Features for Robomow RS612
Accessories for Robomow RS612
Pack of 50 pegs
Pack containing 50 pegs to be used for larger lawns and additional zones. (For all Robomow models)
Perimeter Wire (150 meters)
Peg this Perimeter Wire around your lawn and let Robomow do the rest. For larger lawns and additional zones. (For all Robomow models)
Repair connectors for perimeter wire (pack of 10)
Bag of 10 wire repair connectors, to be used for repairing or splicing wires, as needed. (For all Robomow models)'
Perimeter Switch with Stake
Convenient Perimeter Switch Ð enables you to have a switch for each zone rather than moving it from one zone to another. (For all other Robomow models)
Battery pack for Perimeter Switch
If an electrical outlet is not accessible, use this battery pack to operate your Perimeter Switch.
Base Station Accessory Kit for RS/TS/MS
Add a Base Station to those models that come without a Base.
2 Blades kit for RS/TS/MS
Keep a spare blade set on hand. Sharp blades are important for safety and for good cutting performance. It is recommended to replace both blades once a year. (For RS/TS/MS).
Battery for TS/MS/RS612/RS622 (4.6Ah)
Perimeter Wire Break Detector
find the break in your wire faster and easier with this Wire break detector
Remote Control for RS/TS/MS/RM/City100/110/Tuscania 200/500
For easy transport between plots and manual mowing in very small areas.
Detect wire break
Set up narrow path
Splice the perimeter wire
Replace drive wheel
Replace mowing motor
Replace drive wheel and motor
Replace drive motor
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RS612 Robomow with Base Station including: 2 Blades,
800 feet Perimeter Wire,
65 feet extension cable,
Quick Start Guide,
26V Lithium (LiFePO4) battery,
6 Metel pegs for the Base Station,
How Does a Robomow® Lawnmower Work?
A fully automatic mower for the home owner!
Follow the easy lawn mower set up instructions below and let Robomow® do the work for you – lawn care made easy!
1. Peg wire around the edge of the lawn
Robomow® mowers require a one-time, simple set-up, which can be easily done by anyone. A wire is laid around the outer edges of the lawn, and attached to the surface of the lawn with pegs every few feet. The wire and pegs are supplied with the Robomow®. The wire is connected to the Base Station or to a small battery powered current source called Perimeter Switch (supplied in the box of models that do not have a Base Station). Typically the wire will be covered by grass and become unnoticeable in a matter of 2-3 weeks. Robomow®recognizes the wire using a special sensor, and makes sure it always stays inside the designated area. Find out more about perimeter wires, peg packs and other lawnmower accessories.
2. It mows. You don’t!
How does Robomow® cut the grass? It features a battery powered, powerful cutting system equivalent to a 5.5 HP petrol mower. Robomow® is a dedicated mulching mower that mulches better than a traditional mower. Grass is cut into very small clippings that are buried in the roots of the lawn, where they decompose and act like a natural fertilizer. This results in a healthier and better-looking lawn, and eliminates the need to collect and remove the clippings.
To find out which Robomow® model is best suited to your lawn, browse through our lawn mower models and choose the one that best fits your needs.
Why Traditional Way of Mowing the Lawn Is Bad for You
Under current standards, in an hour a push mower will produce the same HC+NOx as a car driven 257 miles, and the same CO as one car driven 401 miles. To put it another way, assuming a car averages 40 miles per hour, a push mower produces more HC+NOx than six cars and the same CO as 10 cars.
Big deal, you say. I run my lawn mower 20 minutes a week. How much damage could I be doing?
When you cut the grass, you are in close proximity to the fumes emitted by these mowers and are breathing in dangerous gases which are known to be carcinogenic.
Looking at the big picture, we realize mower emissions are only the beginning of what’s wrong with American lawn care.
Americans burn more than 600 million gallons of gas a year cutting the grass. Hell, the EPA estimates at least 17 million gallons of
gasoline are spilled annually just filling lawn mowers.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 86,000 injuries involving lawn mowers required a trip to the emergency room; in 6,400 of these cases the victim died or wound up hospitalized.
The dangers involved in cutting the grass
The lawn is seen by many as a mundane task that is often avoided until the garden has become a wilderness. Not only that new research has shown that cutting the grass could actually be damaging to your health.
Ride-on mowers are also extremely dangerous as hands and feet can get caught in the blades whilst sitting, leading to extreme injury. There have also been several instances of people falling off their mowers, resulting in severe bruises and sprains.
Using manual lawnmowers cuts the risk of toxic chemicals and falls, but can cause other problems. Pushing a lawnmower can add strain to your back as you lean forward, adding 11 pounds of weight to your lower back.
Even electric mowers are not without their risks. Common injuries include electric shocks and trips and accidents relating to the trailing cables of an electric mower or extension lead.
How to combat the dangers of mowing the lawn
There are several ways to maintain your garden without the risk of injury:
- Stretch before cutting the grass and try to maintain good posture whilst mowing the lawn.
- Never pull your lawnmower – only push it.
- Check your lawnmower regularly and think about having it serviced in the spring.
- Turn off the engine when moving the mower or when leaving it unattended.
- Cut the grass more regularly to prevent grass build-up under the mower and to reduce the risk of hidden stones or sticks.
- Consider getting a robotic mower. Robotic lawnmowers cut the grass for you, eliminating the risk of injury as you are nowhere near the mower whilst it is working. Using a robotic mower also allows you to spend your time how you want to, without having to mow the lawn.
Grass allergy is a common affliction which occurs throughout spring and summer.
