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My autonomous lawn mower thread/blog

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  • Registered Users Posts: 451 ✭✭ shane b


    SocialSpud wrote: »
    Hey, hoping to have a 1200 sq meter lawn soon and was wondering what robot lawnmower is best for this? There are some small hills and no obstacles.

    Husgavarna and Ambrogio seem to be popular choices. Honda and Sthil also make automowers but ring a few local dealers and see what brands they stock. Installation by a dealer seems to be 3-400 euro.
    They are also cheaper options like Gardena, McCulloch or Flymo which all fall under the Husgavarna umbrella if you feel like self installation.
    Castlebar tool hire seem to have a good website regarding prices.
    https://castlebartoolhire.ie/collections/robotic-lawnmowers


  • Registered Users Posts: 105 ✭✭ Bedouin79


    It got the field 95-98% in like 5 days then left it on it for a bit more to get the rest don't. Still some patches.

    But I've now got it back on the rest to deal with the aftermath of the 10 glorious grass growing days we've had.

    Looks great. The grass growth at the moment is insane. That mower will be busy


  • Registered Users Posts: 741 ✭✭✭ ArrBee


    septicsac wrote: »
    I had loads of moss in my lawn, now I have none except at the very edge where mower does not cut, I think its the constant cutting/mulching/feeding of the lawn that keeps it away. I cut mine at number 5/6 on the Husky scale, shortish, without being cut too tight.

    I've heard that the mower will make the moss disappear asking with the weeds. Looking forward to that.
    I've started to dial mine down now.

    How long did it take to get rid of your moss?


  • Registered Users Posts: 741 ✭✭✭ ArrBee


    SocialSpud wrote: »
    Hey, hoping to have a 1200 sq meter lawn soon and was wondering what robot lawnmower is best for this? There are some small hills and no obstacles.

    Must people seem to be happy with what they went with.
    From the cheap to the expensive I haven't heard anyone say they regret their choice.

    I have a worx rated for 2000m2 doing about the same size as your area.
    I'd happily get one again.


  • Registered Users Posts: 65 ✭✭ NurseBridie


    Is there anyone that services Husqvarna robotic mowers that is not involved in Sales. I would like my 5 yrs old mower to be overhauled but I am concerned that if I get my distributor to do it he will only try to sell me a new one.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,870 ✭✭✭✭ KCross


    Is there anyone that services Husqvarna robotic mowers that is not involved in Sales. I would like my 5 yrs old mower to be overhauled but I am concerned that if I get my distributor to do it he will only try to sell me a new one.

    I cant answer your question directly but interested in what overhaul you are expecting to be done. Does it have a specific problem that needs fixing or are you talking more about servicing?

    These are not like petrol mowers where you can service them and add new spark plugs, change oil, filters etc.

    The only thing that robots require are blades to be changed which is a DIY job. Other than that its either working or it isnt.

    Possibly software updates also but only if it has a problem that the new software will fix.


  • Registered Users Posts: 520 ✭✭✭ Shaunoc


    5 years, the warranty is up. Something's are DIY but at this time of summer it's costly making a hames of it, unless banjaxed already
    Eshlemania on YouTube is good source if brave to split it :)
    But dealer far safer option. I got mine dealer repaired and I had not bought from them. No sales pitch but it was slow


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


    Is anyone buying from NorthxSouth or done so this year? Will the order get hit for VAT/Import duties coming from NI?

    Would it be worth a spin to their shop instead of having it delivered?


  • Registered Users Posts: 133 ✭✭ Dutch Roll


    I purchased the McCulloch ROB1000 from NorthXSouth a few months ago. Very pleased with the process, delivered down south in 3 days.

    I had meant to post an update here actually....I'm very pleased with how the mower is doing. I installed it about 6 weeks ago and it's doing a great job. Hopefully over time it can do a job on the significant amount of moss and clover I have.


  • Registered Users Posts: 133 ✭✭ Dutch Roll


    I didn't get hit with any additional costs by the way.


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


    Dutch Roll wrote: »
    I purchased the McCulloch ROB1000 from NorthXSouth a few months ago. Very pleased with the process, delivered down south in 3 days.

