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The WORX Landroid Robotic Mower

There’s just something soothing about cutting the lawn. It’s kinda like me time, where one can reflect on all the good and bad things they’ve done in life. At some point, though, you start thinking, “I sure wish I was adding more accessories to my Jeep instead of doing this.”

Maybe that’s just me.

Well, the time has finally come where you can indeed mow the lawn and play in the garage—at the same time—thanks to the geeks who invented the robotic lawn mower. Not unlike the robotic vacuum cleaners that our cats ride around on in the house, robotic mowers have evolved in a big way since first introduced.

The WORX Landroid is one such machine that does everything anyone could ever ask a robotic mower to do, beyond actually cutting the lawn. This state-of-the-art, robotic mower not only mows the lawn unsupervised, but also knows when to mow, avoid obstacles, charge itself, come in out of the rain, stop if picked up, and sound an alarm in case of attempted theft.

Now that’s just cool stuff right there! ?

Worx Landroid Robotic Lawn Mower

A Little Setup, Then It’s All Automated, Baby!

To keep Landroid on your property, you’ll lay border wire around the perimeter, which is buried or staked onto the ground. The mower then cuts grass within the perimeter of the boundary wire in a strategic pattern, minimizing overlap. When the mower encounters an obstacle, such as a tree or flower bed, shock sensors halt its course and redirects it away from the object. The mower is also able to navigate narrow passages and hard-to-reach areas and can climb slopes up to 20°.

If the mower is lifted off the ground during operation, a sensor immediately stops the blades’ rotation and sounds an alarm. If it rains, another sensor shuts down the mower and returns it to its charging base. When the grass is dry enough, Landroid resumes mowing.

If the mower’s 28-volt, lithium-ion battery needs recharging, it stops mowing and returns to its charging base. It takes approximately 90 minutes to fully charge the battery.

 Slow and Steady Wins the Race

With its seven-position, one-touch height adjustment (1.6″-4″) and a 7″ cut, Landroid is designed to maintain grass cutting heights of lawns up to a quarter acre (10,800 square feet). Estimated mowing time to cut 1,100 square feet is up to three hours. Cutting a quarter acre takes up to 27 hours, which can be managed within two days. The mower’s three-blade cutting system eliminates the need to bag grass clippings, too, as the finely cut clippings continuously fertilize soil and help the lawn retain moisture.

The WORX Landroid is available on Amazon.com or directly from WORX, with a price tag of around $1,000.

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About Michael Turner

Forty-something years later, Michael still doesn’t’ know what he wants to do if he grows up. Raised around cars and trained in diesel mechanics, Michael has owned a successful detail shop, developed and sold software, lead a K-9 SAR team, ridden the dot-com wave as a sales/marketing/PR executive, led digital strategy teams at both large and small agencies, and now this. He digs Jeeps, off-road racing, football, photography, flying, trains, making EDM, cranking metal, PC gaming, and a plethora of other contradictory things.

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