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.