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My autonomous lawn mower thread/blog

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  • Registered Users Posts: 105 ✭✭ Bedouin79


    Lads bought another house for Luigi as the Amazon both metal ikea job couldn’t hold up to Irish weather. Now I know there are many camps in robot mower land as to whether to cover and protect the charge station. Originally I was in the it’s an outdoor ma hone it will be fine but as we are high up and get serious wind and rain from time I felt sorry for Luigi.


    totally a plug for John on done deal but the house I got is fantastic. I’ll need to clean up the garden around the house now.


    delivered to cork for €70 euro



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,316 ✭✭✭ bennyineire


    I had to get a wheel motor replaced on mine last year, cost was €120 supplied and fitted from memory



  • Registered Users Posts: 106 ✭✭ dermotp


    Hi folks,

    I have a hosqvarna 105 automower and looking ahead to the cutting season which will be starting shortly,I have checked the manual and investigated all video,s on utube but nowhere gave me the answer I,m looking for,that is how to remove the cover of the 105 to clean it, I want to make sure I do no damage if I try to remove it,I m assuming you can remove the cover as I see with all the other hosqvarna,s,can anyone point me to where I can get info on this,



  • Registered Users Posts: 372 ✭✭ septicsac


    Way over priced for a glorified dog kennel, even allowing for time and materials. I made my own last year and cost less than quarter that price all in. I do like the lift up lid part, handy for getting access, though hopefully you wont need access that often.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,964 ✭✭✭ Pique


    Mad money alright but go to a pet shop and check out the prices for basic cheapo plastic pet shelters. The wooden ones aren't far off what was posted above tbh and the quality could be way worse.


    Just saying



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  • Registered Users Posts: 372 ✭✭ septicsac


    A lot of the stuff in pet shops are made of cheap imported 10mm timber, complete rubbish. Usually find a local guy who is making timber products out of proper pressurised timber who would run something decent up. I made my own from an old chicken pen, 13mm pressurised ship lap and corrugated tin roof, not rocket science, Im far from being a carpenter but it does the job fine. One in pic looks a tidy job and if mafe of good pressurised timber then will no doubt do the job, with the hinged lid being a nice bonus, just think its overpriced, but what isnt these days?



  • Registered Users Posts: 105 ✭✭ Bedouin79


    To be fair lads I prefer my electrics to my carpentry.So I was never putting something like it together. It’s pressurised wood used through out. I didn’t want the flimsy dog box that would disintegrate. I agree not the cheapest but it will outlast Luigi. I needed a solid/heavy house as the wind we get here took the original house into the neighbours more than once. Tried everything bar concreting it in.



  • Registered Users Posts: 133 ✭✭ Dutch Roll


    Any thoughts on when to send the mower back out for the season? Must be soon enough I'd say.

    What prep work is needed? Just cut the grass down manually first?

    Any good prices or deals around for a new mower in the 750-1000m² range?

    Cheers.



  • Registered Users Posts: 133 ✭✭ Dutch Roll


    I've seen these on myrobotcenter

    The Worx is a more recognisable brand, but I don't know much about either brand to be honest.


    Edit: can't attach pics



  • Registered Users Posts: 133 ✭✭ Dutch Roll


    Was talking about the:

    Worx Landroid M700 €666

    Worx Landroid M700 2.0 €799

    Yard Force LUV1000Ri €679



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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,404 ✭✭✭ wexfordman2


    Well, thought I might put a few notes on my expereince with my robot lawnmower over the last 3-4 years, while its specific to a robomow product, you might find it usefull to know, and also maybe someone might be able to advise on my latest problem.


    Overall, I got my robomow back in 2017, so i've had 5 cutting seasons so far, going in to my sixth. After some initial issues with the install (ws professionaly installed), the robow mow (rs615pro) worked like a dream for prob 2-3 seasons. It then started to have a few issues, and I will list them out.


    1) Wheel motor spindle broke, eventuially needed a new wheel motor

    2) Mow motor died, needed a new mow motor.

    3) LCD screen buttons stopped working (manged to keep it going by just using the app on the phone), but finally had to buy a new lcd panel.

    4) Charging head failed (rush and corrosion on the PCB), had to purchase a new charging head.


    Each of the above items costs about 150-200 euro, so not cheap, in addition to having to replace the lawnmower blades every year at a cost of 100 euro.


    Now, to be fair, the machine is very repair friendly, most of the replacement parts are very easy to replace, following youtube videos etc.


    I suppose, looking at the above, in parts and maintenance its cost be the best part of 800 euro so far, so the argument of it being a low maintenance solution compared to a ride on, didnt really stack up for me.


