The Missouri Department of Transportation is using the future of mowing technology today with brand new Spider remote-controlled mowers. Click to listen to KMZU’s Brian Lock talk with MoDOT Maintenance Supervisor Ronnie Smith:
“Basically the gentleman has a controller around his waist and it has a shoulder strap kind of like remote controlled cars and air planes,” Smith said. “He can just stand in a safe location above the mower or to the side of it and it can be operated up and down a steep slope.”
The mowers, which are currently only in use by the Kansas City division of MoDOT, cost about $40,000 each.
“It is a radio-controlled remote slope mower that allows our employee to operate out of harm’s way,” Smith added. “It gives them the opportunity to mow up and down some of the steep slopes some of our other mowers can’t get to.”
Smith stated that MoDOT is considering purchasing more of the Spider mowers for use all over the state.