I Must Admit, I’m a Bit Green with Envy
I have to admit, I felt a pang of jealousy when my neighbor Kenny installed his fancy Husqvarna 115H Automower. As someone who’s often on the road, I knew that I could really use a helping hand like that. So, when Kenny recommended that I try the Worx Landroid L robotic lawn mower, I had a brilliant idea. I thought, why not spend lazy Saturdays with my wife, kicking back and watching this robot do all the yard work?
Pros: What Sets the Worx Landroid L Apart
- Affordable price compared to Husqvarna and Stihl, with similar performance
- Easy installation and “set it and forget it” operation
- Convenient 20V power supply that can be easily replaced (uses the same battery as Worx 20V tools)
- Includes Find My Landroid GPS with 1 year of cellular coverage
- Additional features like collision avoidance, digital fencing, and specially designed garage accessories
Cons: The Shortcomings to Consider
- More limited than higher-tier models with GPS mapping capabilities
- No professional installation available for users who prefer it
Installation: Setting Up the Worx Landroid L is a Breeze
It may sound like a complicated process, but trust me, it’s easier than you think. The Worx Landroid L utilizes a boundary line system to navigate your lawn and return to its charging station. You’ll need to install the included wire along both the inner and outer boundaries, including any landscape elements you want to create an island around. To make it even more convenient, everything you need for the installation is included in the kit. The mower’s low lift capability allows you to run the wire directly over the grass, and the kit’s clips securely hold the wire in place. If you’re concerned about visibility, you can bury the wire 2 inches deep.
The entire installation process takes approximately 4 hours, depending on the size of your lawn and the level of planning involved. Here’s a general breakdown of the steps:
1. Set Up the Base on a Flat Surface
Ensure that you have enough clearance for the charging base. The Worx Landroid L requires 32 inches of clearance to enter and 12 inches to exit the charging base.
2. Install the Wire
For areas near boundaries, such as walls and steps, install the wire 10.2 inches from the edge. In areas where the mower can drive, you can allow 4 inches of clearance. The lack of blade lift means the mower can safely go over the edge of a mulch bed. Use the included clips every 32 inches and around corners to secure the wire.
3. Let the Mower Charge
Ensure that the two contacts on the charging stand make contact with the matching contacts on the mower. Once connected, the Worx Landroid L will automatically charge. The mower uses the same 20V battery as Worx power tools, making it easy to replace if needed.
4. Set the Cutting Height
Adjust the cutting height using the dial on the mower’s top. With a range of 1.6 inches to 3.9 inches, you can find the perfect setting for your lawn.
5. Set Up the App
The Worx Landroid L comes with a user-friendly app that allows you to customize mowing areas, create mowing schedules, and more. While we won’t delve into a full review of the app here, rest assured that it’s intuitive, especially for smartphone-savvy users.
6. Kick Back and Watch the Worx Landroid L Work
Well, not entirely. While the mower takes care of your yard, keep an eye out for any unexpected snags or issues. Once you’re confident that the mower can complete a full perimeter loop without trouble, you can sit back and relax.
Key Features: What the Worx Landroid L Brings to the Table
Unlike most entry-level robotic lawnmowers, the Worx Landroid L includes GPS functionality. While it may not map out the most efficient mowing pattern for your lawn, it does help you keep track of your mower’s location. Here are some highlights:
- Real-time notifications and status updates
- Notifies you if the mower exceeds its mowing area
- Allows remote locking of the lawn mower in case of theft
More Optional Add-Ons
Worx offers a range of optional add-ons to enhance your Worx Landroid L experience. Here are a few notable ones:
- ACS Collision Avoidance System ($249): This accessory, included with our test model, uses ultrasonic signals to detect and avoid obstacles.
- Landroid Garage ($129.99): Protect your lawn mower from the elements with this handy accessory.
- Digital Fence ($129.99): Create temporary borders using magnetic barriers to keep the mower away from specific areas.
Narrow Corridor Friendly
If your lawn has narrow spaces, rest assured that the Worx Landroid L can navigate them. By setting the mowing area based on the distance from the charging station, the mower can follow the boundary line at the desired distance. This feature allows you to set up mowing areas on both sides of a narrow hallway, for example.