    I had meant to post an update here actually....I'm very pleased with how the mower is doing. I installed it about 6 weeks ago and it's doing a great job. Hopefully over time it can do a job on the significant amount of moss and clover I have.
    Dutch Roll wrote: »
    I didn't get hit with any additional costs by the way.

    Exactly the one I'm going for too. Thanks for the info.

    Any before/after pics on the lawn?


  • Registered Users Posts: 133 ✭✭ Dutch Roll


    I didn't take any before pics, I wish I had now.

    I had to cut the grass right down low myself before the mower could do its business. There are still tracks visible in the grass, but over time I guess they blend in. They're certainly a lot better than week 1. I'll see if I can find a picture.


  • Registered Users Posts: 133 ✭✭ Dutch Roll


    Initially I laid the cable with pegs, to ensure everything was setup and working ok. Amazing how quickly the cable gets embedded down into the grass. However, following a number of breakages, I've started to bury it in sections.


  • Registered Users Posts: 830 ✭✭✭ carq


    Dutch Roll wrote: »
    I purchased the McCulloch ROB1000 from NorthXSouth a few months ago. Very pleased with the process, delivered down south in 3 days.

    I had meant to post an update here actually....I'm very pleased with how the mower is doing. I installed it about 6 weeks ago and it's doing a great job. Hopefully over time it can do a job on the significant amount of moss and clover I have.


    Have a Rob 400 for 1 year now.
    Working great.

    App can be a bit fiddly but once you get used to the quirks its ok ( e.g if you want to put lawnmower out ad hoc, need to add today as a cutting day on the calendar first)

    Only other issue is sometimes et a loop signal issue, this can be solved but plugging out and in again the left and right sensor wires at the back of the station, light should turn green then,


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


    My FIL brought home one of these the other day.
    Being a smart arse , I pointed out to him that he had a path with kerbs going down the entire middle of the garden and the mower wouldnt be able to do it.
    He said he would just lift it over every few days. Totally shut me up :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 133 ✭✭ Dutch Roll


    JimmyVik wrote: »
    My FIL brought home one of these the other day.
    Being a smart arse , I pointed out to him that he had a path with kerbs going down the entire middle of the garden and the mower wouldnt be able to do it.
    He said he would just lift it over every few days. Totally shut me up :)


    Not sure if you're referring to the 400 or the 1000? There'd be a lot of work in lifting it over every few days as it has to be charged at the base station. He'd be lifting it over every few hours more like.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,891 ✭✭✭ slegs


    JimmyVik wrote: »
    My FIL brought home one of these the other day.
    Being a smart arse , I pointed out to him that he had a path with kerbs going down the entire middle of the garden and the mower wouldnt be able to do it.
    He said he would just lift it over every few days. Totally shut me up :)

    That plan is far from ideal as the base is only located in one of the areas it cant get back to charge from the remote area. Kind of takes away from the whole point of a automated robot mower if you have to go out and bring it back to charge. Most of these units are only out for an hour or so before coming back to charge again.

    He would be better creating a little route in the path for it to get back and maybe putting the guide cable down a crevice in the concrete or cutting into the tarmac if its tarmac


  • Registered Users Posts: 133 ✭✭ Dutch Roll


    The 1000 is very basic, no app or anything. Just a very simple keypad and interface, set it up and let it go.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,134 ✭✭✭✭ Mad_maxx


    I bought a Stihl RMI 632 today , dealer sold Husqvarna and Kress as well , he claimed the Husqvarna was a poor relation of the Stihl

    anyway all in fitted 3200 , covers up to 3000 sqr metres


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,811 ✭✭✭ blackbox


    Mad_maxx wrote: »
    I bought a Stihl RMI 632 today , dealer sold Husqvarna and Kress as well , he claimed the Husqvarna was a poor relation of the Stihl

    anyway all in fitted 3200 , covers up to 3000 sqr metres

    Sounds like there is a better mark-up on the Stihl!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 451 ✭✭ shane b


    Mad_maxx wrote:
    I bought a Stihl RMI 632 today , dealer sold Husqvarna and Kress as well , he claimed the Husqvarna was a poor relation of the Stihl


    In chainsaws yes, automowers not so sure.
    I had the opposite advice from a local sthil dealer. He changed from selling sthil to husgavarna automower recently as the husgavarna is less problematic.
    He would class Sthil as a better saw though.


