Imagine being able to mow your lawn with a remote control similar to a drone. The Delaware River and Bay Authority has a lot of grass to cut, and is doing it with a lawnmower it describes as “a cut above the rest.
“The Spider ILDO2 was added to the agency’s fleet of equipment primarily for safety purposes. It cost more than $40,000.
“It enables us to keep the operators off the bank,” DRBA Landscape Supervisor Douglas Clark said. “We’ve had incidents with mowers that have slid on banks, or mowers that have tipped over.”
Using the Spider, the operator is able to stand at a stable location and use the Spider on steep inclines. The remote can turn the mower and adjust for the height of the grass.
The DRBA continues to operate other lawnmowers as it maintains property near the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May – Lewes Ferry and several airports.
Robert Owens said it has made the job more pleasant.
“It’s a time-saver; we’re able to get a little more done,” Owens said. “It saves us from walking up and down the banks.”