The Augusta Chronicle captures the excitement surrounding the revolutionary lawn care franchise opening in the area
“The robots are coming — and they want to cut your grass,” is the way The Augusta Chronicle begins its recently published article on the opening of the new Mowbot franchise in Georgia’s second largest city.
Titled “Business Brings Robot Lawn Mowers to Augusta Area,” the article focuses on the revolutionary aspects of local entrepreneur Charity Lynn’s new business. Unlike traditional lawn care businesses, Mowbot deploys a robotic lawnmower to every customer, where the machine silently cuts grass day and night, pausing only when it needs to recharge, which it does entirely on its own.
“The programmable 28-pound machine – about the size of a first-generation VCR with wheels and RoboCop styling – uses GPS and “geofence” technology to stay in bounds,” The Augusta Chronicle reports. “When it bumps up the geofence, or a solid object such as a dog toy or a sprinkler head, it turns and takes another random path. Three tiny retractable blades keep grass from clogging up the device while creating minuscule-sized mulch.”
Lynn explains that the mowbot is “like the Roomba, but quieter,” and the advantages for the customer is that the machine produces a better, healthier lawn overall.
“It mows every day, so it’s just cutting off a little at a time,” Lynn says in the article. “That will help it get rid of the weeds naturally, and the lawn will look greener because it is kept at a constant level.”
Until Lynn became a Mowbot franchise owner, she was cutting her “1 1/4-acre property weekly with a 52-inch John Deere zero-turn.” Now she uses the Mowbot — and this has caught the attention of her neighbors and passersby, often to humorous results.
“People just stop and stare,” she said – except for the guy who got out of his car and picked up the Mowbot. Lynn said he drove off when he saw her approaching (her two Rottweilers and black Labrador might also have played a role).
Mowbot misappropriation isn’t a concern. It emits a loud siren if moved beyond the fence. It also won’t operate without the owner’s four-digit code. And if that isn’t enough, Lynn can track Mowbot anywhere it roams via GPS on her phone.
Lynn has retained her career as a mechanical engineer for Trantec, a manufacturer of electric transformer radiators in Edgefield, S.C., although she is considering expanding the reach of her business by buying the territory rights to the nearby area of Greenwood, S.C.
“I’m enjoying building the business, not just building a product,” she says in the article.
We encourage you to read the entire article by clicking here, and please be sure to watch the accompanying video to see Lynn explain the revolutionary mowbots.