Town is having a naming contest for its new sod-slaying, hedge-hogging, forest-clumping, Mr-mow-it-all.
Town of Mukilteo is having a naming contest for its new $75,000 RC Mowers R-52, a remote-operated robotic mower. (Submitted picture)
MUKILTEO — Right here comes Darth Blader.
Robots are taking up the earth. Your assist is required.
What’s up with that?
Town of Mukilteo is having a naming contest for its new $75,000 remote-operated robotic mower.
The RC Mowers R-52 is a relentless romping-chomping machine. “Beast within the wild,” the Wisconsin manufacturing firm’s website says.
There is no such thing as a residency requirement to enter a reputation. There is no such thing as a prize, both, other than being the one who named the beast.
Deadline is Saturday. A survey will let the neighborhood rank the submitted names, which to this point has included Mukilteo Muncher and Pink Rover.
Mukilteo spokesperson Nick Nehring stated the mower was bought by the Floor Water Utility with funding by a Division of Ecology Capability Grant.
The 7-foot, 1,850-pound beast began munching this month with its fierce enamel biting by way of tough terrain and taking over difficult slopes.
“Nearly all of the mower’s workload will likely be to assist preserve stormwater amenities and cut back workers time,” Nehring stated. ”The stormwater crew has made nice strides in sustaining the amenities and different areas that want vegetation administration within the metropolis.”
The mower that all the time reveals as much as work on time and by no means takes a break or complains deserved a nametag, identical to the opposite staff.
“The concept got here from our Stormwater division as a enjoyable neighborhood outreach effort,” Nehring stated.
Different cities have had mower naming contests.
A current contest in Ohio drew quite a few naming entries for its RC Mowers beast that maintains a flood safety system with 5 dams and 55 miles of levees. Prime 5 contenders for the $100 present card prize embrace Darth Blader and Trim Reaper.
In 2017, a Lynden, Washington, contest to call a $3,500 robotic garden mower had a $250 present card prize. Over 160 names have been submitted for the Husqvarna mower that was extra of a magnificence than a beast. The profitable identify “Maaier,” pronounced Meyer, means mower in English.
Want concepts for the Mukilteo monster?
A narrative on smarterideas.com cites “the significance of naming your robotic garden mower” to create a way of attachment and character for the machine. The listing of strategies contains Sodzilla, Sir Lawnsalot, Mr. Mowjangles, Hedge Hog, Forest Clump, Robocrop, R2Mow2, Marilyn Monrobot and Mr. Mow-it-all.
Lynnwood Public Works had a contest in 2022 to call a 10-foot-long American Sno-Plow.
Of 303 responses, Snowbi Wan Kenobi, the “Star Wars”-inspired identify, received by a Wookie’s nostril of seven votes.
Plowy McPlowface — an offshoot of the internet-inspired Boaty McBoatface that received a well-liked vote for a British polar analysis ship — was the identify of one other smaller snow plow.
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