Re: [RoboMower] May be leaving the RM scene
I agree that I am not comparing apples and oranges when talking about
my robomower and other options. Of course the fact that the docking
station is one of the worst designed pieces of equipment I have had the
displeasure of owning doesn't help. I have gone through 4 docking
stations due to a multitude of issues from overheating, bad power
supplies x2, and short because of a heavy rain. At this time my docking
station doesn't work and I am not spending the money to fix it again.
Also since I have a fence around my back yard I can not get the RL-1000
to mow on a schedule anyway. I was told that it would work with a 38"
gate if I could get the gate to open, but after many months of trying
Friendly said oops were were too optimistic and that won't work.
Of course I am mostly just complaining about stuff because it has so
much potential. I love having a robot lawnmower, and even if I don't
fix it will make one of my own. I will not go back to push mowing
again. Also a yard service here cost $20 with edging and then I don't
have to pick up the sticks or anything in the yard. That means I am
pretty much keeping the robot for show more than money.
On Sat, May 28, 2011 at 06:24:00PM -0700, Ben Sporl wrote:
> Sorry to hear about the problems you're having/had with the RL1000.?? The significant purchase price and is a huge barrier to entry, one of the primary reasons there aren't more owners.?? That said, you should look at this from a purely financial position.
> An RL1000 is fully automatic with docking station, meaning comparing with a push/riding mower is not a good comparison.?? You should compare against a lawn service.
> At four years of mowing, your RL1000 mowed approximately 144 times assuming 9 months of mowing, 4 times/month costing about $15/mow.?? I'm not sure about your area but it costs at least $30/week with no edging around where I live (add another $10 to edge).
> I agree a malfunctioning robomower can drive you nuts.?? Your mower should never have given you those initial problems and Robomower should have sent you a working unit.?? That said, consider the benefits you've received from a partially working unit and if you invest again the benefits from a "working from the start" Robomower. ??
> From: Austin Morgan <admorgan@...>
> To: RoboMower@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Sunday, May 22, 2011 2:44 PM
> Subject: [RoboMower] May be leaving the RM scene
> My RL-1000 will no longer go backward on the right side. The gears slip
> with the slightest resistance, like from grass. Works great going
> forward. I got a estimate from Probotics about the cost to replace the
> drive train, but it is moderately expensive. Also I have had this mower
> for only 6 years. Two of those years I was not able to use it.
> The first year I received it, it spend almost the entire year at Tyler's
> shop because of continuous issues. In the end FR fixed the issues but
> refused to give me a new mower, I was on the call with Tyler when he
> asked because some of the issues put a significant amount of stress on
> my system, but they did replace the gear box with the 2006 model. Mine
> originally came with the 2005 gear train.
> The second time I was not able to use it was due to construction in my
> yard followed by construction in my neighbors yard that had my wire
> broken for extended periods of time and an inability to repair it.
> I got 9 years of consistent service out of my first two RL-500s
> (especially after the last software upgrade). I know 6 years is not
> bad service time for a cheap mower. The RL-1000 is not cheap, and I
> only really can count 4 years of service. For a $2100 unit this seems
> like a loss.
> If I can find the gears for a reasonable price (my motors, and the gears
> on the motors are fine). I will repair Max. If not I have to decide if
> I am going to buy a competitor I liked Lawnbot but they were expensive
> and after the Consumer Reports fiasco I lost a lot of respect for them.
> I haven't really found another that seems to sell to home owners. I can
> also build my own. If I were to do that I would likely try to get a
> kickstarter drive so I could get some capital and open source the project.
> Lets hope that I can get gears at a reasonable price as my yard is
> getting long...
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