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Local couple brings quiet, environmentally-friendly and hands-free mower to Tampa Bay

Posted at 5:50 PM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 17:50:54-05

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — During the pandemic, a Pinellas County couple came up with the idea to start their own landscaping businesses based on the newest lawnmower technology. It’s called the Mowbot and it’s like a Rumba for your yard.

“It shaves an eighth to a 16th of an inch daily,” said owner Tim Church.

Like many of us, Tim and his wife Kim have done their fair share of Zoom calls in 2020. That’s what led them to come up with the idea to bring the Mowbot to Tampa Bay.

“Somewhere in the United States with every call, there is a mower going and it was funny at first but it became very disruptive,” said Kim.

Not only is the Mowbot quieter than a dishwasher, but it can also be programmed to run whenever the property owner chooses using GPS technology to roam around your home.

“Along with learning the geography of the yard it learns that the grass grows faster in this area compared to that area so I need to spend more time here and things like that,” said Tim.

Underneath, the Mowbot consists of three razor blades, making it safe for kids and pets. Tim said think of your grass not being cut, but given a daily shave.

Jeff Artabasy is one of Tim and Kim’s first clients. He said he was tired of pushing around an old gas lawnmower and sending unnecessary fumes into the air.

“I’m to the age where I don’t enjoy doing it anymore and just the fact that it’s done every day is good,” said Artabasy.

He said it’s also a pretty good conversation piece.

“I have people stop all the time and look and say, ‘what is that?’” said Artabasy.

The Mowbot is kept on the client’s property, where it recharges its batteries on its own. Tim swings by every once in a while just to make sure it’s working properly and meeting the client’s schedule.

“So we can do this on-site, or via the app on our phone, or sitting in front of our computer,” said Tim.

Since June, the Churchs have placed 10 of these Mowbots throughout the Bay area, and are hoping those numbers steadily climb as people realize that maybe the grass is greener on the other side.

“Over the next couple of years I would expect to get a couple hundred of these out there,” said Tim.

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