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My garden is a nightmare to keep it looking pretty as I have two dogs who scrape the floor, and it's very uneven but we make do!
When my old lawnmower broke down (it was really old), I was after a good lawnmower and a strimmer to keep it looking nice, and came across a flymo lawnmower and a strimmer twin set on Tesco direct and thought "That would do the job!" I paid £48 altogether for the twin set and I was very happy with my purchase.
When it first arrived the strimmer did look small but it was cute too me! It only need a small assembly job to get it in working order but it was hard to do, and it did feel very light.
After mowing the grass that had grown quite a lot in a short space of time I had some edges that need strimming and my boyfriend took the role of doing it, He's about 6 ft and he had to bend his back to hold it with both hands which of course led him to complain "It's too small!" but it was quite powerful for a little thing! It took him about 30 mins or so to completely strim all the long parts around the edges and down the bottom of the garden where we have a wall at so grass grows around it that a lawnmower can't get to.
Both my and my boyfriend do like this strimmer as it does what we need it to do and will carry on using it to keep our garden nicely trimmed. The blades are metal and seem quite powerful and look like they will last a while. You also get the usual reel on a strimmer with this one it's a single line feed which can be a bit fiddly but it's okay to sort out. I like the long cable length it has I think it's 10 meters so I only need to use an extension plug to read down the very bottom.
I'd definitely recommended this product if your looking for an easy to use, small, compact and light strimmer that will trim nicely.
My last strimmer was a petrol one so I was always going to be disappointed I was not wrong, there is nothing wrong with this trimmer apart from the price, I would say it should be selling for about £10 less than it is. Get a 300w one more power and about the same price.
The product arrives in 3 peace's that needs to be clicked together, firstly the upper shaft needs pushed into the lower shaft, you cant go wrong here as it is straight forward, a good bit of strength is required here, secondly the guard need attaching again this is easy but needs a good firm twist to get it right on, so that's it ready to go just plug in and away you go.
It comes with a 6 meter fitted cable, so it is a good length for a small garden, also comes with a spool of cutting line, this is a manual feed system so stopping every 5 minutes or less to let out more line is required, there are to levers at the bottom of the spool these are pushed together easily and simply pull out required length of line.
The on/off button is in the ergonomic handle, press for on and release for off, this will build up a good strong wrist if you use it often, the 230w electric engine is very lacking in power, it really struggles to cut weeds even small ones, it has a cutting area of 21cm, but that means nothing if you have to go over the same place a few times to get results, I don't know why there's a safety guard unless they think people would be using this whilst sporting open toe sandals. Goggles are recommended whilst using, this must be health and safety for hay fever sufferers.
It's that time of year again, although the rain's a bit much sometimes, but when the sun does come out, drying up the rain, incy wincy spider.... Sorry, drifting there:. No, when the sun does come out it's time to spruce up the garden, cutting the grass, weeding the soil, cutting the grass and trimming the edges. And it it the last on that list that I am going to tell you about at tool that helps trim the edges of you beautifully managed lawn, that tool being what some people, including myself, call a 'strimmer' but is actually called a Flymo mini trimmer.
When I was given the box that it came in I was not too impressed, mainly due to the fact that the box itself was only just bigger than a shoe box, ( I have big feet). But when I opened it up I realised that it had to be put together before use, which was a matter of slotting the top handle section to the bottom part, then fixing the black cutting guard onto the bottom, twisting it gently into place.
That was all it took to put it together and once done it was ready to trim the long grass around the edges of my lawn.
This strimmer itself is made of a sturdy orange plastic casing, as you'd expect from Flymo, and is designed to be easily held so that you can trim your garden without the need to have massive muscles.
The trigger is housed underneath the top handle, which is curved in such a way that gripping it is so comfortable indeed, and a gentle pull, or squeeze of the trigger fires the motor into action, taking a few seconds to find its feet
It has a 210mm cutting diameter which is powered by a rather tasty little 230 watt motor. Over the spinning area, where the accidents could possibly happen, is a solid semi circle of plastic which acts like a guard so that accidents don't happen.
