It's almost that time of year again. Time to start on the garden so that it's fit for the lovely summer that we always get in sunny old England..
I find that the main in the garden that really makes it stand out is mowing the lawn, which means that a good lawn mower is an essential. But which mower will it be.
I have owned this one and found it very useful when it came to getting up and down the more 'sloped' sections of the garden and those areas that larger mowers struggle to get into.
This one has a 1000watt motor which gives you enough power to cut the grass whilst being pretty quiet around the garden.
The unit, from base to handle, stand at just short of 1500mm, with the handle capable of collapsing in order to store it away. All you do is turn the two bright orange wing nut, one either side of the handle, about half way down.
The main cutting section is about 900mm by 370mm with a cutting range of 280mm, with 10 metres or so of cable to get you further away from the plug socket
The whole thing weighs about 4kg which makes it a lot easier to throw around the garden.
On the top underside of the handle there is are two paddles, one either side of the safety button. Both these paddles act as the start button, but you do have to press the safety button first, keeping it press in until you pull back either of the paddles. (It's a health and safety thing, so idiots don't chop there fingers off by being stupid).
The blades are plastic ones and do need changing every so often, especially if you tend to strike harder bits on the garden, such as stones, twigs etc. but changing the blades takes seconds, being a matter of turning the mower over, (unplug it first), then grip the blade and push it out of the hole is slots into. Then you simple slot the new blade in the same hole. Job done.
You can change the cutting height from 10mm to 33mm which means that that you can have two heights of grass cutting.
This is so easy to move around the lawn, almost gliding as it swings from side to side, or back to front. Which ever way you cut your grass this will almost glide over it
The cost of this mower is about £30, which is not too bad considering the usefulness of the machine.
If you have a small sized garden, with more rises than a politicians pay packet, then this is well worth looking into as it will keep your grass at nice height without any real effort at all.
I would not normally buy Flymo because it is a brand that I assume is expensive but this mower only cost me £39.99. It was not the cheapest on the market but I still thought it was a bargain for the Flymo brand. When I opened the box, I was alarmed that the mower was not complete it needed to be put together. However, please be assured that it was really simple to assemble. The base unit, so the actual mower, was complete, witht he blades all fixed in place. It was just the handle that was in two sections and needed to be fitted on. This was as straightforward as screwing on a nut.
The mower has plastic blades, which some people do not like because they do not cut as sharply but I prefer them because I think they are safer. I have found that this cuts the grass evenly and neatly. I am more than happy with the cut.
The mower is very lightweight to use and to carry into storage but is slightly awkward, like all mowers of is style. The grass flies everywhere during a cut but spreads evenly on the grass so you don't cut clumps of dry grass showing a few days later.
I have a very small lawn which does not need to much attention, but I recently decided to buy my own lawnmower as I have been borrowing my dads for a long time! I wanted something cheap, but a brand I knew well. I went into B&Q to look at there range and I was surprised to see this little mower at a good price! I am very glad I bought this Flymo as it has done everything I needed it to do.
I paid only £50 for this! I was expecting to pay much more, lawnmowers are usually expensive. This is a very small lawnmower and it is electric, that is why the price is so affordable. I was extremely happy to pay this price and it gets 5 stars for the value alone!
Does it work?:
This hover flymo is very lightweiight and easy to carry, it folds up and can fit in very small areas. It is very practical if you are short on storage space as I am! You have to plug this in the mains power and it runs very well. The cord gets a bit of getting used to if you are used to petrol powered mowers, i am happy with the length of the power cable, it is 10 metres which is more than enough for my patch of grass. I find it cuts well and you can cut the grass to a level which is satisfactory. The mower is cheap because it is all mainly plastic, even the blades are made out of plastic, they are good plastic blades and can be replaced easily. The mower is so light and can be lifted up easily.
I would recommend this to anyone who owns a small garden like me, it cuts well and does the job. It is not suitable for medium to large sized gardens as it is not designed for that use. It is good for the elderly as its lightweight and requires little maintence. It is very easy to use and is not complicted, The price is also brilliant. I cant fault this product as it does exaxtly what I want it to do.
