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Guide to Maintaining Your Robotic Lawn Mower

Like all landscaping and gardening equipment, regular maintenance ensures that your robotic lawn mower operates at optimum performance and lasts as long as possible. However, compared to a conventional lawn mower, keeping your robotic lawn mower in top shape may be easier than you think. Here we’ll take you through some robotic lawn mower maintenance […]

Like all landscaping and gardening equipment, regular maintenance ensures that your robotic lawn mower operates at optimum performance and lasts as long as possible. However, compared to a conventional lawn mower, keeping your robotic lawn mower in top shape may be easier than you think.

Here we’ll take you through some robotic lawn mower maintenance tips to help you get the most from your time-saving robotic mower.

Why is it important to maintain robotic mowers?

Efficiency and longevity – the two most important reasons why regular maintenance of your robotic lawn mower is crucial.

During mowing season, your robotic mower will be pushed to the limit with constant cutting to keep your lawn under control. Therefore, there are a few key areas to monitor that will help your mower function to its maximum capacity and reduce the risk of damage or poor operation.

Blades

Blades that have lost their sharpness will greatly impact your mower’s ability to cut your lawn. Rather than slicing through your grass, a blunt blade will rip or shred your lawn and cause the damaged grass to yellow.

Wheels

If left unattended, an accumulation of grass clippings, leaves, and general dirt can build up on your mower’s wheels. This can cause your robotic mower to lose its grip on the surface of your lawn and risks your mower becoming unable to traverse inclines or losing control on sloped ground.

Body

Overall, the outer casing of your robotic mower will deteriorate if care isn’t taken to keep it clean and free of debris. A dirty exterior can decrease the mower’s efficient running, leading to a higher rate of energy consumption and a louder volume while in operation.

Chassis

The chassis of your robotic mower should be kept clear of dirt, especially around the axle. A dirty chassis can significantly reduce the operational capacity of your mower by slowing down the movement of the machine and reducing its area output. In addition to debris around the body, this can also cause the mower to consume more energy and become noisier.

Sensors

Dirt or grass clippings that block your robotic lawn mower’s sensors will cause it to malfunction. Since the sensors are designed to direct the movement of your machine and avoid obstacles, if covered in debris, they may trigger when no barrier or obstruction exists or will not trigger when they should.

Contact points

Should the charging points on your robotic lawn mower be left unclean, the battery can take longer to charge between uses. Without proper care, these charging contacts can ultimately corrode and may stop working altogether.

Above all else, maintaining your robotic lawn mower is the best way to ensure your machine can endure the rigours of regular lawn maintenance.

Is it important to also maintain my yard?

When it comes to lawn care, there are a few critical reasons why sticking to a routine can help you in the overall maintenance of your yard:

  • Tall grass can be difficult for your mower to negotiate and cut. 
  • Long, thick grass can increase the rate of wear on your mower’s blades.
  • Overgrown grass can block the sun and cause your lawn to die off from below.
  • Consistent mowing encourages consistent growth leading to a healthier lawn.
  • When your grass is long, removing too much off the top of your lawn can cause it to deteriorate.
  • An unhealthy lawn is more vulnerable to pests and weeds.

It’s also vital to keep your base station clean and clear of debris. Ultimately, keeping on top of your yard and base station maintenance will help your lawn thrive, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of a lush, healthy outdoor area all year round.

How much maintenance does an Ambrogio robot mower need?

Overall, much less maintenance is required for a robot mower than for a petrol engine mower. The recommended frequency of maintenance varies between the different parts of your robotic mower.

Below is a guide to how often and the type of maintenance your Ambrogio mower requires for each component.

Blade

Weekly maintenance.

Clean and check the blade for structural damage or bluntness. A dulled blade on a robot mower can easily be resharpened to extend its life. If it is bent, it can be straightened although you’ll have to make sure it’s even. This is in stark contrast to other mowers where you have to get them replaced.

Sensors

Weekly maintenance.

Check the sensors for obstructions and clear away any grass or dirt. If you detect any damage, we recommend a full service at an authorised repair centre. In case of irreparable damage, new sensors will be outftted.

Chassis

Monthly maintenance.

The entirety of the robotic mower, especially the chassis, should be cleaned to remove any excess grass, dirt, or obstruction.

Robot

Annual maintenance.

Once a year, either when the mowing season ends or at the start of the season, your robotic lawn mower should be serviced by an authorised service provider. This is important to detect any issues preemptively, particularly the waterproofing seals.

How do I clean the Ambrogio robot mower?

There are a number of things you should know about your Ambrogio robot mower to ensure you take full advantage of the machine’s many benefits. How to clean your robotic mower is definitely top of the list when it comes to keeping your mower running smoothly.

Cleaning should be undertaken monthly as a matter of routine, perhaps even more frequently during the wetter months. To ensure your robotic mower remains functional at all times, consider the following steps when cleaning your machine:

  1. Wear protective gloves to avoid injury.
  2. Turn the power off to the blades.
  3. Place the mower upside down on a soft, non-scratch surface.
  4. Using a coarse brush, remove any grass cuttings, dirt deposits, or debris from the underside of the machine.
  5. If required, use the nozzle of a vacuum cleaner to pick up any loose detritus.
  6. Turn the mower upright again.
  7. Using a damp cloth or sponge, wipe the body of the mower with warm water. If necessary, you can use a very mild detergent on tougher spots. Make sure to wring out the cloth or sponge well before using it on the machine.