On the underside of the cutting guard there is a small metal rod which, according to the destruction manual that came with the strimmer, is there so that the line is always the same length. In other words, when the line spins around it 'whacks' against this metal rod and the line snaps off.
The only thing I'm confused about is that there are three holes in the plastic mound that this metal rod is on but the rod itself seems to be stuck fast in the holes it's in. I've tried everything but dynamite to get the metal rod out without damaging anything. So I've left it as it is and have simply got used to how long the line actually is.
It's very light indeed, weighing just over 2kg in fact, and can be used one handed in most cases, plus it has what they call a 'twin line spool' which apparently gives a 'more balanced and efficient cutting performance'.
I do have to say that it's not tall, being only about 830mm from cutting base to handle grip area, so if you are then there's a chance that you may end up with a bit of a bad back.
The orange coloured cable is 6 metres long, which isn't much but as extension leads cost a dime a dozen, so to speak, extending the cable is no problem at all really; so I can't moan about the 6 metre length.
There is a bit of noise coming from this, but this is more a spinning/humming noise when it is strimming, although when you first pull out the line and press the trigger, if the line is out too far then it will catch on the little metal rod that is under the guard and there is a rather impressive, and a little unnerving, 'cracking' noise and the line snaps away. This noise is normal so don't be frightened, but do be careful as the piece of line that is cut off will fly somewhere, so have the strimmer aimed away from anyone and as close to the ground as possible.
The only other noise is when you're strimming away and cathc something like a twig or a stone, or maybe a hedgehog; then there will be a bit of a noise as the line tries to slice through what ever it's touched.
This one is a manual fed system and not the automatic system, so to make sure the line keeps feeding out you have to manually pull it out.
The spool, which has the wire wrapped around it, comes out of the bottom by pushing at two little catches, one either side of the spool, which then releases the spool itself. And putting it back it done by simply sliding the spool over the latches until a click is heard, letting you know that it has locked in position.
This one may not be the most 'technological' of strimmers, being as simple to use as a butter knife, but if it's the edges of your lawn that you want trimming then forget technology and go for simplicity... go for this one, especially as it cost less than a night out at your local Carvery, (depending on where you live of course).
It's not tall but as it weighs less than a new born baby, (almost), it can easily be held in one hand so there's no need to be bending over to try and steady this strimmer in order to get a good trim on your bushy area, (stop it... you know what I mean ladies).
I do have to be a lot more careful when using this, not in a 'cut my skin to pieces' sort of careful, more as in the fact that as the line itself is cut shorter that the guard covers when I want to get closer to things like sheds and other 'none moveable objects' in the garden, I have to use the none guarded side of the trimmer which means that the line can, and does, 'whack' what ever I'm trimming against, this then takes a few slices out of what ever it hits. But, after a bit of practice, I can get to with in a gnats whisker of the shed now without touching the creosoted wood.
So what is the price of this orange trimmer.. (and no, it doesn't trim oranges? I said orange because of the colour... just to clarify that fact. If you try and trim an orange with it there will be some mess to clear up after wards, especially if you try it in your kitchen).
Anyway: the price of this strimmer is a mere £20.00, or there abouts; which is good value for money in anyone's eyes.
It does exactly what it's supposed to do and it does it without any hassles, leaving you to enjoy the peace and quiet of your garden for longer once the jobs done, (That is unless you have the type of neighbours who believe that their music and swearing should be heard by everyone around them... you know the type! All mouth and no class at all: most areas have at least one household like that....: drifting again).
In all, flymo have done it again with this one. They have thought hard about how to make life easier for people and have done a great job in bringing out this light, yet powerful, strimmer.
Hats off to flymo; but can you come up with a remote control version sometime soon?
© Blissman70 2012
The majority of our yard is paved, but we do have a section that if left to its own devices can quickly turn into something resembling the amazon rain forest which is fine because when I'm not shaved I do resemble a gorilla but when I am clean shaved an unkempt garden offends me. Seeing the area that needs tending to is quite small it's not worth my while getting the large lawn mower out of the shed, setting it up all for this stamp sized patch of grass so that's why we use this Mini Trim Trimmer by the well know name of Flymo. We also use this for the edges around the pathway and any other, hard to get at, fiddly area.
