El-Mower was a robot that exclusively competed in the first series of Dutch Robot Wars. It won its first battle on a jury's decision against Flextreme, but lost in the second round to eventual Dutch Series 1 champion Slicer.

Its name is a play on the Sesame Street character, Elmo, a stuffed toy of which sat on top of the robot during its appearances.



El-Mower in the arena

El-Mower featured a rather unusual design, modeled on a ride-on mower and featuring a face-mounted spinning blade as its main weapon. An Elmo toy was 'seated' within the robot's frame behind the blade, which remarkably managed to survive mostly intact in both of its battles. While aggressive and reliable, El-Mower's weapon was rather ineffective, its wheels were exposed and it was especially vulnerable to being toppled over, more so because of its lack of self-righting mechanism.

Robot HistoryEdit

Dutch Series 1Edit

El-Mower vs Flextreme

El-Mower pushes Flextreme

El-Mower's first battle was against Flextreme. El-Mower attacked Flextreme from the side, but could not damage Flextreme's top. It became side-locked with Flextreme, and tried to use its blade like a hammer, with no success. In the last few seconds of the fight, Flextreme pushed El-Mower from behind and attempted to grind it. The match went to a jury's decision, which was in favour of El-Mower.

El-Mower vs Slicer

El-Mower rests on its side after being toppled by Slicer


Elmo is spiked by Shunt

In Round 2, El-Mower was drawn against Slicer. At the start of the battle, El-Mower was buffeted by Slicer's drum and thrown across the arena. Shunt came in and axed the Elmo doll, before dragging the robot over the flame pit (which barely singed the doll, surprisingly). El-Mower was not moving, so it was counted out and then flipped by the floor flipper. Matilda finished it off by throwing it down the pit.


Series 1
Dutch Championship
Heat, Semi-Final
Heat D, Round 1 vs. Flextreme Won
Heat D, Semi-Final vs. Slicer Lost


  • Wins: 1
  • Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit

El mower official

El-Mower in the Robot Wars Magazine

Dutch Series El-Mower Series Record
Series 1 Heat, Round 2
Series 2 Did not enter

Trivia Edit

  • Despite the fact that El-Mower was put on the flame pit, the Elmo toy was barely singed- the only damage it took was a rip in its eye and a hole where Shunt axed it.
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