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      05.12.2010 23:25

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      Would recommend this to anyone. Great lawnmower.

      I bought this Qualcast on a whim. When I was out looking for a new lawnmower this one caught my eye and I don't know why. It isn't the most appealing looking lawnmower in the world and the price is quite steep but it just looked reliable and like it could take a good throttling before it would pack up. Unsurprisingly, like I first thought it has been reliable. Always starting up and no mechanical or electrical problems as of yet. I must say it is quite an easy lawnmower to use. Weighting in at 11kg, it is surprisingly light and nimble to move around the garden requiring little to no effort at all. The handles fold down after use which makes it really easy to store if you haven't got much space around to store it. The grass box fills an impressive 31 litres which I found was more than enough to mow the whole garden and still have room left to add more grass clippings. I am impressed with the 400 watt motor and cutting cylinder. It cuts down long grass into a really close cut and you couldn't get much more off even if you used scissors. The only downside I found is that it much louder and noisy compared with lawnmowers that I have previously used in the past. It nearly enough sounds like one of those 50cc mopeds or a hairdryer on medium to high settings.

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      27.06.2010 20:06
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      a great lawn mower

      Yes you got that right this tiny little thing has lasted 7-8years and I must say it is a great mower. Okay it isn't the most attractive thing ever just an ugly green colour and it looks pretty tacky. However it does what it is supposed to do cut grass and it has been cutting the grass very well for the past 8 years. We have never ever had a problem with this mower and it is still working perfectly today. It doesn't cut your grass that short but it keeps it nice and even though. The mower is extremely light weight and easy to use. The kids can use it aswell! It has a large drum to store losts off grass in and I only have to empty it a few times when I cut my front lawn. I have never had a major problem with the blades on this mower but occassionally they can get stuck in long grass but it is very easy just to remove the grass and continue mowing. The mower is electric so it comes with a long cable which can cover most of the garden but I do have to use an extension lead. I personally prefer petrol mowers as you don't need to worry about the lead getting caught in the blade. Yes I have had that accident before. Not good. This lawn mower comes with 5 year parts guarnatee and it has lived up to them expectations Overall a fantastic mower and I would seriously recommend it

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        10.05.2008 12:10

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        I went out and bought this small, compact grass cutter with a good size container for the grass. 7 months in and the machine stopped spinning. after opening it up i found that the cylinder cutting wheel shaft was held in position at both ends by cheap plastic moulding. Not what you would expect and as expected one of the moulded plastic ends had snatched. Shame because i was really taking a liking to this model. But again poor design is the issue. Dont buy this model. Wish Dyson could invent a decent grass cutter.

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        06.08.2003 17:12

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        Five years ago I bought a small Flymo mower. It cost me just over $100 (Australian) (About £40 (English). It is a lovely bright orange colour, yes the colour is still nice and bright. There is no engine, so I don’t have to get it serviced, or buy it fuel. In Australia it has novelty value, most people have motor mowers, and as people walk past they stop to comment and have a chat, so my mower helps me to get to know my neighbours! They usually make comments about my getting exercise, which of course I do! Not only do I get exercise and therefore save money on gym membership, I also saved money on purchasing my mower, and continue to save it on its maintenance, since the odd drop of oil does not cost very much. The fact it is an old fashioned barrel shape rather than one with rotating blades means I do not have to change its blades, things ones will last for many years. Even though it is slower to use than a motor mower, the work is not hard, the mower is very light to push. I don’t have to yank at cords trying to start it like some motor mowers. While other mowers need new blades, I tighten a couple of screws. The only problem was in the handle, I’ve had to replace a couple of nuts and bolts there. It’s a great little mower for a small garden.

