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2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing / low tech / poor design / poor quality, 3 May 2013
This review is from: ROBOMOW RL 555 (Garden & Outdoors)
Considering the name - I expected a high tech modern gadget - I was very disappointed - feels like something made in the 1970's let alone 21st century.
When it works does an okish job - fundamental problem is relies upon an unreliable perimeter wire which is a real pain to set up - then is unreliable.
I've had constant problems with the wire and when it breaks there is no way to find the break - which is crazy for a long wire completely hidden under grass and soil.
Surely they could use a few radio beacons or one should be able to teach it where to go.
User interface is horrible and very old fashioned - about as sophisticated as setting my boiler - you can't operate without the manual you have to traverse up and down many tedious sub menus.
Controller is cheap flimsy plastic - holder clips broke within a few weeks.
Not a surprise I suppose - made in USA ! I wish some Japanese or German or Korean company such as Samsung would make a more modern one.
Other gripes - does not work if grass is the slightest bit wet - just gets stuck all the time - a bit of a problem in Wales (esp last summer) - does not handle tall grass - does not collect cuttings - so a bit messy - you basically have to set it mowing every few days to keep tidy - but this is not as easy as it should be - because its quite heavy - too heavy for my wife to lift - so is also a pain to get onto the grass.
We have to store it inside in order to charge it (where it gets in the way using up space) because this model (even though its quite pricey) does not come with any way to charge or keep outside - also has a stupid design where you have to charge the heavy lead acid battery (which runs out quickly) only when its inside the mower !! The battery is easily removable so why on earth not have way to charge externally - this really annoyed me. So all in all not impressed at all.
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Initial post: 11 Sep 2013 09:44:59 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Sep 2013 10:02:54 BDT
Goldilocks says:
You should have bought the Robomow RL2000. It does everything you are griping about.The battery is recharged externally and last 31/2 hours.You program it to come out when you want it to mow [every day if you like] The programs are fantastic and so versatile.You leave it at it's charging station {outside]as it's completely waterproof and forget it. Also there are no grass cuttings to collect it mulches them back into your lawn thereby feeding it. I have one for the past two years and wouldn't be without it as when I was in hospital it was cutting my grass automatically it's fantastic. Sorry you bought the wrong model. Same old thing you get what you pay for.
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