It’s true.  Once upon a time, some ten years ago, I absolutely loved taking a couple of hours every two weeks or so to mow the lawn.  Of course, at the time I had just gotten a new mower on sale which made the job pretty easy.  It started on the first or second pull, had a twenty two inch cut and worked great for years.

Sadly, that is no longer the case.  That once faithful machine has not even started since the spring of 2009.  That, combined with intolerably hot weather and a weed eater that only worked sporadically since the mower died has changed mowing the lawn from a relaxing pastime into a major chore that now takes me most of a week to get done in bits and pieces.

This is, of course, unacceptable because the lawn must still be kept cut.  If it isn’t, sooner or later I get a visit from code enforcement who then gives me seven days to get the job done.

I can’t afford to pay somebody else to do it and even if I could, paying somebody forty dollars to do a job that I used to do in two hours just cuts against the grain in the worst possible way.  Also, long gone are the days when you could pay a neighborhood kid a couple bucks to do it.  Now even they want ten and twenty dollars to cut an average lawn.

That’s why I *REALLY* like the idea of this robotic lawn mower.  With something like this, All I would need to do is clear the yard of fallen tree limbs and rocks, set up a perimeter wire around the area that I want cut and then turn the machine loose.

It would then proceed to crisscross the area, automatically avoiding obstacles like the propane tank and the trees in my front yard, mulching the grass as it goes.  There would still be a few areas that I would need to get with the weed eater but with the robot doing the lion’s share of the work I would have a MUCH easier time of keeping the grass cut and I would NOT have to deal with any more visits from code enforcement OR the occasional nasty look I get from the neighbors with their perfectly manicured lawns.

Now All I need to do is find a well off relative and convince them that this would make an absolutely perfect Christmas gift.  Truly, I SO want one of these!!  More than that, I actually need one!

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