Robot mowers

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rfisher

4,169 posts

231 months

Sunday 27th October
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wjwren said:
Rfisher you were right. Wheels were bunged up with crap. Cleaned out and a lot better now. Although I still get the issue of it not cutting a certain patch of the lawn. Very odd. Garden is a square and cable all around the edge. No trees etc.
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Check the map it has stored of your garden on the app to see if it knows that bit exists.

If it knows it's there then it should show it as unmown in dark green.

I presume that you have the latest version of the app?

wjwren

2,795 posts

83 months

Monday 28th October
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1 of the buttons on the bosch has stopped working. I think il get a worx next year

JackReacher

1,487 posts

163 months

Thursday 14th November
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I've been wanting a robot mower for a while now, and with Black Friday coming it seems like a good opportunity to get a deal, assuming there are offers as in previous years.

So looking to decide on the model I would like, and the Flymo seems the obvious choice, and currently £400 on Amazon. However, the WORX WR130E S300 also seems to get good review, although slightly more money.

I have a small (120sqm) garden, so either should work from a size point of view. For those with either of these models, are there any particular issues or advantages you see in the one you have?


Frimley111R

10,218 posts

182 months

Monday 18th November
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pdavison said:
Frimley111R said:
pdavison said:
I keep coming back to this thread and robot mowers but still haven't been able to make a decision.
I have. About 2 months ago I bought one. It's still in the box in the garage! getmecoat


Although that's only because I need to put power out to the lawn base unit.
Which one did you go for?
The Flymo one. Its been around for about 6 years now and seemed the safest best, plus the price was good £300 iirc)

Flibble

5,132 posts

129 months

Monday 18th November
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I have the Flymo, it's done good work this year, it's in the garage now though as the weather has turned cold enough to not need mowing.

My garden is about 200 sq m and it copes with that just fine.

Chris Type R

4,428 posts

197 months

Monday 18th November
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The Flymo is down to £400 - not a bad price historically - https://uk.camelcamelcamel.com/Flymo-1200-Lithium-...

biggiles

512 posts

173 months

Monday 18th November
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The Flymo is a good little robot mower for simple & flatter gardens, especially for £400. We have one, and also a Husqvarna 315 (much more "serious") for a larger area.

Harry Flashman

13,438 posts

190 months

Monday 18th November
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So, top tip. Do not run your robot mower one evening when your 12v garden lighting system, with wires running through your flowerbeds, is switched on.

Your mower will think that those wires are the boundary guide wire, run over them (cutting them in several places as it hunts them down) and then meander through your borders massacring your carefully situated plants.

Yes, this was expensive.

Zoon

4,348 posts

69 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Harry Flashman said:
So, top tip. Do not run your robot mower one evening when your 12v garden lighting system, with wires running through your flowerbeds, is switched on.

Your mower will think that those wires are the boundary guide wire, run over them (cutting them in several places as it hunts them down) and then meander through your borders massacring your carefully situated plants.

Yes, this was expensive.
How did it bypass the proper boundary wire?

wjwren

2,795 posts

83 months

Thursday 21st November
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Any Worx owners here? Do you need to put a pin number in constantly as per my Bosch, which is highly annoying. Mowers hits an obstacle or you move it then you need to constantly keep putting the bloody pin number in. I wish there was a way to turn it all off. I think im set on a worx model for the new year. Im going to contact bosch and get my screen repaired under warranty then well it in the spring for a Worx

mikeiow

1,828 posts

78 months

Thursday 21st November
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wjwren said:
Any Worx owners here? Do you need to put a pin number in constantly as per my Bosch, which is highly annoying. Mowers hits an obstacle or you move it then you need to constantly keep putting the bloody pin number in. I wish there was a way to turn it all off. I think im set on a worx model for the new year. Im going to contact bosch and get my screen repaired under warranty then well it in the spring for a Worx
We have the WG790: works well on a decent sized lawn, can’t recall the last time I had to put the code in: not this year!
Also have a smaller S300 (for a smaller lawn): no code needed there, goes nicely to the edge too, but fewer options for scheduling (daily at same time for 2 hours, really)

Zoon said:
How did it bypass the proper boundary wire?
I was wondering that: unless Harry’s regularly mows the beds?!

wjwren

2,795 posts

83 months

Thursday 21st November
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mikeiow said:
I was wondering that: unless Harry’s regularly mows the beds?!
Does the s300 mow right to the edge? I have some metal edging round the edge of the lawn and at the moment i have to get the strimmer out as my Bosch leaves a 30cm gap round the edge.

wjwren

2,795 posts

83 months

Friday 22nd November
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Rfisher you seem to be clued up on these mowers. What would you say is the best make/model?

