Of course we love cars, but sometimes we like to feature other things with wheels, which will quite frankly make your life a lot easier. We are testing out the McCulloch R600 – 18V Cordless Robotic Lawn Mower.
We will update you over time with the progress of what it is like to live with a robotic mower and also find out if it is as good as the dream sounds. For now, if you have ever wondered what it is like to set up one of these machines, here is our initial setup.
As far as garden robots go, I was expecting a huge box with lots of different things to put together. However, I was wrong. The box was relatively small and it only took me a few minutes to unbox the mower.
Find A Suitable Place For The Base Station
The mower uses a charging base as it’s home so you need to find a flat bit of ground that has a power socket available within about 10 meters. Once you know where you base is going to be, you can start from there.
Next up you need to lay down the boundary wire so that the mower knows where it should and shouldn’t be mowing. Setting this up for the first time, I wasn’t 100% sure on the exact distance to keep from the edge of the lawn as it can depend if it backs on to a flower bed or against a wall. I opted for between 5-20 cms for most of the garden.
The boundary wire connects to the base station, runs around the entire length of the garden and connects back to the base station. McCulloch supply plenty of pegs to hold the wire in place. Though if you really want to, you can bury the cable in the ground between 1-20 cm.
For the guide wire to easily find the base station, you run a wire straight out of the front of the station. This is used to both guide the mower out and back into the station easily. Also, if you have difficult to reach areas of the garden, the guide wire will show the mower to the difficult areas on a programmed schedule.
Putting in the guide wire is a simple process and can be done by anyone using the most basic of tools.
Plugin and Charge Up
First, we need to plug in our mains power, turn the on switch on and allow it to charge. First time around it can take between 60-100 minutes to charge.
Whilst on charge we can go through the basic start up wizard on the R600. This setup process was easy and is typically your time, date and region setup. After that, you can select the operating times of the robot and what days you would like it to run.
Notice at the top there is a dial to allow you to adjust the height of the cut. For the first run, I thought I would start high on setting number 5 (max).
You’re Off – Grass Cutting
Once fully charged and on schedule, the mower will commence cutting. Being the first time using the mower and not sure on my boundary settings I followed the mower around to make sure it didn’t bump into anything or mow down a flower bed. After around 10 minutes the mower had tested most of the boundary and I was happy to let it do its thing for a while.
Take a look at the time-lapse video below to get an idea of how the mower moves around the garden. The darker shades of grass have recently been replaced, but the mower is going over them no problem at all.
McCulloch R600 – First Impressions
After letting the McCulloch R600 cut the lawn for a few hours I could instantly see the effect. The mower is very quiet and is literally a set-and-forget piece of kit. However, the first lesson I have learned is the mower will only work as good as the boundary line installed. After watching the mower operate I can see a few improvements I can make to help the R600 robotic mower get closer to the edges.
We will create regular content about the use of the McCulloch R600 over the season. Check back to see how we get on with it.