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Flymo Venturer 320 Roller 1000W
This is the first lawn mower I've ever bought - and was a purchase that made me feel a lot older than I really am! I'd shopped about a bit and read some favourable reviews about this model, so headed to my local Homebase so that I could collect Nectar Points. Luckily, I got the last one the store had.
I must admit I was quite eager to use this product for the first time. My lawn is only small but the grass had got out of control after a winter and spring of neglect. Anyway, assembling the product was a breeze and within 10 minutes I was ready to go. This lawn mower has a 12-metre power cable, which meant I still had to use a plug extension. To use, you hold down the button in the center column and squeeze the two handles. My first impression was how quiet the mower is! It still purrs and you feel a slight vibration up your arms when you first squeeze the handles.
So how does it perform? In a word fantastic! There are three adjustable cutting heights at your disposal. Since my grass was very long that first cut, I opted for the highest setting (ie blade furthest away from the ground). After just two or three lengths of the garden this machine had made light work of what I thought was going to be a difficult task. The mower uses a detachable 28 litre grass box, which I've found fills up pretty quick. If your grass is long a small garden (say 12ft x 24ft) you might find yourself having to empty the box more than once before you're finished. You can also use the mower without the grass box on which is useful for tidying up at the end of a cut, and for getting in tight to reach areas of your garden.
Overall, I'm very impressed with this product. It does exactly what I ask of - it cuts my grass to a high quality finish, quickly and with minimum effort - great!
12 metre cable
Quiet, 1000W motor
32cm metal blade
3 height settings (between 20-50mm)
28-litre detachable grass box
Fold down handle
We have owned this lawn mower for 5 years, we use it on average every 2-3 weeks in the height of the Summer and it has always done a more than adequate job.
When I mow my lawn it always leaves it looking nice and presentable, with a 32cm blade glides over the area in a fairly quick time.
The blade height is adjustable between 20mm - 50mm we have always used it on a 20mm setting apart from when we laid a new lawn and adjusted it to 50mm. It was easy to adjust with a tool which was provided with the mower.
There is a detachable grass box which sits on the back of the mower. It has a capacity of 28 litres. My back garden is 15ft x 20ft and when mowing I have to empty the box twice but this is to prevent it becoming over full. The handle on the top of the box is well fixed and takes the weight well.
The reason I chose to purchase this mower is because it's light weight and small to store away. You can detach the grass box and fold down the handles allowing it to be tucked away in the corner of our shed.
The handle is at an ideal and comfortable height for use and is suitable for both left and right handed people with the power triggers on both sides.
The power cable is very long at 12 meters so will be ok for most averages gardens.
I would recommend this mower to anyone with a small or medium sized garden with limited storage space.
5 years ago when I purchase mine I got a free strimmer but it currently retails for about £70.00.
When I moved house a couple of years ago, it was the first time I needed to shop for a lawn mower. I went along to B&Q where they had a "Flymo" promotion on at the time, and picked this Venturer model up for around £60.
Shallow decision making.
I had no knowledge of mowing lawns or what I should be looking for in a lawn mower, and this one seemed to be about middle-of-the-range and a reliable trusted brand name at a price in my budget. I liked the look of the mower, with its wheels rather than just the "hovering UFO" look, and yet picking up the box it still seemed fairly lightweight.
What a thorough decision making process would have told me...
Of course, with hindsight and a bit of lawn mowing experience now behind me, I can see what I should have been looking for at the time of purchase. By luck rather than good judgement, I would probably still have come to the same decision - this has good features for the price I paid.
It has three cutting heights ranging from 20mm to 60mm, which is great for that first cut of the spring, and is very easy to adjust between the levels. It has a 'proper' metal blade, presumably better in terms of its cutting ability and durability than plastic alternatives. There is a large bin on the back for collecting the cuttings, its capacity is 29litres. It has a roller on the back so that you get nice stripes (or in my case sometimes circles) patterned into the newly mown lawn ... perhaps that should have gone in the "shallow reasons" bit...
Putting the mower together
The mower came in many, many parts in the box. It was quite a long-winded exercise to put it together, but it wasn't difficult. It was principally a case of screwing numerous wing-nuts and removing seemingly hundreds of bits of protective cardboard.
