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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,216 ✭✭✭ Lurching

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,876 ✭✭✭✭ KCross

    You need two of these

    And the gasket

    Obviosuly check that they are the correct ones for your particular model before you purchase. Its right for a 330X and I believe for the 430X also, but check for yourself before buying.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,216 ✭✭✭ Lurching

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,484 ✭✭✭ whippet

    what a great site!!

  • Registered Users Posts: 807 ✭✭✭ poker--addict

    Could we get different threads for all the main brands and information? OR could any regs in this section suggest where to start? A 108 page thread is a big ask, have read the last 25 or so...

    First few pages excellent but then its a needle in a haystack for the gems. Especially now with no ability to search threads!! Please do something!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 807 ✭✭✭ poker--addict

    Hi all,

    Around 2000sq metre area including a lawn across a driveway with a decent curb. A few questions;

    1. Happy to build a ramp or whatever is required for it to cross the drive and associated curbs. Anyone done this?
    2. I understand it will need guide wires or it will never find its way across?
    3. To get from the front to the back I will generate a gap or hole in the fence, will this also need guide wires?
    4. Where does a guide wire start and end? They hardly go all the way back to the hub leaving cable all over the place?
    5. One corner is like a 45% angle, will it find its way down there?
    6. I think the small hill is not an issue, but are they smart enough to come at a hill from the top where they have the option of doing so?
    7. Anyone recommend the GSM/tracking? I can imagine as these devices become more common they will start going missing, and I'd be surprised if they cant be hacked like any other "locked' device. Trackers may be the only deterrent.
    8. Can anyone recommend from experience a model based on my area and driveway challenges..?
    9. Seems to be mixed bag opinions on edges, id like min use of a strimmers.
    10. it sounds like some leave more clippings than others, resulting in kids bringing grass into house on their feet? Is there certain settings or models to limit this?

    Thank you.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,876 ✭✭✭✭ KCross

    2 - It will find its way across, just not enough times. You can get some mowers to follow the boundary to get there instead,but guide wires are just better.

    3 - Same answer as above.

    4 - Starts at the docking station and terminates/joins anywhere you like on the boundary wire.

    5 - Some mowers will fail on that. Check the specs before buying. Once it goes beyond its slop limit it wont go up there and will turn around and abandon that area.

    6 - Not really, no. They work in a random way, not intelligent as such.

    7 - Most have that as standard now anyway.

    9 - You will most likely still need to strim some bits so its much of a muchness if you are strimming 2 inches or 4 inches etc.

    10 - I dont think thats true. The amount of clippings is dictated by the grass growth, not the mower. If you buy an undersized mower what you will find though is that the clippings are longer and then more likely to lie on top of the grass and be dragged in. What you want is for the mower to always be on top of the job so that the clippings are always small and fall into the grass.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,810 ✭✭✭ KeRbDoG

    So a slug took out my base station/charger again!!!

    I can't be the only person...can I?

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

    That's nuts. Can you seal the offending area with duck tape or silicone?

    Feckin hate slugs!

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,810 ✭✭✭ KeRbDoG

    I'll have to put the new PCB in a bag of some sort, the charge station isn't sealed up at all.

    There is a lacquer on the board, but it doesn't cover all the component terminals so Mr.Slug shorts and it starts to corrode everything.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,876 ✭✭✭✭ KCross

    Something not right there though. It is supposed to be sealed. Certainly not open enough for a slug to slither in.

    Interestingly, I had a conversation with a guy this weekend who does alot of gate automation and he mentioned that slugs are a big problem for them as well as they look to get into the board for the heat, i presume, and they short them out... he always puts the gate control unit inside a bigger box to have redundancy and obviously still do all the usual sealing at cable entry points.

    Shouldnt be an issue for the docking station though.... that board is in a sealed area. Any chance you have a crack somewhere or a badly seated rubber seal? Cable entry points are the obvious spots.

    Something isnt right anyway as thats not normal to happen once, not to mind twice!

  • Registered Users Posts: 172 ✭✭ spose

    I have a 430x for 3 years, about 6000hrs cutting time and never changed that bearing, only a wheel bearing. Not a straightforward garden, dog likes to leave stones around the garden for it to hit regularly. Has always been on generic blades. I typically cut at level 6 though.

  • Registered Users Posts: 54 ✭✭ murfler

    That's mad, mine only has 2,400 hours and it has been changed twice already. I like my lawn looking cut short all of the time, my view is that you should be able to cut at any level the machine offers without problems

  • Registered Users Posts: 400 ✭✭ RainInSummer

    I have one for three years and never had that issue. Level 3 is the lowest I go, any lower and there is no grass.

    Listen to the sound the mower makes on level 4 compared to level 1 and see does it sound under pressure on the low setting. Mine certainly does.