This gets a big 5 stars from me! Thanks flymo, great product. Thanks for reading my review. jlaker1992
For around £42 how good do you expect a mower to be?
Flymo is a good brand name and you would expect it to last.
Its small and light hence the Micro Lite name.
Its got approx 12" cutting blade.
Its got an approx 33ft cable.
It hovers therefore you can 'hover' it in any direction so it is easy to use since you dont have to literally walk up and down the lawn in straight lines.
Easy to store and doesnt take up much room.
Plastic blades that are not that strong so if you hit a stone or another object on your lawn they will probably break.
Replacement blades are around £5 for a pack of six - not a huge amount of money but why a pack of six if they last any length of time at all.
You cannot mow up to a fence edge with a hover because the plastic rim is too big to get close to the edge.
Dont try to mow over the edge of a lawn with this one as you may break the blade that way.
Personally I think this is a neat little mower for a small perfect lawn for some-one who has the time or inclination to keep changing the blades when they break then rake up the grass thats left on the lawn.
Myself? I sold one of these on and bought a new mower with a metal cutting blade that collects the grass as it mows. A bit more expensive yes, but in the longer term it isnt going to have cost me any more in blades or time clearing up.
I purchased this lawn mower when my cheap Tesco lawn mower broke down. I had my Tesco lawn mower for a little less than a year before it completely packed in, so I decided to fork out a little bit more for a named lawn mower, and because I had been told Flymo lawn mowers have a good reputation and are reliable, I went looking for one. I purchased my Flymo from B&Q for just under £48 about 6 months ago and I must say I was extremely pleased at the price, I was thinking, "I've got the best deal going here!". I took my lawn mower home along with an ear to ear smile.
The set up for this lawn mower is incredibly simple. Open the box and you are greeted with the base of the lawn mower and the handle, which is in two parts. Simply attach the bottom part of the handle to the lawn mower and then attach the top to the part you have just fitted. Once you have the handle in place and tightened up, you are ready to mow the lawn! My Flymo came with plastic blades already attached to the bottom. However, it is always best to check that they are already fitted because I have heard that sometimes they are not. If they aren't fitted they are simple to fit. I'm sure you can set the cutting length but since I have lost the manual I'm not sure how or if you can. Set up gets a 5/5.
Ease of use
When you get your Flymo outside ready to cut the grass you will notice that it is a little bit awkward to carry, thanks to the weight being all at one end. But, thankfully it isn't heavy, meaning you won't be exerting yourself. Once you unravel the power lead you might notice that it seems smaller than what you expected it to be, mine was! So, it might be worth getting out the extention lead! Once you have plugged it in and you are in position, you press the button located on the handle and pull either of the triggers. You're up and running. The lawn mower wasn't as loud as my previous mower and it seemed to hover a lot better, which was good. Now, before I carry on, my grass is very bumpy and uneven and this can lead to a very poor lawn mowing experience, if you have the wrong kind of lawn mower. The Flymo was advertised as being able to cope with uneven ground, which is why I purchased this particular model and because it was cheap! Anyway, I began cutting the grass, starting around the edges where the ground wasn't uneven. In this area it performed smoothly and cut exactly how I wanted it. However, working my way towards the centre of the grass, my smile was wiped away. Whereas around the edges of the lawn the mower felt like it was gliding, in the middle it felt like utter hell was breaking loose underneath. It became incredibly difficult to move and you could hear the motor was beginning to struggle. Before my arms were broken into many pieces, I switched off the power. When I moved the mower away I was horrified! Where the mower had been, it had ripped through the top layer of grass revealing the soil beneath. I now had a circular "bald" patch right in the middle of my lawn. I was not happy, my Basil Fawlty impression was about to surface. Before I battered the lawn mower with half a tree, I decided to put it away and go borrow my dad's mower. This was the first use of my brand new lawn mower and also the last, in my garden. It wasn't the lawn mowers fault, but the lump of meat which bought it and operated it (which was me). It is really easy to move around, when on a more level surface. If I had done some more research and not looked for the cheapest Flymo because my wallet would be angry with me, I would have got the correct lawn mower. My experience was awful, but only because I hadn't done my research properly. Other downsides I noticed were, you have to rake the grass cuttings and clear them up yourself, which is a pain, especially if you have a decent size lawn, and the power cable is a bit of a nuisance when cutting the grass, as it does have the tendancy to get in your way. I give the ease of use 3/5.
