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  1. The manual suggests the 315 can handle 1500 m2 plus or minus 20%. Therefore, the maximum with this formula would be 1800 m2. Since I have a VERY large area to mow I have two 315 robots, R2 and 3PO by name. I started off at the normal level and have added more to the area they cover. Today I pushed them up from 1800 m2 to 2300 m2. They were doing a fine job with less and even had a few extra hours they could work so why not find out the maximum limit for coverage? Has anyone tried this experiment? I will report the results, but in the case of my lawn, the grass is a various mixture of nice grass and weeds, and honestly if the mowers do an adequate job then perfection is not necessary. We shall see. Some areas of coverage need a little more attention than others, and for security I prefer the mower in the front keep in the shadows away from the road when mowing at night. Therefore, I created a zone in the front that is nothing but a "fence" created by two parallel wires that leave only enough room for the mower to pass into the further zone near the street using the guide wire. At night I can simply block the passage to keep him in the darker areas away from the prying eyes of local mischief makers and hope for the best. I don't allow him to operate on Friday and Saturday night when there are many people out drinking and not thinking of consequences. See attached diagram of new mowing area of 2300 m2 which is 53% more than standare recommended max of 1500 m2. You can see how I use the two parallel wires for a fence. Sorry the numbers on the chart are not metric. US is still in the Dark Ages and sometimes losing space craft with the conversions. With the current setup the two 315 units wlll attempt to handle almost one half hectare combined. Will report results in a few weeks, but grass growth may be a little slower now with less sunlight and dry conditions so it should work...for now.
  2. Gladly. I bought two of them on Amazon at this link: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B000P7NX9S/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  3. Since there is so much lightning here it was necessary to add a surge protector to protect the charging station from over voltage spikes. The question was how to protect the most vulnerable boundary wire. The solution is a product used to protect in-ground dog fences that I found on Amazon. You see the input wire comes from the garden first to this surge protector and then in same order to the charging station. Voila! Of course, it is even better to disconnect all the wires physically, but that is usually not easy or possible, and this product had reviews from people who had solved a problem of lost dog fence transformers for many years with success. The only problem here is that there is no protection for the guide wire, but 2 out of 3 is better than nothing, and the guide wire is at least connected to the boundary wire.
  4. The old monk worked all day moving the charging station from the swampy place under the trees to the zen garden. Now R2 has a nice place in the zen garden closer to an outlet so he can have more permanent wiring. A little sore today. All the digging and repurposing all those old heavy bricks was good exercise! Now all he needs is the permanent roof. The green light reminds me of Hal's eye on 2001!
  5. Thank you for the welcome, Fred. It is great to be among the automower aficionados! Every evening now watching R2 and 3PO mowing in the twilight is now part of my evening meditation. The sound of their little blades clipping the grass fills me with joy as the sun goes down. Since they have to mow such a large areas they will be working all night while I sleep. The automowers are making a great contribution to the environment. Not only will they save 150 liters of petrol a year and some oil, but they use only renewable solar energy from my roof. Also my old riding mower like most of them created 40 times as much pollution as a car engine operated for the same 60 hours a year. I am not sure that even counts the carbon dioxide. What about all the suffering that has been ended for me having to bounce my old bones around on rough ground for all those hours! I have only had the robots 2 months, but they have done so much for me and given me a great sense of happiness. My only worry is security, but they are seldom noticed by the passing motorists who always seem to be looking at their phones while driving anyway. Every day I see a hundred gardens where the robots could replace another smoking loud riding mower. It is great that this forum is spreading the wonderful truth about these fabulous machines. Of course, much of my garden doesn't need mowing, and here are some pictures. My best wishes to all my fellow automower fans!
  6. Greetings fellow Automower fans! My name is John D'Artois living in Florida. There is one hectare of mowing area in lawn. Due to devastating hurricanes and the solar on my roof it is wise not to have trees growing too near the house so there is a big lawn. Currently two Automower 315 robots are mowing about half of it. Using the ego 21" mower initially I injured my knee so had to rely on the robots. They are wonderful! You all know their many virtues. One of the main advantages is that I built a net zero solar powered house for my one man monastery, and there is surplus solar which now goes to mowing. No more gas, smells, poison. Sorry the US is not doing its share in Paris agreement, but I try to follow best practice on my own, at least, until new arrangements for leadership can be made. I hope my French brothers will accept me and pardon my lack of fluency in my mother's language. I have increased the area covered by the the two 315s to 1600 to 1660 m2 each, but they are only working half the time, and I am planning to push the boundary until they do not perform as needed. My main curiosity is if anyone here has more area than this mowed by the 315 successfully? Best wishes to all! Thanks for having me.
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