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  • Robot lawnmower. Anyone?

    I went to our local farm supply outlet to pick up a new BBQ curbside and they handed me a brochure for the Huquavarna automower 310. Does anyone have one of the robot lawnmowers? Do they work or are they a gimmick until all the kinks are engineered. I do know Husquavarna makes quality products. This particular item is selling for $999.99 CDN.
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    If you want to cut a 1/4 acre for 1600 US bucks, go for it.

    $1599.99* – Starting MSRP with standard professional installation

    *Standard professional installation includes required installation materials, installation itself and product demonstration. Prices will vary. For more details, please view our installation details page. Check with your local Husqvarna dealer or retailer for more information.
    https://www.husqvarna.com/us/product...310/967672905/

    PS - You have a good excuse if it cuts down the wife's flowers. The Husky Roomba did it!
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    • #3
      Why $1599.99 USD in the USA and only $999.99 CDN here? Different Husquavarna maybe. I know cables need to be set underground like those invisible dog fences that zaps the puppy if it crosses the line. Yea I can see it eating all her hostas and lillies. The thing is supposed to bounce off trees and fences like the Roomba. Hosta's etc.would be cut down like cannon fodder until the thing hit the wall of the shack, tree or fence and did a 180 as advertised. Nope, gonna have to pay my wife 25 bucks a cut. She says she want's to renegotiate her contract for this year. A contract is a contract, no do overs.
      Last edited by Old Ironmaker; May 22nd, 2020, 11:00 PM.
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      • #4
        Farm technology is quite advanced.----Called '' GPS READY " and other versions in listings.----They tell me you can have one tractor / combine with a driver.-----The other machines in the field follow the leader and no driver.-----Out WEST about 100 years ago there was lots of work for everybody on those farms.-----Not so today.------No reason why a lawnmower can't run with modern technology.-------This miniature electronic / computer stuff is cheap to manufacture !!

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        • #5
          lawn cutting robots have been out on the market for over 10 years.

          early ones required you to bury a wire to outline its perimeter

          later ones are GPS enabled and you teach it the perimeter.

          my concern is the sheer amount of e-waste from these things and other electronics that you will need to pay to dispose of when it dies.
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          • #6
            Yes,---I cut grass with a 1967 model Lawn Boy.-----I clean the points and make sure carburetor bowl is clean after a winter outside.----Works like a charm.----Bit of exercise is a bonus.

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            • #7
              And what happen IF someone steals it out of your yard? People steal real lawn mowers every day. So this too is a new target to pawn...

              I bought a very nice zero turn mower last year. And I enjoy listening to my headphones and driving that thing for a couple hours. But that is just me...
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Scott Danforth View Post
                my concern is the sheer amount of e-waste from these things and other electronics that you will need to pay to dispose of when it dies.
                That what they make recycling centers for.

                Our county recycles most If not all electronics. Batteries, TV, printers, computers, displays you name it.

                Good money in electronics recycling
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by gm280 View Post
                  And what happen IF someone steals it out of your yard? People steal real lawn mowers every day. So this too is a new target to pawn...

                  I bought a very nice zero turn mower last year. And I enjoy listening to my headphones and driving that thing for a couple hours. But that is just me...
                  From what I read on the brochure this is not GPS controlled. There is a boundary wire as well as guide wire buried just below the sod. As far as theft the docking and charge station that it automatically returns to,( so there is GPS involved). Each unit has a personal pin number and is useless to anyone that steals it from the locked charging station.

                  I won't be spending that much money on a grass robot, I'm an old dinosaur. I'm sure in the near future it will be the norm. I don't even have email on my phone. I actually use my phone to call someone and talk to them. We go to great lengths these days to avoid talking to someone.

                  So I take it no one here has one or knows if they work well.
                  Last edited by Old Ironmaker; May 23rd, 2020, 02:57 PM.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by dingbat View Post
                    That what they make recycling centers for.

                    Our county recycles most If not all electronics. Batteries, TV, printers, computers, displays you name it.

                    Good money in electronics recycling

                    Recycling, do a google search on Plastic China watch the trailer for the film. You will learn the inconvenient truth about recycling. You will no longer feel all warm and fuzzy about putting things in a recycling bin.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Old Ironmaker View Post

                      From what I read on the brochure this is not GPS controlled. There is a boundary wire as well as guide wire buried just below the sod. As far as theft the docking and charge station that it automatically returns to,( so there is GPS involved). Each unit has a personal pin number and is useless to anyone that steals it from the locked charging station.

                      I won't be spending that much money on a grass robot, I'm an old dinosaur. I'm sure in the near future it will be the norm. I don't even have email on my phone. I actually use my phone to call someone and talk to them. We go to great lengths these days to avoid talking to someone.

                      So I take it no one here has one or knows if they work well.
                      That should show you that robotic lawn mowers are not that popular.

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                      • #12
                        No GPS or perimeter wires and guide wires would not be needed. Guide wires are so the thing can find the recharge dock.
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                        • #13
                          I'm not a fan of rechargeables. A Tesla can whip a Dodge Challenger in a few drag races, but after the Tesla limps back to the charging station the Challenger is good for a few hundred more miles. I've been watching a TV ad for a rechargeable lawn blower that out pushes a gas blower....for a while.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by dingbat View Post
                            That what they make recycling centers for.

                            Our county recycles most If not all electronics. Batteries, TV, printers, computers, displays you name it.

                            Good money in electronics recycling
                            Our country ships e-waste to 3rd world countries. We dont recycle as much as its published that we do.
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                              Originally posted by Scott Danforth View Post

                              Our country ships e-waste to 3rd world countries. We dont recycle as much as its published that we do.
                              Thats because labor is too expense to recycle here.

                              Commodities get shipped all over the world for processing. Why is this a problem?

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