    Clincher now, is, having replaced the charging head, it now appears that the lawnmower has to be "re-paired" to the head, as it is not detecting wire signal. Guess what.... I have to send both the charging head and the lawnmower itself back to dealer to get this done....150 euro more. Thats about 600 euro so far this year (ldc panel, cahrging head, set of blades and now the servicing charge from the dealer).


    These things are not cheap. Work great though, but not cheap.


    I had a small section of lawn also that last year I went and bought a cheap macallister B&Q robot mower for at a cost of just over 300euro, and despite its bare bones functionality, I cant fault it. Would nearly have considered a brand new mower instaed of all these repair parts for my robomow.


    Anyway, if anyone knows how to pair a robomow with a new charging head or had this problem, would love to know if I can save the serving cost.


    Thanks,



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,901 ✭✭✭ dashoonage


    Had the boys out last night and there was an unforecasted hard frost :(

    The were in the houses when charging but out around in the frost. Assume this isnt good for the battery, also assume one night isnt going to kill the battery ?



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,368 ✭✭✭ JimmyVik


    Neighbor had his out cutting the last week and yesterday morning it was gone. I wonder did it climb the fence and go for a walk itself :)



  • Registered Users Posts: 805 ✭✭✭ iknorr


    Am looking at the Landroid also. Seems to be very popular across europe but i only found B&Q here selling them and they are the older versions.

    It would be nice to hear from someone who have used these in Ireland.


    Landroid L1000 WR147.1 vs the Ambrogio Twenty ZR are my choices.




  • Registered Users Posts: 105 ✭✭ Bedouin79


    Lads any recommendations for an an Ambrogio service in cork. Not happy with where I bought it so looking around



  • Registered Users Posts: 125 ✭✭ freddie_


    Anyone any experience with a Flymo 1200r? Have it a few years and worked perfectly. When I took it out after winter I am getting the dreaded "No Loop" fault, I have got an electrician to test the line and its perfect so no idea of how to get past this.

    Anyone??



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,404 ✭✭✭ wexfordman2


    It wasn't by any chance a company with the initials DC ?



  • Registered Users Posts: 105 ✭✭ Bedouin79




  • Registered Users Posts: 6,955 ✭✭✭ 893bet


    I am on my second flymo and couldn’t get neither of them working. Don’t seem to be charging. Dies the minute it loses connection with the dock. No idea what to do with it at this point. Want out. Have the boundary installl done so happy to just buy a husk at this point.



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,428 ✭✭✭ micks_address


    Set up my yardforce 400i this evening. Will be tomorrow before first cut. Wouldn't connect to my wifi (orbi 853). Have an extender on the network and was able to connect to it's 2.4ghz network.. interesting to see how it goes



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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,404 ✭✭✭ wexfordman2


    Oh, I think we may have had a similar experience with that installer.



  • Registered Users Posts: 105 ✭✭ Bedouin79


    Lads anyone here have the service code for the ambrogio robots. I got it here before but can’t find it.


    thabks in advance



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,428 ✭✭✭ micks_address


    Hi folks,

    Wanted to ask about my boundary wire layout. I've laid it like in the attached picture but I'm not sure the mower will go to the Grass area A marked in the picture. I haven't been able to keep an eye on it but when it starts it goes around the boundary wire across the path to the second lawn and works away there fine. Haven't seen it back on the first patch yet. Would I be better off just laying the wire around the boundary and let the lower think the path is grass? It will try to mow it but I guess do no harm.





  • Registered Users Posts: 800 ✭✭✭ poker--addict


    Any other sources to sense check pricing? I think I will go local in any event as its comforting to have someone nearby who will install and knows what they are doing if I run into any glitch.



  • Registered Users Posts: 800 ✭✭✭ poker--addict


    What price did you find? I am looking at 430x or 520.



  • Registered Users Posts: 170 ✭✭ spose


    If you treated it more as one area it would probably reduce the amount of turning the machine does which is the most likely thing to chew up the grass. If the machine follows the guide wire home then the straighter run will help too



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,428 ✭✭✭ micks_address


    Yeah I relaid it this afternoon just to have one area. Have the mower off now for few days



  • Registered Users Posts: 6 jed68


    An Irish dealer matched the online price of 3145 euros so I went with him. This included a large installation kit.



  • Registered Users Posts: 9 AilbeL200


    Has anybody extended their robotic lawnmower low voltage wire. I have husqvarna 310 , and would ideally like 25m instead of 20m. Web sites say you should not extend . Would one get away with adding 5m ?

    Also, has anybody been able to buy 25m or 30m low voltage wire and if yes, has it had any impact on their transformer or base station?

    Thanks



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  • Registered Users Posts: 800 ✭✭✭ poker--addict


    good work, how much of a drop was that? The install is probably worth a few quid on top or how did you find it?



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