

This is the brand that offers the 4-wheel drive model.

Worx Landroid

The ultra-rugged and durable mower producers have distinct colours and functionalities specific to their models. They are found in many lists of the best robotic mowers.

Their Worx Landroid M500 model is regarded as the bestselling mower in Europe.

Flymo

The budget-friendly manufacturer offers the best entry-level machines. They stand the test of time offering a better mowing process with its mowing and mulching technique.

Their collision technology seems a steal at the price you get it at.

Flymo already has a good name in the hover mower range of mowers – and this should reflect in their robotic mower standards.

Robot Lawn Mower Pros and Cons

PROSCONS
No need to cut your own grass Repairing the unit could be difficult and costly
Safer option to use Battery may not last as long
Energy-efficient Initial set up also takes a while
Easier to store as it is way more compact Initial setup is costly
Easy to use once set up

Are Robot Mowers Worth It?

In an age of automating simpler tasks, manicuring the lawn would be cut from your list. This would give you more time for other things.

But this still hinges on whether you want your lawn immaculate throughout the year or only on specific occasions.

How far will you go to maintain your lawn?

How much you are prepared to pay to keep your lawn looking good – without your input – is subjective.

They are on the top of the price range ladder as far as cost is concerned. If you are happy to pay the price for convenience and regular results, then yes, a robotic mower is worth it.

If not, then taking the time to mow the lawn yourself regularly is the only option for you.

Maybe in a couple of years, they would have cracked the auto mowers at an affordable price.