Durzel

7,985 posts

116 months

Sunday 1st December
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+1

Would like an answer to the above question too. There’s loads of different ones about at vastly different prices.

Looking to buy one for a friend who has a large uneven garden, I’d estimate 400m2 as a minimum, with a giant tree offset in the middle and a flower bed with a partial fence around it etc.

mikeiow

1,828 posts

78 months

Sunday 1st December
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wjwren said:
mikeiow said:
I was wondering that: unless Harry’s regularly mows the beds?!
Does the s300 mow right to the edge? I have some metal edging round the edge of the lawn and at the moment i have to get the strimmer out as my Bosch leaves a 30cm gap round the edge.
Sorry, missed this reply!
I would say the answer is a guarded "yes".
Guarded because you will need to be VERY precise on the wire placement, & might need a few goes at it. Could be tricky, I think.

Pretty easy to get within just a few cm, for sure!

Mine has a flat wooded path one side, & wood border and can have wheels going over, and in spring I plan my 3rd attempt to get it precisely where I want it!

rfisher

4,169 posts

231 months

Sunday 1st December
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Yes I like robot mowers.

I buy, sell and repair them as one of my many hobbies, so I've owned more than 50 over the last ~5 years.

I've had Bosch, Worx, Robomow, Honda and Alpina mowers.

What you buy depends on your needs really.

First consideration is the size of your garden.

Then the slope.

Then the terrain.

New prices generally reflect the lawn size capacity.

So a 350m2 mower should cost about £350 and a 2000m2 mower about £2000.

Except that the lower end of the market is at around £600, so 350m2 mowers tend to be priced at the same level as 500m2 models.

It won't be too long before mowers are developed which don't need a perimeter wire and use 3D imaging and mapping to map your lawn.

Bosch feel like they are involved in robot mower development for the long term.

I also like Worx mowers (another German company).

However, I feel that there latest mowers are not as good as the earlier models.

The edge mowing machines are not well built and feel a bit gimmicky.

Their best mowers are the older Landroid L and M series.

Robomow are all good but I've not played with their Rx range.

The Honda Miimo is one for the posers.

The Alpina is a surprisingly good mower.

Personally I'd go for the cheapest you can get to start with so you can see if you like what they do.

You can always sell it on and get a better one later.

If you are happy to pay more from the off then I'd recommend the Bosch Indego 350 Connect for 350m2 lawn, Worx WG797E.1 for 2000m2 and any 500-800m2 mower for the rest.


Durzel

7,985 posts

116 months

Sunday 1st December
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As if by magic I spotted this on Amazon for £549.99 down from £799.99 and pulled the trigger:

WORX WR142E M700 Landroid Robotic Mower 700m
Learn more: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07KKYLF9Z/ref=cm_sw_e...

All the different sizes are discounted, but only for the next 23 minutes - sorry!

CamelCamelCamel appears to confirm that this is the cheapest it's been.

EDIT: Ended up also buying the ACS and RadioLink module, but from a company in Germany as it was a reasonable amount cheaper than Amazon.

Hope I made a good choice - damn Amazon and their flash sales!

Edited by Durzel on Sunday 1st December 23:40

Ifor Williams

19 posts

159 months

Monday 2nd December
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Likewise, I've been watching the McCulloch Rob 1000 on camel camel, and have just bought it for a larger lawn on the basis of the brilliant Flymo 1200r i got last year for a smaller front lawn.

£544 seems like a reasonable price for one : https://uk.camelcamelcamel.com/Mcculloch-1000-Robo...

Durzel

7,985 posts

116 months

Monday 2nd December
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Nice find. And yeah, that seems like a good price. That's the one I was reading up on yesterday, seems to be well reviewed.