Follow These Steps to Get Your Automower Running!
So, you purchased a Husqvarna Automower. Good choice! The nifty robot mower is about to simplify your life in so many ways!
But before that can happen, you need to install it. Fortunately, Husqvarna has made this process extremely easy by designing a user-friendly product!
Still, to get the most out of your mower, you need to follow the right steps. And we can help you with that! Our team at Automated Outdoor Solutions has been installing Automowers for many years now. And we’re happy to lend you our expertise.
We’ve pooled our knowledge to put together this guide on how to install Husqvarna Automower. By following the seven simple steps listed below, you will have your mower up and running very soon.
Ready for automated lawncare? Let’s get started!
Step 1: Unbox the Automower
Before installing the mower, let’s take a look at everything that comes with it in the box. When you open the box, you will find the following:
- Cardboard Ruler – You will find this inserted at the top of the box. It will help you measure distances for the boundary wire.
- Charging Station – Not only does this charge the mower, but it also sends signals to the guide and boundary wires.
- Power Cord – This cord will power the charging station by connecting to an electrical outlet.
- Long Ground Screws and Allen Wrench – These are for securing the charging station to the ground.
- Replacement Blades and Screws – Use these when your Automower blades start to dull.
- Boundary and Guide Wires – These wires communicate with the mower to keep it within the bounds of your property and help it get back to the charging station.
- Staples – Use these to secure the boundary and guide wires to the ground.
- Connectors – Use these to connect wires to the charging station.
- Couplers – Use these to connect, repair and extend the wires.
- Robotic Lawn Mower – There is a variety of different Automower models to choose from so that you can find the one that fits your yard perfectly!
The only tools you will need are a hammer for the staples and a wire cutter and pliers for the guide and boundary wires.
Step 2: Prepare Your Yard
You will need to install the charging station, guide wires and boundary wires around your yard. It’s important to make a plan before you do this for the best results.
You should survey your lawn and make a note of any obstacles you’ll want the mower to avoid. It’s important to make a note of these so that you’ll remember to lay the boundary wires around them. A professional installer can take care of mapping your lawn for you if you choose to go that route.
As you map out your yard, be sure to pick up any twigs and debris you come across since Automowers work best in a clean lawn.
We also recommend mowing your yard before installing the guide and boundary wires. By doing this, you will make it easier to lay the wires flat against the turf. Otherwise, if you leave a wire hanging too high in the air, the mower could cut it on accident. Remember, you can use multiple staples to make sure a wire is as close to the ground as possible if necessary.
Step 3: Position the Charging Station
Next, you’ll want to look for an ideal place for the charging station. The spot you choose should have plenty of shade, be relatively level and be near a power outlet. There also needs to be at least six feet of free space in front of the charging station for the mower to move.
Once you’ve chosen a spot for your charging station, place it there. Make sure the station lays flat on the ground, but don’t fix it to the spot yet. You will need to attach the boundary and guide wires first before securing the charger in place.
Once you’ve positioned the charger, plug it in and have it charge the mower. That way, the mower will be ready to start working once you’ve completed the following steps!
Step 4: Install the Boundary Wires
Next, using a hammer and staples, install the boundary wires along the edges of your lawn and around obstacles. A professional installer will use a tool to install the wire a couple of inches below the surface. But you can fix the wires above ground, and they will be overgrown and invisible within a few weeks. You can also use a spade to create a two-inch deep slit to lay the wire below ground. This method works well for uneven lawns.
If you use a hammer and staples, be sure to hammer the staples on level ground and place the staples about 28 inches away from each other.
Use the cardboard ruler to determine how far to lay the wire from the edges of your lawn. The ruler has three lengths marked on it. Here are some tips for when to use each length.
Use this length when you are laying wire by a boundary with a hard obstacle, such as a stone fence or a cement wall. Placing the wire this far away will keep the mower from getting damaged by running into the hard surface.
The mower will mow over the wire, but not far enough to collide with anything. Because of this, the grass right next to the hard surface may require trimming since the mower may not reach it.
This length is perfect for grass next to garden plots and gravel paths. It will allow the mower to mow the grass completely but prevent the mower from getting stuck on the mulch or gravel.
Use this length for boundaries next to pavement. The mower will completely cut all the grass along the pavement’s edge and will have no trouble turning as it overlaps the hard surface.
Whatever distance on the ruler you choose, remember that you can always change it if you see it’s not working well.
Boundary Wire Islands
You can also lay boundary wires around obstacles in the middle of your yard that you don’t want the mower to impact. Husqvarna calls this “creating islands.”
To do this, lay a line of wire directly from the property’s edge to the obstacle. Then lay the wire around the obstacle, making sure the wire never crosses itself. Once you have made a full loop, lay the right next to the line of wire you made to get to the obstacle.
Automowers won’t detect the signal from the wires placed right next to each other and will mow right over them. But it will detect the portion of the wire surrounding the obstacle. So, in effect, you will have created a boundary wire island in the middle of your yard!
Dealing with Driveways
If a driveway splits your yard, you can lay the wire across it at an expansion joint and cover it with caulk. If your driveway doesn’t have expansion joints, you can also use a grinder to make a slit for the wire and cover it with caulk. The mower will have no trouble traveling over the driveway to get to the grass on the other side!
Step 5: Lay the Guide Wire
Once the boundary wires are in place, you will need to install the guide wire. This wire will help the mower find its way back to the charging station from anywhere in your yard.
Install five feet of guide wire straight in front of the charging station. From there, you should lay the wire straight across the longest section of your yard so that it intersects with a boundary wire at a perpendicular angle. Then use a wire cutter and a coupler to connect the boundary wire and the guide wire.
It’s also a good idea to lay the guide wire in narrow sections (smaller than 6.5 feet) of the lawn to help the mower find its way through those passages.
Step 6: Connect the Wires to the Charger
After you’ve installed the wires, you will need to connect the ends of the wires to the charging station.
Open the back of the charging station, and you will see four spots for the wires to connect. The right end of the boundary wire should go through the far-right opening and the left through the far-left opening. The two center openings are for your guide wires.
To attach the ends of the wires, first measure how much wire you’ll need to attach to the contacts on the charging station. Then cut off any surplus wire you won’t need. Use pliers to attach each wire to a connector and connect it to the designated spot on the charger.
Once you’ve attached the wires, you can secure the charger to the ground with the long ground screws and Allen wrench.
Step 7: Start the Automower
Now everything is in place for your mower to get started. The only thing left is to give it the go-ahead!
Open the hatch on the back of the mower and follow the steps in the start-up wizard to start the mower. You’ll have to enter your four-digit pin to do this. If you’re not sure what this is, you can contact your dealer to get it. You can use the factory settings or set how often you would like it to mow different portions of your lawn. You can also set the time for how often the mower should mow.
We recommend setting the mower’s cutting height to maximum at first. Then, once the Automower has cut the whole lawn at this height, you can adjust to your desired height.
As the mower starts working, keep an eye on it to make sure it’s mowing how you want it to. Remember, you can always make adjustments as you go.
Sit Back and Enjoy a Perfect Lawn!
Congratulations! If you completed all the steps above, your Automower is busy mowing your lawn so that you don’t have to. You can enjoy perfectly mowed grass all summer long without breaking a sweat! Feels good, doesn’t it?
Of course, we also understand if you’d rather not install your Automower. That’s why we’re here! Our team of experts at Automated Outdoor Solutions would be happy to install your Automower for you. We offer free installation in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin.
Give us a call at 815-338-2633 to talk to an installation expert!