It’s a debut that’s nearly 5 years in the making.
In 2013, Consumers Digest told you about Honda’s robotic lawnmower that was called the Miimo. It was introduced in 2012, and American Honda Motor told us that it didn’t know whether it would offer the Miimo in the United States.
Now it knows: The Miimo finally is coming to the United States in June 2017. The robotic lawnmower has been sold in Europe since its introduction.
The robotic lawnmower stays within a boundary wire that’s installed by a Honda dealer and will be sold in two versions—the HRM 310 and HRM 520. Each has independent 360-degree sensors and a floating cover that detect objects, such as people or pets, and the lawnmower stops and changes direction when a sensor is activated. Each also has anti-theft protection and will sound an alarm if the lawnmower is lifted off the ground. The lawnmower restarts only after a PIN is entered in the control panel.
Each lawnmower has three primary cutting modes: random (wider turns), directional (tight turns) and mixed (a combination). Two other cutting modes, edge and spiral, allow the lawnmower to cut along edges of the boundary wire or repeatedly in areas that experience more growth. Each model has a cutting width of 8-3/4 inches and can cut grass up to 2-7/16 inches in height. Honda says the Miimo can cut on slopes that are as steep as 25 degrees.
The difference is in cutting time. The HRM 310 has a 22.2-volt battery that’s rated at 1.8 amp-hours (Ah) and can cut grass that covers one-half of an acre for 30 minutes before it must recharge. It’s ready for more cutting after a self-charge of 30 minutes. The HRM 520 has a 22.2-volt battery that’s rated at 3.6 Ah, cuts for twice as long and takes twice as long to recharge. It can handle a lawn that’s three-quarters of an acre, Honda says.
Consequently, the HRM 310 costs less: $2,499, compared with $2,799 for the HRM 520.
The Miimo lawnmowers are Honda’s first robotic lawnmowers in the U.S. market, but several manufacturers have sold robotic lawnmowers here for a while, including major lawnmower manufacturers Husqvarna and Worx. Prices for robotic lawnmowers start at about $1,000, although Honda’s prices are comparable with those of Husqvarna.
Honda’s lawnmowers will be available through select Honda Power Equipment dealers nationwide except California. Honda says that’s because the way that the Miimo battery charges doesn’t pass California regulations.