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Utah State University Deploys Autonomous Mowing Robot by Left Hand Robotics

Robot tractor to mow grass, clear snow, and help university landscaping crew during gaps in seasonal staff.

A bright orange, self-driving robot is mowing grass at Utah State University this summer. The university’s landscape and maintenance team is evaluating how a robot tractor built by Left Hand Robotics can help with repetitive outdoor jobs and seasonal gaps in workforce.

Jason Petterborg, mowing crew lead at USU, says they manage about 100 acres of turf at the Logan, Utah campus. USU is trying out the all-season robot tractor to mow grass during the 2020 growing season and to clear snow on sidewalks come wintertime.

The robot’s first ongoing job assignment on campus: Keep a 7-acre, cross-country field of mostly Kentucky bluegrass mowed to a 3-inch height. The USU crew outfitted its 2020 RT-1000, the latest model from Left Hand Robotics, with a 63-inch rotary mower deck. The field is being mowed a few times a week.

After three months on the job, the USU crew is happy with robot’s performance. “It’s a beautiful cut. It always looks good. The mower’s doing a fantastic job. It’s always cutting well,” said Petterborg.

The RT-1000 uses high-accuracy GNSS RTK to guide the gas-powered machine along its preassigned mowing path. The robot also features on-board cameras and safety sensors to detect obstacles and people while operating. To prevent grass damage and driving ruts, the landscape crew set-up four different mowing patterns for the robot to follow.

The USU team plans to expand the robot’s mowing acreage later this summer. They will also use the robot during seasonal gaps when temporary staff (mostly high school and college students) aren’t available to work as many hours.

“(The robot) gives us manpower when we don’t have the manpower available, said Shane Richards, Landscape Operation and Maintenance manager at USU. He said the machine can work during more convenient evening hours when classes aren’t in session too (loud machines can disrupt professor lectures). No staff has been replaced by the robot, Richards added.

USU has leased the RT-1000 from RMT Equipment in Salt Lake City. The university will analyze the operation and maintenance costs for the robot later this year.

LEARN MORE

See photos and learn more about how USU is using the RT-1000 on its main campus at lefthandrobotics.com/usu.

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About Utah State University
Founded in 1888, Utah State University is a land-grant, public research university with three regional campuses, one comprehensive regional campus, and 28 Extension offices. Utah State enrolls 27,679 students from 78 countries. Learn more at www.usu.edu

Left Hand Robotics Adds Automated Outdoor Solutions (AOS) to Dealer Network

New dealer expands territory into Illinois and Wisconsin

Left Hand Robotics, manufacturer of the world’s first self-driving smart robot for commercial turf and snow maintenance, recently added Automated Outdoor Solutions to its growing dealer network. “The day I started Automated Outdoor Solutions I knew I needed to partner with Left Hand Robotics. They, in my opinion, were a first in the commercial automatic snow clearing world. If I want to succeed with our company mission statement, we needed to bring their solution to our customers. Today my vision as come to fruition!” said Joe Langton, CEO, Automated Outdoor Solutions.

AOS will boost robot sales and service for Left Hand Robotics in the midwestern United States, including Illinois and southern Wisconsin. AOS is based in Woodstock, IL.    

“We are excited to expand our dealer territory into the critical midwest region,” said Terry Olkin, CEO of Left Hand Robotics. “Their customers can see how our newest robot tractor and next-generation technology can transform how repetitive and tedious outdoor tasks are managed.”

Left Hand Robotics is taking orders for new 2020 RT-1000 commercial robot and available field attachments for mowing grass and clearing snow.

LEARN MORE

Schedule a demo or request more info today. Contact your local AOS sales representative at 847-980-1269 or visit automatedoutdoor.com.

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About Automated Outdoor Solutions

“I started Automated Outdoor Solutions to be a bridge between manufactures and end users. I feel like the universe has put me in all the right places in my past, has put people I need by my side in the present time to help me realize our industry’s future. I feel very fortunate to run this company with my brother John Langton and my daughter Julia Langton. If people want to grow in the years to come they will need to address the labor shortage in our industry, rising costs, decreasing margins, regulation and environmental pressure on their business. At Automated Outdoor Solutions, we believe we can help businesses and municipalities realize that future is now, and we want to be part of your solution.” – Joe Langton, CEO & Founder.

