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Are Robotic Lawn Mowers Worth It? Comparing Traditional Lawn Mowers to the Husqvarna Lawn Mowers

In the ever-changing world of lawn care, technology has introduced innovative solutions that make maintaining your lawn a whole lot easier.

Robotic lawn mowers have started to gain traction for their efficiency and convenience, but are they really worth the investment?

Let’s compare robotic lawn mowers to traditional residential lawn mowers to see which is the best fit for you.

How long do they last?

Traditional lawn mowers: Typically, well-maintained lawn mowers can last around 8-10 years, depending entirely on the frequency of use and maintenance. If your mower is not properly cared for during all seasons, it will not last as long.

Husqvarna Automowers: With proper care and maintenance, robotic lawn mowers can last just as long as traditional mowers, if not longer. Be sure to have your mower serviced annually by an authorized dealer. All parts on the Automower are replaceable.

husqvarna automower cutting grass

How much of my work and time is required?

Traditional Lawn Mowers: You know that traditional lawn mowers require a significant amount of time and physical effort to be invested. Whether you have a riding lawn mower or a walk-behind, mowing the lawn requires you to be present and active.

Traditional mowers need regular maintenance, including cleaning the mowing deck from built up grass, sharpening blades, changing oil, filling fuel and oil, and raising and lowering for proper mowing height.

Husqvarna Automowers: These autonomous mowers operate independently, saving you time and effort. Once installed and set up, you don’t even have to press a button to tell your robotic lawn mower to start mowing. It goes out every day and cuts the grass where it left off from the day before. It also automatically returns to its’ charging station.

Automowers require some maintenance, but much less that regular mowers. Blades need to be replaced usually only one time through the mowing season, and your mower should be cleaned at that time as well. If you purchased your robotic mower from a dealer that also offers service plans, all maintenance and storage can be built in to your plan.

automower at docking station with app pulled up on customers phone

Which mower leaves my lawn looking better?

Traditional Lawn Mowers: Depending on your level of mowing expertise, traditional mowers can leave your lawn looking about the same as robotic mowers. If you want the look of a professionally mowed lawn, try mowing in diagonal lines, alternating direction each mow.

Robotic Lawn Mowers: If you had asked this question only a few years ago, the traditional mower would have beat robotic mowers hands down. However, with the Husqvarna Automower’s new technology, your robotic mower leaves your lawn looking like it was mowed by a tiny professional. Your mower can be programmed to mow in lines just like professionals do or at random if you prefer. The Husqvarna EPOS model can mow in a huge variety of patterns including systematic mowing, irregular mowing, parallel mowing, triangular mowing, or checkerboard mowing.

Which mower is better for lawn health?

While having a freshly sharpened blade and mowing weekly can help your lawn when mowed by traditional lawn mowers, robotic lawn mowers are very beneficial for the health of your lawn. They operate on a much more frequent mowing schedule, ensuring a more consistent grass height.

Also, only a small amount of the grass blade is removed each time and that is mulched (or dropped) back into the grass, helping to provide nutrients for the turf. Mowing with a robotic lawn mower can help reduce thatch build-up and minimize the stress on your lawn.

Remember that whether you are using a traditional lawn mower or a robotic one, you will need to trim the edges of your grass and edge near hard surfaces. Traditional lawn mowing also usually needs a blower to remove grass clippings from landscape beds, driveways, and walkways.

Which mower is better for the environment?

Robotic lawn mowers rely on electricity rather than gas. Therefore, they have no environmental emissions when running. Since they do not take gas or oil, they do not emit a smell, and there is no risk of gas or oil spills.

Robotic lawn mowers are also extremely quiet, so they can mow at all times of the day. This cuts down on noise pollution as well.

aerial photo of automower cutting grass

Comparing cost

Traditional Lawn Mowers: Push lawn mowers average around $200-$600 at your local hardware store. Riding lawn mowers come in at $2,000-$5,000 and zero turn mowers can cost up to $5,000 as well. Lawn mower maintenance can range from just $50 to $200 depending on the cost of blades and other parts for your mower. It is important to also factor in the cost of fuel and oil for the entire season.

Robotic Lawn Mowers: Cost ranges from $700-$5,000 depending on which model you select. The more expensive models are considered ‘commercial’ and can handle a much larger mowing area. If you do not plan to install your robotic mower yourself, be sure to include installation fees when pricing out robotic options. Mower maintenance costs homeowners less than $100 a year, and your electric costs will be around $20 for the entire season.

professional lawn mowing company cuts lawn with ride on mower

Making a Lawn Mower Choice

In the battle of robotic vs. traditional lawn mowers, the choice ultimately depends on your priorities and preferences. Husqvarna’s robotic lawn mowers, with their durability, efficiency, and eco-friendly operation, present a compelling option for you if you desire a more convenient approach to lawn care. They can be a great alternative to professional mowing services as well and save you money in the long run.

Because of their advanced technology and effective mowing techniques, we at Green Team have partnered with Husqvarna to sell, install, and service their Automowers. We’d love an opportunity to share with you how they work and if they might be a good fit for your residential or commercial property.

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