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February 17, 2007

Lawnbott Evolution LB3200

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The Lawnbott Evolution is not the first robotic mower we've assessed here at Lawn Mower Review. However, it is the first one that's ever developed Adaptive Programming Technology.

Sure, even the robotic mowers we have reviewed here previously have been intuitive enough to return to their base plate and work out the perimeters of the lawn, but this product has a little something else. Not only can it achieve these now standard operations it is the first to offer this technology that can sense higher grass and respond accordingly - either mowing higher or lower.

Having been developed in Italy for more than 7 years by Zucchetti it's being imported by Kyodo America. Unfortunately there are no immediate plans to export these machines to Australia but at US$2,500 they might be a little expensive for our market anyway.

The Lawnbott Evolution has 3 separate channels allowing it to mow one area, return to its docking station for a recharge and then continue on with the next channel. It can even sense when the battery is getting low and return automatically for a recharge.

Like most robotic mowers it requires a perimeter cord to be dug under the surface of the grass outlining the lawn's boundaries. I'm sure it won't be long before the next wave of technology in these mowers will be GPS coordinated.

Lawnbott's range doesn't just stop with the LB3200. It's big brother, the LB2000 is the professional version weighing almost double that of the lesser LB3000 Deluxe Lawnbott. For those looking for something a little cheaper the LB3500 may end up entering the market for a smaller price but with most of the features that the other three enjoy.

February 3, 2007

Scotts Popular 20-Inch Push Reel Mower

One of the more popular reel mowers at the moment is Scott's 20-Inch Push mower. A combination of good pricing, advertising and distribution tactics has led this Scotts to capture a slice of the ever increasing push mower market.

One review from a customer went like this;

After researching every model on the market, I decided I would give the Scotts 2000-20 reel mower a try. My idea of lawn mowing has completely changed. What used to be a tedious, annoying task is now pleasant and relaxing, due to the ease of use and functionality of this mower.

Scotts push mower outshines most of its competition due to its oversized cutting height allowing the gardener to cut a little more than most push reels. The cutting width is also a full-sized 20" making it comparable to most powered lawn mowers yet it only weighs a mere 30 lbs (13.6 kg).

It's more versatile and maneouvrable than your typical powered mower as well which means it can easily access most smaller lawns. As homes and properties become smaller this will become a more sought after item.

The Scotts push mower features quick adjustable height settings, the minimum 5 cutting heat-treated blades and the popular loop style handle with foam grip. And, if you live in the USA it even comes with a 2-year warranty.

All this for a little over $100. Sounds too good to be true...

  • Stuart Robinson
  • Busselton, Australia
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