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        29.08.2002 02:42

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        I bought the Elan 32 about 6 months ago when my flymo that I'd had for 'years' finally came to the end of its days. My father told me that cylinder mowers were superior and as 'Dads always know best', I paid out the extra and bought the Elan 32. Mistake! Things started off well enough and putting it together was a doddle (even for a girl!)the instructions were clearly written. It was the performance that let this mower down - I have a medium sized garden and found the grassbox needed emptying constantly or else the cut grass spewed back out of the grassbox leaving a trail behind me. The rollers main aim appeared to be flattening the grass as opposed to striping it! I tried to adjust the height but found that difficult to do and it made little difference anyway. The cut was so uneven I had to go back over parts of it again. 6 months later - I admit defeat and today mowed my lawn with my new 'Champion' rotary mower which was an absolute delight and made me realise just how much hard work it was with the Elan 32!

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        25.03.2002 21:11
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        I finally got rid of my Flymo hover mower that endlessly dumped large clumps of grass mulch over the lawn and opted to purchase an electric cylinder mower, the Qualcast Elan 32. When unboxed, the mower does require some simple assembly: (1) The handles need to be attached ? just by pushing some bolts through the handles and hand tightening. (2) The grass collection box needs to be carefully clipped together, once this is done correctly the box is quite firm. (3) The cutting blade requires careful adjustment: This requires the use of a screwdriver to accurately adjust the set of the cutting blade. Cylinder mowers cut the grass between the rotating blade and a fixed blade, in a similar method to a pair of shears. The blades need to be in very close proximity for the cutting action to take place. Once correctly adjusted the mower will provide a much better finish than a rotary motors ?hacking? blade. Once the mower is set up as above it gives excellent results, the grass is neatly cut and thrown well back into the grass-box. The box is simply removed through the handles of the mower. Stripes are easily obtained by mowing the lawn in straight up-down paths. The mower does exactly what it says on the box ? if you follow the set-up instructions and spend some time adjusting the set of the cutting blade.

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          11.08.2000 04:48
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          A few weeks ago my Flymo Compact 300 gave up the ghost. I had only had this lawnmower for 2 years, and over the last few weeks, a crack started to appear in the main casing at the front. As I kept mowing, the crack developed into a rather large hole and a large chunk of it dropped off. One of the side clips had also "pinged" off, getting lost in the shrubbery, so I had tied this up with a strong plastic tie. As the model had a 5 year guarantee (parts), on ringing Flymo, I took it to my local dealer to be looked at. After waiting 3 and a half weeks, I returned to the dealer, only to be told that a Flymo representative had called and that the mower was not covered by this parts guarantee. To add insult to injury, the representative accused me of "abusing" the lawnmower! You may wonder why I have spent half the review talking about my old mower, well, I then went to B&Q to purchase a new one. After taliking to the salesman, he could not reccommend any lawnmower at all, basically stating that they were all complete rubbish and now throwaway items, with the lawnmower manufacturers making models out of cheaper and cheaper materials to save money. I therefore decided to simply go for the cheapest model with the longest guarantee. This happened to be the Elan 32 cylinder mower. I had to assemble this, which took about half an hour. The model comes with a handle which you can move, depending on how thick the grass, which then lowers the blades. However, I have tried this handle on various different settings and neither of them makes any difference at all to the cutting prowess of the lawnmower. The grass simply seems to flatten rather than cut, and really doesn't give a great cut at all. The grass collector box is also very inferior for the price, it might as well be one of those wicker-effect plastic boxes that you collect washing in, as it is just as flimsy. I don't really think it's going to last more t han 5 minutes, not 5 years. To conclude, I'm very displeased with lawnmowers as a whole, it seems that they are following the same path as many household items these days, as we go along the increasingly disposable society.

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            10.08.2000 02:03
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            Yes, a sheep would infact have a far better cutting power than this feeble excuse for a lawnmower. I work at Homebase to get a bit of extra holiday cash, and I had seen this mower on display for a couple of weeks. When we were looking to buy a new one, we took home a couple of test models, this, and the flymo which I have also reviewed. Even my retro flymo, from 1985 mows the lawn better than this... it's pathetic! It took four or five sweeps over the same patch to get it even remotely well cut. It isn't versitile (you can't get it under the overhanging plants) and it doesn't cut in neat strips, so you can make your lawn stripy! It's like it combines all the bad points of a flymo and a petrol driven mower. Don't, whatever you do buy this mower... it's pathetic!

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