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Roomba Lawnmower Soon.
« on: April 17, 2015, 04:31:58 PM »
iRobot, makers of Roomba are about to launch a radio beacon guided robotic lawnmower.

http://news.discovery.com/tech/robotics/wireless-robotic-lawn-mower-coming-from-roomba-maker-150414.htm

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Re: Roomba Lawnmower Soon.
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2015, 04:54:14 PM »
Have they figured out a way to cut grass without s spinning blade?  Seems like the liability would be huge.

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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2015, 05:12:08 PM »
The Roomba for Lawns Is Really Pissing Off Astronomers

http://www.wired.com/2015/04/irobot-lawnbot/

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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2015, 10:18:21 PM »
This will only increase the power of the sports channels, as more men spend the time they once used for mowing to couch potato even more.

I want to know what kind of running gear this Mowba will have. Not all of us have a lawn as smooth and flat like a pool table.

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« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2015, 12:48:43 AM »
First of all, as with the floorbots, if it isn't autonomous/self-docking then it's pretty much worthless.

This one is the one that pretty much tops the specs for a yard of any size.  You can outfit it with spiked drive wheels and extra battery.
http://www.probotics.com/details.asp?ab=92

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The negative -besides price- is that it require zone perimeter wires.

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« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2015, 09:07:04 AM »
I'd still prefer a ride on In fact for that price you could get a small ride on.

But either way I need a less sloping garden.

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« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2015, 11:05:08 AM »
I think most yards would still have areas or borders that would require a conventional mower or, at least, some intervention.

I have over an acre (5000 sq m)  to mow. Here in NC, that's once a week from mid-April to mid-October.  Having it mowed by a service would currently cost $1200/year.  I've been prepping the yard for eventual robotic mowing since Hurricane Isabel wiped out most of the wooded areas in 2003.  The setup now can be done entirely from a riding mower without any trim mowing or edging.  Takes about 1.5 hours.

With the possible exception of the size of my yard, I'm the perfect prospect. I was one click away from buying one of the above a few years back, but Debbie said I'd end up having to do more in support issues than it was worth.  Basically, I'm waiting for the technology to prove itself and also get cheaper. In some ways, it's encouraging that iRobot has taken so damn long to bring theirs to market but I'm going to have to see a lot of rave reviews before I buy. And the price needs to be under $3k.

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« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2015, 12:15:58 PM »
>$3K

I just can't see spending that kind of money on a mower unless it is really good.  But someday I think they will get it perfected and the prices will start dropping like VCR's did.



What I really want is a little bot that will crawl around and through my shrub and flower borders and identify and zap only the weeds.

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« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2015, 01:24:00 PM »
>weeds

Get this:
http://www.amazon.com/Portable-Battery-Powered-Sprayer-Black-White/dp/B004G7PADK/

Mix ordinary white vinegar, salt, & Dawn.  (Easy/safe to keep around the house). Works.

I'm prone to nuking things that bother me, but I don't like handling herbicides/pesticides.  I also don't like lawn stuff that require elaborate preparation.  The above is handy.

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« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2015, 02:43:43 PM »
Be aware that salt is toxic to plants, is corrosive to materials, will migrate within the area, and doesn't break down.


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« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2015, 03:06:33 PM »
>salt

Far less toxic to plants than commonly thought, at least in our coastal (salt air) environment. As an experiment a few years ago, I poured a pure rock salt in some crevices and around the foundation. Didn't last a season.

But, if you're wary of salt in your flower bed, the vinegar with a surfactant (Dawn) will do the trick.  It has the added bonus of turning the weeds brown/shriveled in short order.

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You can get extra-strength gardening/pickling vinegar (10%+ acidity), but I found it to be inconvenient to order/store. I just use grocery store vinegar (5%).
« Last Edit: April 18, 2015, 03:09:14 PM by rcjordan »

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« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2015, 04:27:58 PM »
>vinegar

Thanks for the tip. I'll be switching to this as soon as I run through my current stockpile of Agent Orange. It's about time to give up Roundup anyway since it turns out to be more toxic than we thought a few years ago.

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« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2015, 04:44:15 PM »
>turns out to be more toxic than we thought

Another tip: Companies lie.

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« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2015, 05:53:19 PM »
Quote
Didn't last a season.

The salt itself, lasts. It just doesn't stay put.

Do you know where it went?

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« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2015, 08:25:52 PM »
But... But... I quit using Agent Orange, BW.