Pros:Mows unattended based on a programmed schedule
Great conversation piece
Cons:Requires far more planning and attention to detail than the RL-850
Raises questions from everyone
The Bottom Line: If you are a person willing to work with this product and have an average sized urban yeard this mower can work for you.
Robotic mowers have got to be the most under utilized technology that there is and I should know since I have been trying to sell them for some time. Everyone is intruiged by them but nobody in the midwest seems to be willing to take a leap of faith to buy one. I bought my first robomower an RL-850 on ebay hoping it wouldn't be a total flop. Low and behold the product really worked. Yes the mower is slow and mows in a somewhat random pattern BUT it gets the job done, assuming you planned your layout properly. In my opinion the roomba is a joke when it comes to cleaning a room but the robomower RL-850 and Rl-1000 really accomplish their intended goals. Like other robomowers this mower doesn't know what has been mowed and what has not. I am excited for the future of robotic mowers that have GPS intelligence to know what has been cut and what has not as well has to avoid having to run a wire around the perimeter of your property. If you are a low key person this mower is not for you as everyone notices this device when it is in use. However if you like attention as much as I do this is just what the Dr. ordered. Success with the RL-1000 often hinges on dividing your yard into properly sized zones which you are unlikely to get right the first time. As a result I recommend against burying the wire until you know everything is working properly.
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