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I take quite a lot of pride in my garden and I enjoy spending my time there. I love pottering around, weeding and tending to the plants. What I do not like though is mowing the lawn! Unfortunately it is one of those jobs that you just have to get on with and when it is done, it looks really smart. An unkempt lawn really says a lot about a person and in our quiet little suburb; it really is like keeping up with the Jones so I like to keep on top of it fairly often. We have quite a small section of lawn to the front and a larger section at the back. It is not enough to get one of the super duper lawn mowers though and besides as it is always me that ends up cutting it, I really did not want something heavy and cumbersome to push round.
We bought this lawn mower a couple of summers ago for around £60.00. I think this is a very good price to pay for an electric lawn mower from such a well known company. The current price for the lawn mower is £54.00. Even better!
==BITS AND PIECES==
I do not get on with products that are not already built as I really do not get on well with instructions and manuals. I hate it when you open a box and instead of being able to get it out and play with it, you have to figure out how to build it first. The instruction manual does break it all down in to step by step instructions but even so there are quite a few screws and bits to stick together. It is mainly the handle and the handle tube that need assembling but there are washers, screws and nuts to make sure it all stays in place. The handle is collapsible too so all the screws and bits make sure that this is possible. At least all the bits we needed were in the box and we didn't need to go back to the store for a missing part. Once the machine is built (making sure all nuts and bolts are tightened, you should be ready to try your lawn mower out.)
==YOU CAN HAVE IT IN ANY COLOUR, AS LONG AS ITS ORANGE==
The machine stands in all its glory at around waist height, making it comfortable to hold and push around. It feels well built and robust. Despite its lightness I get the impression it is built to last and as long as it is cared for it should last for a long time. As with all Flymo machines it comes in the signature orange colour. It weighs 7 kg so it is really light to push around, it actually feels lighter than this and seems to glide along the grass. It tends to get a little bit heavier though as it fills up with grass. The bucket on the back is plastic and sturdy but it does not need much to fill it up. There is only a 1.5L capacity and you tend to spend quite a lot of time stopping and emptying it, however it is better than it just leaving it on the cut grass and having to pick it up by hand. The long handle reaches up to a single trigger handle. This puzzled me at first as I felt like a one handled machine is a bit unusual. I would feel much more comfortable with two hands on the machine but you do get used to it. At first I used to position my free hand on the handle tube but now I tend to just leave it and control it using one hand, swapping and changing as my arm gets tired. You do need both hands to start the mower though which is a great safety feature to prevent accidental activation. There is a lever trigger underneath the handle and a spongy rubber button (lock off button) located in the centre. So to start the machine, hold the lever in and press the button. To stop the machine you need to release the lever. There is a 10M flex lead for you to work with, this is plenty for me as I can plug it in in the garage, if you need an extension lead then Flymo recommend that you only use Flymo branded extension packs. (I'm sure this is a ploy to make money, but that is what the instructions state.)
==THE INTERESTING BITS UNDERNEATH==
So I have told you about the externals so maybe it is time to talk about the internals and what makes this machine work. You can use the lawn mower to cut the grass to different heights. You have a choice of 10mm and 30mm. To alter the height you need to turn over the cutting head, this is a really simple operation just remember to switch off the machine and wait until the head has stopped spinning. The lawn mower uses a 900W motor which is powerful enough for the machine as it is designed for a small garden. I find the motor powerful enough for me, although if you use it on really long grass you will hear the machine struggling. This is more pertinent if you use it on the 10mm setting on longish grass, the motor speed drops causing the mower to make a high pitched straining sound. It could really damage the machine to carry on using it when it is like this so as long as you keep on top of the grass and do not let it turn into a jungle, the mower will serve you just fine.
Underneath the hood of the mower are the fan and the cutting head with two plastic blades attached to it at opposite ends. You will struggle to find a lawn mower these days with blades made from anything other than plastic. Plastic blades can be extremely sharp and in fact can be shaped to be just as sharp as metal. Obviously the downside is that they need replacing quicker as they will wear down quicker than metal but they are much cheaper to make and much safer. You are dealing with grass which when cut becomes wet so you are reducing the risk of short circuiting the machine. Also, if you run over the flex lead by accident, plastic blades are much, much safer.
