Thursday, 11 August 2011 11:44

Husqvarna aims new robot lawnmower at smaller gardens

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Lawn mowing can be a chore even if you don't have all that much grass. Husqvarna's latest Automower robot lawnmower is intended for smaller lawns.


For many people of my age and (previous) interests, Husqvarna is synonymous with motocross bikes. But ten years after Husqvarna was acquired by appliance maker Electrolux in 1977, the bike business was sold off and is now part of BMW.

These days, the 'old' Husqvarna makes gardening, landscaping and forestry equipment and consumer irrigation products, and its latest release is a third-generation robot lawnmower. According to company officials, the idea behind the $1999 Automower 305 is that it works continuously, shaving just a little off the grass each time to keep it at a constant length.

'Continuously' may seem a bit of a stretch as the Automower 305 can only run for 50 minutes per charge, but it can automatically dock with the charger when power levels reach a minimum. Even though sound levels are guaranteed not to exceed 66 dB(A) (slightly louder than normal conversations), there's the option of limiting operation to particular hours.

At 7kg, the Automower 305 is light enough to be moved easily from one lawn to another. Its operational boundaries are set by running a wire around the perimeter, and Husqvarna says it is suitable for areas up to 500 square metres. Other models in the company's range cater for lawns up to 3000 square metres.

The 305 isn't a cheap piece of equipment, so buyers will appreciate the anti-theft alarm and PIN code lock.

"Husqvarna believes it will become as common for homeowners as dishwashers are today," said regional marketing manager Giovanni Crespi. "Automower 305 makes robotic mowing affordable for more homeowners, freeing up time for other activities without compromising on a well kept lawn. The robotic mower's green credentials are fantastic and the way in which it cuts the lawn produces even better results than the standard lawn mower," he added.


 

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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