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OK for the money, but not as good as it used to be.
Bought one of these to replace a similar one that expired after 5 years of hard use (There is a non-orderable blade clutch that wears out after a while--it can be replaced with a bit of effort with a hammer to drive it off the motor shaft if you could get one--turning the abrasive blocks gave me another 6 months of use).
A bit disappointed with the replacement (Model 9633030-01). It's the same "type" as my previous one, but has been cheapened up a bit. The power cable is now hardwired, which makes replacing it with a longer one or after you cut it much harder (the previous had a standard plug at the mower end). The blade is also much softer metal and nicks easier.
Cuts OK on a small fiddly garden, dealt with long tough grass (several passes). But its not for big lawns or to get a really nice finish with fine grass.
I'm tempted to see if I can get a second hand one of the previous model to raid for parts and keep the new one as a standby.
I wanted a petrol lawn mower for years and i was finaly given one from my dad, but we moved to a new house and our back garden has alot of nooks and crannies in it that you have to go around so the petrol lawnmower became useless.
I bought the Flymo after speaking to a few people and getting positive feedback. Whats great about it is its so light and easy to use. In my back garden i can go round all the akward bits without a problem. I thought the grassbox would need emptied quite alot but i can cut the full back garden and empty it when im finished.
It has extra discs to adjust the cut height and what i really like is an old Flymo i had used plastic cutting blades which had to be frequently changed but this has a proper metal blade.
There's not much to it and i like that kind of technology because it means not alot can go wrong. It even has a window with a ball in it to let you know its full.
It's perfect for a small to medium lawn. The only down side is the cutting wisth could be bigger small complaint.
i didnt have a big budget to buy a new lawn mower,but it was desperatly needed as my grass was getting longer by the minute.
i saw this lawn mower in my mum in laws catalogue and thought it was such a good price £79.99 so decided to get it,couple of days later it arrived,so unpacked it as soon as i could.
setting it up was so easy,just put the handle on and the blade and it was ready to go,it was a dream so light and easy to move,i flew accross my lawn,and within a matter of 20 minutes i had done my front and back garden lawn......fab
the grass box was easy to empty just open the top and remove the inner box,then throw contents away.
i really dont know how i managed without it,and that was last year,its still going strong never had any problems at all,its such an easy mower to use,i would reccomend it to anyone.
i will certainly get another one if this one ever packs up
How does the song go... "I'm a survivor...!" Our Compact 30 (C30) is a survivor. I've considered throwing it in the skip so many times! But after four years, it's still there, lurking in the shed, encrusted in dried cuttings, and I still get it out, put on more new blades and mow the lawn... at least it doesn't seem to embarrass me like it used to. Survivor? More new blades? Embarrassment? What sort of lawnmower is this? The C30 pioneered a new concept in lawnmowers. It's a hover mower, like so many from Flymo but is different in that it has disposable blades. It's a bit like the printers they bundle with PCs these days - the printer doesn't cost much because the true cost is in the inkjet cartridges. The mower's purchase cost isn't much, about £80 I think, but you'll have to remember to keep up with its appetite for blades, at about a quid a packet. That was embarrassment No.1 - I bought a mower with plastic blades! How could I not notice..? I thought I'd bought little more than a toy. But, I'd bought it, and I wasn't about to take it straight back, so it was time to give it a try. First experience was not good. I plugged it in, it whirred and took off and I headed on down the lawn. Ker-lunk! Brrrrrrr! One of the blades had hit a stone, flown apart and the whole thing was vibrating like hell. That's no use! Put on another blade; hit a kerb, ker-lunk! Are the neighbours watching? Do they know I bought a toy mower? My face was bright red, whether neighbours were watching or not. Embarrassment No.2. This led to embarrassment No.3. I had to go and buy more blades. At the garden centre, Lawnmower Service Counter, among people getting bits for their flashy petrol mowers and ride-on tractors. I shuffled up and said, "Have you got some of these... plastic blades for a Flymo?" I'm sure the man behind the counter gave a
"You didn't buy one of them did you?" smirk as he turned to find them. But... That was four years ago. Since then I've bought a replacement mower (Black and Decker 30", about the same price) which I threw in the skip last Saturday, along with the B&D electric strimmer that I never use. I still use the Flymo. I've developed a Blade Conservation Strategy, avoiding the corners and edges till last; and no matter how much abuse the mower gets and how much grass goes through the motor, it just refuses to give up! I thought for a while that I wouldn't get blades, but B&Q stock them. The C30 cuts well enough and it's an impressive grass picker-upper, with a cleverly designed, easy to empty bin. So if you're on a budget, and you have a wee patch that needs trimmed, you could do worse than the Compact 30. Don't expect miracles. I suspect it could be a very good second-hand buy, from someone with a stony garden... 3 stars. Footnote On Why I Binned The B&D Gear Mower I said above that the Flymo had a cleverly designed, easy to empty bin. The B&D 30 had a poorly designed bin that (don't tell the wife!) I eventually put my boot through, in a temper; and it had steel blades that were angled downwards, so they didn't actually cut anything. No stars. Strimmer For a strimmer to be useful, it needs string that lasts more than 30 seconds before it breaks; and after the string breaks it needs to be designed so you can lengthen it quickly and easily. B&D forgot these key points. No stars.
We were given a specific budget by a landlord to buy a new mower, and this was the most expensive we could find! A bit arbitrary, but two mows later and I am most impressed. It's very light and easy to use, and once you fire it up, it glides through the grass like nobody's business. Our lawn is huge, and the first time I did it, the grass was quite tall, but nevertheless, it took no time at all to do it, and the lawn was a lovely even length all over, despite the fact that I wasn't necessarily being careful over it. The cuttings trap isn't perfect - more expensive models have a very convenient little crate you pull out, whereas this one, you have to lift the box off and hold the catch. But nevertheless, you get the hang of what to do quickly. I had a really pants Flymo before, but this one is splendid. I'd recommend it wholeheartedly.
Yes the title is a nice pun, and indeed the feel of this jazzy new mower is that if you weren't to hold it down, it could fly up into the air. For those of you who don't know, the flymo principle is that the rotary cutter also acts as a propellor-fan, lifting the main body of the mower up on a cloud of air, and making moving the mower across the lawn nice and easy. Now, up until a couple of weeks ago, I had a flymo which was made in 1985. OK so it works under the same principle, but the mower is a lot heavier. So much was my delight then, to try out this new mower (a deal at £68 I think... the old one cost over £300, and in '85 that was a lot) and find that it actually cut the grass, rather than just messing it up a bit as the old one did, and was so light anyway, that when I turned it on, the air cushion meant that I hardly have to put any effort in to mowing the lawn. You just nudge it, and it glides along, efficiently bagging the grass as it goes. Thankyou flymo! Mowing the lawn is 5 times as easy, and I still get paid the same. Lovely!