==OPERATING THE LAWN MOWER==
So once you have got the mower out and plugged it in, place the mower at the edge of the lawn nearest to the power point. This way the cable is laid out on the lawn you have already cut, lowering the risk of mowing over it. Now, although I love the stripy lawn effect I still struggle to get it as neat as I'd like, however if you mow across the lawn with quick turns at the end of the strip, you should be able to see some sort of striped lawn effect. If you don't get stripes, at least you will have neatly cut lawn without any bits missing. There is no particular best time to cut the grass but you should cut it twice a week during the growing
Season as your lawn will suffer if more than a third of its length is cut at one time.
The grass box fitted to the back has a lid to prevent the grass escaping but this also means you cannot easily see how full it is becoming. The more you use the machine, the more you will get a feel for when it needs emptying though. To empty the box, release the lever and wait until the blades have stopped rotating. The box unclips from the back and you can then empty it. I tend to put the grass cuttings in the brown rubbish bin for the refuse collectors to take away but what I really like to do with it is place it in the compost bin in order to reuse back in the garden. Annoyingly, the grass box needs emptying rather more than I would like but as I have already said, the mower is only designed for a smaller garden.
The grass box gets filthy as the wet glass often sticks to the sides and then dries. This is easy to clean off and after the summer I will remove the box and give it a good wipe down with a damp cloth before storing the mower away for the darker months.
The underneath of the mower also needs some attention from time to time. The fan or air intakes can get dried grass stuck to them so if you notice that the mower is not sucking up as much grass as before; a blocked fan could be the problem. Blocked grass can be a fire hazard too so I keep an eye on this and check regularly. With a pair of gloves on, remove any blockages and wipe the fan and under carriage over with a soft bristled brush. You should avoid using chemicals or water to clean the underneath sections.
The underneath should be inspected regularly and checked for wear and tear. The plastic blades are really susceptible to bending so you need to make sure these are free from damage. The plastic blades need to be replaced in pairs to maintain balance so if you have one broken or bent one, then you will need to replace both of them. These can be bought fairly cheaply and the mower comes with a spare set. To Replace Plastic Cutters you need push the plastic cutter towards centre of cutting disc and then lift plastic cutter away from cutting head. If the plastic cutter is broken during use, then lever the cutter out of the slot and dispose of carefully. You can then fit the new plastic blades into the slots.
==STORING THE LAWN MOWER==
The handle collapses for you to be able to store the mower away. I do not both with this though and just leave it in the middle of the shed. The cord flex can be wrapped up neatly and stored on the mower to prevent it becoming tangled.
==WHAT IS IT LIKE TO USE==
The mower is really easy to push around and feels like it glides across the grass as long as I keep up to it and do not let it get too long. I use the mower on the 33mm setting as 10mm is far too short, I accidently had it on this setting once and it scalped the lawn! 33mm is perfect and leaves the lawn with enough greenery but keeps it looking smart and tidy. I mentioned before using quick turns at the edges to try and get the stripy effect. The mower is really easy to turn and you can completely control it, rather than it controlling the direction it wants to go it. I can neatly match the lines of the mower up to make sure that it does not miss bits and keeps the lines neat and straight.
The mower manages to pick up around 95% of the grass clippings, which I think it quite successful really. If I am really trying to make the grass look good, I may use a rake afterwards to get the few blades that are left over. Mostly, I just leave it as the bits left over are not very noticeable. I am really impressed with this aspect of the mower.
The downsides to the mower are the plastic blades; they do bend out of place quite easily. If there are stones or hidden twigs on the grass these will most likely damage the blades. I would say that I have to replace the blades every other month. To try and eliminate problems I check the grass before cutting for fallen pegs, twigs or stones.
My front garden is a bit bumpy and the mower does not adapt easily to the uneven surfaces, I do find that some of the grass in the little dips does not get as close a shave as the rest of the grass. It does annoy me as it makes the bumpy lawn look more noticeable. I guess that I will always have this problem though until I get the front landscaped again!
This machine is not as noisy as my old one; the motor is only a 900W so it does not make that much of din really. I do not feel guilty about cutting my lawn in the early hours of a Sunday morning as I am sure my neighbours will not hear it.
