In Husqvarna's recent trade adverts they have been highlighting the opportunity to lawn care professionals such as LJN members of the commercial opportunities arising from the development of robotic mowing machines. There is the installation of the wire for instance, they suggest renting mowers to home owners and the fact that robotic mowers can be used whilst the contractor gets on with other jobs such as weeding and pruning.
I may be being niave but I don't get it, if renting is to develop would this not be via established garden machinery suppliers approved Husqvarna agents? Robotic mowers are quite slow at cutting so there would not be time on an average garden visit to bring along the robotic mower get it out of the van set if off and then quietly get on with weeding and pruning, the mower is unlikely to get the lawn mowed before it is time to get onto another job, would the customer pay much for this anyway is there any perceived added value?
Overtime I can see that robotic mowers will become quite well established but not necessarily at the expense of the private or commercial contractor to any significant extent, no more than artificial grass, or the DiY mower. But I am struggling to see where the viable commercial opportunities are with robotic mowers going forward, has anyone else got any thoughts on this?