Want to know more about the RobotZoo Wombat Joey?
The RobotZoo Wombat II lawn mower and Wombat Joey robot mower are here! They represent the culmination of more than 10 years of research and development. An impressive array of safety, control and sensory features is the result of four generations of evolution. And the design is beautiful, if you like Wombats!
Buffalo grass is is tough, but the RobotZoo Wombats are tougher. The mowers will eat buffalo grass for breakfast, tea and dinner. Sloping lawns are not an issue. The mowers will easily manage slopes of 30 degrees or more. A safety feature will shut off the motor when at an angle of 50 degrees, to avoid the risk of the mower tipping over.
What’s so special about the RobotZoo Wombat Joey robot mower?
The RobotZoo Wombat Joey looks a lot like the RobotZoo Wombat II, but smaller. It has a narrower 21 cm cutting width, and three cutting blades instead of four. But it has the same 6.6 Ah battery.
The RobotZoo Wombat Joey is recommended for areas up to 1800 square metres or so. It will operate for 2-3 hours on full battery, covering around 600 square metres, before it has to go back to recharge, which takes less than 2 hours.
What do the RobotZoo Wombat Joey & RobotZoo Wombat II robot mower have in common?
When presented with an obstacle, or the boundary wire, both mowers have virtual wire sensors and bump sensors (side & front) to help them change course. Each has a rain sensor will stop the mower if it showers, to make the mower return automatically to its charging station until the rain stops. Both mowers have a gyro compass that help them maintain a steady line (especially on hills). Both mowers can be controlled using the smartphone WiFi App. Also, both mowers have lift sensors, tilt sensors, touch sensors, pressure sensors, and an emergency stop switch as safety features that will shut off the device when activated. Finally, both have the anti-theft password control feature.
What do you need to know about robot mower safety?
Safety is a very important consideration when choosing a robotic lawn mower. Especially since these are electrical devices that operate outdoors, have fast moving parts, with sharp blades, and they are moving about autonomously.
The strength of their safety features is why we chose to include the Wombat II & Wombat Joey into the RobotZoo family.
The AC Adapter or transformer is all important. It must comply with Australian standards, carry the RCM mark, and include the standard 3 pin Australian wall plug. RobotZoo is very careful about this point. Heavy fines and jail sentences apply to anyone selling electrical equipment in Australia that is non-compliant with Australian electrical safety standards. And so they should.
Many suppliers, particularly on Ebay, Amazon or Alibaba will ignore these points, either wilfully or out of ignorance. Especially those overseas suppliers selling online who are out of reach of Australian law. There is no protection for Australian consumers who try to save a few dollars buying from these overseas suppliers. And your insurance may be impacted if your electrical equipment is not compliant. So buyers beware!
RobotZoo is very impressed by the safety features designed into the Wombat series of lawn mowers. These features have evolved over many years servicing Europe and meeting the stringent standards set there. There’s an array of sensors that will shut down the device when activated: pressure; lift; tilt, and; touch.
The red emergency stop button is also the highly visible and easily accessible.
A boundary wire is laid out around the cutting area to confine the mowers’ operation. If they step one foot out of this area, they will turn around. If the boundary wire is cut, or the power is interrupted, the mower will stop.
The RobotZoo Wombat II and Wombat Joey are excellent when it comes to this. It’s what convinced us to include them. The cutting blades are not a fixed rotor, which is important. The blades are small pivoting blades (check the pictures) set around the circumference of the central rotor disk that spin freely. This means that when they hit a hard object they will bounce back rather than plough through. Also, there is a skirting guard underneath the mower to prevent objects from probing.