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Yard Force Robot Mower Reviews

Yard Force Robot Lawn Mowers Reviewed (2020)

 

As I’m writing this, Yard Force has 6 robot lawnmowers in their lineup:

  1. Compact 280R
  2. AMIRO 400
  3. AMIRO 400i
  4. SA500ECO
  5. X60i
  6. X100i

Although the quality might not be super high, they’re still just robot mowers designed to cut grass. That said, Yard Force robot mowers are affordable, if not cheap, come with all the essential features, and they cut grass just fine.

Yard Force Robot Lawn Mower Reviews

Simply skim over the descriptions of the Yard Force robot mowers below and see which one resonates with you the most, see if anything sticks.

Then, if you feel like it, quickly check the corresponding review to learn all there is to know about that one particular mowing robot you fancy most.

 

1) Compact 280R Review

Yard Force Compact 280R Robotic Lawnmower covers an area up to 280m², measures 44 cm x 38 cm x 21 cm (length x width x height – smaller than most robot mowers)weighs 7.4 kg, and has 3 pivoting blades for a cutting system. It’s got ultrasonic radar, rain, tilt, and lift sensors, and lacks in security features. Noise level is around 60 dB. Review: Yard Force Compact 280R.

 

2) AMIRO 400 Review

Yard Force AMIRO 400 Robotic Lawnmower covers an area up to 400m², measures 44,2 cm x 38 cm x 20,2 cm (length x width x height)weighs 7,4 kg, and has 3 razor-like blades for a cutting system. It’s got rain, radar, collision, tilt, and lift sensors, and lacks in security features. Noise level is around 60 dB. Includes a USB port for firmware updates at the back. Review: Yard Force AMIRO 400.

 

3) AMIRO 400i Review

Exactly the same as AMIRO 400, but includes Wi-Fi connection. And again: Yard Force AMIRO 400 Robotic Lawnmower covers an area up to 400m², measures 44,2 cm x 38 cm x 20,2 cm (length x width x height)weighs 7,4 kg, and has 3 razor-like blades for a cutting system. It’s got rain, radar, collision, tilt, and lift sensors, and lacks in security features. Noise level is around 60 dB. Apart from the over air connection, includes a USB port for firmware updates at the back.

 

4) SA500ECO Review

Yard Force SA500ECO Robotic Lawnmower covers an area up to 500m², measures 57 cm x 39 cm x 26 cm (length x width x height)weighs 8,5 kg, and has 3 pivoting razor-like blades for a cutting system. It’s got collision, tilt and lift sensors, and security measures are fairly robust. Noise level is around 43 to 67 dB. Review: Yard Force SA500ECO.

 

5) X60i Review

Wi-Fi enabled Yard Force X60i Robotic Lawnmower covers an area up to 600m², measures 57.4 cm x 40 cm x 28.2 cm (length x width x height)weighs 8,5 kg, and has 3 pivoting razor-like blades for a cutting system. It’s got ultrasonic radar, rain, tilt, and lift sensors. Noise level is around 60 dB. Review: Yard Force X60i.

 

6) X100i Review

Basically exactly the same as X60i, simply just covers a larger area. Again, Wi-Fi enabled Yard Force X100i Robotic Lawnmower covers an area up to 1000m², measures 57.4 cm x 40 cm x 28.2 cm (length x width x height)weighs 8,5 kg, and has 3 pivoting razor-like blades for a cutting system. It’s got ultrasonic radar, rain, tilt, and lift sensorsNoise level is around 60 dB. Review: Yard Force X100i.

 

Are Yard Force Robot Mowers Any Good? (Overview)

This is NOT just a simple overview. So bare with me as I get to the bottom of things…

When looking at the prices, I’d say all of Yard Force robot mowers are cheap, relatively speaking. So the main concern that popped to my head right after was: “But are they any good?” My impression of their robot mowers is that they’re average, politely put. Here’s my reasoning.

 

Where Is Customer Support?

First off, I couldn’t get a hold on their customer support with ease, and that’s a bummer. I find dealing with potential problems or concerns in a bureaucratic way fairly frustrating. Just thinking about anything happening to the mower within the warranty limits is a little daunting in those circumstances, etc.

So, obviously, my next concern was: “How’s the quality?” Given that there’s no proper support to deal with problems, perhaps their mowers are of that good quality that I simply won’t run into problems that would need support. I mean, right? That would explain things. But nah, that’s not really the case.

 

Who Makes Yard Force Mowers?

Yard Force is a brand name under SUMEC Hardware & Tools Co., Ltd which in turn is subsidiary of SUMEC GROUP Corporations which in turn is subsidiary of China National Machinery Industry Company (SINOMACH). This is a huge company in China!

That tells me that Yard Force most likely isn’t the one making any of the robot mowers, they probably don’t have direct control over the construction process, and instead serve mainly as the middleman, simply distributing those products in Western markets. They might be in charge of the design of the robot mowers, but that’s about it.

Granted, that alone doesn’t say too much about the quality of the robot mowers, but it gives a few significant clues still.

 

Why Do I Consider Their Robot Mowers Average?

The garden equipment from Yard Force, including the robot mowers, are ultimately a Chinese product. (Please note that I have nothing against China)

As you might know, there’s a fairly common problem with Chinese products in Western markets wherein quality control was seemingly taking a nap when it was his turn to push out the products. And I’m pretty sure this is the likely case with these mowing robots as well.

I believe that to be the case when I look at both the poor documentation and customer support for their robot mowers. Assuming Yard Force is merely in charge of designing the mowers and not in directly in charge of actually putting them together, there’s obviously a miscommunication issue between the manufacturers in China and people (Yard Force) in charge of selling them in the Western markets. This is the likely reason for potential quality issues. This would explain why they’re so cheap and sporadically documented without a strong presence of support.

 

But hey, don’t let my rough analysis scare you,
Yard Force robot mowers do the work just fine when they’re not borked!

 

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