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Rise of the automower

Have been around the industry for 30 odd years and installed our first auto mower about 20 years ago, but over the last year the market has literally exploded with us looking at installing 4 next week alone. Reports nationally of many dealers hitting 100 units this year already, and across in Europe my understanding is up to 50% of sales in some countries are auto mowers. We all have to adapt and change our businesses but have others seen this effect them? I am not just looking at large estates for these mowers, and very often they are small suburban gardens with the most common reason given is “we don’t have time to mow the lawn and cannot get reliable gardeners”

Will automowers replace the traditional grass cutting Business? It will definitely change our make up as a retailer, and if the pace of growth continues I think it will have the most fundamental impact on us all within the next 5 years. 

 

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    I’ve certainly seen more of them around. I think they will go properly wild when the price comes down a bit more, certainly on small ones. 

    Effects on me personally will be small as my work is either really big stuff 5 acres plus or large homes that insist of stripes.

    15-20 years time who knows but being selfish I really won’t care by then as unless something really bad happens I’ll be retired (or very part time!) 

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    Couple of my customers have them - both Husqvarna and full install plus all terrain wheels??? was in the thousands. 

    One has been stolen, which has meant I now cut the grass with a ride on, it is a 3 hr job, and waste disposal in the adjoining field. Once replaced I'll lose the work again.

    Only bit of work normally is to go around the edge with a strimmer to tidy where autobot can't get to. 

    They are great where nothing changes in the garden, but what about where children play or the owner has things laying about the garden, autobot will run over them, get stuck, chop up kids toys :-( and probably be more of a nuisance than an asset.

    As they have to stay outside they could be open to thieves, although I'm told when they are powered on gps gives the game away. Can see them replacing bog standard lawn cuts, but as Richard says, not stripes, well not yet anyway. 

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    Two thoughts .

    First, how many times do you hear people say they can get someone to mow the lawn, but not to do the rest of the garden? If the customer wants to take the mowing out of the job the chances of getting someone to call regularly must be diminished. 

    Secondly, how do you secure an automower and its base to stop it getting nicked?

    • PRO

      I can’t say I’ve heard that ever but then I don’t suppose I would since I actively avoid weeding and 99% of other garden work!

  • PRO

    One word "why".

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      I’m more interested in why you are looking for such things:)

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        Maybe one day we will have to succumb to using autobot when we grow old and can't find a reliable gardener . 

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      No need, it's just a cheap gimmick..   More money than sense people buy them. 

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    No. I've only ever seen 1 last month and that was broken   fell upside down, & returned twice to be fixed !      He also needed lawn landscaping first. 

  • PRO

    I went to the Royal Three Counties show at Malvern on Friday and my local garden machinery distributor had an Automower set up and working, to answer Johns’ question I just did an internet search to see how much they cost; and the retro fit headlight set came up in the search results.

    Why an Automower would need headlights to work in the dark is a little beyond me, though actually a flashing beacon might even make more sense, at least it would help the local ne’er do wells find it when they come over the fence in the dark to nick it, as well as winding the neighbours up.

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