Robot mowers

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Zoon

4,344 posts

69 months

Tuesday 17th September
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dynamomomo said:
Fun question time.

The base unit is flashing a yellow light and Rob has started to get stranded in the middle of the garden with an empty battery, indicating a break in the guide wire.

Any easy ways to find out where, short of digging up my whole garden? I wish he could somehow follow it to the point of the break then... I dunno, spin or something. Haha. (Yes, I tried the AM radio. No, it didn’t work.)
Have you tried turning it off and turning it back on? Serious question.
Mine had a flashing red light and it was due to a power cut, disconnected the PSU and it came back to normal.

Unless the mower has cut through the cable I'm not aware of the guide wire being damaged by much else.

TimJMS

2,507 posts

199 months

Tuesday 17th September
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Snip -

dynamomomo said:
..... (Yes, I tried the AM radio. No, it didn’t work.)
The only time the AM radio trick hasn't worked for me is when I forgot to disconnect one of the two perimeter wire connections on the connector block in the charging head.

dynamomomo

10 posts

5 months

Tuesday 17th September
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Zoon said:
dynamomomo said:
Fun question time.

The base unit is flashing a yellow light and Rob has started to get stranded in the middle of the garden with an empty battery, indicating a break in the guide wire.

Any easy ways to find out where, short of digging up my whole garden? I wish he could somehow follow it to the point of the break then... I dunno, spin or something. Haha. (Yes, I tried the AM radio. No, it didn’t work.)
Have you tried turning it off and turning it back on? Serious question.
Mine had a flashing red light and it was due to a power cut, disconnected the PSU and it came back to normal.

Unless the mower has cut through the cable I'm not aware of the guide wire being damaged by much else.
That was weird. Got home and he was working fine with a green light on the base unit. Obviously didn’t fix anything myself. He’s been docking and undocking just fine.... but if I test the charging station through the secret menu (7 and 9!), then it indicates fault with the guide wire and something called F?

durbster

7,360 posts

170 months

Tuesday 1st October
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I finally joined the club about six weeks ago with a Mcculloch Rob S400.

The only downside has been the dogst-seeking mode that I don't seem to be able to turn off. Three times now I've done a sweep of the garden ten minutes before the mower's scheduled, the dog sneaks another one out while I'm not looking and within seconds of the mower leaving the base station, it's got a brown smudge stuck to one of its wheels.

Apart from that, I love it. biggrin

Anyway, I did have a point: for those who have been using them for a while, how do you decide when to pack it all up for winter? Temperatures are starting to get close to freezing which makes me nervous, but the grass still has a little bit of growing I think. I'm not sure what should trigger the decision.

And do you leave the base stations out or put that away too and cover up the end of the wires?

mikeiow

1,816 posts

78 months

Wednesday 2nd October
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Last year ours was only popped in the garage from about Nov to Feb....it was quite mild.

It does feel like the grass isn’t growing so much now....although here in the Midlands the overnight temps are still above 7-8 degrees,
Didn’t put the base station away last winter. Too much faff.....
Probs the same this year. Makes sense to charge him every now & then: wondering about making a box to cover him up switched off but plugged in!

pdavison

1,590 posts

225 months

Thursday 3rd October
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I keep coming back to this thread and robot mowers but still haven't been able to make a decision.

I've roughly measured my lawn and it's about 650m2 with relatively gentle slopes. My big concern was the leaves as we have lots of trees but my think is by the time the big leaf drop happens I'll probably be putting the mower in hibernation anyway.

So having spoken to a couple of suppliers and read lots on here I'm still not sure what the best option will be. I was thinking that going for something with a greater capacity (lawn size wise) would be a good idea so the thing isn't mowing constantly but still not sure if I should be spending circa £600 or closer to £1k (which I'd rather not do!).

So would really appreciate any pointers and, is this time of year a good time to grab a deal as people are starting to put them away for winter?

jodypress

1,646 posts

222 months

Thursday 3rd October
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pdavison said:
I keep coming back to this thread and robot mowers but still haven't been able to make a decision.

I've roughly measured my lawn and it's about 650m2 with relatively gentle slopes. My big concern was the leaves as we have lots of trees but my think is by the time the big leaf drop happens I'll probably be putting the mower in hibernation anyway.

So having spoken to a couple of suppliers and read lots on here I'm still not sure what the best option will be. I was thinking that going for something with a greater capacity (lawn size wise) would be a good idea so the thing isn't mowing constantly but still not sure if I should be spending circa £600 or closer to £1k (which I'd rather not do!).

So would really appreciate any pointers and, is this time of year a good time to grab a deal as people are starting to put them away for winter?
I'd thoroughly recommend a robot mower. My rear garden is approx 900m2 and split in 2 sections. Also has 2 goals, a large trampoline and a climbing frame etc. All obstacles I had to put the boundary wire around. Having used a self propelled 48cm lawn mower the last 2 years this summer has been a revelation with "Bob" (my toddler named him). I bought a Worx 105sr last October and didn't install until March this year. Had a few teething troubles mainly to do with docking station which Worx replaced under warranty. (Their customer service was great). I've got a lot of stress around d the garden and Bob just ploughs through them. The lawn hasn't been I a better stated tbh.
He's having a few weeks off atm as I've done the Autumn MOT of weed killer, scarifying and overseeing.
I think he'll be back out until I start to see temps really drop.

