Want to know more about the RobotZoo Wombat?
The RobotZoo Wombat lawn mower and Wombat Joey lawn mower are here! They represent the culmination of more than 10 years of research and development. Four generations of evolution has produced an impressive array of safety, control and sensory features. These are packaged into a sleek design that does justice to the awesome capabilities of these mowers.
Buffalo grass is is tough, but the RobotZoo Wombat & Wombat Joey 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 special about the RobotZoo Wombat lawn mower?
The RobotZoo Wombat and the RobotZoo Wombat Joey might look the same. But there are some key differences apart from mere size. The RobotZoo Wombat has dual front caster wheels instead of just one, a wider 28 cm cutting width, and four cutting blades instead of three. It also has a more powerful 6.6 Ah battery. This allows it to stay out longer and cover bigger areas before recharging.
The RobotZoo Wombat is recommended for large areas, up to 3000 square metres. It will operate for 2-3 hours on full battery, covering around 800 square metres, before it has to go back to recharge, which takes less than 3 hours.
What do the RobotZoo Wombat & RobotZoo Wombat Joey have in common?
Both mowers have virtual wire sensors and bump sensors (side & front) to help them change course when presented with an obstacle, or the boundary wire. 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 move along to new areas. 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 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 include the Wombat & Wombat Joey in 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. 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. There’s also the highly visible and easily accessible red emergency stop button.
The RobotZoo Wombats are confined to operate within the boundary wire that is laid out around the cutting area. 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.
This is what is most impressive about the RobotZoo Wombat and Wombat Joey mowers. Some other mowers have a fixed rotor spinning at high RPM, which will chop through anything that is hard or soft. Importantly, with the RobotZoo Wombat and Wombat Joey mowers, the cutting blades are not a fixed rotor. The blades are small non-fixed blades that freely spin on the circumference of the central rotor disk (check the pictures). This means that when they hit a hard object they will bounce back rather than plough through it. Also, there is a skirting guard underneath the mower to prevent probing objects from getting to the blades.