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A Review On: Bosch Rotak 43 Lithium Ion - Cordless Lawnmower

Bosch Rotak 43 Lithium Ion - Cordless Lawnmower

Rated # 9 in Lawn Mowers
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Price paid: $695.00
Re VOX Ltd
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Pros: Light, fast charging, quiet, durable

Cons: Zero support from Bosch


I shopped every where for a green solution to mowing the yard, and there just wasn't one. The lead acid units are a joke; 77 to 100 pounds, 18 to 24 hour charge times, 300 charge cycles if you pamper them, and $140 battery replacement cost.


Not wanting to wait, I made the huge investment to import one from Europe. This came with a 220V 50Hz charger, and after using a step-up transformer for awhile, I purchased a 110V charger. This unit is capable of being charged off my solar panel system. True Green mowing!


As for performance, I couldn't be happier. No, it is not the same as my 6.5hp Tecumseh, but how far will that mow on 5 cents of gas?! Using a spare battery, I am able to mow non-stop. And, charging time is around 48 minutes, not the one hour advertised. Using a Kill-A-Watt meter, and my high Com-Ed rates, it calculates to cost ~a dime to mow my yard if I was not using solar.


I bought a second Rotak 43, but see no reason to hang on to it; the first one is operating that well. I will be selling the spare.


As for my low rating of the companies Eco-Score, please see the emails below from the Product Manager at Bosch. Not only do they not care about bringing this product to the States, but they refuse to warranty it here!


From: revoxltd@======
To: techinfo@us.bosch.com
Subject: RE: Request from Contact function: Rotak
Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2010 01:21:14 +0000





I believe in this product, and paid huge shipping costs to get one to the States. I am elated with it.
Question: I could not register this on-line. Will Bosch warranty it? And if so, how do I go about registering it?

Thank you,


From: revoxltd@========
To: techinfo@us.bosch.com
Subject: RE: Request from Contact function: Rotak
Date: Thu, 10 Jun 2010 13:22:56 +0000

Thank you for your reply, John.

I personally think Bosch is missing a market segment here. The competition is weighing in at 72 to over 100 pounds, with charge times of 12 to 18 hours. I hope Bosch will re-consider a launch in the States. I would be glad to test the Rotak on an average sized American lawn, and submit reports and testimonials!

> From: Techinfo@us.bosch.com
> To: revoxltd@=======
> Date: Thu, 10 Jun 2010 15:14:39 +0200
> Subject: FW: Request from Contact function: Rotak
> At this time there is no scheduled release date for this product in North America.
> John Chorkawciw
> Robert Bosch Tool Corporation
> National Customer Care Center
> Technical Support Consultant (PT-BNA/ASA3)
> 901 S Rohlwing Rd
> Unit A
> Addison, IL 60101 USA
> www.boschtools.com
> Tel: 1 (630) 705-7800
> Fax: 1 (630) 705-7811
> john.chorkawciw@us.bosch.com
> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: mailgenerator@de.bosch.com [mailto:mailgenerator@de.bosch.com]
> Gesendet: Mittwoch, 9. Juni 2010 22:43
> An: Kundenberatung (EW/VBS)
> Betreff: Request from Contact function: Rotak
> Rotak
> Title* : Mr.
> Additional title :
> First name : Josef
> Name* : =====
> Company :
> Street* : ========
> Postcode, Town* : ======= ==
> Country* : USA
> Your e-mail address* : revoxltd@=======
> Subject* : Rotak
> Your Concern* :
> When will the Rotak cordless electric lawn mowers be available in the United States?
> Thank you.


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