All articles tagged as: husqvarna

Husqvarna Automower Challenge - Communication

For a bit of background on this see my first post on this. But, in summary, I am a participant in the automower challenge. Automower Connect The larger Automowers (430X, 450X) support a smartphone app called "Automower Connect" which allow you to configure and control the mower from your iPhone. Unlike some competing products, this doesn’t use WiFi. This is a good thing as the range of a typical home WiFi router would mean that in some parts of larger garden it would be unable to communicate. Instead the mower itself has a built-in SIM card and functions like a mobile phone. The SIM…

Read more »

Husqvarna Automower Challenge - Navigation

For a bit of background on this see my first post on this. But, in summary, I am a participant in the automower challenge. GPS Assisted Navigation The Automower Connect app shows a map view under the "Geofence" tab that shows where the Automower has been, and a heat map showing areas concentrated on. This view is rather simplistic, so I put a GPS receiver on top of the Automower for a couple of hours, and plotted the following; As you can see it does cover pretty much the whole garden, and the next time it goes out, it takes a different route, covering the bits it missed last time.…

Read more »

Husqvarna Automower Challenge - 1 week on

For a bit of background on this see my first post on this. But, in summary, I am a participant in the automower challenge. A week away I've been away for the last week, with Little Shop of Horrors and Audrey II (who the Automower would be no match for I'm sure ;)) Rather unusually for the North of Scotland we've had some really good weather lately (the high today was 26ºC) and a little rainfall earlier in the week - so the grass has grown well. Automower Connect Or, keeping in touch with my lawnmower (there's a sentence I never thought I'd type!) Because the Automower is new, and I was concern…

Read more »

Husqvarna Automower Challenge - Day 1

For a bit of background on this see my first post on this. But, in summary, I am a participant in the automower challenge. Day 1 It's here! Many of the other participants have posted 'unboxing' videos or reviews. Mine was professionally installed by Chris of MacGregor Groundcare, so he unboxed it... therefore I have this... There, Done. First Impressions First impressions of the physical unit are very positive. The 450X Automower® is well designed and feels robust, as does the charging station (which is good, as it does ram it at a reasonable speed regularly!) One minor irritation in the desi…

Read more »

Husqvarna Automower Challenge - Day 0

I'm not a gardener, nor do I pretend to be, but I do like cool technology and when I saw the Husqvarna Automower® I was intrigued. When they accepted me to take part in the automower challenge I was somewhat surprised; I guess I'm not the normal target market for these things but what is, effectively, a grass-cutting robot is right up my street. Day 0 I can't really call this Day 1, as I don't have the Automower® yet. Today someone from my local Husqvarna dealer, MacGregor Groundcare, came out to survey 'my garden' (and entertain the dog!), which I expect was selected as one of the larger spa…

Read more »