Cut to the Edge
With proper installation, the Worx Landroid L can cut grass nearly 2 inches from any border, ensuring a precise and neat finish.
Using the Worx Landroid L in the Real World
Now, let’s address the burning question: Does the Worx Landroid L live up to its promises? The short answer is a resounding yes. However, it’s worth noting that the suitability of the Worx Landroid L for your yard depends on its limitations.
Running and Charging
Rest easy knowing that as long as you give the Worx Landroid L enough time to mow, it will keep your lawn looking fresh. While it may not leave those pristine mower reel lines, it still provides consistent results. With a brand new 4.0Ah battery, you can expect around 2 hours of runtime, with a charging time of 1 hour and 30 minutes. To achieve a full 8 hours of cutting time, plan your mowing schedule within a 14-hour timeframe.
Despite its unassuming appearance, the Worx Landroid L packs a punch. Its blades can effortlessly handle grass up to 1/4 inch thick. During our test, it smoothly cut through podocarp clippings without a hitch.
The Worx Landroid L’s ACS system does an excellent job of avoiding obstacles in the yard. It deactivates when the mower is in low-power mode or receives a command to return to its base. However, it’s important to note that the ACS doesn’t help the mower navigate around obstacles when reentering the charging station along the boundary wire. If there are objects like trash cans outside, make sure to lay boundary lines around them.
If your yard has uneven terrain, fear not. The Worx Landroid L’s dual brushless motors and powerful treads can handle slopes of up to 35%. Even curbs and water meter boxes won’t pose a problem.
Set It and Forget It
Once you understand the limitations of the system, the Worx Landroid L truly becomes a set-and-forget robot lawnmower. Although some string trimming and edging may still be required, the Worx Landroid L takes care of the bulk of your lawn maintenance. With this helper, you can finish basic lawn care in no time and get back to enjoying your day.
Worx WR150 vs. WR155: What’s the Difference?
WORX has introduced some exciting new features to its line of Landroid robotic lawnmowers. Let’s compare the Worx Landroid WR155 and WR150 models to see what sets them apart. Notable differences include a larger battery, an LCD control panel, and a hose-friendly undercarriage on the newer WR155 model. We also appreciate the automatic blade height system, which provides more clearance for the Landroid, helping it avoid certain obstacles more effectively.
|Worx WR150||Worx WR155|
|Battery||4.0 ah||6.0 ah|
|Control Panel||LED||LCD Monitor|
The Price: Affordable Excellence
One of the standout qualities of the Worx Landroid L is its affordability. Starting at just $999.99 for the 1/4 acre version and $1199.99 for the 1/2 acre version, this robotic lawnmower offers exceptional value for your money. Both versions now come with a GPS unit as a bonus. In our test, we added the ACS sensor, bringing the total price to $1449.99. While Kenny has praised Husqvarna’s $1599 115H Automower as the top value robot mower, I believe that the Worx Landroid L is also worth serious consideration. The main difference is that Husqvarna includes professional installation. However, if you’re willing to do a bit of work yourself (it’s not that difficult, I promise), the Worx Landroid L offers extra functionality or significant cost savings.
The Bottom Line: A Terrific Performer
In conclusion, I was thoroughly impressed by the performance of the Worx Landroid L robotic lawnmower. From its straightforward installation to its consistent and reliable cutting, this mower delivers an outstanding user experience. While it may not offer the advanced features of higher-end models, the Worx Landroid L provides excellent value, especially compared to entry-level models from other brands. Worx has truly hit the mark with this user-friendly and efficient robot lawnmower.
Worx Landroid L Specifications
- Model: Worx WR155 (tested like WR150)
- Power: Worx 20V battery (4.0Ah included)
- Charging Time: 90 minutes
- Cutting Area: Up to 1/2 acre
- Cutting Width: 9″
- Height Range: 1.6″–3.9″
- Noise Level: 63 decibels
- Maximum Inclination: 20°
- Weight: 22.9 lbs
- Dimensions: 25 x 17.5 x 8.86 inches
- Warranty: 3 years
- Price: $1399.99
If you’re interested, check out the Worx website for more information on the Worx Landroid L.
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