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5. Garage and Yard > 63. Mow the Lawn

Mow the Lawn

Although a robotic lawnmower might be nice, a little wire and an old spool (and a lot of guts and common sense) can get you partway there.

Sometimes, a low-tech approach to automation is all that is needed to save a lot of work. Although I’m working on building a robotic lawnmower, it will be quite some time before it’s perfected. Meanwhile, I’ve managed to cut my mowing time to about half of what it used to be. I’m not sure of the exact cost because I scrounged most of the parts. Even the mower was a $30 garage sale special. In total, I probably spent less than $50 on this project.

Warning

What this hack proposes can be very dangerous. Damage to life, limb, and property can result. This is how I mow my lawn, but it’s not necessarily how you should mow yours.


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