Since my lawn mower is constantly in storage, I can tell you that it doesn't do bad in this area. I put up a hook in my garage where I hang the handle of the lawn mower from, which keeps it out of the way of everything. And, because it lays flat you can place it under, on top or down the side of something in your garage or shed. If you really wanted you could disassemble it to make it fit in a smaller space. Storage gets 4/5
I can't give a rating on this but the plastic blades on this lawn mower are still intact and have a sharp edge, despite being driven into the ground at very high RPM. The mower still works, I used it cut a friends front garden, which is really smooth. But other than that it has only been used twice and since it has been used very little I cannot say if it is reliable or not.
This Flymo lawn mower is a great little mower, despite me using it on the wrong type of lawn. But, that said it is fantastic for use on small gardens with slightly uneven ground. If you have a lawn like mine then stay away from this particular model and buy yourself a mower designed for that type of ground. I would recommend buying a petrol lawn mower, if your lawn is the same as mine. They might cost more and make more noise than an electric, but they don't have annoying power cables. Petrol mowers have many standard features which make cutting the grass easier and we all want things to be easier. This Flymo is fantastic but not beefy enough for larger more uneven gardens. Overall from me 4/5
==Flymo Micro Lite Lawn Mower==
So we are finally in our new house and for years of living in flats without a private garden or with a courtyard garden we finally have a nice bit of grass to be able to do with as we please. However this of course does man that we need the correct tools to maintain the grass to a high standard (of which I am quite accustomed).
This Flymo Micro Lite was not only cheap yet also small and light weight so seemed the perfect purchase as we are short on funds as it is and of course who needs a super chunky lawn mover especially when the area of grass we have is not overly massive.
We have both a front and back garden and the front has approximately 6 -8 square meters of grass and the back is in stages with around 30 square meters in total there. Having never cut grass before in my life I was unsure of any technique that should be used when doing this rather enjoyable task but on my first attempt it seemed to go pretty well.
This Flymo Micro Lite was purchased from Argos (where else for me!?!) and cost an affordable £45. This price seemed in line with most other outlets selling this product but seeing as we had some vouchers to use this did seem like an ideal thing to use them on. We were able to check stock and reserve from the store for pick up later that day. The box although fairly large was able to fit in the boot of the car and wasn't overly heavy even for a weakling like me!
The Flymo did need some assembling when the box was opened and there was a small leaflet type instruction page to guide me through the step by step process. This was surprisingly simple and took no more than 20 minutes all in. Once built the lawn mower was light weight and simple to store as well as easy to move from our garage to the front or back gardens.
The first time I used the machine I did follow the guidelines on how to use it given in the instruction leaflet and made sure I didn't start it up in a "on ground" position as this would create a bald spot so did tilt the machine slightly when starting it up. The power cable was a good size length at 10 meters and reached into the house for the front garden but I did need to use an extension lead to do the back garden.
The 4.5 kg of weight seemed to move across the grass fairly easily and I made sure that I was moving the mower up and down rather than side to side like it said in the instructions. The cutting heights range from 1 cm to 3.5 cm and the middle seemed to leave the grass to a good looking style.
The 1000 watts of power seemed good enough to cut my grass even when it was quite overgrown on the first cut and it worked its way through the mini jungle with relative ease and because I had heard some not so great reviews about these lightweight Flymos I was not expecting it to perform as well as it did.
Using the lawn mower is a simple case of initially turning it on by pushing in the handle and then the small rubbery button positioned next to the handle which will start up the motor. The handle area then needs to be kept pushed in for the motor to continue to run and for the grass to be cut. As son as the handle is let go of the lawn mover will cut out which is a good idea as far as safety goes but I often forgot to apply the right amount of pressure to keep the handle pushed in and it would stop the motor without me meaning to.