The mower has a lot to offer for such a small size and reasonable price. It cuts well and quickly and needs minimal maintenance. It manages to suck up most of the grass cuttings making my life a lot easier and it makes it a pleasure to cut the grass. It does fill up quickly though so you will have to take a few trips to the bin with the full box; however it is quite satisfying seeing how much you have cut! I would definitely recommend this mower and I award it four stars. It loses a star as the blades need to be changed regularly.
When me and my partner first move in together we had a little area of grass which was about 2 metres wide and 3 metres in length. We didn't want to spend too much on a lawnmower so we looked on Argos online and found this for £30 something cheap and cheerful, and it's a good make.
Since buying this we have moved into a new house with a much bigger garden, but I will review on both gardens.
28cm blade width.
Cutting heights ranging from 1cm-3.3cm.
15 litre grass collection box.
Vacuum grass collection.
Recommended for small sized lawns.
10m power cable.
My partner set this up, I think it took about ten minutes it was just a case of putting on the blades and attracting the handle. There wasn't any bad language, which what normally happens when he's trying to set things up so it must have been an easy job.
The lawnmower is a bright orange one, like all of the flymo mowers, you can't missed them. Although this does has a grey box which is the grass collection box.
When carrying it around, it does feel light weight and I've never struggled to carry it over to the other end of our garden. It feels very sturdy and is well made of plastic and steel. We have had this lawnmower for 3 years now and is still going strong.
We haven't had to buy any replacement blades yet as it came with replacement blades, but if we use this for next year we will have to buy some, but these are very easy to pick up from various different shops. The blades are very easy to change aswell, as they are simply pull off and on.
I had never used a lawnmower before so I had to get my partner to show me how to use it. Turns out it was very simple you plug it in (we had to use an extension Lead as the 10 metres just wasn't long enough for both gardens). There a button on the handle which is the on/off button you just hold it down and the lawnmower starts you move your hand away and it stops. Although this does look one handed your do actually need to use both hands to move the mower. The handle is quite comforty for you to hold, your other hand with have to be holding the bar and after a while it did give me a bit of a backache.
As our first garden was very small it use to take about 10 minutes to mow. The collection box is very easy to empty it just snaps on and off, but because of how easy it does come off, sometimes if you are tugging at the lawnmower it does fall off. The grass collection box would only need to be emptied once.
I find it different to push and pull it back and forth but I wasn't too sure if it was because I was doing it wrong, because my partner just to make it look so simple. I found that if there was any bumps or lumps in the grass it would get stuck and I wasn't able to move it unless I actually picked it up and moved it.
When we moved into our new house the garden was overrun with weeds, sticks, knee high grass, so one afternoon we got down to it.
It took us both about an hour to mow, my partner was really struggling to get this through the grass and every two minutes the grass collection box needed emptying. We had to keep taking it in turns to mow the grass as this mower just wasn't cutting it that great. I also had the same problem when it hit a bump, I would have to move it again.
I've also found the movement in the mower is very restricted and if I want to turn the lawnmower then I actually have to pick it up and move it, which is not great on boiling hot days. Corners and edges are especially hard to cut so if you do take pride in your garden you may need a grass trimmer to do those bits.
The useful thing with this mower is the grass collection box, it's a great little handy thing and it saves time and effort of us having to get the grass up ourselves. It does a really great job of collectioning the grass aswell and there's not much grass left on the lawn.
You can buy this from Argos for £59.99 now, but now is probably not really the season to be buying one.
This is a good reliable little mower if you do have a really small garden and are quite strong to push and pull it. If you're not very strong or have a big garden this is definitely not for you. I do think we will have to get a new one for the next summer season.
This is a great little mower that is perfect for anyone with a small ish size lawn. Ours is about 10m x 5x and I can mow the entire thing in about 15 minutes with this little gem.
It is light to push and seems to float on the grass and as time goes on the bucked fills up and emptying it is just a simple case of unhooking the bucket and, and taking the lid off. Once emptied you can just carry on as normal. It really is a great little mower.
Mine came with plastic blades however you can fit metal ones which you can get online. They are quick release blades which just snap in and out of the base. The flex is of good length so you shouldn't have any problems.
We have had ours a number of years and apart from a new set of blades it has needed no maintenance.
All in all an excellent little mower that is perfect for small gardens where a more conventional mower is too big.
