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In addition to the Flymo easy trim I also had to buy myself a lawn mower when we moved into our new place a couple of months ago. Until then I knew little about lawn mowers and if I'm honest I'm not particularly better informed now but I knew that Flymo were a decent and recognized brand. I looked at numerous different makes and models; however when I saw a £70 Flymo Compact 300 brand new for under £40, I knew my decision had been made. Up until this point I had resigned myself to spending £60 plus for a decent lawnmower and so this offer was too hard to resist.
What's In, The Rather Large, Box
Given that Lawnmowers are such bulky items the box they come in is even bigger than you might be expecting. Within the box the mower is already assembled however it consist of a folding handle with the power levers, a sturdy base complete with blade and an opening top which houses the grass basket. The cable runs away from the handle and this keeps it as far away from the blades as possible. When the mower isn't in use the handle folds over and packs away neatly on top of the main grass compartment. The lawnmower sports the traditional Flymo orange and black colouring, which makes it particularly unmistakeable.
Using The 300
Once you've got it plugged in and ready to go the Flymo 300 is one of the easiest pieces of Gardening equipment I've had the pleasure of using. Once it's plugged in all you have to do is hold the handle and push the orange button. The Flymo operates as long as you have your hand on the levers and as soon as you let go the motor cuts out. This makes for a great safety feature and one that really highlights how seriously Flymo take their duty of care to their customers.
We have a relatively small back and front gardens and for this reason the Flymo compact 300 is the perfect lawnmower for the size of our garden. It skims nicely across the grass and even though we have enough bumps and lumps in the terrain it seems to give the grass an even cut all over. It also doesn't seem to struggle with the length of the grass and even when we hadn't cut the grass for 2 months it still seemed to trim it with ease. Unlike some of our neighbours Lawnmowers the Compact 300 doesn't seem to be anywhere near as loud, which was really an added bonus once we got it home and working.
The blade on the underside of the machine seems to make quite light work of our small garden and the 20 litre box above is never full. The Flymo glides nicely across the grass and makes it an easy job to do, however I think if our garden was significantly larger the Flymo might turn out to be quite hard work. For a small garden like ours and those in most modern housing estates though the Flymo 300 is without doubt the perfect machine to tackle the unenviable task of cutting the lawn and at least making it marginally easy.
Cleaning It Up
Once the hard work is out of the way the equally important task of cleaning your tools is quite easy. The grass cuttings are all contained within the removable box on the top and this comes out without any hassle to make disposing of the cuttings quite easy. The underside of the Lawnmower will need a scrape down to get the remaining grass residue off the underside, however the blade seems to stay reasonably clean.
Decent Product, Decent Price
Since buying my Flymo 300 Compact I have been far more impressed than I have been with the Mini Trimmer from the same company. The 300 glides easily across the grass without too much effort being required. It makes one of those unenviable tasks seem a lot easier and a lot less effort. There are a number of Lawnmowers on the market but I think even at the full price this is one of the better models on the market for the small gardener. The lawnmower produces decent results that make your garden look respectable and at the end of the day that is the reason I bought it. It's a product that does exactly what you'd expect and doesn't cost a fortune.
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I've owned this mower for over 3 years now. What made me purchase this was the fact it was lightweight (7.6kg), reasonably priced and also it was a big name brand. As I'm petite I needed a mower that was relatively lightweight and easy to operate. My garden isn't that big either so this product seemed to fit the bill perfectly.
The mower looked nice, bright orange and grey. A 20 litre grass box is incorporated which makes it very easy to empty, so much easier than having to rake up the grass like I'd had to do before as my old mower didn't have a grass box. There's a ball inside the grass box which indicates when it needs emptied, this can be seen through a window on the top of the box.
This product is very straightforward to use. As it's very lightweight it makes it very easy to push over the lawn. It glides very smoothly over the grass. The blade has 4 different height levels, which is fairly simply to adjust. To switch the mower on you simply press the lock off button down then just squeeze the start lever which is on the handle. Once you start cutting the grass release the lock off button and continue on with the cutting. I would recommend cleaning the blades after use because if you don't it can get clogged up with grass cuttings.
The only negatives I can say about this product is that I sometimes have to go over the grass twice as it's not cutting low enough even when it's set to the lowest cutting setting. This just usually happens if I've left the grass for too long. Also it would've been a lot better if the product had a better way to store the cable. All I can do with it is wrap it around the handle which isn't great as it tends to slip down and sometimes get tangled.
Overall this lawnmower is quite good with some useful features and simple to use. I think it's probably best suited for quite small gardens.
As the description mentions, I purchased the Flymo Microcompact 300 plus as a secondary lawnmower to my petrol lawnmower. The Qualcast can't be used when it's too wet or too dry so the Flymo comes in very handy there.
Firstly the specifications.
Cable length: 12 metre
Grassbox Capacity: 20 litres
Cutting Width: 300mm
Minimum Cutting Height: 10mm
Maximum Cutting Height: 30mm
Now you may look at the grassbox only having a 20 litre capacity and immediately dismiss it as being too small, but this means that it retains its lightweight characteristics. Unpacked it weighs a little over 7.5 kg which for a lawnmower is nothing. Therefore it qualifies as a lawnmower that anyone can use with ease. The powerful motor spins at 4300rpm and the blade is made of metal making cutting your garden a pleasure. With dimensions measuring only 800mm x440mm x 425mm and with a collapsible handle, storage is very easy.
In terms of negatives, they are few and far between. You're not going to cut a big garden with this. Then again if you are buying this for that purpose then you have no one but yourself to blame as it is not intended for that purpose. Perhaps the cable could have been a little long, because you will probably need some sort of extension lead. But the final point regards older users of Flymos. Apparently after lending this to my dad, he commented that it wasn't as powerful as ones he has owned in the past.
Personally it does the job for me, but something to consider. It does what you'd expect from a compact and if you are aware of it's limitations, then you will not be disappointed with the outcome.