About Left Hand Robotics

Left Hand Robotics is revolutionizing the commercial outdoor power equipment industry with the world’s first commercial, self-driving smart robot that transforms between an autonomous field mowing robot and a powerful snow clearing robot. The robot is designed for anyone who manages commercial or public turf maintenance or snow clearing to offload the most tedious and labor-intensive tasks so workers can focus on complex tasks.

Left Hand Robotics’ customers have robots mowing parks, sports complexes and campuses today. The robot can be monitored real-time from a smartphone while RADAR and LIDAR sensors can detect an unexpected person or obstacle for safe operation. Longmont, Colorado based Left Hand Robotics is focused on leveraging its state-of-the-art scalable robot platform to deliver huge cost and time savings benefits to customers. Learn more at www.lefthandrobotics.com.

Left Hand Robotics Launches BOLT

New BOLT platform enables equipment manufacturers to automate machines for outdoor jobs. 

BOLT: Add autonomous navigation, connected sensors, and real-time operations to machines.Left Hand Robotics, pioneer and manufacturer of the world’s first self-driving smart robot for commercial turf and snow, recently launched BOLT, a technology platform that transforms outdoor machinery and power equipment into smarter, more efficient, ready-to-work robots. 

AUTOMATING MACHINES FOR UNMANNED JOBS

BOLT brings autonomous navigation, connected sensors, and real-time robot operations to outdoor power equipment and machines doing repetitive jobs across the globe. Building on Left Hand Robotics’ field-proven experience with its own robot tractors, BOLT allows OEMs to launch faster, reduce R&D costs, and tap into a unified platform with navigation, sensors, controls, software and apps.  

“Our team has learned a lot, building, testing, proving how autonomous tractors can work on tedious, dirty jobs in the real world. These are tough problems to solve and we have already invested more than 80 engineering years into the technology behind BOLT,” said Terry Olkin, CEO for Left Hand Robotics. “We’ll continue to build our own robots while offering BOLT to a limited number of OEMs in the first year.”   

BOLT focuses on several key areas to help with machine automation, including:

  • Autonomous Navigation and Telemetry
  • Smart Sensors & Cameras
  • Connected Power Equipment & Controls
  • Cloud-Based Robot Operations Center & Apps
  • Job Planning, Reporting & Analysis 

Since each OEM is likely to have different requirements or product needs, BOLT partners will go through multiple deployment phases, including evaluation, development, and deployment. 

PARTNERING WITH OEMs

Left Hand Robotics soft-launched BOLT earlier this year and interest has been high from manufacturers needing more automation capabilities. Left Hand Robotics is already collaborating with top power equipment and machine manufacturers to incorporate BOLT features into their future product lines. 

LEARN MORE

To see a full list of BOLT capabilities and to learn how to become an OEM partner, go to www.lefthandrobotics.com/bolt

Left Hand Robotics Adds RMT Equipment to Dealer Network

New dealer expands territory into 6 more states in the Mountain West and Northwest

Left Hand Robotics, manufacturer of the world’s first self-driving smart robot for commercial turf and snow maintenance, recently added RMT Equipment to its growing dealer network. 

“RMT is excited to bring robotic and autonomous machinery to its customers and believes that these cutting-edge technologies are transforming the turf industry by solving labor challenges, reducing operating expenses, and producing an unparalleled quality of work,” said Brandon Bonham, CEO of RMT Equipment. 

RMT Equipment will boost robot sales and service for Left Hand Robotics in the western United States, including Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Washington, and Oregon. RMT Equipment is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has six additional locations peppered throughout its sales region.    

“We are excited to expand our dealer territory into six more states with RMT Equipment,” said Terry Olkin, CEO of Left Hand Robotics. “Their customers can learn how our newest robot tractor and next-generation technology can make their outdoor operations more efficient.”

Left Hand Robotics is taking orders for new 2020 RT-1000 commercial robot and available field attachments for mowing grass and clearing snow. Earlier this month, RMT Equipment attended a two-day dealer training at the Left Hand Robotics headquarters in Longmont, Colorado.

