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Hate cutting the grass? Robomow makes yard work a breezeThe Robomow RS612 is a $1,600 robot lawnmower that automatically cuts your grass. But you still have to put in a little bit of work to maintain the perfect lawn.
[MUSIC] Let's take a moment to get real about lawn care. Mowing the yard sucks. It takes a lot of time and energy, and here in the Ohio Valley. High temperatures, and even higher humidity make mowing the yard a chore. A company called Robomow aims to make cutting your yard a little bit easier with its line of battery powered connected robot lawn mowers. I've spent the past few weeks testing the Robomow RS612, and I'm not gonna lie, it's made cutting the grass super simple. But you still have to pitch in every now and then. And the product, it isn't perfect. To get started with the Robomow, you have to install perimeter wire around your lawn to tell the Robomow where it can and cannot cut. Then it needs to charge in its space station before it can get to work cutting your lawn. The Robomo works best as a lawn maintainer especially when it's in automatic operation mode. But you can change the settings in the Robomo's connected Ap which uses bluetooth to control the RoboMow. You can also use the ap to remote control the RoboMow, which is great if you have areas of grass that just need a little cut, but you don't wanna set up a whole perimeter wire around it. And the RoboMow is really responsive the the ap's directions when you tell it to. Move back and forth and left to right. However it's not all sitting back and lounging with the Robomow. You still have to put in a little work. You still need a weed whacker to get the edges of your yard and spots that are close to your house or other big, obtrusive obstacles. And because you can't use a hose or a power washer to clean the undercarriage of the Robo Mow, you still have to keep a stick handy to clear the debris and cut grass from the Robo Mow's wheels and blades. And the app, though it's really When it's in range doesn't work if the Robomo is too far away. Overall the Robomo is a good product that does exactly what it says. But I can't ignore the fact that it costs $1,600 to get the automatic grass cutting, especially when you can hire somebody for a lot less than that. But if you wanna cut out the middle man And relax a little bit more during the summer. Start saving up your money for a Robomow of your own. [MUSIC]