The overall result of using this Flymo Micro Lite was fairly good. I must say that there were areas which appeared to be somewhat shorter than others but this is probably more to do with the fact that the lawn area is not entirely flat or straight and this will of course lead to a patchy overall look.
I have to admit to really enjoying cutting our lawn although I am sure that this enjoyment will soon wear thin. The smell of freshly cut grass really can't be beaten and then to stand back and realise how much better a simple mowing of the lawn will make the entire garden look is very pleasing.
As a lawn moving novice I must say I don't have much experience with using different types of these machines but still I found the whole buying, assembling and using of the Flymo Micro Lite a very easy and pleasant experience. The price is good and so is the standard of the product. For that reason I am more than happy to award a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation!
I do hope that this has been of some help or interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Space, the Final Frontier
The great thing about small gardens is that they are easy to maintain. They take the occasional Saturday to tidy up and can still produce a bit of veg, some nice colour and a small patch of grass to kick a ball around. And with the joys of summer just around the corner (even here!) the joy of being outside, even in a small garden, is great.
We have approximately 4m by 6m of grass and on it is a plum tree (very little fruit last year but seems to be teeming this year) and a slide, oh and there are some chickens in the corner. Actually we've managed to squeeze quite a lot into a small space. But the shed is inevitably small as any space taken up with shed means less space to have rolling around on the grass. And with a small shed and a small patch of grass then only a small mower is needed. Of course the advantage of this is that only a small budget should be needed.
The Flymo MicroLite fitted our needs perfectly. At a little over £30 and the smallest of the Flymo range, it fits in our shed perfectly.
Flymo are probably the best known manufacturers of electric garden equipment and their lurid orange, plastic bodies make them obvious from a mile away. Just because they are the best known doesn't, of course, make them the best but it does mean that as I purchased it I knew that I had bought something reliable. We had a Flymo growing up and it never let us down (and they barely seem to have changed their design).
From a Galaxy Far, Far Away - the design
The design is fairly simple. There is a main body with a plastic cover and two small plastic cutters which rotate around. The motor sits above them and there are no wheels. Instead the downward pressure of the high speed cutters and the lack of friction from the plastic guard means the mower glides across the surface of the grass. This presumes, of course, that you are dealing with a flat surface!
The handle is split in two so that it can fold smaller with plastic tighteners on the join. The top then has a button which has to be depressed while the grip is held to allow the motor to start. This is a helpful safety feature; two hands are needed to begin and so it cannot be done accidentally.
There is no collector for this Flymo, I presume they consider that any patch of grass being mown with this can easily be raked up (although of course needing a rake means more space in a small shed!)
The cover of the motor looks a little like Darth Vader's hat, except in lurid orange.
Sod's Law - the problems
There have been a few pitfalls with this design, however. The main one has been the plastic tighteners half-way down the handle. Plastic is not strong enough to tighten a metal bolt enough to stop the handle folding and in the end they snapped off and I had to find a spanner to tighten them up enough and now it sits unfolded in the shed. And still, due to the cylindrical shape of the handles, they do not tighten very well and I find myself bent double half way through the mow as the thing bends one way then another. There's a bit of an art to getting it right.
Also the way the cutters spin they cannot be seen from above. So I cannot actually see the shape that I am cutting (unlike, for example the old fashioned cylindrical style cutters). And the cutters do not reach right to the edge so when cutting against a wall or some sort of edge the cutters cannot reach very close. Naturally all grass needs edging (yet another thing to fit in the shed), but this leaves quite a gap.
I have had to replace the cutters once in 2 years. I should probably have replaced them sooner as they had diminished in their sharpness but on the whole I was surprised at how well they manage. Changing them was very simple too, just popping the old one out and the new one in. The central holder has two positions, long and short cut; you simply take off the cutter holder and turn it upside down.
The flex is quite long, I think approximately 10m, but I still need an extension cable (yet another...yes, you guessed it!) to cover the whole area. It does my patch quite quickly, however. It tends to take me 10minutes from getting it out to putting it back again. The grass does get stuck to the roof of the cover and needs regular cleaning off, but then its always going to get stuck somewhere and all mowers need regular maintenance. In fact, this mower needs very little general maintenance and is very user friendly in that respect.
Boldly going where most men have gone before - summary
I would recommend the MicroLite as it is easy and effective, however there are issues with the design that can render it a little frustrating. So if you have a small garden and shed and you don't require something that takes too much maintenance, then it is worth looking at the MicroLite, but do consider the two part handle design when you buy.
The one thing that I was dreading when I first moved into my own house was (in addition to all the bills, having to cook for myself, buying my own food, etc) maintaining the garden! Now luckily my garden is the size of about four public toilets (for want of a better way to describe it!) as the rest of the outdoor space is taken up by a patio and a shed. However I soon found out that there was no way I was going to be able to avoid cutting the grass and using a pair of scissors just wasn't practical (believe me, I tried this for the first couple of months)! I decided I had to invest in a lawn mower about a year ago now and, not having a clue what I was looking for, set off to Sainsbury's Homebase in the hope that I'd pick up a bargain!
After browsing the various lawn mowers on choice for about half an hour I was none the wiser but luckily a helpful assistant came along to direct me towards my dream lawn mower. I settled on the Flymo Micro Lite Hover Mower as my dad had advised me that Flymo was a good make, it was within my budget and I was rather fond of the eye catching grey and orange colour scheme! Obviously colour scheme is important to a girl but could be quite easily overlooked by a guy! The lawn mower came in a large cardboard box that had a picture of someone happily mowing away on the front and some basic information about the product on the back. The lawn mower is extremely lightweight which meant the box was also light.
The Micro Lite Hover Mower is advertised as being ideal for grass cutting while also being lightweight and easily manageable. It's advertised as floating on a cushion of air which makes it easier to manoeuvre and therefore manage... a cushion of air sounded appealing again to a girl! The lawn mower itself is mainly orange although the handles are grey in colour. It actually comes flat packed along with a set of basic instructions... which is where the problems set in for me. Actually it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be, the instructions were supported by pictures and it did make it quite straightforward. I think I only went wrong twice during the whole assembly process and it took about ten minutes in total.
It's an electric hover mower which means it requires an electric supply to work (even I realised this!) and therefore you need a power supply nearby and an extension lead if your garden is more than tiny! The extension cable itself is twelve meters in length so it's adequate for my small garden without an extension cable. The handle which you use to push the mower can be adjusted anywhere between 10mm and 33mm to allow for it to be comfortably managed when in use depending on your height. As I'm nearly six foot I have to have it on the maximum extension but this means I don't need to bend or anything like that. The cutting width is 28cm which seems fairly standard for such a small and light lawn mower.
Using the actual lawn mower is really easy, as it's so lightweight (under 5kg) you don't need to exert much pressure at all to push it. It glides effortlessly over the grass, cutting evenly as it goes. When my dad used it the other week (good old dad!) he actually found himself nearly going head over heels as he kept pushing it too hard as he wasn't used to such a light lawn mower. It also glides easily over any bumps in the ground as well and the whole lawn mowing process is a bit of a doddle! For me it's an ideal weight, my mum's also commented that if my dad were to buy her one she'd even start helping out in the garden a bit more! I'd say it's ideal for those of you that don't want to exert much effort when mowing!
The only problem I've found is that there's no where for it to collect the grass which means I have to rake the cut grass up once I've done it all... either that or get down on my hands and knees and collect it all up... which I normally opt for! Some of the cut grass does collect inside the mower but the majority ends up in clumps all over my lawn. The cutting is excellent (in the eyes of my dad) as it doesn't cut the grass too short so you end up with patches of bare earth and nor does it leave the grass too long so you need to cut it within a couple of days. In the summer I tend to have to mow the lawn once a fortnight (less in the winter) but this will obviously depend on how fast your garden lawn grows really!