LEARN MORE

Schedule a demo or request more info today. Contact your local RMT Equipment sales representative at 801-261-2100 or visit www.rmtequipment.com.

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About RMT Equipment

The Stan Bonham company was founded in 1958 and sold tractor dynamometers for M&W gear to tractor dealers in UT, WY, NV. and sold the first aftermarket M&W turbo kit for tractors in the state of Idaho. The Company started doing retail business as RMT Equipment in the mid 80’s. RMT Equipment quickly became known in the industry as forward-thinking, dynamic, progressive and eager to serve customers across multiple business segments.

Today, RMT Equipment serves the Agricultural, Construction, Professional Lawn Care, Golf and Turf and Rental segments in Utah, ID, WY, OR, WA. The company believes in the service 1st approach and specialization in each segment is foundational to its future. Learn more at www.rmtequipment.com

About Left Hand Robotics

Left Hand Robotics is revolutionizing the commercial outdoor power equipment industry with the world’s first commercial, self-driving smart robot that transforms between an autonomous field mowing robot and a powerful snow clearing robot. The robot is designed for anyone who manages commercial or public turf maintenance or snow clearing to offload the most tedious and labor-intensive tasks so workers can focus on complex tasks.

Left Hand Robotics’ customers have robots mowing parks, sports complexes and campuses today. The robot can be monitored real-time from a smartphone while RADAR and LIDAR sensors can detect an unexpected person or obstacle for safe operation. Longmont, Colorado based Left Hand Robotics is focused on leveraging its state-of-the-art scalable robot platform to deliver huge cost and time savings benefits to customers. Learn more at www.lefthandrobotics.com.

Left Hand Robotics Adds First Dealer in Canada

Clark’s Supply and Service Ltd. expands Left Hand Robotics territory into Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Left Hand Robotics, manufacturer of the world’s first self-driving smart robot for commercial turf and snow maintenance, recently expanded its dealer territory into Canada with Clark’s Supply & Service Ltd.

With three locations in Saskatchewan and one in Alberta, Clark’s Supply & Service Ltd. will help expand robot sales and service for Left Hand Robotics. 

 “We are excited and honored to sign Clark’s Supply & Service Ltd. as our first dealer in Canada. Our partnership will enable Canadian customers to experience next generation technology to tackle their outdoor tasks,” said Terry Olkin, CEO of Left Hand Robotics.

The Clark’s Supply & Service Ltd. sales group is equipped to demo the autonomous RT-1000 robot and available field attachments for mowing grass and clearing snow. Landscape and municipality personnel can learn how the workbot tackles jobs year-round, saving time and money. In addition, they can see how the robot self-drives, its built-in safety features, and the robot operations center where operators can manage job sites and tasks. 

“We are extremely excited to become the first Canadian distributor for Left Hand Robotics.  Being part of this opportunity to pioneer the market’s first autonomous robotic tractor for snow clearing and mowing is a great complement to our existing product line up,” said Kirt Blatz, Territory Manager of Clark’s Supply & Service Ltd. 

DEMO a RT-1000 ROBOT

Dealers are now taking orders for 2020 models. Contact the sales team for more information or to schedule a robot demo today. Learn more at: http://clarks-supply.com/

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About Clark’s Supply & Service Ltd.

Clark’s Supply offers a range of turf equipment, pumps, and other products in Saskatchewan and Alberta. In addition to Left Hand Robotics, they represent Jacobsen, Grasshopper, Turfco, Smithco, and other top brands. More at: https://clarks-supply.com

About Left Hand Robotics

Left Hand Robotics is revolutionizing the commercial outdoor power equipment industry with the world’s first commercial, self-driving smart robot that transforms between an autonomous field mowing robot and a powerful snow clearing robot. The robot is designed for anyone who manages commercial or public turf maintenance or snow clearing to offload the most tedious and labor-intensive tasks so workers can focus on complex tasks.

 Left Hand Robotics’ customers have robots mowing parks, sports complexes and campuses today. The robot can be monitored real-time from a smartphone while RADAR and LIDAR sensors can detect an unexpected person or obstacle for safe operation. Longmont, Colorado based Left Hand Robotics is focused on leveraging its state-of-the-art scalable robot platform to deliver huge cost and time savings benefits to customers. Learn more at www.lefthandrobotics.com.

Left Hand Robotics Partners with Tri-State Pump & Control

New dealer expands Left Hand Robotics territory into Southeast.

Left Hand Robotics, manufacturer of the world’s first self-driving smart robot for commercial turf and snow maintenance, recently added Tri-State Pump & Control (TSP) to its dealer network.

Based in Liberty, South Carolina, TSP manufactures pump systems and distributes turf maintenance equipment to commercial landscape professionals in the southeast. TSP will help expand robot sales and service for Left Hand Robotics in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and northern Florida. 

“I am proud to announce that TSP Turf has partnered with Left Hand Robotics to be the exclusive distributor for its revolutionary commercial robots for turf and snow in the Southeast region. Our TSP staff is trained and ready, and eager to introduce you to this jaw-dropping, time-saving product,” said Al Wilson, CEO & President, TSP. 

TSP sales group is equipped to demo the autonomous RT-1000 robot and available field attachments for mowing grass and clearing snow. 

“We are excited to welcome TSP, a prestigious and established dealer, to our network. The TSP and Left Hand Robotics partnership will enable customers in the Southeast to experience our next generation technology to tackle their outdoor jobs,” said Terry Olkin, CEO of Left Hand Robotics.

REQUEST A DEMO

Dealers are now taking orders for 2020 models. Contact your local TSP sales representative for more information or to schedule a robot demo today. Go to: https://www.tspturf.com

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About Tri-State Pump & Control 

Based in Liberty, South Carolina, Tri-State Pump & Control has been leading provider of turf equipment and pump systems since 1994. In addition to Left Hand Robotics, they also represent Jacobson, Ventrac, Turfco, Smithco, Cushman, and SWOZI. More at: https://www.tspturf.com

 

About Left Hand Robotics

Left Hand Robotics is revolutionizing the commercial outdoor power equipment industry with the world’s first commercial, self-driving smart robot that transforms between an autonomous field mowing robot and a powerful snow clearing robot. The robot is designed for anyone who manages commercial or public turf maintenance or snow clearing to offload the most tedious and labor-intensive tasks so workers can focus on complex tasks.

 

Left Hand Robotics’ customers have robots mowing parks, sports complexes and campuses today. The robot can be monitored real-time from a smartphone while RADAR and LIDAR sensors can detect an unexpected person or obstacle for safe operation. Longmont, Colorado based Left Hand Robotics is focused on leveraging its state-of-the-art scalable robot platform to deliver huge cost and time savings benefits to customers. Learn more at www.lefthandrobotics.com.

Lawn & Golf Supply Company Joins Dealer Network

New dealer expands sales reach into Mid-Atlantic

Left Hand Robotics, manufacturer of the world’s first self-driving smart robot for commercial turf and snow maintenance, recently expanded its dealer network with Lawn & Golf Supply Company.

Headquartered in Phoenixville, PA, Lawn & Golf is a leading equipment and supply dealer for commercial, municipal, golf, athletic and snow removal industries. Lawn & Golf will help expand robot sales and service for Left Hand Robotics in the Mid-Atlantic, including eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland.

“We are excited to welcome Lawn & Golf to our growing dealer network,” said Terry Olkin, CEO of Left Hand Robotics. “Our partnership will enable customers in the Mid-Atlantic to experience how our robots and next generation technology can tackle outdoor tasks.”

The Lawn & Golf sales team is equipped to demo the autonomous RT-1000 robot and available field attachments for mowing grass and clearing snow. Commercial turf and snow professionals can see how the workbot tackles jobs year-round, learn about its safety features, and how to manage job assignments.

Since its inception in 1937, Lawn & Golf has served its customers loyally with quality turf equipment, experience and exceptional service. We work tirelessly to preserve those core values that helped grow this company to where we are today,” said Tyler Jeinnings, Inside Sales for Lawn & Golf. “With Left Hand Robotics, Lawn and Golf is able to provide our customers a cutting-edge product that will solve labor challenges, reduce operating expenses, all while producing an unparalleled quality of work.”

Request A Demo

For more information about Left Hand Robotics products, please contact your local Lawn & Golf Supply sales representative. Visit Lawn & Golf at www.lawn-golf.com or call (610) 933-5801.

