Product Type: Flymo Lawn Mower
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It may be a flymo but you won't be flying round the lawn.
Member Name: kama0529
Advantages: Light. Safety features. Easy to use. Smooth & quiet.
Disadvantages: Plastic blades.
I have a relatively small garden and so I only require a small lawn-mower to keep the grass neat and tidy. I was recommended the Flymo Microlite by staff in my local garden centre - and it cost me £39.99 from Amazon. Amazon delivered it the next day in view with their next day delivery service.
I chose this Flymo in particular because it looked small and very movable and as its weedy and weakling "me" that generally mows the lawn, I wanted something that I would be able to lug around with minimal effort. When I first lifted the Flymo Microlite, I have to say that I was completely amazed at actually how light it actually is. In total, it weighs just 4.5 kg - which is about the weight of a large newborn baby!
The cable is only 12m long which is plenty long enough for my little garden.
There are some increased safety features on this Flymo. For example, the fact that you cannot accidentally turn on the Flymo (handy with having todlers running around!) because, in order to turn it on, you need to squeeze the trigger on the handle and depress the button in the centre console. However, once the Flymo is up and running, then you only need to squeeze one of the triggers in order to keep the Flymo running.
The Flymo has plastic replaceable blades which, while they are much less likely to cause damage to the power cable and anything else that should get in its way, they are equally not as robust as the older traditional metal blades. I have broken a number of blades over the last six months, and so I am either very clumsy or the blades are just not robust enough. You decide! Having said that, you do get some spare blades with the Flymo, and they are easy to fix into the Flymo when they need replacing.
When you're using the mower, you can select at what height you want to grass cut....well, when I say you can select it, you can choose between two predestined heights (10 or 33 mm). It does cut the grass well, but because of its small size, its not as quick an exercise as you might be used to. However, its also not hard work and, for me, the fact that its effortless makes it very suitable. It is a bit annoying when you have to change a blade when you've run over something you shouldn't have run over - but it literally only takes a few seconds to change it and so its not too much hassle.
I am impressed with the quietness of the Flymo and how smooth it feels when I'm using it. I would say it was particularly female friendly!
I would recommend this to anyone who has a small garden and who just wants a basic job done. If you want stripes or anything like that, then forget it. This really is a very basic model, but it is efficient and more than adequate for Ms. Suburbia's needs!
Summary: OK for small gardens.