This is our second Flymo hover mower. It's far from ideal but, for a lightweight budget model, it does quite a good job keeping our three small lawns in reasonable trim. It's just not quite as light as it could be and the small plastic blades seem to last no time at all.
I had slight reservations at first about investing in another Flymo, having had some trouble latterly with our previous model's on/off switch. But to be fair, this only arose after several years' regular use. They are relatively cheap mowers and, in any case, spare parts are readily available. I've had this machine for a couple of years now with no sign of any problems so far.
~~Less bother than the other?~~
To paraphrase slightly, this 'hover is a lot less bovver' than my other lawnmower, and it's almost as effective. We were lucky enough to win a half-decent rotary mower about 20 years ago in a raffle run by one of our local garden centres (before it was relocated from the delightful walled garden of Hopetoun House). This rugged wheeled German model is, needless to say, still more or less functioning today - but compared with the lightweight Flymo models it is somewhat bulky.
~~Hovering or hoovering?~~
My main use of this garden tool is for a quick trim of the grass (I hesitate to call them 'lawns'!), often in the few minutes grabbed between showers in this part of the world - hence the need for something lightweight. The last Flymo proved useful in this respect, but it didn't collect any grass, which was a nuisance. This one does have a grass box and picks up enough to be worthwhile.
It is relatively simple to use, with just two settings for height of cut. Nothing too sophisticated or complicated! The single 'hoover' type handle on mine leaves something to be desired, often needing two hands to manipulate, particularly as the grass box gradually fills up. Note, however, that this may have been modified on later versions.
In practice, it can feel a bit more like using a somewhat unwieldy vacuum cleaner than a traditional lawnmower. Despite being advertised as particularly suitable for small lawns, it can be a little awkward to manoeuvre in restricted spaces. For a tidy finish I'd recommend following up with a strimmer to reach those tricky corners and edges.
The Mow'n'Vac certainly doesn't cut as closely as any cylinder mower - and obviously no fancy striped effects - but results compare quite favourably with our other rotary machine. It may not cut quite so close or perhaps collect clippings as efficiently - but its huge advantage is how much easier it is to grab for a quick trim as those windows of opportunity arise...
As you might expect from the price, it is quite a basic tool - but one that does the job for us.
~~Build quality and durability~~
It is a fairly lightweight construction of steel and plastic but it has stood up to regular use over two or three seasons, so far ..
The Mow'n'Vac certainly is light compared to our trusty old wheeled model, and nowhere near as robust. I am anticipating possible problems with the on/off safety power switch - but this didn't occur with our old 'Minimo' until we'd used it for several seasons.
As for the problem with the plastic blades breaking, to be fair this might well be due to twigs lurking in the long grass. Our garden does tend to be something of a 'conservation corner' - for which perhaps read 'untidy'! At least replacement blades are quite cheap, widely available and easy enough to change.
We bought ours from our local Homebase. At the time of writing (June 2011) this product is available instore for £59.99, at an advertised discount of 20%. We paid slightly less, as I recall. For seasonal products, these tools are usually widely available and it could be worth shopping around for the best deals at any given time.
~~Any colour, as long as it's orange~~
As far as I can tell, Flymo products are only available in that distinctive orange livery. (How green they may be is another story. The power consumption is relatively low, though I suppose we could all go back to hand mowers - that might be cheaper than the gym!)
For technical information, dimensions etc., best check official documentation - please refer to official websites for relevant data. (See links below) Note that this review is based on a two year old specification which may subsequently have been updated.
~~Economy and environment~~
The 900 watt electric motor uses less power than many mowers and the grass collected can, of course be composted.
The plastic blades represent less hazard than steel blades, though I still appreciate the additional reassurance of an RCD adaptor.
Not for bowling greens! This is a potentially useful fairly lightweight budget mower, especially for backup use. I wouldn't like to rely on it as the sole means of cutting the grass; but it represents fair value, with reasonable build quality, reliable enough and quite easy to use with a little perseverance. Could be a worthwhile investment - just not for a rainy day.