Also note that there’s a section of the user manual dedicated to this subject.

Do I clean my robot with a hose or pressure cleaner?

Under no circumstances should you use a garden hose or pressure cleaner to clean your robotic mower. The machine comprises of sensitive electrical components that can be damaged by excess water or by pressurised water flow directed at the mower. Similarly, never immerse your mower in water as the machine isn’t watertight. It may cause irreversible damage to the electronics.

The best method when considering how to clean lawn mower blades and other parts of your robotic lawn mower is covered in the previous section. The steps outlined above detail the process and the appropriate tools you should use to keep your mower clean while avoiding damage.

Checking and replacing the blade

Blades are the backbone of your mower. Without sharp, efficient blades, you may actually be damaging the health of your lawn instead. Therefore, it’s extremely important that you check your robotic mower blades weekly for signs of damage (scratches or dents) or blunt edges.

There’s some debate about the most efficient and healthiest method of cutting grass – using razor blades or solid bar blades. However, to bridge this divide, Ambrogio robotic mowers have combined the best of both worlds, harnessing the cutting efficiency of a razor blade with the durability and versatility of a bar blade.

A major benefit of bar blades is their longevity and ability to sharpen and repair without needing to be replaced. Rather than replacing it as soon as there’s an issue, the blade can be straightened using a vice and a set of pliers. It’s important to straighten it evenly on all sides, as any imbalance can cause motors to fail. Similarly, if the blade is dulled, it can easily be sharpened using a blade sharpening tool, or an angled flap disc on a grinder.

When replacing the blade in your robotic mower, it’s important that you use the blade recommended by the manufacturer. Your user manual will provide you with precise instructions on how to change the blade according to the model of robotic mower you have. However, here are the basic steps involved in the process:

  1. Ensure the power to the mower is switched off.
  2. Turn the robot onto its back and place it gently on a soft, non-scratch surface.
  3. Using a screwdriver, loosen the screws holding the blade in place.
  4. Clean off any build-up of dirt or remove any loose debris underneath where the new blade will sit.
  5. Carefully insert a new blade and replace the screws, applying a small amount of loc-tite to each screw.
  6. Tighten the screws until they meet resistance, but make sure not to overtighten them.
  7. Ensure the blade is able to rotate freely.
  8. Turn the robotic lawn mower back over to its operating position.

Safety precautions should be taken when completing this procedure, so make sure you’re wearing protective gloves to prevent the sharp blade from cutting your hands.

Do I need to complete my yearly service? What is covered in this service?

Your annual robotic lawn mower service is vital to the health and durability of your machine. It’s recommended that your machine be serviced at an authorised service centre at least once a year to ensure all parts of your mower function effectively and any damage is dealt with appropriately.

Listed below are the major areas that your yearly service will focus on.

Intensive cleaning

This involves opening up the robot and cleaning out the electronics inside to remove any existing debris, dirt, or grass clippings from sensitive areas.

Blade maintenance

The integrity of the blade will be checked for any signs of wear, damage, scratches, or dents, along with the sharpness of the blade.

Testing of sensors

All sensors and safety systems will be checked and tested to ensure they are functioning correctly.

Software updates

Periodically, the software component of your robotic lawn mower will require an update. This dictates the features and functions offered by your mower.

Full internal inspection

This part of the inspection ensures all moving parts are operating as designed and includes testing the remaining life of your mower’s battery. This is an important factor, as once the maximum charge capacity falls below 75%, it’s recommended that you replace the battery.

Most importantly, robotic lawn mower servicing will ensure that your mower is operating at peak capacity and ‘ready to roll’ when needed.

What are ‘wear parts’?

‘Wear parts’ are the components of your mower that are likely to wear out with repetitive use and will require periodic repair or replacement over time. Unlike traditional mowers with multiple parts requiring regular replacement, such as oil, filters, and belts, robotic lawn mowers feature only three parts that need attention; the blade, the wheels,  and, eventually, the battery.

So, if you’re considering to buy a robotic lawn mower, you’re saving money in the long run. When combined with the other significant benefits of owning a robotic mower, having to spend less on replacement parts means the cost of running your mower is less than a fuel-based lawn mower.

Can my robot work in the rain/wet?

This will come down to the model of robotic lawn mower you have, however, most offer functionality even in the rain. When allowing your mower to operate when it’s wet, it should be noted that as well as attracting a significant amount of dirt, it can actually be damaging to cut your lawn while it’s wet.

To avoid this, the Ambrogio robot mower has specially designed rain sensors that, once activated, detect the presence of rain and will return to the charging station automatically. These sensors are completely adjustable, on or off, or a delay work function with adjustable times of delay.

With our continuous effort to provide the best mowers for all kinds of lawns, we have gained 40 years of expertise in this field. We offer the city’s safest mower with an eco-friendly system that makes your work faster and more efficient. We also help you measure your lawn, choose the best robot mower, set up perimeter wire across the lawn and set up a base station for your mower to recharge. Allow us to serve you with our product. Book a demo right now, or contact us at 1800577484, and we’ll be in touch soon after.

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