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Automatic Lawnmower

I had no idea these even existed. With large lawns, I had assumed that many of those who cut the grass would enjoy using a ride-on lawn mower (alright, I admit it, I assumed that men would want a ride-on lawnmower!)

Seen in Bangor County Down Northern Ireland

I was in a car driving along the dual carriageway (freeway) near Bangor yesterday when one of my grandchildren shouted out that she could see a robot lawnmower. She was quite right. We couldn't stop the car but over to one side of the road, an automatic lawnmower was cutting a patch of grass belonging to an industrial business. Whether they were advertising the mowers so people would buy or they just preferred to use one rather than hire someone to cut the grass, I don't know.

Orange Box

It was a lot smaller than I had imagined, pretty much the size of an orange box moving over the patch of grass. When I looked up the item online, it seems that the mower operates automatically every day and because the grass will not have grown much since the previous day, the clippings are tiny, do not need to be collected and feed the lawn. That was why the automatic lawnmower was so small.

How It Works

There is a boundary wire that is set to keep the lawnmower within your own patch of grass and there is an app to set the conditions. This also stops it being used on someone else's lawn without your permission! The robot lawnmower returns to its charging station after finishing cutting the grass, so it's always ready for the next day's cut. If it starts raining, it automatically returns to the charging station, so it isn't trying to cut wet grass.

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VinceSummers wrote on October 2, 2020, 1:24 PM

Techology loves your money! But in cases such as you suggest, appropriately.7

MegL wrote on October 2, 2020, 3:21 PM

Technology definitely loves money!

AliCanary wrote on October 3, 2020, 10:05 PM

It looks like the Batmobile! Still makes me sad to think someone is being put out of work because of this. I can understand using a robot vacuum because 9 times out of 10, you aren't hiring a housekeeper for that, but landscaping is an important job, especially for people who prefer to work outside instead of in an office or a factory.

MegL wrote on October 4, 2020, 8:13 AM

That's very true. I know a number of people who love working in gardens and for whom working in an office would be torture!