Robot lawn mowers surging in popularity in New Zealand

  • 18/11/2018

It's a quintessential Kiwi activity - but mowing the lawn may soon be a very hands-off affair.

Robot mowers have arrived on the market, and it appears New Zealanders are keen to pick up on the trend which has been sweeping Europe.

South Island manager for Husqvarna Steve Middleton told RadioLIVE's Rural Exchange the mowers are very popular already.

"The robot mowers are our biggest growth segment; they are big in Europe, and New Zealanders are now really wanting the mowers," he said.

The mowers cater for lawns of 500 to 5000 square metres, and handle all types of grasses by continually mowing.

"They even hook up to your phone, so you can be out and about doing things while it mows the lawn," said Mr Middleton.

However he says most people like to stay close by and watch the robot in action.

"Most people name their mower and sit on their deck and watch as it mows the lawn," he said.

With grass growth taking off heading into summer, a robot mower may be coming to a lawn near you soon.

Watch Steve Middleton's interview with RadioLIVE's Rural Exchange Richard Loe at the New Zealand Agricultural Show above.

Tools of the Trade is a regular segment on Rural Exchange sponsored by Husqvarna.

Rural Exchange with Hamish McKay, Sarah Perriam and Richard Loe, 5-7am Saturday and Sunday on RadioLIVE.

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