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"Look, I think it’s so terribly adorable, but you have to understand that you have zero chance of success with such a silly thing"
Bridget Maasland downplays the robot's design (translated from Dutch)

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.

Design[]

"It’s really just a lawnmower, but upside down. We connected it to a scooter motor, on 36 instead of 24 volt, so it’s a lot stronger."
— The team run through the process of converting El-Mower (translated from Dutch)

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, reliable, and very fast thanks to its 36V wheelchair motors, El-Mower's weapon was rather ineffective. El-Mower's wheels were located at the back of the machine but were still exposed, and El-Mower was especially vulnerable to being toppled over as it lacked a self-righting mechanism.

"El-mower might look cute, but during a test drive in the garden, it mowed down several porcelain pots, and dredged a pond to smithereens."
Eric Corton (translated from Dutch

Etymology[]

The name El-Mower is a play on the Sesame Street character, Elmo, a stuffed toy of which sat on top of the robot during its appearances, alongside 'lawnmower', which the robot was constructed from.

Robot History[]

Dutch Series 1[]

Bridget Maasland: "Is this just some kind of diversionary maneuver, so people think ‘naw, this’ll be an easy win’?”"
Jeroen Wolf: "Yeah, and if it catches fire, which could maybe possibly happen, then we have our bandaids ready to stick it back together."
— Pre-battle interview with the El-Mower team (translated from Dutch)

El-Mower pushes Flextreme

El-Mower receives surprise assistance from Shunt

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, with El-Mower becoming immobile in the closing stages. However, it made it to the end of the five-minute match , and the Jury awarded El-Mower with the victory.

"A bit dull, all this. Sesame Street versus a greenhouse."
— Eric Corton describes the match against Flextreme (translated from Dutch)

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.

Results[]

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

Wins/Losses[]

  • Wins: 1
  • Losses: 1

Series Record[]

El-Mower in the Robot Wars Magazine

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

Trivia[]

  • 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.
  • For some reason, the El-Mower team were the only team in Dutch Series 1 who were not interviewed on screen after their Round 1 victory.

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