Off to mow we go
Pushing the mower and mowing the lawn, which is the key factor here, is easy. The cable is 10m long and more than enough to cover my lawn from the nearest socket. It's fed up the handle to the top so it's always behind the mower when cutting the grass.
My lawn is about 6m x 6m, and when I'm cutting it on a regular basis I need to empty the cuttings bin once per mow. I think that's ok, any more and the mower would be becoming heavy to push around anyway. It's easy to remove the box and it's designed so that the cuttings don't escape on the way to the bin.
It's easy to push and turn around and the wheels and roller move freely and easily. I suppose it does have an overall 'plasticy' feel to it, but I guess that's in keeping with the relatively low-end price tag. I've been pleased with the results I've had, although I've no previous mower to compare it to, but it cuts neatly and uniformly right up to the edges, and that's all I need. (The stripes and circles, when I can be bothered, are a bonus!) I've just done what I hope will be the last cut before winter, and the mower had no problems with the dampish grass, and the lawn looked good.
Starting the mower is a bit of an awkward two-handed operation, needing to hold down a central button in the handle and pul one of the levers, but my hands are quite small, and once up and running it's not an issue.
It's very noisy in operation, but judging by the neighbours, a quiet lawn mower hasn't been invented yet, so I can't really complain about that.
I have had a couple of issues with the mower since buying it. When I got it out to use it at the start of the second Spring, it had simply stopped working. I couldn't locate my receipt/guarantee but decided to find a local repairer to see if it would cost much to check it out. With an inspection fee of £10 I asked him to see if it was anything obvious, and it turned out to be a blown fuse - the £10 covered it. I've had no mechanical problems since, but disappointing all the same.
The other issue is that the handle on the cuttings bin sits on top of the bin and is used to fix the bin in place and remove it as well as obviously carrying the full bin. This is supposed to be fixed by clipping into slots, but these are loose and the handle is forever hanging by a single clip instead of one at each end. This is a nuisance and is inevitably exerting excessive pressure on the one clip, some day it will probably just break off.
The underside of the mower is well designed so that there are no nooks and crannies to collect cuttings and dirt, and I don't spend much time cleaning it - I just give it a thorough brushing when I'm putting it away at the end of each growing season.
So far (2 summers) the quality of the cut has remained great, there are no signs of wear on the blade and the actual mower itself still gleams and looks great. I'm not really in a position to recommend or deter others from buying this particular model over any other alternatives, for the price paid and the features I think it was good value and is a well built, effective mower which is easy to use. The two problems I've noted do drag my overall opinion down, however, so it can only be 4 stars.
One of life's little pleasures is cutting the grass when you have hay fever, this is a job I have done since I was still in nappies (I have photographic evidence to prove this). Back then it was man powered or little kid powered in my case. Moving on from this I had a petrol powered mower this was great apart from the maintenance so this time I went for an electric one.
First thing is to get it out the box, check the pieces and build the thing, there is not much to build and it is straight forward, the handle takes a few minutes just to screw in the bolts and the wingknobs a quick look at the picture is recommended but not really a must, the wingknobs make it easy to loosen the upper and bottom handles making it foldable for storage if required, the grass box comes in three parts upper, bottom and handle, the handle just gets pushed into place in the upper grassbox, goes in very easily but also pops out too very easily. Now comes the hard part fitting the top to the bottom, simply line up the two halves and clip the clips, this would be fine if it was not so flexible, get some in and then they pop out when trying to get the rest in, this is frustrating and almost got thrown across the garden but I got there in the end, an extra pair of hands would have helped greatly.
There are 3 cutting heights, so these can be set to 5 different grass levels, it has quite a powerful 1000 watt motor, also has a 13" metal cutting blade, this should last for a life time unless you are hitting stones with it, new blades cost about £18 and looks like it would be easy to change, screw driver and spanner would be necessary for this.