This garden tool can packed in a surprisingly compact box and the trimmer itself was in only two parts, so getting started was a very fast and simple procedure. The is of course an instruction booklet with easy to understand assembly instruction and precautions you MUST follow as this may be a mini trimmer but it can still be dangerous if used incorrectly or left unattended. Once the two sections are attached to each other there is the all important guard is attached this slips easily over the front of the unit and clips in to place with an easy to hear CLICK! You are ready to go.
These trimmers are not really designed to cut an entire lawn and if you did use it for that use it would take you far longer than necessary and it would be a much harder mess to clean up than it need be. However if like me your garden has tiny areas that sprout grass this is a good compact option. The lead on this trimmer is surprisingly short when compared to our large lawnmower. It has a 6m lead and seeing that our garden is rather long and we don't have one of those handy out door plug sockets we do need to use an extension lead to reach the problem area. The entire unit is in the very familiar, very understated (I'm being sarcastic of course) shade of orange that Flymo favours. It's that wonderful, almost pulsating, "I'm surprised it's not luminous" easyjet shade of orange. To cut the grass it uses a thin 1.5mm line of hard plastic, it doesn't really cut it, it whips it, slicing the blades of grass like a machete (although a mini plastic one). This line can and does snap but you just pull and replace it, and when it runs out completely, a replacement spool is easily found in most hard wear stores or online and is quick and simple to replace. Instructions for doing this are of course included in the strimmers box and the spool costs around £5.
When it comes to using the strimmer it's just a case of holding it at an angle and pressing the large trigger like button located at the top of the unit. It surprised me how loud this strimmer actually is. It's as loud if not louder than most large sized lawnmowers. Most lawnmowers nowadays are very quiet and just glide over the grass. This gets louder as it whips it's way through the grass, and the thicker the grass the louder the trimmer.
The guard does a good enough job at containing the flying, blades of grass as it cuts but of course it doesn't contain it all and some will end escaping, so the further you stand away from it the better to ensure clean shoes. And also it doesn't collect the cuttings like a lawnmower so you will need to rake them up once you complete the job.
Cleaning the head is easy enough once you're finished. First of all make sure you unplug the unit before cleaning. Then just tip it upwards so the handle is down at the ground and remove the guard, this will be where most of the mess will be. This can be wiped clean using a cloth or just run it under the tap or hose it down. The cutting line area should only be wiped clean.
This unit stores away easily if it's not put back into it's box. I have it standing upright in the shed so it's easy to grab and go. But it is easily dissembled and repacked if you do wish.
I'm very happy with my Flymo Mini Trim, it suits my needs perfectly but do remember it will not replace your lawnmower if you have anything other than a small patch of grass.
Thanks for reading :0) 2night
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I wouldn't say I love to do gardening, or that I find it a chore either. I go through phases of enjoying sprucing up the garden and the Flymo Mini Trim was purchased at the height of one of these periods! I have a reasonable sized garden covering three sides of my detached house and as I have two lawns I like to keep on top of cutting the grass and also trimming the edging.
The bright and bold colour of the Mini Trim really stood out when I came to purchase it, and at a price of around £20 it certainly seemed too good to be true. Weighing in at a lightweight 2.1kg it doesn't feel cumbersome or a tiring experience. The package contained the Mini Trim, along with a detailed user guide and a 1 year warranty. The Mini Trim comes in very few parts. In the box there are the main body of the Mini Trim and the lower blade area with head guard and line feed which only takes a minute to feed through the hole and then screw into place. Overall the assembly process is very simple.
The Mini Trim has a 230w/240v motor power and a cutting diameter of 21cm. Other important figures are that the cable length is 12metres, and the line is 10metres in length. These compare reasonably in comparison to more expensive models, so
Whilst using the Mini Trim I found it easy fault straight away. The automatic line feed does occassionally need to be reset during the edging process and this can become quite annoying after a while. The safety guard is also a permanent fixture, meaning that curved edges are more of a challenge, leaving you with no option but to alter your stature as opposed to moving the machine. The results leave me more than satisfied though, so other than the added hassle the end result isn't affected.
