Hands-free Lawn Mower

December  19, 2013

      What do you get when you cross a Roomba vacuum cleaner and an invisible pet fence ? The answer from John Deere is the Tango E-5 autonomous lawn mower. It's on display now for the first time in the US at the John Deere Pavilion in Moline.

      Pavilion manager, Brigitte Tapscott, says it was introduced in Europe just last year and is produced in Germany. And Deere is now studying whether to sell it in the US.

      "It can be set up on schedule to day, night, rain, or shine - it will run on schedule. It's set on boundary wires underneath that the dealer would help set up underground and then it'll stay within that perimeter." 

      She says it's designed for anyone who has something better to do than mow their lawn.

      "In our exhibit we really wanted to emphasize that you can have that time back and spend time with your family and do what you enjoy versus mowing your lawn."

      The current price tag is 19-hundred Euros, or about 26-hundred dollars, plus tax and dealer installation.  The Tango recharges itself automatically at a base station, and weighs 34 pounds. The cutting height is adjustable and it's nearly silent. 

      It'll be on display at the Deere Pavilion for the next 12 to 18 months.