A few weeks back I mentioned that I was fortunate enough to be granted the opportunity to trial a robotic lawnmower from Husqvarna. I’ve now had a few days to spend with my new toy, the Husqvarna Automower 315 and wanted to share the experience with you. This isn’t a review; that will follow in a few weeks after I’ve had some significant time to witness the results.
First off, this is what the Husqvarna Automower 315 looks like.
It is much smaller than I anticipated and incredibly lightweight. I can pick it up easily with one hand. The best way to describe the blades used to cut the lawn is to imagine a series of small razor blades working in conjunction with each other. It is remarkably quiet as it traverses and cuts the lawn.
The Automower remains in bounds by following/reading/reacting to a guide wire that surrounds the area to be cut.
As you can see, the wire is installed about a foot short of all boundaries – garden bed, sidewalk, driveway, tree, etc – so trimming is still required. This is done as the robotic mower extends about a foot over the wire before it reacts and heads in a different direction. I’m told the wires will eventually disappear out of view as the grass eventually grows over it.
The mower runs for an hour or so before it senses its low battery and heads back to its “garage” or charging station. Once there, it charges for an hour and then gets back to work.
Right now, I have the mower set to run 24/7, 7 days a week so it never stops. And here’s the kicker, it is super quiet. Like you don’t even know that it is doing its thing. The mower itself has a built in keypad where I can customize the settings including when it runs each day of the week. But since it is so inconspicuous, I figure why not let it run all day and night.
One other potential bonus, if I can figure out how to pull it off. If the Automower runs all day and night maybe it will keep the deer away. And if that doesn’t work, I can add some sort of deer repellent on top of the mower and rig a way for it to spray as it moves about the yard. Hmmmm.
It’s too early to assess the quality of the lawn cut but I’m told it will ultimately eliminate the typical lawnmower lines and look like a carpet of green. In theory, the lawn always looks cut since the Husqvarna Automower 315 never sleeps. Real tough work for me.
Did I mention it runs rain or shine? I had firsthand experience this past weekend and it didn’t skip a beat.
Again, no review from me yet but I can tell you it is a hell of a lot of fun to watch, requires zero effort from me and since it runs on battery, reduces the need for a gas powered mower.
Check out the three videos below to watch it in action. I’m also documenting it on Facebook, Instagram (jmarkowski0) and Snapchat (jmarkowski0).
Would love to hear your thoughts on the idea of a robotic lawnmower. Leave a comment and let’s chat.
On to the videos: