Lawn-Boy has designed its 2005 line of walk power mowers (WPMs) to be comfortable and adjustable to “fit” multiple users. Intuitive features include the company’s patented Sens-A-Speed™ technology, which automatically adjusts the mower speed—from 0 to 4 mph—as it senses the user’s walking speed. According to Pat Cappucci, director of Sales and Marketing, the technology is based on a user’s natural motion.
“Natural human motion is to lean forward the further one walks,” he explains. “Therefore…the handle moves forward with the user’s natural forward motion, thereby adjusting the speed accordingly.”
To further enhance ease of use, the unit’s bag system allows users to lift the bag with one hand through the handles, as opposed to spring-loaded doors, which typically require two-handed operation. Additionally, the bag can be dropped back into place without users having to line up notches or hooks on which the bag should hang. Lawn-Boy has also included a safety switch so the mower is unable to operate without the bag or mulch plug in place.
The unit’s inset and compact wheel design is said to allow for trimming close to obstacles such as trees and landscape. The wheels also have a larger radius to give them a caster-wheel-like motion that enhances maneuverability. “The difference is in the overall wheel shape and design, not in the rubber compound construction,” notes Mr. Cappucci.
The company’s 2005 line-up includes eight new models, half of which fall under the Insight™ Series, while the other half are under the Insight™ Gold Series (pictured).