This lawn mower is arguably one of the most basic models that is currently sold in Sainbury's Homebase but it does the job absolutely perfectly and I can't see any reason not to fully recommend it. It's currently priced at £39.99 while it's £44.98 at B & Q at present; I have seen it a little cheaper while searching on Google so it may be worthwhile shopping around. If you've got acres of grass then I wouldn't recommend this, I'd say it's best suited to small areas really. I have read a few complaints online of the plastic blades snapping but I've had mine now for over a year and not experienced a single problem... yet. I'm giving this the full five stars, I was dreading having to mow my lawn but it's made it a breeze!
Thanks for reading.
Me and my twins moved into our new home last November and we were met by the funniest shaped garden, some of it was concrete, other bits part of a drive and other sections were grass. Obviously during the summer months grass needs cutting to stop it from looking like a jungle, so I used my mum and dads strimmer, assuming that it would be enough for what looked like two small patches of grass, however it was way too difficult and I had to go searching for a lawnmower.
Now I'm not new to the world of lawnmowers, having lived with my mum and dad in the same house for 14 plus years with a garden which is very much like a field, I grew (not so) fond of their lawnmowers, especially as every other weekend it was MY turn to cut it! My dad always used to buy Flymo's, so when looking for one for myself this was the brand I tended to look at. Only I knew for the small amount of grass I did have I only needed a small mower rather than the large and bulky ones I was used to using.
In the argos catalogue, and online, I came across the the Flymo Micro Lite Electric Hover Mower, reduced from £40 to £35. It looked so similar to lawnmowers I had used before, however a lot smaller and without the 'casing' on the back which holds the grass.
Now if you were to be looking at this lawnmower, you'd be immediately informed of a few brief pointers, these including;
*28cm cutting width.
*2 cutting heights from 10-33mm.
*Light and easy mowing, it floats on a cushion of air.
The lawnmower comes 'flat' packed, well as flat as you can get a lawnmower, in a cardboard box, with a picture of the mower decorating it. Inside you have your lawnmower, in pieces, ready for you to assemble and a sheet of instructions.
Firstly the instructions are basic, but they are pictures as well as well as writing, written in a way which was easy to follow and understand, which is good for me ! lol I have to admit putting it together was fairly easy, even though I done it by myself to. Thanks to the easy to follow instructions and the photo of the mower on the actual box most of it was common sense as to wear the pieces went on the actual main body of the lawnmower. Even when put together it still seems quite small, and doesn't take up alot of space, for a lawnmower, if I'm honest. It could quite easily fit into a shed, or a cupboard under the stairs like mine does.
Using it is a breeze, it is extremely lightweight. You don't need to use force or strength as such to push it around, it literally 'hovers' lightly over the grass yet cutting as you go. Thanks to the fact is so light and airy, it works brilliantly if you garden has lumps or bumps as it is not affected and if it is on a hill or slope. Many a times at my mums I found myself in full motion mowing the lawn, prancing up and down the garden and soon found myself jerking over the handle nearly going head over heels, as the bulky and heavy lawnmower couldn't just mow over a slight bump easy, I would really have to heave it up a small hump or bump. This one however can manage to mow in small grooves, lumps, ditches, bumps as well as glide over them with ease to making the actual mowing process of the lawn fairly easy for you as a user.
There is nothing special about this lawnmower, it doesn't do anything fancy or perform any tricks, it doesn't even collect the grass for you like some do. But it is more a pleasure to use than many lawnmowers I've used in the past. I used to dread cutting the grass, now I don't mind getting my extra light lawnmower out to give my grass a quick going over, and it is exactly that, a QUICK cut.
In my own experience of using my lawnmower I havn't come across any problems with the blades, and they cope with my two sections of grass really well, even when I have become lazy and let them grow a little. However as they are only plastic blades, I have read on other websites and reviews that they can snap easy, so perhaps not a lawnmower for a large area of grass. The blade height for me is just right to, it doesn't cut to low so you are left with pacthes of mud, but it doesn't leave too much grass either making it look like you've done naff all lol! The cable to it is very long, meaning for my garden I don't even have to use an extension lead, which is a plus! For smaller lawns and gardens however I can't reccomend this mower enough!
The only downside to me is the little blades of grass which just fly all over the place, creating more mess and more work as you have to sweep it up. You also end up with a lawn full of grass clumps, which obviously havn't been collected up within the lawnmower.