The Flymo Mini Trim is also one very noisy piece of equipment! I dont' use the Mini Trim early in the morning as to avoid disturbing neighbours, but there is no way of reducing the noise given off. I don't use the Mini Trim regularly, but if I did then I would suggest earplugs or protectors to prevent damage in the long term! I do occassionally find I have a ringing sound in my ears after use, but this soon disappears.
The ultimate question is, is the Mini Trim really worth the £20 pricetag, or is it worth paying a little bit more for something more substantial. The answer is quite simple, this is a bargain. Although it does have a number of 'quirks' I think all products like this will have things that annoy the individual. You may not find the automatic line feed annoying, for example, but I personally do. For the price of £20 it always was going to have its limitations. If you do have a bigger budget however, I would suggest you broaden your search.
I recently bought this strimmer as my old strimmer broke. I had a cheap no brand strimmer previously and wasn't very impressed with it, so decided I would buy a Flymo this time. I went for the mini strimmer as I thought it would take up less room in my already dangerously over-packed shed.
I had this strimmer for £29 but I believe you can get it a lot cheaper elsewhere, so I probably paid too much. But I would say it was worth the money that I paid for it.
The strimmer comes in three parts but is very easy to put together and only took me a couple of minutes. It also has an automatic line feed which makes it faster to put the line through.
The strimmer is easy to use. It just has one button to press when you turn it on and then you press it again to turn it off. In my opinion it does a great job. It is very lightweight and easy to use. Its perfect for a medium sized garden like mine and I wouldn't expect much more from a strimmer at that price.
I've been using the Mini Trim regularly in the garden for about 3 months, using it to clean up the edge of my lawn and borders.
You slot and twist the pieces together out of the box, aligning the plastic pegs with the holes and twisting them around until they click. This is easy but the pegs for the grey guard piece are already very worn and the guard has trouble staying on unless you're very careful. The power cord isn't very generous either, you'll definitely need an extension lead to do anything more than a small front garden.
The strimmer wire spool is easily attached and payed out, the stuff only really breaks if you hit anything solid so as long as you're very careful you can make it last a long time.
On one of the first uses of the Mini Trim it hit a stone or something and the grey guard piece cracked and there's now a ragged 3 inch hole in one side of it.
I can't really recommend this. I know the price is usually low but the plastic is quite flimsy. Usually I wouldn't care about this but with power tools I have to make considerations about safety.
Having moved into our house in April we have finally got our own garden and of course along with a garden comes the maintenance. As a result we have made the essential purchases such as a Lawnmower, watering cans and spades, however rather than buy a set of shears to trim the border edges we opted for a Flymo Mini Trim Strimmer. I remember when I was younger how long shears took my parents to trim the lawn and I was looking for something a little quicker and more effective.
Finding The Right Strimmer
In fairness both of our lawns are reasonable small, however there are a number of flower boarders and it's these borders that made the need for a strimmer a higher priority item than it perhaps might otherwise have been. That said I didn't really feel like we needed a full size strimmer and that is when I stumbled upon the Flymo Mini Trim Strimmer. It was retailing for just under £15 on amazon and appeared to meet all of my requirements.
In The Box
The strimmer comes in a small box with the two halves of the strimmer ready to be assembled along with the guard and an instruction leaflet. The instruction leaflet isn't the clearest I've ever seen and although the assembly of the strimmer is relatively easy the instructions weren't really very clear or helpful if you weren't sure what you were doing. The strimmer guard slips over the top and needs to be clicked in place. I've read a couple of reviews where people have mentioned this flying off, however I've not had this problem.
Using The Strimmer
Having assembled the strimmer and cut the bulk of the lawn with the lawnmower I was ready to get cracking on the edges. The strimmer comes with a 6m lead and although I already mentioned my garden was small, it's not that small and I needed to get an extension lead to be able to trim the majority of my garden. As this was a mini strimmer however this didn't really surprise me and the length of the lead is something I can live with.