The trickiest part was setting up the boundary around the goals and they will move around a hit when the kids play football so have to remember to put them back.
Oh and I got a deal o n the mower as bought off season. (Paid about £260 if I remember)

ash73

16,815 posts

169 months

Thursday 3rd October
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pdavison said:
I've roughly measured my lawn and it's about 650m2 with relatively gentle slopes. My big concern was the leaves as we have lots of trees but my think is by the time the big leaf drop happens I'll probably be putting the mower in hibernation anyway.
My lawn is about the same size and I bought a McCulloch R1000, Amazon drop the price from time to time. It saves a lot of work and means the green bin can be used for other things. You don't get nice stripes but it looks neat all the time like a golf course fairway.

As you say the only problem is leaves, it ignores them so I use my old lawn mower to pick them up at this time of year.

pdavison

1,590 posts

225 months

Thursday 3rd October
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ash73 said:
pdavison said:
I've roughly measured my lawn and it's about 650m2 with relatively gentle slopes. My big concern was the leaves as we have lots of trees but my think is by the time the big leaf drop happens I'll probably be putting the mower in hibernation anyway.
My lawn is about the same size and I bought a McCulloch R1000, Amazon drop the price from time to time. It saves a lot of work and means the green bin can be used for other things. You don't get nice stripes but it looks neat all the time like a golf course fairway.

As you say the only problem is leaves, it ignores them so I use my old lawn mower to pick them up at this time of year.
Thanks for the advice, what sort of price would you say is good for the R1000?

The other model I'd spotted was a Yard Force X-Series X100i, anyone have any opinions on that one?

pdavison

1,590 posts

225 months

Thursday 3rd October
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Am I right in thinking the Worx model I should consider would be the Worx Landroid M1000 which is I think the same as the WR143E?

Just weighing up options!

TimJMS

2,507 posts

199 months

Thursday 3rd October
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Mine don't get put away unless we get extended periods of sub zero weather. The base stations always stay out. I'm struggling to understand why some people's robots can't handle leaves. I have always found a major benefit of robo mowers is how quickly they turn leaves and everything else that may fall on the lawns to worm food.

ash73

16,815 posts

169 months

Thursday 3rd October
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pdavison said:
Thanks for the advice, what sort of price would you say is good for the R1000?
I paid £500 for mine, you just have to keep an eye on the price it fluctuates a lot. There's a R600 as well, it's physically exactly the same the only difference is the firmware limits the operating hours so it can cut less grass. The Flymo is basically the same too.

ash73

16,815 posts

169 months

Thursday 3rd October
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TimJMS said:
I'm struggling to understand why some people's robots can't handle leaves. I have always found a major benefit of robo mowers is how quickly they turn leaves and everything else that may fall on the lawns to worm food.
Which one do you have? Is it a Robomow? They have much more substantial triangular metal blades, but are more noisy.

The McCulloch just has three tiny razors so it ignores leaves. Bit of a pain at this time of year.

Podie

45,608 posts

223 months

Thursday 3rd October
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ash73 said:
TimJMS said:
I'm struggling to understand why some people's robots can't handle leaves. I have always found a major benefit of robo mowers is how quickly they turn leaves and everything else that may fall on the lawns to worm food.
Which one do you have? Is it a Robomow? They have much more substantial triangular metal blades, but are more noisy.

The McCulloch just has three tiny razors so it ignores leaves. Bit of a pain at this time of year.
In my experience, it also depends on whether the leaves are wet

pdavison

1,590 posts

225 months

Thursday 3rd October
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If it has even half a go at leaves it will quickly become my favourite possession!

So target price is circa £500 - time to keep my eyes peeled for offers.

TimJMS

2,507 posts

199 months

Thursday 3rd October
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Robomows and an Ambrogio. Thanks for the clarification.

ash73

16,815 posts

169 months

Thursday 3rd October
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pdavison said:
If it has even half a go at leaves it will quickly become my favourite possession!
You need to look at the Robomow then. Just check the noise level is ok for your needs.

pdavison

1,590 posts

225 months

Thursday 3rd October
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ash73 said:
pdavison said:
If it has even half a go at leaves it will quickly become my favourite possession!
You need to look at the Robomow then. Just check the noise level is ok for your needs.
Perhaps something like this one would do the trick https://www.myrobotcenter.co.uk/en_gb/ambrogio-l15...


wjwren

2,785 posts

83 months

Friday 4th October
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My relatively flat lawn is wet with all this rain. Today I find my bosch mower spinning its wheels on the spot. Does anyone else have this issue. I'm thinking of retiring it for this season as it doesn't cope well. The wheels need better traction.

Amateurish

6,119 posts

170 months

Friday 4th October
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ash73 said:
pdavison said:
Thanks for the advice, what sort of price would you say is good for the R1000?
I paid £500 for mine, you just have to keep an eye on the price it fluctuates a lot. There's a R600 as well, it's physically exactly the same the only difference is the firmware limits the operating hours so it can cut less grass. The Flymo is basically the same too.
I used camelcamelcamel to buy my R1000 at a good price:

https://uk.camelcamelcamel.com/Mcculloch-1000-Robo...