1) Did you invent the remote control lawn mower? No, the remote control lawn mower was actually invented by Jim Walker in 1948. With no resources available that we have today, Jim built a radio controlled push reel type mower. Since Jim's invention, there has been several other patents awarded for various versions of Jim's idea. We have patents in the works on the hydrostatic remote control lawn mower but do not claim to have invented the remote control lawn mower. Jim Walker deserves all the credit for planting the first seed.
2) What is the range? How far will it go before it loses signal? The transmitters we use are designed for radio controlled airplanes and have an incredible range of up to 300 feet. The transmitter works on a 2.4ghz frequency that is constantly changing to prevent interference from another close by signal. In the past, the receivers used a crystal with a fixed frequency and if someone else close by was using the same frequency, both of your machines would go haywire. Also, if you were to travel outside of the frequency range, drop the transmitter, or allow the battery to become too weak, the electronic fail safe would recognize a lose of signal and stop the engine and shut of power to the motor controller.
3) What happens if I need service? Do small engine shops work on these things? The engines we use are serviceable by any Briggs & Stratton or Kawasaki authorized dealer/ service shop. The rest of your remote control lawn mower is composed of components rated for work loads far greater than what it does under normal lawn mowing applications. However, if you should experience premature part failure, each component can be swapped out using only simple hand tools. Every mower we sell is covered by a one year warranty against premature part failure and/or workmanship.
4) What if it gets wet? Will moisture hurt my mower? Mowing a wet lawn from the early morning dew is no problem for the electronics. However, you will experience clogging under the deck as with mowing wet grass by any other lawn mower. The electric motors are well protected and suitable for wet conditions. The only thing that can not get wet is the electronics within the electronics compartment. This compartment is designed to withstand moisture and light rain. Rinsing your mower off with a garden hose is not recommended and a leaf blower works best followed by a hand towel.
5) Are you guys the only ones who sell remote control lawn mowers? Do you have any competition? Competition is not the word we like to use. We look at other manufacturers as people generating awareness for remote control lawn mowers. Telling the world these mowers are on the market is a big step and we welcome any and all to take part. Here are some other manufacturers of remote control lawn mowers you may interested in:
Lynex - Based out of Europe - sells large hydraulic powered remote control lawn mowers that are really impressive. Their largest machine, track driven of coarse, uses a PTO driven flail drum attachment on the front end. They have a video of it on their site mowing on steep hills and cutting down 20 foot tall trees at the same time.
RoboFlail - Based out of the U.K. - Simon Tullett Machinery (at the time of this post) only have one machine. It , again is a flail mower design that is hydraulic powered. Their flail drum is fixed and not interchangeable PTO driven like Lynex. What is unique about RoboFlial is their gas tank is mounted on a swivel to allow it to always be upright for slope mowing. RoboFlail is the first remote control lawn mower company to connect with a large scale manufacturer. Look for Scag Mowers to soon be releasing the RoboFlail with the Scag logo on the side in the near future.
Spider - Based out of Czech Republic - The Dvorak Machine Division offers the most unique slope mowers in the remote control lawn mower industry. The Spider is a hydrostatic powered machine designed specifically for slope mowing applications. They have an interesting winch attachment for the steeper slopes that you can attach to a stable object at the top of a hill. Their four wheel drive four wheel 360 degree steering design has been awarded best design awards in England, Switzerland, Germany, and twice in the Czech Republic. They have been awarded patents in the United States, Europe, and Japan for their work.
Also here is an article on how we compare to our competition: Click Here
6) Do you offer larger sizes? We are working on R&D of the hydraulic powered 60 inch flail and will then offer a 42 and 54 inch mower similar to the TRX-34.
Have a question you would like to see here on our F.A.Q. page? Contact us and we will be happy to assist.