I am a third year product design student at John Moores University, Liverpool. I am currently undertaking a ‘lawn mower’ project for my major project.
I have found a few problems/areas I can look into:
1. Cutting wet grass- People are encouraged not to cut wet grass.
Anyone know why?
is it the safety issues- in terms of using electric machinery in damp conditions.
Is it because of uneven cuts?
Grass clippings sticking to cutting blades, therefore reducing the efficiency of the process?
2. Safety- the easy access the user has to the cutting blades and also the problems with the electrical flex/cable.
3. Storage- Most existing products are difficult to store, even though some products fold away, they still don’t solve the problem of storage.
4. Maintenance- Existing products are difficult to maintain, in terms of cleaning the cutting area, replacing blades etc.
I know of a self-sharpening blade/system which is now on the market.
5 Removal of waste- In terms of empting the grass waste in bags. It’s very difficult because most grass box’s are very large, heavy and difficult to empty. Even the new flymo which has a basket that can be easily removed is difficult to empty into waste bags.
6. Multifunction/adaptors- People need to buy extra products such as aerators, seeders, trimmers etc which are very expensive, large and difficult to store. Therefore i was thinking of producing a range of adaptors, which can clip onto the lawn mower. these can be bought of the shelf and are smaller and cheaper to purchase than existing products.
There is a trimmer and lawn mower combo on the market but I think this is an area with real potential.
7. Safety problems with cutting slopes/banks- When people cut the grass on banks they tend to mow horizontal, therefore the mower can tip due to the weight of the mower and also the added weight of the waste grass.
8. Cutting methods- there is a hot wire lawn mower which was designed a few years ago, but there are problems using this on wet grass and also the danger of setting fire to dead grass. I need to investigate cutting methods in all types of industries.
Anyone have suggestions of what indusrties/technology i should look into.
I would be grateful for any opinions on problems with existing lawn mowers and/or anything that you think i should consider/research.