HUSQVARNA AUTOMOWER 305
Husqvarna, $1999 husqvarna.com/au/ ★★★
HUMANS do not yet commute by spaceship, fridges do not restock themselves and hoverboards have yet to arrive in toy shops. The future, it seems, is not all that Hollywood promised.
But advances are being made on the robot housekeeper front. Hot on the heels of the robotic vacuum cleaner comes another handy item – a robotic lawnmower. Yes, why hire a mowing service when you can employ a robot to do your bidding?
Husqvarna has produced robotic grasseaters since 1995 and the Automower 305 is part of its third generation. This model is designed for small backyards, as it only mows up to 500sq m of lawn. Mercifully, this also makes it small enough to carry around at just 7kg. Sitting back and watching a robot complete your gardening chores certainly seems like a dream, but the reality is far more involved . . . at least initially.
You cannot simply drop this device on your lawn and sit back. It requires plenty of preparation and a thorough read of the manual.
Robot mowers, you see, must have a power source — that’s why you must install a charging station, a grey plastic platform with workings encased at its rear that connect to the Automower’s battery.
As the robot returns and docks to this station autonomously, Husqvarna recommends for efficient charging it is installed with at least 3m of space around it, on flat ground and in shade, if possible.
Naturally, it must also be connected to a power point.
But if you can put in the time — and afford its sizeable price— it is well-equipped to handle at least one tiresome household chore.