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This robot lawn mower is so impressive my neighbors come to watch it mow - and it's on sale now

It may not technically be a part of the Big Spring Sale, but Amazon has discounted the Husqvarna Automower 430X ahead of mowing season. You're going to want to snag one today.
Written by Elizabeth Mauder, Editor
Husqvarna Automower 430X in the yard.
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What's the deal?

Right now, the Husqvarna Automower 430X is $625 off on Amazon, just in time for mowing season to begin.

Why this deal is ZDNET-recommended

A robot that mows the lawn for you sounds like technology straight out of an early 2000s sci-fi movie, but it's very much a real thing today. I've been testing the Husqvarna Automower 430X over the past year, and it still amazes me how every time I run the robot, my neighbors come to watch it cut my grass without me lifting a finger.

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Sometimes, I'll even sit on my front porch, sip some lemonade, and admire the job I'm not doing. When I tell you technology is incredible, I mean it.

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To start, my family lives on an acre of land that is mostly flat but has an incline in one spot, so the 430X's ability to handle 0.8 acres and slopes up to 45% was a near-perfect fit for me. The setup process took time; my husband and I decided to manually set up the boundary and guide some wire along our property. 

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But if you're willing to pay an $800 installation fee, a Husqvarna rep can help you with all of that instead, which I would recommend if you have a larger plot of land.

The guide wire can be placed above or below ground, and since I was using a temporary test model, I opted for the former. The only problem with the above-ground wiring is that it can break when weed-eating, causing the robot lawn mower to stall until you splice the wire back together. If the 430X was going to be a permanent addition to our home, I would absolutely bury the wire to prevent this from happening.

At first, I was skeptical of the Husqvarna Automower 430X given how it navigated in random paths compared to my husband's more consistent riding lawn mower. However, upon returning, I always found my entire lawn cleanly mowed. We never once had to manually mow our lawn over this past year.

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The robot achieves this by using the built-in GPS and boundary wire to understand where it has been and where it still needs to go. I scheduled the 430X to mow for three consecutive evenings each week, keeping our yard looking great all season long. More impressively, the robot lawn mower was quiet enough that I was able to run it overnight without disturbing us or our neighbors.

Husqvarna Automower 430X back wheel.

The rubberized wheels give the robot enough grip to maneuver around effortlessly.

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Maintaining the Husqvarna Automower 430X is simple; you don't have to worry about gas, oil, or anything that a typical lawn mower would warrant. The 430X knows to dock itself once the battery reaches 20% and resumes its mowing job once the battery charges. On average, the robot mows for about two hours before needing to recharge its battery. The charging takes about an hour.

As for blade maintenance, Husqvarna recommends replacing the blades every four to six weeks. With just a screwdriver, I was able to easily replace the blades in a matter of minutes.

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Overall, I've been thoroughly impressed with the Husqvarna Automower 430X. It maintained a mowing schedule that kept my grass at the height I set it to, required very little interference, and saved me a lot of time and energy. I highly recommend opting for the paid installation service if this is your first robot lawn mower and choosing the trenched boundary wire option to avoid your weed-eater accidentally breaking the cabling. 

For $2,500, you're shelling out a similar amount of cash as you would for a decent riding mower, so if you're someone who hates mowing, doesn't have the time for it, or is looking for an alternative to help your elderly parents/grandparents maintain their yard, the 430X is well worth the investment. You can get it for 30% off right now.

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