Cutting Edge Robotic Lawnmowers Trim Grass Of Brookline Golf Course

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BROOKLINE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Taking the phrase 'cutting edge' to its literal sense, the Robert T. Lynch Municipal Golf Course in Brookline employed the use of two electric robotic lawn mowers to trim the greens alongside their regular landscaping crew.

The Husqvarna and GreenSight auto mowers cut grass using GPS guidance and satellite technology to find their way along the course. VP of Sales for GreenSight Jason VanBuskirk told WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe there are more features to the machines than meets the eye.

"Both mowers have individual charging stations, mowing for about four to five hours— it knows when the battery is low and it automatically goes back to home base, it charges by itself and then leaves its perch and goes back off and mows more grass. It won't run you over, it's got sensors on it so if it gets too close it just backs up and goes a different route," VanBuskirk said.

Using GreenSight's "TurfCloud" cloud-based turf management platform, golf course managers can monitor and manage the landscaping process remotely.

Golf Course General Manager Justin Lawson says the robots are a win-win.

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"There's a lot of challenges right now with labor, a lot of pressure to be doing greener and more sustainable practices, and that's a commitment we've made. There's three razor blades and it's really a fine cut, so it's better for the plant instead of bludgeoning the plant, ripping and tearing. To me, it was a perfect match," Lawson said.

WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.

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