  • Registered Users Posts: 65 ✭✭ NurseBridie


    The service has to do with (in car terms) the suspension. It's the 3 wheel 105 and I've now had the back wheel replaced twice, the wheel just falls to pieces. I feel the problem is with the rubber dampers as they seem to be worn and actually bent a little so I feel the support is not there. I see this unit is not being sold anymore so would also be concerned that I won't get parts in the near future. Would love to get the suspension overhauled so I could get a few more years out of it but my dealer is very busy at the moment and it would be great if I knew someone who just solely concentrated on overhauling the unit.


  • Registered Users Posts: 451 ✭✭ shane b


    The service has to do with (in car terms) the suspension. It's the 3 wheel 105 and I've now had the back wheel replaced twice, the wheel just falls to pieces. I feel the problem is with the rubber dampers as they seem to be worn and actually bent a little so I feel the support is not there. I see this unit is not being sold anymore so would also be concerned that I won't get parts in the near future. .

    I got a 105 fitted earlier this year so they are still available. Dealer said husgavarna were to phase them out but decided against it. It cost me 900 euro plus fitting. Dealer said the charging unit is about 400 euro on its own
    You could you ring one of the dealers and see if they had a reconditioned one or could they order a bare unit on its own.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,242 ✭✭✭ Tilikum17


    Noticed the past two day the mower keeps getting stuck. The grass has gotten extremely thick.

    It’s usually out twice a day for two hours at a time. I’ve changed it to three hours at a time. Does 6 hours a day seem like a lot?


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,870 ✭✭✭✭ KCross


    Tilikum17 wrote: »
    Noticed the past two day the mower keeps getting stuck. The grass has gotten extremely thick.

    It’s usually out twice a day for two hours at a time. I’ve changed it to three hours at a time. Does 6 hours a day seem like a lot?

    How long is a piece of string!

    It depends on the mower and the size/complexity of the lawn.

    Ultimately, if it’s not keeping up with the growth you simply have to send it out more


  • Registered Users Posts: 451 ✭✭ shane b


    Tilikum17 wrote: »
    Noticed the past two day the mower keeps getting stuck. The grass has gotten extremely thick.

    It’s usually out twice a day for two hours at a time. I’ve changed it to three hours at a time. Does 6 hours a day seem like a lot?

    Have a look at what your automower is speced for vs the area to cut. For example I have a husgavarna 315 and according to the guide it should take about 10 hrs to cut my area (about 1000 sq metres).
    When I was mulching with an ordinary lawnmower I was mulching about twice a week. I'm using the same logic with the automower and seems to be working so far.


  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 10,924 Mod ✭✭✭✭ DrPhilG


    Thanks for the link here Kcross

    Suggestions needed.

    This is my house and garden. Currently 3 areas, with 1 and 2 linked by a strip of grass about 1m wide that goes up quite steeply at the end although I could possibly flatten it a bit.

    557275.jpg


    More difficult is the concrete driveway between areas 2 and 3. Can a mower cross that area if I dipped the kerbs? I understand it would need to follow a guide wire but there are joints in the concrete like this one:

    557276.jpg

    So I could possibly dig a narrow track in the middle rather than butchering the whole area.

    Finally section 4 is an area of rough ground behind the back fence that is part of my site, I've just never got around to turning it into a lawn. I will do someday though so that would be additional grass area.

    The full site is about 0.8 of an acre so that should give a rough idea of the sq m of grass.


  • Registered Users Posts: 435 ✭✭ searay


    Crossing from 2 to 3 could be done using wires in the concrete but high risk somebody would hit it with a car. Could you run wires close to the shed between 1 and 3 so there's less risk if a collision?


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  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 10,924 Mod ✭✭✭✭ DrPhilG


    searay wrote: »
    Crossing from 2 to 3 could be done using wires in the concrete but high risk somebody would hit it with a car. Could you run wires close to the shed between 1 and 3 so there's less risk if a collision?

    Not much risk of a collision. Anyone coming in the drive other than ourselves would need to buzz the electric gates so could be warned in advance.

    Plus there is a wall along the front of area 1 as it's raised a few feet so the only place a crossing is possible would be where the red ? is on the image.


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