Once you have set the height of the wheels, it is time to cut the grass, plug the mower in to power supply, cable is fitted and has a moulded plug, its a good length of cable but I need an extension, to start the mower you need to press and hold a button in the middle of the handle whilst pulling the start lever, there is a left and right starting handle anyone will do, to stop just let go the lever. My grass is thick and healthy, this mower cuts through it with ease, the biggest problem is getting used to having a wire that always seams to get in the way.
Maybe I was just unlucky and got one that was rushed off the production line late on a Friday afternoon but when I bought it I was expecting it to last a bit longer than it did.
At the time of purchase I only had a relatively small garden (about 50 x 15 feet) so a small electric mower like this seemed the perfect choice and for the first summer it was. Cut the grass neatly and thanks to the roller at the back it left a nice stripe on the collection of clover and assorted weeds with a hint of grass that I called a lawn.
Part way through the next mowing season one of the adjustment handles snapped off the rear wheels leaving a nice sharp point sticking out. I assumed I had been a bit heavy handed and trimmed it down so it wasn't quite so lethal but was still usable. Next issue was with the blade which was starting to make a hash of actually cutting and seemed more intent on tearing the grass leaving it slightly straggly. A quick bit of treatment with a bench grinder soon had it sharp again but I wasn't convinced by the quality of the metal used to make it.
Next season the problems continued with difficulties in getting the mower to start, you have to push down a button and pull in and hold a lever to get it going so it appeared one of these was on the way out. Being that it worked the majority of the time I put up with it until with a loud bang and a big spark the handle finally decided to burn out the switches and that was that.
When it worked properly it was great. Simple to assemble and the handle can fold down if you're limited on storage space in your shed. It gave a good finish on an average lawn and was light enough to be easily manouverable under bushes and along the edges of curved flower beds. The collection box is a reasonable size so with a small lawn you're not forever having to empty it before continuing.
Disappointing it only made it into it's third year as I would have expected better from a big name like Flymo
I use this lawn mower for my front and back garden, both are small.
these are the product details.
32cm Blade Length
It cuts the grass short and neat, It is very easy to get a even finish on your lawn, in little time.
1000W Motor Power
powerful enough To cut the grass quickly without going over the same patch again and again.
It is loud but not to the extreme it is quieter then some of the bigger mowers.
3 Cutting Heights(20mm-50mm)
It is adjustable but I have only used it on the setting it came on. I took it out of the box and just turned it on, so there is basically no set up required, apart from unfolding the handles (ill explain that with storing info).
This is short enough to leave about 1 month depending on the rate your grass grows and the weather.
28 litre Grassbox Capacity.
this is a large box If your lawn isn't to unruly you can go through the whole thing without emptying it (small lawn). The only downside is that the more grass it collects the heavier it gets so I would advise less able people to empty more frequently, or if the grass isn't that long to use without the grass box.
You can pull and push this around one handed if you really like it's that light!
You can use it in the summer comfortably without getting to hot or tired.
I think that the weight of this would make it an advantage for more mature people who still want to take care of their gardens themselves.
To use the the mower there are 2 trigger like lever that is on the top handle bar, one on the left,one on the right, you push one down then press a button located on the front of the handle bar (so it won't turn on if you hold the trigger when transporting). you only need one pushed down at a time so it is suitable for left and right handed people.
Because the trigger is attached to the handle bar it is comfortable to hold down while still having good grip, a bit like gripping a bike handlebar.
The wire can get in the way sometimes. It wraps around the handle bars when stored instead of being a pull cord so you have all the wire out when in use.
The cord is 12m which is quite long, although I use a an extension because my plug socket is not near the back door.
Storing the mower is easy because it has screw handles on each side of the handle bar which allows the handle bar to double over, so it will be suitable if you only have a it small shed.
I would recommend this for people with small/medium gardens, but not for a large garden it's just to small.
We have two lawns at our house, I certainly can't say they are huge but they are big enough that we need some form of lawn mower. Last year our tried and trusted little green lawn mower decided to explode so we decided it was time we invested in a new one. Down at B&Q there seems to be one make of lawn mower that stand out. Flymo! There are lots of these lawn mowers on the market and they seem to have a pretty good reputation so we decided this would be a good one to buy. So as that is the case it seems to make sense that I review the lawn mower we have, the Flymo Venturer 320.
