Well, the people at Kyodo America who manufacture the LawnBott series of automated mowers believe an automated lawn mower is in your future.
As you may have noticed from the various posts on this website, I’m not crazy about having a lawn. I prefer to grow creeping thyme and various clovers to keep the soil in its place. The clover enhances the soil quality as do other green manures and the creeping thyme, while not exactly improving the soil, has been filled with bumble bees this season. Lawns do require a lot of attention as well as fertilizer and a high water demand, though I’ll admit grass clippings in the compost heap really get the compost pile cooking. Believe me, during the growing season, I’m not above asking my neighbors with lawns for their grass clippings to add to my compost piles.
One of my neighbors says mowing the lawn is like a meditation. He is able to just walk up and down the lawn pushing his mower and accomplish two things at once – regain his sanity from a hectic work week and ensure that his lawn is the greenest and park-like lawn on the street.
However, for those of us who find mowing a lawn, even the smallest of lawns, a tedious and time consuming weekly task, I ask you to consider the Evolution Automated Lawn Mower. The manufacturer claims …
The LB3210 Evolution is for the discerning homeowner who wants only the best. It is the only robotic mower with Adaptive Programming Technology. Its learning computer actually reprograms itself to adapt to the cutting requirements of your yard. This not only conserves battery life and lengthens the runtime and durability of the electric motors; it also contributes to a healthier looking lawn.
The LB3210 model has a maximum cutting area of 33,000 square feet. It works using a wire to designate the perimeter of the cutting area similar to your dog’s invisible fence. However, the manufacturer suggests that you not bury the guide wire but leave it exposed above ground so that you can easily adjust the cutting areas. It takes about 3 hours to charge the battery and then the automated mower can run for 3 – 4 hours on a full charge.
I know – you’re wondering about the kids toys left on the lawn. Will the LawnBott get stuck by a bicycle wheel expend its battery charge while digging up a patch of lawn? Nope, the LawnBott is equipped with bump sensors just like your son’s motorized car. If the automated mower bumps into an object, it will stop, reverse and then head off into another direction.
So it all sounds pretty great, right? But what about those grass clippings? Am I going to have to come home and clean up after my automated mower has cut the grass? Well, that’s another feature of the LawnBott! It is expected to be run a couple of times a week – so the grass is never that tall and the clippings are left on the lawn as mulch thereby improving the lawn’s soil.
Price is a bit steep at first glance but when you consider what you might pay for a weekly lawn service it might be worth the investment. The manufacturer wants to protect your investment from theft and programmed the mower with password protection. The mower will not run without entering the correct PIN.
|Coverage||33,000 sq/ft||38,000 sq/ft|
|Mower Size (Length x Width x Height)||22×16.5×10″||22×16.5×10″|
|Weight with Battery||21 lbs.||24 lbs.|
|Cutting Disc||4 blades||4 blades|
|Average Working Time||3 hours||4+ hours|
|Charging Time||2.5 – 3 hours||2.5 – 3 hours|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion x 1||Lithium Ion x 2|
|Hill Capability||27 degrees||27 degrees|
|Software Update by Internet||YES||YES|
From the manufacturer’s website – Is the LawnBott Safe?
The LawnBott comes equipped with many safety features, such as an automatic blade shut-off if it’s lifted, and bump sensors. In many ways the LawnBott is much safer than conventional lawnmowers, because you do not have to be present when the mower is cutting; avoiding injuries all together. Please keep in mind that just as with any mowing device, simple precautions must be taken. Always read your owner’s manual.