    I agree with you in principle though, why allow it to go that low if it's going to wear itself out prematurely.

  • Registered Users Posts: 17 Yamen11


    looking for some experienced advice. I am leaning towards getting Ambrogia 4.0 Elite as compared to husqvara 430x as build seem s better ,battery ,blades . Anyone with experiencing with Ambrogia v Husqvara or similar decisions .


  • Registered Users Posts: 54 ✭✭ murfler

    Once the mower gets on top of growth it doesn't make any different sound at lowest level. Being honest I was disappointed when I got it first at the height of the grass when the mower is set at its lowest, it is short but I wouldn't say its very short like the lowest setting on my old tractor mower, it's not anywhere near like a golf green or anything.

    Cutting constantly on 3 now and to me my lawn looks like what it would look like after 2 or 3 days growth on my old ride on. That's just my honest opinion as I mentioned earlier I like my grass short and if a machine has an option of cutting at level 1 it should be able to handle it. It's like buying a car with 5 gears but you can't use the 5th.

  • Registered Users Posts: 105 ✭✭ Bedouin79

    Have the Ambrogio, few teething problems once setup it’s been faultless.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,741 ✭✭✭ DaveyDave

    What height are people cutting at? I had my mower set to 55mm max as this was commonly suggested online but lowering it to around 40-45mm makes it look a lot neater. I'd consider going even shorter but the garden unevenness is a bit more noticeable now.

  • Registered Users Posts: 400 ✭✭ RainInSummer

    Odd. Mine is the older 430x. It was the last model in the GPL shop. Maybe the heights are different between the newer and older models.

    2 is putting green. 3 is just a shade longer.

  • Registered Users Posts: 54 ✭✭ murfler

    Yes something must have changed between models. Lowest level cut not very short on mine which I purchased in April 20

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  • Registered Users Posts: 400 ✭✭ RainInSummer

    When you raise or lower the disc with the app can you stand beside it to listen if you hear it go up or down? Would rule out that mechanism being faulty.

  • Registered Users Posts: 54 ✭✭ murfler

    Yes I can hear it go up and down and I can also see the difference in the grass length after a few runs so I can rule that being a problem

  • Registered Users Posts: 400 ✭✭ RainInSummer

    Well that's the extent of my troubleshooting I'm afraid.

  • Registered Users Posts: 522 ✭✭✭ Alfie1

    I'm getting a "Temporary Battery Problem" error on our Husqvarna 450X automower since yesterday & the battery is only charging to 49%.

    I've restarted the mower as suggested on screen but this hasn't helped, has anyone else had this fault ? If so what was the fix ?

    The mower was bought in February 2019, has 547 charging cycles & 552 hours charging time.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,816 ✭✭✭ blackbox

    @ Alfie1. Is it still under warranty?

  • Registered Users Posts: 522 ✭✭✭ Alfie1

    Not at nearly 2 1/2 years old bought in Ireland.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,876 ✭✭✭✭ KCross

    If anyone needs a new battery that is unused and still in a Husqvarna sealed box, I have 2 spare. Part number 5296068-01.

    Two of these

    @Alfie1 the above isnt any good to you as you said you have a 450x but it shouldnt die that quick. My first set of batteries lasted just shy of 7 seasons. I'd be pressing for warranty on that if the battery is actually dead. I think your 450x has 2 batteries and one is not charging hence why it goes to 49%. Its either one of the batteries is dead or a bad connection. If you are sure your warranty is up and you are not getting satisfaction from Husqvarna I'd open it up and reseat the cables and see if that helps for a start.

  • Registered Users Posts: 927 ✭✭✭ Daz_

    sorry I Missed your reply, i dont think i get email notifications anymore since the site changed. I went for the 250i Elite plus also. I am totally impressed . battery life, cutting quality , coverage, its seems to have it all.

    The App with it is fine, although for some of the features you have to be within Bluetooth range of the mower.

    one tip, and it has been mentioned already, dont send it on on a mad over grown lawn. get it cut properly at least a few days beforehand.

    Would recommend it to anyone, just make sure you get an installer that knows what they are doing.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,810 ✭✭✭ KeRbDoG

    Right, that should protect it :D Also, I just noticed and turned on the 'ECO' mode so that should make the unit a little less warm at night when the mower is docked and charged so less of an attraction for little dudes. Note, the base unit which has this PCB isn't sealed to stop them getting in - the cover acts just like that, a cover from rain but nothing else.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 105 ✭✭ Bedouin79

    Yeah the Bluetooth annoyed me too but not the end of the world. When it’s wet or your lowering the height well worth cleaning the underside daily (3-4 days) the extra grass cuttings will build up quickly. This can force the blade guard to move which can lead to the blade eating the blade guard. A good spray of wd-40 stops the grass sticking.

    well wear they are great machines.