Having never reviewed a lawn mower before I'm not sure where to start! I suppose the most obvious place is how well it cuts the grass. Pretty well. The blades get in reasonably close and this seems to pick of nearly all the grass you move it over. It doesn't seem to give as close a cut as our old lawn mower but it certainly does a good enough job when we use it.
The Flymo comes with a very large 28 litre grass compartment. This is tucked away neatly in the mower so you don't see any of the grass until you open it up. There is a simple little catch you release to get into the grass box, this can easily be removed to get rid of the grass into the bin. I have been quite impressed with the size of the grass box and I don't have to empty it very often as it takes quite a while to get full.
The handle of the lawn mower is pretty big, a little to big for my liking but it functions very well. There are two handles and you need to grip one of them to keep the mower going, when you are gripping the handle you press the big orange button and away you go. There are a few safety features which mean the mower will cut out if you run over the wire, you can turn the power off without having to go back to the main and unplug, this is useful if you want to check the blades is something is catching on them or they have become blocked in some way.
This Flymo has what they call a rear roller, which gives you that nice stripped look to your garden as you mow it. The only issue I have with this is that it means you need to go in nice straight lines or else it looks as though have mown your lawn drunk! The wire on the Flymo is of a very good length, certainly more than enough for what we use it for. Unless you have a really big garden you shouldn't find the length of the wire to be any kind of problem.
When it comes to reliability this is where I have a little bit of a problem. If I had written this review 6 months ago then I would have raved about the Flymo, however, this summer we have had problems with it. When mowing the lawn it constantly cuts out. I have dried to address the problem but can't seem to find any reason for it doing so. I will admit I'm not the most gifted person when it comes to machinery and maintaining it, but I can see no reason why this should be happening. It is not really serious enough for me to take the mower back to the shop or spend money getting it fixed, it is just an irritation that makes this mower a little frustrating.
When it comes to price and value this is about middle of the road. You can pick the Flymo Ventrurer up for around £100, which is certainly not overly expensive, however there are cheaper options out there. For me I think this one has been a little bit of a disappointment as it has started to go wrong, however, if it were not for the little fault ours seems to have picked up then I would give this one the thumbs up. So if you have a medium sized lawn and want a decent lawn mower that will do the job quickly and efficiently then this one could be for you. The only slight issue is with reliability.
This is a product that does exactly what you expect it to. It cuts grass.
Putting the machine together for the first time is a simple task which you only have to do once. The lead that comes with the machine is plenty long enough for the garden sizes that it is designed for meaning there is no need for long extensions to cause that extra hazard and the grass chute does not clog when cutting thick damp grass.
The small size makes the mower easy to store, with the handle folding in with the simple twist ot two knobs.
The mower is easy to use, and assmeble and I was shocked at how light it was lifting in and out of the shed with one hand.
From a safety feature point of view the blade stops as soon as you let go of the trigger and will not start until hold the button down at the same time.
The grass boxing is simple and easy to remove and empty and then re fix. I find this a great mower for a small - med size garden, althought the one point i will make is although it is made for small gardens the mower is very narrow so can still take time to cut.
Overall this mower requires next to no maintenance and cuts grass with no fuss. What more can you ask?
I have a decent sized garden at the back of my flat and often the grass tends to get high and i'm not going out there with scissors and chopping it all. I've tried that- it's rather tedious, although it was hedge cutters and not scissors, so a bit quicker, it still took me all weekend though. Therefore i decided it would be a good idea to get a lawn mower. I'm quite green fingered and was raised to help Dad in the garden on Sundays and from then a passion for gardening blossomed, pardon the pun.
I bought this product from Argos just over a year ago and it's magic. It came boxed up and the Boyfriend and myself had to put it together, thankfully it came with a set of instructions. The instructions consisted of a step by step guide that got the job done and the mower made in under 15 minutes, just think of the things you can do in 15 minutes!
What is it that i like about this product?
I like the colour. Orange is a good colour.
Also with some lawn mowers you get it just cuts the grass but doesn't collect it then you have to spend ages raking it all up. Not with this one, the lawn mower compresses the grass as it cuts it and puts it into the black storage section at the back. When it's full, simply slide it out and put the grass on the compost heap.
