Within this review I’ll be explaining everything you need to know about the Husqvarna 315 Automower model.
It provides a brilliant and reliable cut, a very efficient navigation and power system, and it can handle even the most complex of gardens, but does it deserve a place in your garden?
I’ll be running through all of its features and capabilities and will compare it to its closest competitors so if you want to find out you’ll need to stick around!
- Rating: 9/10
- Unique cutting system
- Reaches areas up to 1500m² (just over 5 tennis courts)
- Spot cutting mode
- Weather Timer
Watch the video below to learn about the features of the 315 and how to install it in your garden:
The 315 can cover gardens reaching 1500m² in size so for those with lawns this big it would likely take you about 1 to 2 hours to mow the lawn yourself with a manual push mower and you would probably only do this once a week.
I have no doubts that your garden will look great immediately afterwards, but what about after 3 to 4 days.
It probably begins to look a bit rugged, and maybe the grass starts to grow a little uneven.
Well that’s when the 315 comes to the rescue.
It will cover this area with no problems and can do it as many times as you want – even every day if you so pleased – taking a huge weight off your shoulders.
All is required of you is to check up on the mowers work after each cut and make adjustments accordingly. Now I don’t mean big, drastic changes but occasionally you may want to shorten the cutting height as the weeks go on and according to the changing season. The rest is left to the robotic mower to worry about.
|Mowers||Robomow RS615||Bosch Indego||Husqvarna 315|
|Lawn Coverage||1500 m²||1000 m²||1500 m²|
|Noise Level||72-66 dB||75 dB||58 dB|
|Mowing Time||55 – 70 minutes||50 minutes||70 minutes|
|Charging Time||90 – 110 minutes||50 minutes||60 minutes|
|58x46x25.5 cm||63x51x25 cm|
|Weight||20 kg||11.1 kg||9 kg|
The 315 is powered using a lithium-ion battery which it charges automatically, when low on power, using its own charging station. It only takes about 60 minutes to charge and produces a running time of 70 minutes.
The 315 comes with a replaceable battery that is located in the chassis and doesn’t have to be unplugged to recharge.
As mentioned above, this Automower (like all in the market) has its own charging station which it leads itself to automatically. The battery only consumes 25W while cutting and the charger will only consume 1.3 amps.
The 315 is equipped with 3 razor sharp, carbon steel, cutting blades attached to a rotating disk in the centre of its base.
As they are not fixed in one place, the blades just fly out due to centrifugal force.
Because of this they are only powerful enough to cut through the grass and nothing else. So when a small object (like stones, toys or twigs) crawls under the bot, they will not be damaged, and neither will the blades.
This solves a big problem that affects most models in the market and makes the point clear that you don’t need a large blade to be an effective mower.
A very simple system is all that is needed.
This means you won’t have to clear the lawn before every mow like you would with most robotic mowers.
And when the 315 does come into contact with any object, its sensors will automatically switch of its rotating disk. Reducing the damage (even if only little) caused to the blades.
It will then turn round and continue to mow in a different direction. Unless of course the object it small enough to slip under the mower without any problems.
The 315 cuts the grass into tiny pieces so the clippings can drop all the way down to the soil. As they decompose, they pass on nutrients to the soil to promote much healthier grass growth.
This makes for a greener, thicker and healthier looking lawn – and it’ll also save you time and money on applying a artificial fertiliser every year!
The unit is capable of mowing areas where the slope reaches 22° which is around standard compared to its completion.
But I must say, the Husqvarna models handle these so much better than other models.
Most (not all) would either get stuck and turn off or begin to trundle down the hill again. Whereas as the Husqvarna models will glide up them with ease.
So to those with a slopped garden, no mower will be able to deal with your lawn better than these models.
But a little word of warning.
For times where the 315 needs to stop and turn, the slope should not exceed 15% as it may begin to struggle.
This feature is to ensure proper mowing over longer areas of grass.
Just place the mower in an area of long grass and select the “Spot Cutting” mode. It will then cover the chosen area in tight spirals and once finished resume automatic mode.
This is particularly useful for areas under garden furniture, once the furniture is removed of course.
So that it can calculate the best way through the narrowest of gaps, the 315 has special built-in sensors which detect narrow passages.
Once the data is recorded the 315 will vary its route through those passages to avoid unpleasant tracks.
This reduces the possibility of the mower getting in any sticky situations, which you would have had to manually lift it out of.
The unit has an easy to use settings panel which lets you personalise its settings to your garden.
For example, you can use it to choose which days and times you want the 315 to operate.
Not only that, you can change its cutting height as well, from anywhere between 20mm and 60mm. Simply decide which length you want and then turn one large knob on top of the unit.
But make sure you don’t set this to the shortest length straight away.
By doing this you won’t make use of the ‘mulching function’ – and if you want a great looking lawn, you will definitely want to make use of it!
So this feature is not so special but it definitely helps to remove you from the whole lawn mowing experience – the whole point of a robotic lawn mower.
