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      12.11.2010 00:58
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      Has a nice idea behind it but it just isnt practical as a lawn mower

      I have always owened flymo's but i regret to say this has to be the worst yet by far.
      Why you ask? it just simply doesnt cutt the grass right, thats the main function of a mower right?
      From new the blade just felt rather blunt particuarly when trying to cutt down to its lowest level about 12mm from the ground, it just seems to push the grass over rather than cutt and collect, despite this the blade did seem sharp enough so i cannot understand why it just isnt living up to what i expected, the blade may not be spinning fast enough or may even be faulty. However this seems unlikely with a 1700 watt motor to power the unit! Which is adequate for cutting grass in my opinion.

      My next complaint is the grass box, no matter what happens and how dry the grass is the opening to the box always seems to become clogged with grass and because of this little mounds of grass get left across the lawn which obviously isnt a good thing and looks pretty ugly and shabby. But if it were to work (on the odd ocassion) can be filled with 38 litres of grass and can be easily removed with a pop up lid and emptied.

      One factor which swayed me to buy the mower was the roller on the back of it, so i could create nice lines in my grass which i think look great. The machines roller is very light and hardly makes a noticeable difference so i will immediately discount this feature.

      The wheels themselves are also another problem having a very cheap feel to them and seem to wabble from side to side when cutting and not to mention the caps coming loose on the wheels and falling off.

      One of my other complaints is adjusting the height of the cutt, the orange stick to the left of the unit which sets the house is very flimsy and often comes unstuck leaving the blade to drop down and massacre my lawn. In fact it has now got to a stage where it hardly stays in place for more than five minutes without doing this, its destroying my lawn!!

      The appearance itself is pretty generic with the flymo brand but being rather large and cumbersome giving the impression it would be a pleasure to push around and give a great cutt, this isnt the case and the whole build feels very weak, from the starter button the padels for starting the mower which parts have since snapped from owning it and the grass box cover complete with a little window which is useless practically as it becomes virtually opaque because of grass stains and mud etc.

      The cable supplied is of a nice length and can reach across the garden but really isnt the real concern here.
      There really isnt anything nice about this mower and from my previous experiences with flymo this model is a real let down.

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      24.06.2010 18:05
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      good brand

      I've just come in from cutting the lawn and its a boiling hot day, I was going to wait until later this evening but I have to go out, so having used my Flymo Power Compact 400 I hought I'd write all about it.

      I first bought my Flymo Power Compact 400 two years ago at Homebase and it cost me £79.99 the price is a little cheaper now but the product is just the same. You can just buy it bring it home, plug it in and away you go cutting the lawn.

      The lawn mower is compact and easy to push along and can handle long or short grass, it doesn't seem to bother it if you leave the grass to grow a little longer than you intended too, this mower can mow through it at ease.
      It collects the grass onto a box which is attached to the mower and you have to empty this a few times as you go along. I have a large garden so have to empty the grass box four times before my garden is mowed, but the grass box clips on and off easily and can be removed emptied and put back to carry on mowing the lawn.

      It has a folding handle for easy storage and wheels along nicely as it is a light to handle mower. It's electric so just press the handle and away you go.
      I find it easy to use, I used to have a heavy mower before this one and had to get my husband to mow the lawn, with this one I can carry it from the shed and mow the lawn myself.
      I have even left it out in the garden after using it one time and it rained, then thinking it would be ruined I was dubious about plugging it in again, but found that nothing had bothered it and away it went again.
      I wouldn't like to risk leaving it out all the time but was surprised it worked after being in a shower of rain.

      Once the blade wears down it will cut the grawss but has to be cleared of grass from the blades as it clogs up, be careful to unplug it before doing this, you can buy replacement blades from garden centres or online for £19.99 once you have replaced the blades which just come off with a nut and bolt from the middle then it will cut away again at ease.

      There are lots of replacement parts for the mower to buy at extra cost, from blades, drive belts, inspection hatch to grass box lids, but these are useful if you have had the mower along time like I have, just replace worn parts and carry on mowing.

      I'd recommend it to you if you are thinking of getting a mower as its light weight and easy to use.