This product is simple to use! You start the motor by holding one one lever that can be located on the handle, while doing that you can find button in the centre that needs to pressed in order to turn on the motor. Once the motor is running just keep your hand on the level which shouldn't be too straining on your hands.
Is there anything bad about the product?
Not good for people with RSI. This product doesn't come with a health warning, but you've read it now.
Some facts about the product
The mains cable runs for about 15 metres so if you have a big garden you're in for a treat.
Purchased at just over £40, not bad!
It cuts grass and picks it up, what more do you need in a lawnmower?
We bought the Flymo when we first moved into our new home some years ago. We have a fairly small garden and wanted a small, practical and reliable lawn mower to help us manage the grass. The Flymo was chosen for its simple operating, its looks and the reputed robustness.
Needless to say, we still have the Flymo and are extremely happy with the purchase. Even when we bought it, it was extremely affordable. The fact that it is still on the market highlights its quality and popular demand. Summer after summer, the Flymo does what it says on the tin.
The initial set up was very quick and straight-forward. An easy step-by-step diagram helps you put the thing together in 5-10 minutes with minimal effort. From there onwards, it is extremely simple to use. The mowere works from a mains socket and has a fairly long (about 15 metres?) power cord that makes it possible to reach every corner of a vergy averagely sized typical small garden without having to use an extension lead.
In terms of reliability, we have never had a problem with the mower. No number of rocks it encounters, water, winters spent in the shed or horrendously overgrown lawn have affected its performance in any way. Every time you get it out, it works just like it did on day one. The 3 different height settings on the wheels allow you to adjust to your requirements and cutting conditions and the overall one button, two handle set up provide for very simple and straight-forward use.
I have a small / medium garden. Large bungalow size if you like. Needed a new mower and flymo is on the tip of most people tongue but it all comes down to price in the end. The same mower - several places but a quite big £35 difference on where you buy it. Argos in the end, anyway down to the mower itself.
Very easy to put together, I found the instructions easy to read and the diagrams of pieces easy to figure out too.
Bits were easy to fit together, looked a bit strange at first but i guess everything new does. Took about 15 minutes for me (a mum of 3 who likes taking things apart and putting them back together) to set it up.
Small lawn first - liked the fact that it atually sounds like a quietish petrol mower and not a cheap electric mower. (Girl racer days). 3 heights of mowing, easily adjusted by spring loaded bar that the wheels are fixed to, just lift and click into the slots whichever height you so wish to use.
Quick once around the front lawn, box filled up okay BUT (and this is the only downside) there is a part that is attatched to the grass box that I have taken off and will never use again. Can only be described as a tongue looking object that i suppose is designed to make the grass enter more easily into the grassbox. Well in my case that isn't so and I took it off and if anything it makes the grass go in better and not stick to the blade like it was only doing for 5 minutes before. I think its more of a design thing for the manufacturers and would be far better off without it.
SO... after detatching the TONGUE! we carry on round the back which has grown like a small meadow hiding such things as tennis balls and other childs toys. Large thistles in the corners and some other weedy looking things. Thankfully, after putting the mower on the highest height setting, it took weeds, thistles and other unwanted plants down in a matter of seconds without the hard heavy pushing that i have found with other electric mowers.
Also have to mention that grass box was alot easier to empty without the tongue attatchment (really must write to flymo about that).
Its quite a compact mower too, roughly a 32cm cutting width, which is fine, may take a little longer to cut larger areas - but healthwise its great!
Grass box detatches quickly and easily, you can loosen the nuts / bolts on the handle to fold over but not necessary, really takes up very little space, wound 12 meter wire around the handle and put away ready for next time.
All in all was very happy with this mower. Its quiet, easy to push adn after tongue removal - easy to empty! I always research my purchases rigourously for a week before actually buying and I was not disappointed.
Thank you flymo!
"Ideal for small to medium lawns, the Flymo Venturer 320 uses a powerful, yet quiet 1000 watt motor with a 32cm (13"") metal blade for great performance in tough conditions."