Robot mowers

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AndyC_123

1,007 posts

131 months

Friday 13th May
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Afternoon

I'm thinking about upgrading my Cobra Mowbot... it was a cheap entry into the world of robotic mowers, but I think the time has come for something better.

What should I be looking at for 1000m2?

I'm guessing I can't use the existing guidewire with a new "garage" for whatever I end up buying?

The Cobra lets itself down by leaving a track round the outside of the lawn (always goes round perimeter to charge) and the working time setting keeps crashing now.

Cheers

durbster

8,974 posts

199 months

Friday 13th May
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My neighbour's just bought a ride-on mower.

Now, everyone I know who has one, enjoys it. They're fun to drive and it's nice to enjoy a nice bit of time to stick on a podcast or whatever, and not be bothered for a chunk of time every couple of weeks. I get all that.

But it really does seem ridiculous to have such a complicated, heavy machine made up of god knows how many moving parts, throwing out a load of noise and burning fuel, while Rolly pootles along next door doing the exact same job in total silence.

It does seem like progress to me. smile

David A

3,344 posts

228 months

Friday 13th May
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Lord Marylebone said:
David A said:
The company selling me a husqvarna do a free install though they are a little more expensive than other places. However they have a cable burying machine thing which is better as other wise I’d strim it or have a squirrel or fox chew through it. Plus I can’t be arsed doing it !
The cable laying machine and previous experience is one reason why I was fancying leaving it to the Stihl dealer.

deckster said:
It's a couple of hours work for an untrained monkey. So I wouldn't be paying very much at all.
To be fair, it still sounds too difficult for me biggrin

Edited by Lord Marylebone on Saturday 23 April 16:16
Joey the mower a husqvarna 405 was installed on Monday. The cable was buried by machine and the “cut” lines have all ready disappeared. IFTTT set up with weatherundergrou d to send joey home if rain starts. So far so good.

It’s silent unless you are up close to it and headlights are fun. Also googly eye have been stuck on smile

b14

835 posts

165 months

Friday 13th May
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AndyC_123 said:
Afternoon

I'm thinking about upgrading my Cobra Mowbot... it was a cheap entry into the world of robotic mowers, but I think the time has come for something better.

What should I be looking at for 1000m2?

I'm guessing I can't use the existing guidewire with a new "garage" for whatever I end up buying?

The Cobra lets itself down by leaving a track round the outside of the lawn (always goes round perimeter to charge) and the working time setting keeps crashing now.

Cheers
Surely it's just a wire right? I'd give it a go with the new base and see if it works before pressing on with replacing the wire.

pmanson

13,108 posts

230 months

Friday 13th May
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durbster said:
My neighbour's just bought a ride-on mower.

Now, everyone I know who has one, enjoys it. They're fun to drive and it's nice to enjoy a nice bit of time to stick on a podcast or whatever, and not be bothered for a chunk of time every couple of weeks. I get all that.

But it really does seem ridiculous to have such a complicated, heavy machine made up of god knows how many moving parts, throwing out a load of noise and burning fuel, while Rolly pootles along next door doing the exact same job in total silence.

It does seem like progress to me. smile
A robot mower would fall in the stream at ours, so we’ve got a ride on and a push along to do the risky bits.

You can now get electric ride on mowers too

Slackline

368 posts

111 months

Saturday 14th May
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SlimRick said:
Looks interesting, but if they don't sell an F1 style rear wing for it then I'm out!

https://luba.mammotion.com/?utm_source=Facebook&am...
This is being launched in 5 days on Kickstarter with a $1200 (50% off) price tag.

I fancy giving it a go, but there's no mention of delivery dates yet

ThunderSpook

3,187 posts

188 months

Saturday 14th May
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Slackline said:
SlimRick said:
Looks interesting, but if they don't sell an F1 style rear wing for it then I'm out!

https://luba.mammotion.com/?utm_source=Facebook&am...
This is being launched in 5 days on Kickstarter with a $1200 (50% off) price tag.

I fancy giving it a go, but there's no mention of delivery dates yet
Not sure I’m keen on how close the satellite is to your house by the looks of the video.

kooky guy

581 posts

143 months

bennno said:
You just peg the cable down and within a couple of months you can’t see it, couldn’t be easier.

The husqvarna mowers are also sold as flymo for a lot less expense. Identical bar different coloured plastic.
Mine kept pulling the guide wire up and chopping it wherever the ground was a bit uneven so I went round and buried it. Didn't take long - just used a spade to make a slot and pushed it in.

Zoon

5,719 posts

98 months

pmanson said:
A robot mower would fall in the stream at ours,
Not if you install the guide wire properly.

I've installed one next to a stream with no issues.

justin220

4,746 posts

181 months

My flymo 1200 seems to have developed a strange grinding noise when the plate starts spinning up. Can't see anything obvious caught in it, any other quick fixes I can attempt? Can the disc become imbalanced?

SlimRick

2,236 posts

142 months

justin220 said:
My flymo 1200 seems to have developed a strange grinding noise when the plate starts spinning up. Can't see anything obvious caught in it, any other quick fixes I can attempt? Can the disc become imbalanced?
My 1200R started making terrible noises - turned out a length of bramble had become well and truly wound around the spindle above the blade plate. Was difficult to see and I could only retrieve it by stabbing at it with a screwdriver.

justin220

4,746 posts

181 months

SlimRick said:
My 1200R started making terrible noises - turned out a length of bramble had become well and truly wound around the spindle above the blade plate. Was difficult to see and I could only retrieve it by stabbing at it with a screwdriver.
Thanks. I'll get a proper look at it just wondered if it could have been something internal.. Hoping not!

RossP

2,276 posts

260 months

Tuesday
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justin220 said:
My flymo 1200 seems to have developed a strange grinding noise when the plate starts spinning up. Can't see anything obvious caught in it, any other quick fixes I can attempt? Can the disc become imbalanced?
If I set mine to the max height, it does this. I have to knock it back just a touch.

justin220

4,746 posts

181 months

Tuesday
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Just to update. It was missing a blade, must have been slightly off balance

jodypress

1,850 posts

251 months

Tuesday
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So I've put my Worx WR105si back into action after a year off as I had to re-lay the boundary wire.
Worked great for a week then had an issue with base station not working.
Contacted Worx support directly and even though it was a few months out of warranty they honoured it and sent through a new power supply which solved the issue.

I've now got an issue with the top buttons not working so when blade is blocked or mower lifted I have to take the mower back to the base station.

Contacted Worx again today to get some ideas on how to fix it and they've offered to pick it up and fix it again out of warranty.

So impressed with this level of customer support.

UTH

4,346 posts

155 months

Tuesday
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Slackline said:
SlimRick said:
Looks interesting, but if they don't sell an F1 style rear wing for it then I'm out!

https://luba.mammotion.com/?utm_source=Facebook&am...
This is being launched in 5 days on Kickstarter with a $1200 (50% off) price tag.

I fancy giving it a go, but there's no mention of delivery dates yet
Well I like the sound of this…..