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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.

October 10, 2006

Robomower RL1000; the RL850's big brother

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If you thought Friendly Robotic's first offering, the RL850, was a great day in lawn mowing technology then you'll find its big brother the RL1000 even more enticing.

The obvious improvements are the included docking station that recharges the batteries while the robomower is not in use; the 4 option entry points for the RL1000 to commence mowing your lawn; and the new rain sensor feature. It still features the same 5.5hp engine that the RL850 came with and the the Triple Chamber Mulching system is a standard feature.

These Robomowers are fantastic if you're not keen on spending the weekend mowing your lawn. After some initial setup and programmed times and days have been keyed in, the robomower is completely autonomous. It will start and stop when your programmed mowing has been completed and return back to its docking station to be recharged. This is a great step up from the 850's indoor charging requirements.

If you're worried about children tampering with the programmed settings you can select the optional Child Lock setting which renders the typepad useless to little fingers. And if you're concerned about those little hands becoming part of the mulch, Friendly Robotics have taken that into consideration as well. The RL1000's Safety Sense mower lift detection feature will automatically stop the blades and keep children and animals safe.

I'd love to hear other's reviews on these models but from the reviews the 850 received the RL1000 will be an even greater lawn mower.

April 11, 2006

Husqvarna's new Robotic Lawn Mower: Fully Automatic

Husqvarna Robot Robotic Automatic Lawn Mower
The new Automower from Husqvarna is sure to be a winner in the garden this year and the reason: its new Luran S styrene plastic cover. It's a new plastic developed by BASF that won't fade or crack even under the most extreme weather conditions.

It was developed in a joint venture between Husqvarna and BASF and is the Swedish manufacturer's first foray into the robotic lawn mowing field. If this is their starting point I'm sure they'll be in for the long haul but with a US$2000 starting price tag you may not see too many of these in gardens this year.

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  • Stuart Robinson
  • Busselton, Australia
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