Being allergic to grass is often mistaken for hay fever because the symptoms are very similar.
Grass allergy can also occur in a way similar to asthma.
Causes of grass allergy
If you suffer from grass allergy, your body cannot tolerate a certain amount of allergen, resulting in inflammation of the mucous membrane in the nasal passages. The most common allergen or substance that triggers grass allergy is pollen, microscopic grains from the male part of a flower. Pollen grains are so tiny and light that they can stick to the feet of butterflies, which is why they are rife in the air, especially during spring and summer when trees, flowers and plants pollinate.
If pollen grains are inhaled, they release protein when they come into contact with a moist surface. These proteins often bind with antibodies on the cell lining of the nasal passageways, resulting in the release of a substance known as histamine. Histamine causes the swelling and constriction of the nasal passageways thus making it hard for someone with a grass allergy to breathe.
Symptoms of grass allergy
The first sign of an allergic reaction to grass is usually breathing trouble, such as a dry cough which is often accompanied by a
sore throat. Breathing difficulties occur because the air passages are narrowed or constricted as a result of the body’s defense
mechanism against grass pollen. Although uncomfortable, as it is the body’s defense mechanism, it is not dangerous.
Grass allergies also have similar symptoms to hay fever, including sneezing, runny nose, itching of the skin, watery eyes and headache. On rare occasions the sufferer may develop a fever. If fever is detected, consult your doctor immediately, as fevers indicate the presence of a viral or bacterial infection in the body and should be treated immediately.
Treatment and prevention of grass allergy
The most effective treatment for grass allergy is to avoid the allergens (usually grass pollen). It is impossible to avoid grass pollens completely, but you can limit your exposure to reduce the symptoms of grass allergies.
How to control grass allergy without missing spring and summer:
- If you are really allergic to grass pollens, stay indoors as much as possible particularly in early morning and late afternoon.
- Try to keep the windows of your home shut and consider installing air conditioning.
- Speak to your doctor about medication. Anti-histamines are a common treatment for grass allergy and there are also injections to relieve and soothe symptoms.
- When gardening, moisten potting soil before use to avoid spores.
- After gardening, always wash your hands completely and take a hot shower to eliminate any grass pollens on your body.
- Always keep your grass lawn cut short. If you have a grass lawn, avoid doing the mowing or wear a mask that is designed to filter pollen.
- Consider getting a robotic mower. These clever robotic lawnmowers mow the lawn so you don’t have to, reducing the chance of allergic reaction and saving you time.
The Truth about GrassCycling and Mulching
To most people, the idea of leaving loose grass clippings on the lawn after mowing means an unsightly garden or, even worse, a garden prone to thatch. However the loose clippings which result from GrassCycling (or mulching) are entirely unrelated to thatch. In fact, a mower optimized for GrassCycling is likely to eliminate any thatch already present.
Thatch is a layer of dead and living shoots, stems and roots, woven tightly together between the green blades of your lawn and its soil surface. This organic matter is high in lignin – a chemical that is resistant to microbial breakdown and is very difficult to get rid of! Thatch is caused by too much lawn growth – the grass roots and stems remain dead on the lawn surface and don’t decompose quickly enough.
This can be compared to a bucket with a hole in it, from which water slowly drips. If you continue to fill the bucket, the water can’t escape quickly enough and will eventually spill out over the rim. In the case of your lawn, heightened growth and restricted ability to decompose result in a layer of stems and shoots that, if left in place, will continue to restrict the growth of fresh new grass.
Whilst thatch can occur if lawns are cut with lawnmowers too much or too often, the key issue is not the blades of grass, but the roots themselves. A major cause of thatch is soil with a pH above 7.2 or below 6, or soil which is particularly heavy or salty. It has also been found that the use of powerful fungicides is a significant factor in thatch development as a result of their damaging effect on soil microbes and earthworms, which are both vital in the decomposition process.
Once thatch has taken hold, the problems for your lawn are far more than cosmetic. Thatch is a layer that actively sheds its water, creating dry spots in the soil that stop the plant from getting vital nutrients. At the same time fertilizer movement is restricted by the tight ‘net’ of thatch, making the purchase of expensive lawn equipment a fruitless pursuit. Finally – again as a result of its tightly woven nature – thatch is an ideal home for insects which will consume or irrevocably damage your lawn, leaving you with a garden that’s dry, yellow and uneven, difficult to cut with any lawnmower and, ultimately, unattractive.
GrassCycling does not contribute to thatch. Research shows that grass roots are the primary cause of the problem, not leaves or loose clippings. The small cuttings produced by a GrassCycling mower are extremely high in water – as much as 85 per cent – and contain only small amounts of lignin, the substance that restricts the decomposition of roots, stems and crowns.
In fact, if thatch is a constant worry, evenly distributing loose grass cuttings across your lawn can be beneficial. These lawn clippings are not only high in water, but also release nitrogen and other beneficial nutrients when they decompose. Whilst these substances can’t compensate for years of over fertilization and watering that cause thatch to occur, they can help struggling roots receive everything they need in order to flourish. Over time these grass clippings can help you reduce the thatch content of your lawn to a moderate level. If the thatch layer is less than a quarter of an inch thick, it acts like a shock absorber – instead of restricting the passage of air and fluid to and from the roots, it makes your lawn more resilient and your soil less likely to become compacted.
In conclusion, thatch can be a significant problem in lawn maintenance and should be carefully treated before it gets out of hand. However, providing that your layer of thatch is within reasonable limits, incorporating grass mulching into your garden maintenance can help to prevent future occurrences of thatch.