By late autumn, the grass in your lawn only grows very slowly, and there is little point in mowing the grass in winter – in fact, doing so could actually damage the lawn. So when the cold weather arrives, your garden helper can enjoy a well-earned winter sleep.
Low temperatures, snow and rain can also damage the sensitive electronics of your iMOW®, so you need to store it indoors over winter. You should also protect the charging station from moisture while the iMOW® is in storage.
Your lawn’s last cut of the year should be before the first frost, once temperatures are regularly below 10°C or so – generally in late October or early November. Then it’s time to decommission your iMOW® robotic mower for winter storage.
HOW TO STORE YOUR ROBOT MOWER FOR WINTER
It just takes a few steps to prepare your robot mower for winter storage.
STIHL pro tip: Do not use aggressive detergents as these may damage your robot mower. Do not clean your iMOW® under running water or with a high-pressure cleaner.
You can leave your iMOW® docking station on the lawn over winter, but you should cover it to protect the electronics. To do this, disconnect the mains voltage cable and store it in a cable box, for example. Place a suitable bucket or plastic crate over the station and secure it to ensure that it will remain firmly in place over the docking station.
Find a dry, lockable space, such as your garage or basement, for storage of your robot mower over winter. The temperature in the storage area should not drop below 5°C. Please do not place any objects on top of the robot lawn mower and be sure to store it in its normal position.
Now you can be confident that your robotic mower will be clean, dry and ready to go when the growing season starts again.
A winter service for your robot mower
We recommend that you take your robot lawn mower to a STIHL Approved Dealer for an annual check- up during the winter months. This will include inspection of sensitive components such as the battery, electronics and software.