'Spider mower' turns heads at state office campus

July 28, 2017 06:30 PM

ALBANY - If you've ever driven by the Harriman State Office Campus in Albany and wondered about that strange looking lawnmower, you're not alone. NewsChannel 13 was curious too, so we found out how it works.

The "Spider Mower" is the brainchild of an engineer in Europe.

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"He had a problem and he applied his engineering skills to figure out how to mow around the bridges that he engineered in Czechoslovakia and the 'Spider' was born from that," explained Heather Groll with the Office of General Services.

When OGS was in the market for a new mower, they tested it out and loved it.

"The biggest thing is that this is so much safer for our team to be out here mowing these hills," pointed out Groll. "It has a very low center of gravity, so it holds itself upright. It doesn't tip over."

It's run by a remote control that workers say is similar to an Xbox controller. With a radio frequency, they don't have to stand too close and have to worry about falling down the hills or getting near speeding cars.

"This mower can cut grass or things in its way that are up to eight-feet tall," noted Groll.

It has four height settings, controlled by the remote as well and will last for about 10,000 engine hours. If you're worried about a runaway mower hitting your car, don't be. If the radio signal is lost, it automatically shuts the mower down.

The mower cost $49,000, which is similar to other commercial mowers.


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