The first real surprise I had was that the strimmer didn't actually have a blade and was in fact a 1.5mm diameter line head. This was manually adjustable to the right length; however it does tend to shred and very occasionally break a little too easily. You will have to be very careful when using the strimmer if your line breaks as it would be very easy to lose the line into the head and it looks very difficult to retrieve.
Once it's plugged in and ready to go it's a simple case of pulling the lever on the handle and the strimmer starts up. To stop the strimmer again you simply have to let go of the trigger. I found that the strimmer did a reasonable job on the edges of our lawn and really served the purpose I have bought it for. It is very light weight and glides across the grass very well. It is quite loud when in use, however I feel this is a trait with all power tools and electrically driven gardening products.
The problem though is with the 1.5mm line, which seems to shred and break quite easily. The rest of the product feels and looks like it will last for a long time, however I think the line head will need replacing on almost a yearly basis, with a replacement costing around £4.99.
Am I Happy With It?
Well perhaps the most important aspect is that it does do what I need it to and leaves the edges of the grass by our borders looking neat. It doesn't miss anything and there are no stray blades of grass left standing. All in all it does do what I want it to, but the set up isn't as good as it can be and the instructions are quite needlessly complicated. I was also disappointed with the line head in place of a blade, however given the price of the strimmer, currently £14.39 on amazon, the old saying of getting what you pay for becomes rather apt.
It's a reasonable product that has done the job, however I would probably spend a little more next time round to buy a slightly more substantial machine. Given the costs of the replacement heads and the speed it appears to go through them it may be a budget item to buy, however the long term costs soon add to the cost. If like us though you do have a small garden this is a good starting point trimmer and certainly makes the garden more presentable, therefore I'd happily recommend it, but with only a 3 star recommendation.
I love to potter around our medium-sized garden but one of the jobs I dislike is trimming the lawn edges. I know it makes all the difference once the grass is cut , but I find it a boring and tedious task. I used to love using my late Mum's super sharp edging shears when doing her lawn ( no one in the family seems to know what happened to them after she died) so I have been using electric strimmers/ trimmers in our garden. These are great inventions but somehow there is a lack of satisfaction when using these as you don't get that 'crunching' or 'slicing' sensation as you get using manual edge-trimmers.
We opted for the Flymo Mini Trimmer as the price is good at £22.99 plus it is lighter than many others weighing only 2.1kg. It looks exactly as it does in the Dooyoo picture and it came in a sturdy cardboard box along with a comprehensive user manual and 1 year warranty.
In the packaging you will find 2 main pieces which just lock together - the top part of the trimmer comprises a handle with attached cable whilst the lower part has the trimmer guard and line feed. You need to feed the line through the hole provided before attaching the guard head and screwing into place and although this may sound fiddly the whole thing only takes minutes to assemble.
The automatic line feed is pretty good and gives you just the right amount to start cutting but I found it needs to be re-set 3 times for our average sized lawn. This can be a bit of a pain really and it is actually far quicker to feed the line manually.
It does a great job of trimming the lawn edges and makes easy work of doing those fiddly areas around the paths and raised brick borders. It is also brilliant at cutting around tree trunks leaving an even and neat appearance. However, the safety guard cannot be adjusted which means you have to move your body rather than the machine
if you want to cut around curved areas.
I only tend to use this trimmer when I am 100% sure that our neighbours are fully awake because of the noise this Flymo makes. It makes a rather alarming noise when the line breaks plus it is very noisy when being used - apparently equivalent to 91 decibells! I wondered why gardeners wore ear protectors (and now I know ) so it is a good job our Flymo is only used a couple of times per month otherwise I guess I could be reported to the council:)
For anyone thinking of buying a Flymo Mini Trim let me provide you with the following information -
- motor power - 230w/ 240v
- cable length - 12m
- line length - 10m
- cutting diameter - 21cm
- type of cord - round
Despite the noise and the fact that you cannot adjust the safety guard I would actually recommend this trimmer for a small or medium-sized garden because it is very straightforward to use and cuts well. It is also easy to store and is lightweight to use and gives good value for money in my opinion. I do not think that there is a perfect trimmer/ strimmer on the market as yet so I'm awarding 4 stars because it does a good job.
