Robotic lawnmowers come to Tampa Bay

Posted at 9:45 PM, Apr 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-05 12:19:59-04

If you know what a Roomba is, imagine the household gadget with three blades on the bottom cutting your grass and you'll have a good idea the product a Tampa Bay area man is selling.

"The automower, believe it or not, has been in existence for 20 years in Europe." Executive Vice President of Robotic Mowers Orin Holliday said.

Holliday says he's the first dealer of the Husqvarna robotic mower in the United States. 

"No where else in the U.S.," he said. "We got them two weeks ago."

Here's how they work. The mower is set on a timer and simply jumps off of a charging dock when it's time to mow. A boundary wire, much like an invisible fence for your dog, is installed around your law, trees and landscaping.

"It will also work in the rain," Holliday said.

There are also several safety features. If the robot runs into anything, it simply backs off. Sensors also monitor if the robot has been lifted. If it raises an inch on any side, the motor stops and the blades stow away behind a disk on the bottom of the mower.

"It's not going to run over any little ones. It's not going to cut any fingers off. It's not going to throw any rocks and bust a window in your house," Holliday said.

It also has several anti-theft features. It requires a security pin to use. If the robot is picked up, it will sound an alarm when it gets a certain distance away from the home.

There are three models that mow 1/3 acre, 1/2 acre and 1 1/4 acres. The prices range from $1,995 to $3,495. Installation starts at $300.

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