* Lightweight construction
* Plastic cutter blades (safe)
* Collects clippings
* Not quite as light to use as it might seem
* Plastic cutter blades (fragile)
* Slightly unwieldy
* Relatively small grass collection capacity
* Flymo website : www.flymo.com
* Homebase : www.homebase.co.uk
[© SteveS001, 2011, 2012. A version of this original review may be found on other review sites]
I used this one of these to cut a small 2m square lawn... well having been used to petrol cylinder mowers and an electric bosch rotak 40, this is useless and a waste of money. Yes it's easy to hang up, but.... very difficult to move over the grass with hand hand, as it's not that light and shot grass trimmings all over the place. Don't waste you money!!! Buy a mower that you can use 2 hands with and collects the grass like the bosch rotak 320
I bought my flymo mow and vac hover lawn mower, when I moved into my first house. All I wanted was something cheap as the lawn was small. I choose this one one because it was cheap around £50 and my parents always had flymo and they seemed to do the job well.
Power 900 w, with a box capacity of 15 L
Cut height 10-33mm, weight 6.5kg and cable length 10m
Comes with instruction booklet standard manufacter garentee and packet of spare blades.
The flymo is the company's standard bright orange in colour and has a box attached. The handle is one up the centre, which is where the controls are and where the cable winds around.
WHAT I THINK
-The colour is stadard and is not offensive in anyway (unless you hate orange).
-The box is easy to lift off and the lid easy to remove to empty the clippings. However, being so easy it did mean it fell off a few times.
-Light weight making it easy to move around from garden to shed.
-The cable was of adequate length and would be ok for most standard small gardens. The cable wound nicley around two pegs on the actual handle and was secure enough not to keep falling off.
-The handle is a single handle straight up the centre with the controls on the top. The actual handle part was easy to grip, to make it work you have to push one button and then hold in another underneath, keeping like that while you mow. It's not as hard as it sounds, but would be enough to deter children from playing I would have thought. However, the one hand bit - very good idea if you can only use one hand (disabled), but I found it tended to give me back ache after a while. This may have been due to my uneven lawn though.
-The blades are plastic and just slot in. They do easyily come off when you hit something. I was forever hunting them down in the garden! When they do come off though they are easy to fit back in and because they are plastic don't break easy.
Overall the mower is ok if you have a small, flat, no holes garden. Have to point out though - mine had minimal to standard use, but is still going after 8 years!!
Review maybe posted on dooyoo and ciao under the same username
Oh dear ! I saw an elderly neighbour had a new one for sale at half the shop price ( he had only used it once) and I thought I would buy it as present for my stepson on moving into his new house. I have just tried to cut my own lawn with it and after doing a once over cut imagine my surprise to find the collection box empty.Have I been conned by an old man or have I just bought a pile of plastic junk, in deference to my neighbour, its just a pile of plastic junk !
I purchased my Flymo Mow n Vac when I bought my first house about six years ago. Having never really experienced the joys of mowing a lawn (thats what parents are for!) I made the purchase owing to two factors:
1) Its a Flymo so its must be good
2) It was cheap (around £50)
The mower is relatively light and easy to handle, as much as these things are, and can be easily hung in a shed or folded away to minmise wasted space. The mowing itself feels quite effortless, but that comes at a price, as it doesn't cut grass particularly well. Even when I adjusted my mower to the lower of the two settings, for a closer cut, the results were barely visible. This may be just as well, as the cuttings storage box, altohugh easy to remove and empty, doesn't really hold much grass anyway!
Anyone considering buying one of these should also be wary of the small plastic cutting blades. The very suggestion of a pebble or twig on your lawn will cause them to break and fall off, and although they're easy enough to replace, expect to become an expert within six months, as you will get through loads of replacement blades.
Overall the Flymo Mow n Vac isn't a bad first time mower as long as you keep on top of your lawn. It is not the greatest cutter once grass grows too much and the constant replacement of blades will make you replace it within a year!
When we put a lawn down in our back garden I suddenly realized that I would need to mow it and so quickly rushed out and rather hastily purchased the Flymo Mow n Vac. Well that was a few years ago now and for some unknown reason I still have the same lawn mower, at least that is what I think it is.
The reason I am confused is because when you plug this thing in it happily glides around the lawn, covering ground with ease. I can honestly say it is easy to use and is comfortable to operate. Just one tiny problem; it doesn't cut the grass! Well okay it does cut the grass eventually, but it takes forever to do so. Luckily the ease of operation means that you can walk around the garden all day without breaking a sweat.
