Robot mower on the move in Hantsport

Ashley Thompson
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Peter Andresen gets ready to send his LawnBott, Hercules, out of its docking station to demonstrate why he hasn’t had to push a lawnmower in the last couple of months.

Peter Andresenhas found a way to keep his grass mowed without anyone having to lift a finger.

Perhaps the most interesting fact about the Hantsport resident’s new lawn care philosophy is that his new helper is not a someone, but a something.

Andresen, who runs Invisible Fence Brand of Annapolis Valley and LawnBott Atlantic with his wife, Pam Murray, started marketing the LawnBott robotic mower in Nova Scotia almost two months ago.

“It’s got an awful lot of attention,” he said.

A couple homeowners on the South Shore have already purchased the automated mower, and he’s working with a few interested clients in the Annapolis Valley now, Andresen added.

He learned about the product, which ranges in price from $1,800 to $5,000, at a North American trade show. The LawnBott, owned by parent company Kyodo America, was released in the United States seven years ago.

The programmable mower operates in dry weather, within a perimeter defined by radio signals and wiring, on a schedule selected by its owner.

“It can mow morning, noon, and night depending on how much lawn it has to take care of,”Andresen says.

“It’s like an electric toothbrush — you can hardly hear it.”

He says the lithium battery-powered LawnBott can maintain up to two acres for as little as $10 in energy costs a season. The units are considered to be an environmentally friendly alternative to mowing a lawn with a gas-powered machine.

“It’s like an electric toothbrush — you can hardly hear it.” Peter Andresen

“It does a little bit of work everyday so that your lawn over time is mowed nicely all the time — it’s kind of like going to the barber and getting a haircut every week,” Andresen said, later emphasizing that it can work around the clock without supervision.

“It goes back to its charging station, recharges itself, and goes to its next appointment.”

He says the self-starting robotic mower, with a built-in security system and life expectancy of 10 years, is ideal for homeowners who find it physically challenging to cut the grass and those who would rather be spending the time it takes to tend to the lawn doing something else.

“You program it when you want it to work, where and for how long you want it to work.

“It’s one of those things that you’ve got to see it to believe it.”

People passing by 379 Ben Jackson Roach can catch Andresen’s LawnBott in action at LawnBott Atlantic’s headquarters. For more information call (902) 300-3200.

 

Organizations: North American

Geographic location: Hantsport, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia South Shore United States

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  • Jose
    August 09, 2012 - 11:41

    Will it weed wack the fenceline?