Tips On Using Robot Lawn Mower
Among the many things that technology has made simpler over the decades, a robot lawn mower isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. However, if you have a large, fairly flat lawn and a weak back then it could be just the thing for you. Below is an easy step by step guide for using a robot lawn mower, together with some hints about maintenance and some things which might go wrong.
1. Step By Step How To Use
Robot lawn mowers do exactly what you think they will do; with little more than 15 kWh of energy per month this little machine will glide around your lawn, cutting every blade it encounters. It is composed of three parts; a navigation system, a charging system, and a cutting system. As with cars, they now use a GPS system whereby the mower can be autonomous once charged. It will only go so far as the perimeter wire indicates, and so you will need to run a wire around the perimeter of the part of the lawn you wish it to mow. Finally, there is a docking system that allows the mower to re-charge when needed. It will automatically go back to that system when it senses that its battery is getting depleted.
Your job, then, is to run the perimeter wire around the perimeter of your garden, burying it if you wish to make it look prettier, attach the docking system to a fixed point which is preferably not going to be in direct sunlight or rain, then let your robot lawn mower do the rest. The blades of a robot lawn mower will have to be replaced about as regularly as a traditional, manual lawn mower (around twice per moving season), but one big advantage is that they are smaller blades which cut smaller clippings of grass; hence, the severed blades are more likely to drop down into your soil, decompose and function as organic fertilizer, a.k.a mulch, making your lawn look more verdant and luscious over time. Recent models can also cope with slopes like never before; some have four rather than three wheels and so are well able to deal with steeper, inclined lawns. Needless to say, you won’t have to be stooping down and contorting your back in order to get the job done. The only bending you’ll have to do is when you come to clean it at various points throughout the cutting season.
2. How To Clean And Maintain
Robot lawn mowers are relatively easy to maintain, requiring you mainly to keep it as clean as possible, which can be done about twice each mowing season, roughly in line with you changing the machine’s blades. Its wheels can be lubricated, while the charging station should if possible be kept in an area that is not going to be pummeled by direct sunlight or doused by heavy rain. In winter months, before you store it away, make sure you recharge it and avoid leaving it in a place where it will be freezing for months on end.
If you don’t regularly clean your robot lawn mower, grass can start to bung up the wheels, which may result in more energy being required to make it do the same amount of work. Hardened bits of grass might also begin to affect the sharpness of your blades; meanwhile, in hotter weather ground-in grass can even prevent airways from doing their job, leading to various component parts and electrics overheating. In short, you should generally treat your robot lawn mower with the same amount of t.l.c as you would treat a regular lawn mower. It is advisable to aerate your lawn with lawn dethatcher before treating it with a lawn mover. If you look after it then it will certainly look after your lawn.
3. Possible Issues/Errors You May Encounter
The controller chip in your machine actually works on an algorithm in order to know how best to react to obstacles and how and when to turn to the left or to the right. It sounds good in theory but can end up with some areas of your lawn being mowed multiple times whereas other parts only being mowed once. This is due to the complexities of more subtle programming which would be required and which is not yet thought to be cost-efficient in terms of production and retail value.
The perimeter wire is detected by your robot lawn mower, so it knows when to stop and turn around. This wire can become damaged, either because of alternately freezing and boiling weather conditions or because of burrowing animals going about their nocturnal routines. This can become tiresome, especially if you’ve buried the perimeter wire for aesthetic purposes; however, with the use of an AM radio, you can actually walk your way around your perimeter wire and notice when the AM radio interference signal stops or fades out. This will enable you to locate where the damaged part of the wire is, and replace it accordingly.
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