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About Lawn & Golf Supply Company

With over 80 years of service, Lawn & Golf Supply Company is based in Phoenixville, PA and has been an employee-owned business since 2016. In addition to Left Hand Robotics, they also represent Jacobsen, Ventrac, Smithco, Greenworks Commercial, Swozi, and many others. More at: https://www.lawn-golf.com/

About Left Hand Robotics

Left Hand Robotics is revolutionizing the commercial outdoor power equipment industry with the world’s first commercial, self-driving smart robot that transforms between an autonomous field mowing robot and a powerful snow clearing robot. The robot is designed for anyone who manages commercial or public turf maintenance or snow clearing to offload the most tedious and labor-intensive tasks so workers can focus on complex tasks.

Left Hand Robotics’ customers have robots mowing parks, sports complexes and campuses today. The robot can be monitored real-time from a smartphone while RADAR and LIDAR sensors can detect an unexpected person or obstacle for safe operation. Longmont, Colorado based Left Hand Robotics is focused on leveraging its state-of-the-art scalable robot platform to deliver huge cost and time savings benefits to customers. Learn more at www.lefthandrobotics.com.

Left Hand Robotics Adds MTE Turf Solutions to Dealer Network

New dealer expands sales group into 8 states in Northeast

MTE Left Hand Robotics Dealer

Left Hand Robotics, manufacturer of the world’s first self-driving smart robot for commercial turf and snow maintenance, recently added MTE Turf Equipment Solutions (MTE) to its dealer network. 

As a leading supplier of commercial grounds maintenance equipment in the Northeast, MTE will help expand robot sales and service for Left Hand Robotics. MTE has four store locations and will represent Left Hand Robotics in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

“We are excited and honored to have a prestigious and established dealer as MTE amongst our first dealers. The MTE and Left Hand Robotics partnership will enable customers in the Northeast to experience next generation technology to tackle their outdoor tasks,” said Terry Olkin, CEO of Left Hand Robotics.

In addition, the MTE sales team is equipped to demo the newest, self-driving RT-1000 robot and available field attachments for mowing grass and clearing snow. Outdoor turf and snow professionals can see how the autonomous workbot performs jobs, learn about its built-in safety features, and how to manage jobsite projects.

“Our team at MTE is excited to partner with a forward thinking quality brand like Left Hand Robotics in the emerging autonomous grounds care space. With our operating footprint in the northeast United States, our customers cut grass and move snow. We believe the folks at Left Hand Robotics are building a machine that will bring new efficiencies to these tasks and will offer our customers the ability to re-allocate human resources and increase overall productivity,” said Ben Mancuso, Vice President at MTE Turf Equipment Solutions. 

Demo a Robot

Dealers are now taking orders for the 2020 models. Contact the MTE team for more information or to schedule an equipment demo today. Find the nearest location at www.mte.us.com/locations.  

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About MTE Turf Equipment Solutions

Family owned and operated, MTE is a leading supplier of commercial grounds maintenance equipment in the Northeast. MTE specializes in both natural and artificial turf care as well as snow removal products. MTE services New York, Northern New Jersey and New England with four locations in Rochester, Albany, Southern New Hampshire, and New Milford Connecticut. In addition to Left Hand Robotics, MTE is a proud supplier of Jacobsen, Ventrac, Gravely, Smithco, Turfco, Redexim and many other specialty products. More at www.mte.us.com.

About Left Hand Robotics

Left Hand Robotics is revolutionizing the commercial outdoor power equipment industry with the world’s first commercial, self-driving smart robot that transforms between an autonomous field mowing robot and a powerful snow clearing robot. The robot is designed for anyone who manages commercial or public turf maintenance or snow clearing to offload the most tedious and labor-intensive tasks so workers can focus on complex tasks.

Left Hand Robotics’ customers have robots mowing parks, sports complexes and campuses today. The robot can be monitored real-time from a smartphone while RADAR and LIDAR sensors can detect an unexpected person or obstacle for safe operation. Longmont, Colorado based Left Hand Robotics is focused on leveraging its state-of-the-art scalable robot platform to deliver huge cost and time savings benefits to customers. Learn more at www.lefthandrobotics.com.