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      03.04.2007 20:00
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      Why did I buy this piece of trash?

      I'll never buy another Flymo EVER AGAIN thanks to this big heap of dog's doo doos.

      What a waste of £130.

      After only half a dozen uses the belt keeps slipping off and I've lost the will to live. And no, I'm not going to spend any more of my money on the ffing kit that supposedly rectifies this obvious design fault.

      This pile of junk is on a one-way ticket to the local tip.

      Avoid at all costs. If you see a neighbour with one, go out and beat it with a spade (the Flymo that is, not the neighbour).

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        11.10.2006 21:36

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        Not worth a **** cuts grass not to bad when the drive belt is actually on.Although drive belt is now in tatters on my dash board awaiting replacement.That powerful motor could not cut its way through ma grannys knickers on cold sunday morning!!!!

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        22.08.2005 01:48
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        just a very poor design, Flymo's with this belt arrangement are not worth considering .

        had a call from my mother-in-law to say that her flymo super compact 330 that I bought for her was not cutting the grass. Investigation revealed the drive belt had shredded although why after 3 times used I fail to understand. went to the local stockist and bought a new belt (exactly same as original)and fitted it, simple job done I thought. After two lengths of lawn cut the belt slipped off? Re-fitted the belt and the same happened twice more. Really examined the mower after this but all one can do is to tightened the belt via a crude slotted screw adjustment (part of the design)to the motor driveshaft that tensions the belt. This did not seem to make any difference and the belt sliped off again. This Flymo is a total disaster and I will not waste any more time on it except to take it to the local council waste depot. Recommend a Flymo - Never again. UPDATE: Local stockist said what I needed was the "modification kit" from Flymo as the problem was due to a design fault. This was in fact a large oversize plastic washer that is keyed to fit between the shaft on underside of the fan and the the pulley that the belt goes round in order to retain the belt from slipping off. After fitting this however and as the belt turned the belt gravitated towards the washer and begain to rub against it to the extent that friction between the belt and washer began to melt the washer -next job to the local tip.

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          28.07.2005 19:03
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          Not a durable purchase - it lasted only a dozen mowings.

          I bought my mower for £79.48 from B&Q on 19 April 04. It packed up on 26 July 05 with a bang at the age of 17 months. I expected it to serve longer than about a dozen outings. I bought it to use on the few times when the chap we employ to bring his own petrol mower is unavailable, so my electric 400 has had only a dozen or so outings on lawns that take me a total of about 30 minutes to cut.

          The drive belt appears to have broken and wound itself round the shaft of the fan. The fan and blade are now very stiff and can barely be rotated by hand. The motor whirrs but the fan and blade are stuck. I guess the main bearing has partly seized.

          Since our lawns are level I can see no reason why the mower should have failed. B&Q have fobbed me off with the address of a "service engineer". In fact he won't touch electric mowers. The other firms I have tried have also given up dealing with broken Flymos and all have bad-mouthed Flymo for producing kit that is not up to the job.

          My mower looks like the 400 in the picture- it has 4 wheels, though it says "Flymo 330" on the lid. Wrong parts, I guess.

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            05.05.2003 08:05
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            I was attracted by the smaller brother of the Compact 400, the Compact 330, after my old 1000w rotary wheeled mower died. I had nipped to the local diy store to examine the different models. It appealed because of its 1600w motor, the sturdy wheels and handle, and it looked like it might not clog too easily. Because it was available under £100, the deal was clinched. My lawn was long after 10 days growth, and the 330 cut through it without even slowing down, even at fast walking speed. This was also the case on the lowest height setting, but that made the machine VERY hard to push over the grass, and still fairly hard where you had just cut! I found it a lot noisier than previous mowers I have used. It should come with earplugs! At least it puts off your neighbour's conversation. The specification says it cuts down to 20mm, but I would say it was actually nearer to 30mm which is poor. The quality of the cut was poor too, no doubt due in part to the fact that the blade blunts easily - I only cut one lawn to discover this. It is also impossible to cut close to walls or edges because the blade tips are not very close to the side of the machine. The biggest fault for me was the grass collection. The design means that the grass is blown upwards through a big hole in the bottom of the collection basket. When you take the basket out, it drops back out of the big hole, into the machine, over the lawn, over the patio, everywhere, everywhere. The machine seemed to pick up most of the cuttings, but dried blossom and smaller stuff are not touched. The integral roller buries it into the lawn. It spreads grass onto concrete easily too if you over-run the lawn. There is no question that this machine would have been a BIG moss creating monster, which is another reason why it had to go back the following day.

