Getting the Robot Zoo Wombat Lawn Mower Ready For Summer
This checklist has all the boxes to tick for getting the Robot Zoo Wombat lawn mower ready for summer.
- Check the Charging Station
- Check the Virtual Boundary Wire
- Check the Control Panel And Display
With spring just around the corner, we’re getting the Robot Zoo Wombat lawn mower ready for summer. Winter has been cold and dry, with little growth to the grass, and sitting in their charging stations, conserving their energies have been our Wombat and Wombat Joey mowers.
Things are stirring, and we can now see the the Robot Zoo Wombat lawn mower ready for summer, ready for some spinning around. There’s just a bit of preparation to do:
Check the Charging Station
- Is the Home Button working?
After properly connecting everything, pressing the Home Button will automatically return the mower to its charging station.
- Is the Charging Light working?
After properly connecting everything, when the mower is charging, the Charging Light will be red. When the mower is fully charged it will be green.
- Is the Virtual Wire Light working?
After properly connecting everything, and if the virtual wire is cut, the Virtual Wire Light will be red. Otherwise it will be colourless.
- Is the DC Power Terminal plugged in?
Is the power supply DC plug screwed in to the charging station? Is the power supply plugged into the wall? Is the power switched on?
- Are the Virtual Wire terminals connected?
The Red terminal is positive (+). the Black terminal is negative (-). It’s also important to run the virtual wire properly around the Charging Station.
- Are the Charging Station Heads screwed in properly?
The Charging Station heads are what transfer charge to the mower. They need to be connected properly.
- Are the Charging Station Pegs holding down the station?
The Charging Station Pegs hold the station firm on the lawn surface. It is important that the Charging station does not move around.
Check the Virtual Boundary Wire
The virtual boundary wire should be laid (or buried) with a spacing of around 40cm from the edge of the lawn (see the diagram below). This is to allow the mower to automatically follow the boundary wire back to the charging station when it needs to recharge.
On first installation, it’s recommended to peg the boundary wire on top of the grass, using the Virtual Boundary Wire Pegs. This is to get the distances right between the edge and the wire. Once happy with the distances, the Virtual Boundary wire can be buried, using an edge cutter to score a groove in the lawn surface.
- Is the wire lifting above the lawn?
Be sure that the wire doesn’t lift so high that it can be cut by the mower blades . Peg it down using the wire pegs (pictured). Or consider burying the wire under the lawn surface.
- Is the wire cut or broken?
Maybe the mower has already cut the wire. In this case, simply use the wire joiners to reconnect the broken ends, and then insulate with electrical tape.
Check the Control Panel And Display
The Robot Mower Control Panel has a number of useful buttons (see the image below):
- Auto Mode Control
Activates the mower in automatic mode.
- Control Panel Display
Displays the current settings of the mower.
- Emergency Stop Button
Stops and turns off mower when pressed.
- Menu Forward Button
Move to next option on the menu.
- Menu Select Button
Select the current option on the menu.
- Menu Back Button
Move to previous option on the menu.
- Rain Sensors
Detect the presence of rain.
- Home Button
Activates the mower in ‘home’ mode.
The Control Panel Display shows a number of symbols:
A. Charging Station Symbol
Indicates Charging Station On
B. Working Schedule Symbol
Indicates Schedule on/off
C. Rain Sensor Symbol
Indicates rain sensors on/off
Electronic compass helps mower to go straight on inclines
E. Line Symbol
When Schedule feature is used, the mower will do one lap of the perimeter
G. Pressure Sensor
Indicates if (downward) Pressure Sensor activated
H. Touch Sensor
Indicates if (handle) Touch Sensor activated
I. Auto Mode
Indicates if in Auto mode
J. Battery Voltage
Indicates current voltage
K. Month / Year
Date display MM / YY
L. Day of Week
Indicates day of week
Time display hh:mm
If you would like to see a comparison of the Robot Zoo mowers with other models from Husqvarna, Landroid, Worx and RoboMow, see our blog on Robot Mower Reviews.