|Robotic Lawn Mowers can contribute
15 minutes of fame.
|The article below is a review featuring
one of our many happy customers.
|More mower than meets the eye
|By CRAIG CROSBY
Copyright © 2006 Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc.
-- Eileen Gage may have the perfect employee -- quiet, will
work day or night and always knows exactly what to do without
Now if she could just teach it to paint
For the past three weeks Gage's lawn
has been manicured by a robotic lawn mower. The completely
programmable mower works around the clock to keep the lawn
in nearly perfect shape, all without Gage so much as pushing
a button."I don't really have to worry about it,"
she said. "It does a beautiful job. It really does."
Her son, Chuck Gage, installed the lawn
mowing system with a couple of friends three weeks ago.
It took about a day to lay the underground wire that lines
the lawn mower's outer perimeter and to hook up the shed
where the lawn mower recharges and seeks shelter when it
is not mowing.
"It's pretty amazing," Chuck
said. "It climbs the hills. If it's raining it senses
it and will go back to the dog house."
Eileen's only fear is that her new friend will finally cause
an accident. Slack-jawed drivers tend to lose focus on the
road when seeing the mower for the first time. According
to Chuck's research, the mower is the first of its kind
"I've been thinking someone is going
to take my mailbox down looking at it," Eileen said.
The self sufficient mower has solved
what was a growing problem for Eileen. Her best lawn mowing
days are behind her and Chuck lives in Maryland. Eileen
has hired neighbors and friends to mow the half-acre plot
around her house, but they often failed to show up for weeks
at a time. Chuck was thinking of buying a new lawn tractor
to make the job more appealing to teens.
"Mom has had a really hard time
trying to find somebody," Chuck said. "When they
did come, the lawn was now a jungle and they'd leave dead
grass. It was hard to find consistent and regular mowing.
The great part about this thing is that it keeps the lawn
looking the same way all the time."
Searching on the Internet, Chuck found
a robotic lawn mower sold by Sears. That mower, however,
could handle only 15 degrees of slope. He continued searching
and found Probotics, which sold the Evolution. The mower
could handle up to 27 degrees of slope, cover three-quarters
of an acre and produces just 58 decibels. The mower is barely
audible even just a few feet away, despite having a four-blade
cutting head that moves at 3,200 RPM.
Best of all, the mower was about the
same price, $2,000, as the riding lawn mower Chuck had considered
"It was kind of half on a lark,
but as I started doing research I thought 'This thing really
works,'" Chuck said. "This thing, literally, you
put it out in the spring and you pick it up in the fall."
The company that sells the Evolution
also sells robotic vacuum cleaners that suck, sweep and
even mop. They also offer a larger robotic lawn mower that
will mow up to five acres, but those systems are as much
as $12,000, Chuck said. The Evolution is all Eileen's lawn
"If you're a gadget lover you'll
love this," Chuck said.
The mower uses pressure on the spinning
blades to sense if the lawn needs to be mowed. If it hits
a thick or high spot it will turn around and re-cover the
area. The wire border can be installed around flower gardens
and other obstacles to keep the mower in check. If it bumps
into something, the mower turns and tries another direction.
"I would have been happy if the
thing had just hacked the lawn down, but it turns out the
lawn's like a golf course," Chuck said. "It builds
up a database so it predicts what it's going to be like
and, of course, it can mow at 3 in the morning or 3 in the
afternoon. It doesn't care."
"Sometimes I'll check it before
I go to bed and sometimes it will be in bed and sometimes
it will be running," Eileen added. "The lawn has
never looked so good."
But she still cannot find anybody to
paint her house.
This article was posted with the permission of the customer.
Thanks Chuck and Eileen!
After a year or running this Lawnbott
Evolution is on the job with a flawless perfomance. We recently
received the following in an email:
"Just wanted to check in with you.
As you may recall, I purchased the Evolution for Mom up
in Maine late last fall. I checked your website and I see
the reprint of the article and of our lawn layout. The unit
is working great, as always. I took about 2 hours the other
night to strip it down, really clean it well, and flip the
blade over. I cleaned the hood and applied a coat of car
wax. Looks great. SOS pads really clean up the hill-climbing
wheel additions, as well."
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after the sale!
|We provide free expert advise on
selecting the right robotic lawn mower for your lawn.
Although most installations are very easy, we occasionally
provide a layout plan to assure that your installation
goes smoothly. If you have questions during your install,
we are always only a call or email away.
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the we provided for this more challenging Lawnbott installation.
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in this article was easily completed during a weekend
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