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              17.02.2003 19:35
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              I bought the PC 400 when we moved house and the old 28 cm mower was just not powerful enough and the grassbox got far too small. Flymo's ads looked very promising - just like being the best option around. The first year went ok. I found out that it could not cope with long and damp grass, simply completely caking in the blade and the collection whole with cuttings neccessitating frequent manual unblockings. Vibrations were also on the increase despite good care of the blade and even a new one. Then after 12 -14 months the fun started : - increasing play in parts - safety switch ( lid ) broken - even more vibrations - noses on spacer washer for blade snapped - replaced for free by Flymo - same happend again shortly after - DIY job doing the trick now - height adjustment lever would not stay in position - vibrations had softened the grey bottom casing - only diy job made it possible to carry on - one of the two power handles broken - probably due to vibrations - mower very noisy All these problems occured on parts made of fairly soft plastic. They cannot be repaired but have to be replaced at considerable cost. Is this justifiable on expensive products ( Offer price £ 115 in 05/2001 ) ? Sorry there are only three boxes for the disadvantages ...

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                08.08.2002 05:01
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                • "All wheels adjust together"

                I bought this mower to replace my ageing Flymo Chevron 350S. Its handles were sloppy, grass bag split and, I thought, a bit long in the tooth. How about this spangly new one? A wheeled Flymo was what I wanted, sleek design, integral grass box, wide cut and a powerful motor. The cable is long and the way it attaches to the machine is excellent. What could possibly go wrong? The main problem is that it doesn't cut grass very well - which is a major drawback for a mower. Mostly it seems to push the grass over, at best with a sharpened blade it leaves a ragged cut. The length of the cut grass is variable and although most of the clippings go into its internal box a good deal ends up on the path. The grass box is difficult to empty into a restricted space (like a bin bag) and some inevitably falls out of the hole in the bottom which is where it is scooped up in the first place. By design, it seems, (the picture on the box is the same) it is considerably lower at th front than the back. This makes it very difficult to push over anything othr than a bowling green when set to a low height. The wheels are not independantly adjustable - a feature I find very useful on my old machine when doing the edges. The rear roller seems to get in the way and doesn't leave stripes. After a couple of months of valiant perseverance in the face of ridicule from the rest of the family who were laughing at me for my poor purchase, I finally admitted defeat and went back to my old mower. I had done half the lawn with the 400, and completed the other half with the Chevron. What a difference. I redid the first half and consigned the flashy new one to the garage. The major point is that good looks and innovative layout do not make up for wholly inadequate grass cutting. Its worse than the machine I've had since 1986. I am seriously considering formal complaint to Flymo.

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                  21.06.2002 05:01
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                  • "hard to manouver"

                  This is an appallingly designed mower that just does not do the job. The cut is not very good giving a worse finish than my previous Flymo hover mower (which I would recommend). I went for a wheeled mower as I thought it would be easier to push than my previous hover mower. How wrong I was. Small obstructions, long grass, uneven levels just leave this mower stuck. The handle is at a fixed angle to the body of the mower and it is set too steeply (you can get a good idea by looking at the little picture). This means that rather than pushing behind the mower you are pushing it down, the harder you push the more stuck it gets. I continually have to push the back of the mower with my foot to get it moving again. The inlet to the grassbox continually jams stopping the collection. I have to stop, unplug, open the lid and pull a wodge of grass out. Even leaves on the lawn cause this mower to jam. Your fingers get perilously close to the blade just below the inlet hole of the grassbox. Safety really is an issue here! All in all I wonder whether they ever tested this mower before putting on the market. Avoid at all costs.

