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Robot Mower Debuts In Denmark
FARM SHOW was the first magazine in North America to report on robot mowers when the first one was invented 6 years ago in Belgium (Vol. 17, No. 3). We reported on them again a few years later when the Louisiana-based Poulan Weed Eater licensed the robot for the U.S. market (Vol. 18, No. 1).
  We spotted this latest new robot mower at the Agromek in Denmark. And the first question that came to mind was: Why don't we see these mowers in every back yard?
  The reason seems to be a combination of price and timing. People aren't quite ready for something so radical and the price of about $2,000 is enough to stop people from taking a risk on new technology.
  The new "Robomow" is similar to other earlier machines. It weighs about 120 lbs. and is about 14 in. high and 43 in. long. The electric-powered mower automatically works its way around obstacles. If the yard is not fenced in, the owner buries a wire to set up a perimeter. The mower first works its way around the perimeter of the yard, and then works back and forth across it. It senses the height of the grass and cuts only when necessary.
  When it's done cutting, or if it runs low on power, it plugs itself back into a charger unit.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Texas Robomow, Knullen 2, 5260 Odense S, Denmark (ph 011 45 6395 5555; fax 011 45 6395 5558; Website: www.texas.dk.

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