If you pay to have your lawn mowed now, the good news is that – if you buy a robot lawn mower – eventually it will pay for itself. Use our breakeven calculator to determine how long it will take exactly. But in most cases it will be about one summer.
And if you currently mow your grass yourself, buying a robot mower means:
- you don’t have to buy gas
- you don’t have to buy oil
- you don’t have to change the oil
- you don’t have to keep a can of gas in the garage
- you don’t have to put stabilizer in the gas to keep in from going bad over the winter
- you don’t have to change the sparkplug
- you don’t have to sharpen the blades
- you don’t have to change the air filter
- you don’t have to change the fuel filter
- oh, and, you don’t have to mow the grass!
The downsides of buying a robot mower are:
- Of course you do have to buy the robot mower. But if you need to buy a mower anyway, robot mowers (some models) are not that much more expensive. Their cost is coming down all the time. Several models are way less than $1000 now.
- You have to install the perimeter wire and setup the mower. But installation is included on the more expensive models. Or you can pay to have the perimeter wire installed, which is not very expensive. Or you can do it yourself, which take several hours, but you only have to do it once.
- The only robot mower maintenance that needs to be performed is replacing the blades. This is a 5 minute job that needs to be done every two to three months.