Just like any product the robot lawnmower has people who love them and people who don’t like them. There are many factors that determine whether this product is worthy or not. I am writing to touch on the good and the bad and let you determine yourself judging by the pros and cons of robot lawnmowers.
The Set Up
Some of us are not designed to do things ourselves if it has any technical work involved. Setting up the perimeter for your robot lawnmower can cause a problem for some. There are different aspects that come into play.
The territory can have one zone or multiple zones. They can have a lot of hills or full of holes. Or possibly many obstacles. This can cause a problem if you decide you don’t want to think that hard to set it up.
Then there are those who love to tackle these types of projects. Setting up the perimeter for your robot mower will actually be fun to the ones who love to do certain projects. And because it is simple to lay the perimeter wire most people can get it done just by reading the instructions.
The pros to the setup are that it is just wired with stakes in the ground. Nothing really hard about that. The cons behind the setup are that you must know what will make the mower ineffective in cutting your lawn. But realistically you can find that out by reading the manual.
There are a couple of ways you can program your robot lawnmower. You can program it by Wifi or Bluetooth or simply on the console of the mower itself. This will allow you to tell the mower when to cut your lawn freeing up your time since you won’t have to mow it yourself.
You simply turn it on or off using either of these methods depending on the model you purchase. The pros behind this are that most people are already actively using Bluetooth and Wifi regularly so you are not a stranger to it. The cons behind it are that some people are not confident they can correctly use this technology. But once again it is not difficult to master.
Obstacles And Barriers
Now, this part of it really can determine if having a robot lawnmower is for you or not. You have to consider how your yard is set up. Are you going to have to use multiple zones or just one zone? Do you have deep holes in your yard or very slanted slopes? Do you have a lot of obstacles in your yard?
You want your robot mower to be able to effectively navigate itself around smoothly and efficiently. The smoother the lawn the better it will perform. But remember you can navigate it around things using the perimeter wire that comes with it.
In fact, if you have a fence separating two areas you can direct it to the fence if you make a passageway through your fence by opening up a porthole for it. As far as obstacles go it can make the set up a little challenging but it still can be done.
Slopes are an issue because if you run your perimeter wire at the bottom of a slope that is too steep, it can slide right past it and shut down. But you get past that problem by running your perimeter wire the right way.
If the mower bumps into an obstacle, the sensors will tell it to change direction rather than try to plow through it. This is a great feature that prevents any shutdown while mowing.
The pros behind this problem are that the robot lawnmower was designed to get around these problems with the proper installation of the perimeter wires. This means setting it up to avoid problem areas such as narrow passages and steep slopes that are more than 10 degrees.
The cons behind this problem are that if you have holes in your lawn it can get trapped causing a malfunction and you will physically have to rescue it to get it moving again. And you might have to trim in some areas where the mower can’t cut close to obstacles.
Having a robot mower is not a bad thing at all. Some people think it is just a product of thrill and won’t be worth it. But the fact of the matter is you simply have to set it up according to how your yard is arranged. And it will do a commendable job.
If you have a pretty much flat and open yard with little obstacles then the robot lawnmower will be a perfect fit for you. On the other hand, if you have a challenging yard with obstacles and slopes, the robot mower is for you as well but more challenging to set it up.
Whatever you do please don’t let the set up deter you from a nice product because there is help available in setting up complicated lawn arrangements if you really don’t want to try and set it up yourself.
I took the pleasure of adding a video below to give you some idea what setting up a robot lawnmower would consist of. This way you can see just how simple it would be to set your own up.
So evaluate your lawn and decide if having a robot lawnmower would benefit you or not.
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