“ Brand: Flymo / Type: Replacement Tools - Spare Parts for Flymo Lawnrake „
I bought a Performance (B&Q's house brand) electric lawn rake some years ago but over the years the metal spring tines have progressively snapped off. B&Q now sells the same design as the Mountfield Lawnrake, although only the colour appears to be different. The price seems to be double what I paid though!
As you will know, if you are a regular B&Q customer, they don't encourage you to mend their products when they break. They want you to buy anew. So, I didn't expect to be able to get replacement tines from B&Q but hoped that I might find another manufacturer with a similar design.
I discovered the Flymo replacement tine set and, as far as I could tell from the pictures, it looked like they would do the job. So I bought a pack from eSpares for just under £8 with delivery. If they didn't work then it wouldn't have cost me too much.
As it turned out they did fit the lawn rake. The Flymo tines are a lot longer than the Performance ones but sit at a shallower angle and so only protrude about the same amount as the originals.
Fitting them is a bit of an ordeal. The rake rotor assembly attaches with a spring pin. You pull it out and the whole unit can then be removed from the motor. You then have to disassemble the plastic rotor in order to remove the broken tines and replace them. They consist of a stack of plastic disks, each housing three tines. You have to punch a spring pin out of the spindle at one end in order to get at them. They then each slide off the spindle with a bit of tugging. The exposed spindle may be a bit rusty so a rub down with some fine sandpaper may help.
At the other end is a spring washer which holds the disks in place. I recommend replacing the disks from that end, so slide the spring washer down the spindle to get it off (it will only go in one direction - all the way along the now empty spindle), replace the spring pin at the other end and then reassemble the disk stack from the opposite end from which you removed them, making sure you get them the right way round. Finally, replace the spring washer to hold the stack in place.
I've now used the refurbished lawn rake and it works a treat; just like new. The replacement pack contains over 40 tines and so far I've used just a third of them so I have plenty left over for future use.
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