LOOK, NO HANDS: Nathan Porter with the council’s new remote-controlled mower.
LOOK, NO HANDS: Nathan Porter with the council’s new remote-controlled mower. Mike Richards

Robotic lawn mower put to work in Gladstone

ROBOCUT has been slashing grass in Gladstone for months and has made life a lot safer for council workers.

The council's mowing service is at the cutting edge of technology with the robotic, remote-controlled mowing device.

The Robocut can operate on sloping terrains, up to 70 degrees vertical gradient and can mow in shallow water.

Operator Nathan Porter said the Robocut had made his previous job of brushcutting a lot easier.

"I'm not going home so wrecked," he said.

"There's no weight on my shoulders and there's no repetitive strain on the body."

Park maintenance division manager Gordon Ward said the mower was a good machine for taking people off the banks.

"It gets our workers away from heavy traffic and dangerous situations," he said. "It also cuts down on time."

A bank that would have taken two people five hours to cut with brushcutters now takes two hours with one person.

Mr Ward would not say how much the Robocut cost the council, but said there was no real price that could be put on safety.

FACTBOX: Robocut Accessories

  • Stump grinder
  • Power Brush
  • Wood Chipper
  • Trencher
  • Air Blast Sprayer
  • Snow Blower
  • 1.3 Metre Bucket


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