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Prince George's County man builds remote-controlled lawnmower

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Cutting the lawn is a lot of people's least favorite chore. But one Prince George’s County man may have come up with a solution. He has built a remote-controlled lawnmower.

Ever since he could remember, Anthony Stills was always building things.

"I was always taking the TVs apart and taking out the tubes,” he said.

But this might be his best invention yet.

Stills was a Major in the Marines, but deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan took their toll on his knees when he cut the grass.

"It's always painful going back and forth,” he said. “That consumes all of my day.”

So he got an idea to build a radio-controlled lawnmower.

"When I push the button, it moves,” he said. “When I let it go, it stops.”

Basically, it's a regular lawnmower mounted on a cart that can run with his thumbs.

"My next-door neighbor said, “Where’d you buy that from?’” Stills recalled. “And I was like, ‘I made that!’”

Stills’ wife says it has cut his lawn cutting time in half.

"I thought it was amazing,” said Eunice Stills. “I still think it's amazing.”

Now the cost for this prototype came in about $800. Stills thinks he can cut that in half when he goes into production.

The "lawn drone" has become such a curiosity, he has to be careful not to cut grass during rush hour.

"Every time I'm cutting the grass, I stop traffic,” he said.

As for his kids? They are pretty proud of their dad's invention.

“I knew that in the end that it would work," said his daughter Evelyn.

"You don't have to do very much work," Anthony's son said.

It looks like a robot according to his other son, Aaron.

But there is a real human dad behind this grass cutting machine -- one who has put his mind over mulching.

"Now I can go and do all the things that I really enjoy,” he said.

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