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Old 09-11-2018, 05:04 PM
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Like Roomba for your lawn. There are several brands on the market, and I'm thinking of buying one. Anyone have any experience? Stuff to beware of? Surprising benefits? Disasters?
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Law as in lawyers or as in lawmakers? If it's the former then there are way too many of those to be handled by a single robot, and if it's the latter then you're wasting your time because another one will just pop right up to replace the old one you mowed down.
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For new(ish) stuff like this that doesn't have a very long track record, I usually go by whatever Consumer Reports recommends or at the very least start with them before trying to hunt down reviews elsewhere.


Personally I've heard mixed reviews about them from a few people that have splurged, but I have no idea what brand was purchased or from where.


I would lean towards companies with experience building trustworthy lawn equipment, like husqvarna or honda.
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... looking at prices online, wouldn't it be cheaper (short and long term) to rent a neighborhood teenager for an hour every other Saturday?
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... looking at prices online, wouldn't it be cheaper (short and long term) to rent a neighborhood teenager for an hour every other Saturday?
My neighborhood teenagers don't do lawns. Lawn services want to be hired weekly, not every-other week. And they are fairly pricey. If the robot lasted two years, it would be cheaper than lawn service.

BUT, the advantage of lawn service is that I could probably hire the same people to rake my leaves and shovel my snow. One stop shopping. I'm getting older.
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...I would lean towards companies with experience building trustworthy lawn equipment, like husqvarna or honda.
Yeah, that's the direction I am looking.
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Considered getting one but... the size of your lawn is an important factor.

Went for the lawn tractor instead. No regerts.
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Mine's small enough for a large robot, and small (and complicated enough) that a tractor wouldn't help particularly. I would need a large/expensive robot, though.
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Consumer Reports has the Worx Landroid WG794 as its top pick, but it only reviewed 4 robot mowers, so


Don't have any personal experience with this, but do have a CR membership, happy to provide more info from it if interested.
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