First you’ll need to get the Husqvarna App sim card and plug it into your automower, then download the Husqvarna App to your phone. You can either do this through the app store for iPhones or through the Google Play store for android users.
Once you have downloaded it you will have to create a new account and just follow the steps. From here you can give the mower a name and then connect it to your phone.
For a visual on what to do, watch the video below:
Once you have the app up and running, you can begin making changes to 315 mowing system.
You can do stuff like alter its mowing schedule, cutting height and send it out or bring it back from a mow.
It also shows & notifies you of any problems caused to the mower at any point and shows you a map of the garden. From this you can see the progress it has made throughout the day using a heat map or a line trail.
Now I’m not going to say this is any better than the others because in fact it is on par with the likes of Worx or Bosch.
But take nothing away from it.
This is a great feature and will prove very useful during winter when the last thing you want to do is go out and fiddle around with a freezing cold robot.
A unique feature of the 315 is its lawn height sensors.
These enable this model to adapt its schedule according to the lawn’s changing growth throughout the year. So in times of strong growth the 315 will maximise mowing for a more effective cut.
In periods of sunny or dry weather the 315 will spend less time mowing, preserving your grass and reducing wear on your mower.
As the 315 has an electric motor it doesn’t produce harmful emissions and also operates at a very quiet 58 dB, so no noise pollution either.
This lets you program it to work during the night, it won’t wake you up and will certainly keep the neighbours happy!
Due to efficient energy management and unique cutting system, the 315 consumes low quantities of energy. Therefore it operates at a fraction of the cost of conventional lawn mowers.
Weather Proof Design
The 315 is designed to work your lawn constantly throughout the year, functioning fully and unattended regardless of the weather conditions.
This is because it has been designed to handle the harsh Nordic climate.
But if you feel your lawn might prove a struggle for the 315, then you can order special coarse-treaded wheels. These provide excellent traction in slippery and wet conditions.
When the weather gets too bad, to the point where your garden would only be damaged by cutting, the 315 will sense this and retreat back to its charging station.
The only real problem is that the mower can’t deal with frost. When it gets really cold, the bottom of the mower may freeze over, stopping it in its tracks.
To ensure complete safety to you, your children and pets the 315 has several built-in safety features.
Quick Stop Blade Function
If at any point during mowing you attempt to pick up the 315, or if for any reason it tips over, the cutting disk will automatically stop rotating preventing any injuries to the hand.
And as an extra precaution, the 315 has adequate space between its border and blades. Leaving just enough room for your fingers.
Remote Object Detection
As said earlier, 315 has ‘remote object detection’ as well as bump sensors.
So when the unit comes into near contact with an obstacle during its route, it will stop, redirect itself and continue mowing in a different direction.
It will then avoid this area for future mowing.
PIN & Alarm System
And finally, a PIN and alarm security system has been built-in to prevent operation by anyone unfamiliar with the controls.
This should scare off the odd burglar who tries to chance his luck and will stop the kids trying to use it without your supervision.
If any unusual activity does occur, you’ll be sent notifications to your phone (provided you downloaded the app).
Okay so yeah the 315 is not a perfect mower, it does have some flaws but it has a lot less than most of its competitors. So I’ll run through them here.
- Like all mowers, this model can’t reach any grass outside of its loop wire so you will have to do some trimming every few days.
And that’s it. Only one flaw in an otherwise perfect mower. I assume you can see why I rate this models so highly.
Husqvarna have produced one of the greatest robot mowers on the market, in fact I think it sets the standard to which all competitors must aspire.
The ability to adapt its mowing schedule based on the length of grass is truly innovative, and the large variety of features available make it an extremely versatile mower.
You will have to make quite a big financial investment for this model, so it will take some serious consideration.
But with all the features on offer here, I think it’s well worth it. You’ll love all of the features it has that make lawn care so much easier and, more importantly, you’ll love the results!
Now the only way to receive maximum results and all the benefits accompanied with the 315 is to make sure that it’s suited to your garden.
To make sure you’re compatible, run through the list below and check off which categories you fall under:
- Your garden is 1500m² in size
- Your garden is relatively bumpy and sloped
- You have a busy lifestyle and can’t maintain a garden on a regular basis
- You’re looking for a high end model
- You don’t mind doing some trimming every now and then
- You live in an area with a harsh climate (cold and wet)
Of course this is just a guide and is open to interpretation but hopefully it’s a little clearer to you whether or not you should purchase this model. Although if you’re still a little stuck then please leave me a comment below, I’ll do my best to answer your questions and help you find the perfect mower.
|Info Panel||LCD display with settings menu|
|Typical Charging Time||60 minutes|
|Charging System||fully automatic|
|Typical Mowing Time||70 Minutes|
|Cutting System||3 cutting razors/td>|
|Blade Motor||3 phase brushless|
|Cutting Height (min-max)||20-50 mm|
|Cutting Width||22 mm|
|Product Size LxWxH||63x51x25 cm|