To be complete and fair I shall continue discussing all features of the mower. The mower weighs 8Kg. It has an easy to empty grass box, that is of course if you classify hitting a bump in the garden as the time you need to empty, then you can guarantee the grass will be deposited quite easily all over your garden. The capacity of the grass box looks quite large but is in fact very small. This again is due to the poor design of the mower.
There are two plastic blades which are quick and easy to change, again a useful feature as you will need to change them frequently. My garden is not large and I tend to check for debris before mowing, but it is amazing how many times a small collision will damage these delicate blades.
The cable is long enough to handle a small garden without an extension back up, so there is one positive I guess, although that is more for you to laboriously wrap around the handle when finished.
I once owned a simple little manually operated cylindrical mower. I don't think I really appreciated how good that mower was until I bought the Flymo model.
I cannot remember how much I paid for the Flymo Mow n Vac, but at the current £59.99 on offer at Amazon you will not be surprised to hear that I do not think that is good value. With replacement blades costing around £3.50 for 6, I need a constant supply of those too.
Mowing the lawn is not a job I relish if I am honest, but I never used to hate the job as much as I do now with this utter piece of garbage. If anyone offers to give you one or even pays you to take it, just run away, keep running and never look back.
One star; because I have too.
I am not alone then! I used to love mowing the lawn with my old metal bladed mower - but I hate the job now with this useless piece of equipment! I am on the net now looking for another - not a flymo!!
I totally agree with the other reviews written about this cheap and badly designed piece of garden equipment. Although, the plastic blades are rubbish I personally dont think this is the worst part of the design of this model. That award goes to the single handle which I assume is supposed to represent a vaccum cleaner. When was the last time you wanted to use a vaccum cleaner to mow your grass? This handle has been the cause of numerous blisters to everyone who has used this machine and I honestly believe that Flymo should start to supply every mow n vac with a free pair of heavy duty gardening gloves. I also had an old flymo, which I gave away when I bought this new 'all improved' model- how wrong was I. I hope no one else falls for flymos new improved design, designed for perfect, non bumpy lawns. Unfortunately I have to give this a star rating but please believe me, 1 star is 1 star too many
Wholst shopping at B&Q i saw this lawn mower for £45, i thought it was a great design with the one handed operating handle, i pushed the display one around a bit in the shop and it move very easily, great i thought no more fighting with my big heavy lawn mower.
The first time i tried this in the garden i was not impressed at all. It is virtually impossible to push the mover with one hand and was still difficult with two hands.
Then came the bumps, nothing major just slight little dips in my grass but every time my lawn mower hit one it tried to flip over, this was not what i was expecting.
Yes this mower is light weight like the box says but is almost impossible to cut your lawn with. I cant realy comment on the grass box as i never managed to cut enough of the grass to find out if it worked or not.
-bought this for a small lawn as a successor to my old hover mower that was still working after 21 years? use. How wrong I was and how disappointed I am with this flimsy thing. It?s cheap, but nasty and doesn?t really cut grass in everyday situations. Yes, if the grass is reasonably short to short with and is dry, the plastic blades will ?cut?, or rather shear the leaves, but if you come across something harder to cut, the blades (that snap-fit into the revolving plastic disk) rotate in their housing so that they no longer project at right angles to the disc, severely limiting their cutting potential. Also, the mower will cut out if the grass is wet or too long. There is a fundamental design problem, in my opinion. The ?vac?function refers to a plastic construction from the grass collection box that projects downwards to the grass, and, while it does allow cuttings to be ?sucked? into the storage box just behind the mower, if the lawn is slightly bumpy/wet/too long, and the mower is pulled backwards, the mower will tip up when this projection hits the overlong bit of grass, etc. Yes, I know the instructions say the mower should be pushed (as with all hover mowers), but in the real world most people, including me, tend to push forwards a bit, then reverse the action. This is very tricky to do with this mower without the grassbox getting caught on the uneven ground. I have totally lost faith in Flymo and will next year cut my losses and buy a wheeled Bosch mower ? it can?t be any worse than this Mow ?n Vac, and hopefully will be a lot better! I cannot believe that after happily using a metal-bladed Flymo for 21 years I feel i already have had enough of this product after 2 months.