Ok. Here’s a product that’s specifically designed to put you groundskeepers out of business, so we apologize up front. Battery-powered robotic mowers have been around for a while, but Husqvarna had their Automower on display at the show, and we got a chance to actually use one last summer on a real-life lawn. It worked great! The guide wire that runs around the perimeter of the yard was held down with stakes, so no trenching was necessary, and programing was simple. The whole set up took less than 90 minutes. After that, all we had to do was remember to look out the window once in awhile to admire our mechanical groundskeeper hard at work.
A primary feature that makes this machine excel is the retractable, razor-like cutting blades. They’re just a fraction the size of thick steel blades, which makes for clean cuts, longer run times, and super-quiet operation. We ran ours three times a week. The grass always seemed the same length, and because the clippings were so small, they quickly broke down into fertilizer, and the grass actually looked healthier than usual.
It worked, rain or shine, for the few months we used it, even on the hilly parts of the yard. And because of the random cutting pattern, it left no tracks around trees or against the fence. Find a dealer near you, and check out the cool video at the manufacturer's website. While the Automower may be a job killer, you have to admit—it’s still pretty cool.