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                    15.05.2002 02:51
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                    POWER COMPACT 400 Even its name has a sense of power about it, POWER, COMPACT, 400. What more do we need to know? Well for a start Flymo makes it the manufacturers of hover mowers. This however is a Flymo with wheels and the ability to stripe your lawns. A large cutting blade and a grass box that is centrally placed instead of being at the rear of the machine like most models. POWER: It has a 1700 watt motor that provides the power that drives the belt drive system which is especially useful in tough cutting conditions. This is a powerful engine for cutting your lawn and coupled with a blade length of 40cm you will find your lawns cut in next to no time. Its grass box holds an amazing 38 litres of grass clippings and the size means you have to empty it far less often than with a standard sized box. To empty you lift the lid and lift out the box, there is an indicator that shows you when the box is full. I would warn you that due to the box design you will leave some clippings on your lawn as you progress to your compost bin so it may be worthwhile parking the mower by it when you wish to empty it. To go with this you can easily vary the height of your cut by means of washers that lower the cutting blade. Now depending on what information you are looking at, that is to say on Flymos website it tells us there are 4 different cut heights ranging from 20mm - 75mm, or if you are looking at the booklet that comes with it 6 different cut heights from 12-75mm. Now as |I have sufficient washers to give me 6 different heights I can only assume the website is wrong or they have recently changed the specification. The handle is suitable for various heights of operator but due to the weight of the machine itself I would suggest that the bigger you be the more likely you are to enjoy using this machine. It in itself I have found gives me an excellent cut with a perfect finish. At least it does in the back garden, which is long
                    and even without any awkward corners. The front garden however this machine does not shine, it is hard to manoeuvre and I just cannot cut the bank with it, indeed here I have to use a Flymo Minimo which is light and does the job well apart from leaving the clippings behind so making the use of my lawn rake a matter of necessity. At the rear of the machine you will find a roller which enables you to give your lawn a striped appearance. Lastly the means of turning this machine on is found attached to the handle and it is easy to use for both left and right handed users. The handle also folds down easily for storage thus cutting down on the space the mower requires in your garage or garden shed. To sum up this is not a mower for people with medium to small sized lawns this is a serious mower for large gardens but not yet in the ride on mower requirement. It gives a superb finish and in wide open spaces is a delight to use. It is not good at all in cramped conditions and for those of you with lots of flower beds in your lawn I would suggest a smaller mower would be better. That being said for it’s type and if it is being used in the correct sized lawn for its design this is a four star mower. Motor 1700 watts Cutting width 40 cm with a metal blade. Cut heights from 12mm to 75mm. Grass-box 38 litres capacity. Wheel Tread - Rubber ( Useful if cutting in damp conditions) Central Adjuster. Weight 14 Kg. Website http://www.flymo.com (well worth a look, has a useful guide to help you select what you need for your garden) The price? Well currently my local garden centre is offering them at £188 but I have seen them from £150 on offer to over £200 so I would suggest you check around for the best deal you can find. ‘When I close my eyes I can see for miles’

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                      13.05.2001 01:33
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                      • "doesn't cut short enough"

                      I find this mower not as good as our previous one (Mountfield Princess). The Flymo is heavier to maneouvre, the wheels seem stiff, and the grass box has a hole in the bottom as part of it's design. This of course is a slight design problem when carrying it full of grass to the compost bin (or wherever) because some of the grass you've carefully collected falls straight out! Also it doesn't cut the grass as short as some of the competition. (The competition being a bit hot for this product, in my opinion). If it was a car I'd take it back - poor on the corners, difficult to handle in tight spaces, and it keeps dropping it's payload. But it's not a car, which means it has no engine to drive it - you have to do that, and it's not as easy as it should be. I'd rather have the Mountfield again. Later update. the switch broke within weeks. The blade wore out in months. Now the handles broken. This article is third rate rubbish.

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                        11.08.2000 01:02
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                        This has got to be one of the best mowers around. We have a large urban garden but mowing with this mower it only takes about 15 - 20 mins to do the lot. A friend bought one and raved about it for weeks and when my old one clapped out I just had to try it. It truely does the job and picks up so well I hardly ever have to rake the lawn for dead clippings. All I need now is a mower that will get rid of all the bloddy cats that ruin my flower beds!

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