Its that time of year again when the garden needs doing weekly , there's nothing I hate more than an Unmanicured Lawn and my strimmer had finally given up the ghost and died on me , time to buy a new one. My husband and I discussed what we wanted and finally settled on a flymo Strimmer , because of the amount of storage space we have available to us we opted for the Flymo Mini Strimmer .This particular model has an automatic line feed system which is supposed to save time when feeding the strimmer line through the strimmer . We duly made our purchase online at amazon for the bargain price of just £17.99. (N.B. There are cheaper strimmers available on the market but Flymo is a household name and top quality for a small garden ).
The packaged arrived and I was dreading setting it up , but thankfully the process was relatively simple .
Inside the box was.
The upper shaft ( this is the handle with a switch lever and the cable attached )
The Lower shaft the strimmer guard and an instruction manual.
Setting it up
Take the upper and lower shaft firmly grip together and snap into place, then place the safety guard over the strimmer head making sure that you feed some of the nylon cutting line through the hole designed for the purpose on the guard head , push this in and when you hear a click you then screw the guard into place.
The Handle of the strimmer has a cable restraint recess which you feed a small amount through to hold the cable at the correct angle .This took literally 3 minutes to complete so all the worries of trouble were completely unfounded .
Using the Strimmer for the first time
This strimmer has a simple operation , you just push the button on the handle when you want to start it and again when you have finished .On using it for the first time I was amazed by how loud it was until I looked again at the manual and read 91 decibels ( is it just me or does that seem too loud ?)
The actual effectiveness of the strimmer is extremely good it trimmed the grass around the brick well in the garden and the bricked border with no problems at all , the automatic line feed feeds out just the right amount of line to start cutting , this is however very noisy as it clatters , I thought I had broken it but everything was fine , after you have had it running for a few minutes the line needs to be fed out more this is very time consuming as you have to wait for the motor to turn off completely then restart it and wait again for it to reach full speed before the line is fed out again , honestly its faster and a lot quieter doing it manually .
As a strimmer it does the job.Its very lightweight at just 2 kgs and therefore easy to maneuver around the garden without feeling you've just been through a gym workout its made by Flymo and comes with a guarantee and a phone number for the care line , best of all it's cheap !. However there are a few problems with it , the guard is fixed so you don't have the ability to adjust it to another position to make the cutting process simpler . ( my example : this means for any tight or awkward spaces you have to twist your hand like a contortionist or alternatively use shears , which defeats the whole object of the strimmer , the automatic line feed is time consuming and very noisy , but it is just as easy to manually feed the line yourself .
All in all I would rate this as 4 stars worth the price the only things letting it down are the sound levels , fixed guard and automatic feed .
When we bought our hover-mower, this dinky trimmer was thrown in free as part of the package from Argos. We didn't really need a trimmer as we already had one, but we weren't going to say no!
It lives up to the Mini part of its name, weighing in at just over 2kg. It is constructed in plastic and feels well-made. Its handle is shaped for a comfortable grip and the trimmer can be used one-handed with ease. The Mini Trim has a small 250 watt electric engine to turn its single trimming line at high speed. It has a black semi-circle guard to the rear, to reduce bits flying back at the user. Having nothing at the front means you can get up close to edges in your garden, which is the main point of this trimmer. It's not very powerful but it can do the fiddly bits. Obviously you wouldn't want to come into contact with the line when it's going, so you have to be sure it's stopped moving before making any adjustments to the machine or picking up anything in your way, and look out for children & pets.
It has six metres of black electric cable, but doesn't come with any clips or fastenings on the machine to tidy it for storage. When I hang it up in the utility room, I also loop the cable around the wall-hook to keep it out of the way. It doesn't take up much room: at its broadest part (the guard) measuring approximately 11 inches (28cm) across, and from handle to base measuring about 31 inches (79cm).
To start it up, you simply press in the button at the handle and away it goes (as long as you've remembered to plug it in and switch the power on!) It makes a nice annoying buzzing noise as trimmers should, although nothing too loud or obnoxious.
As with most trimmers, you can tell by the pitch as well as cutting performance when the trimming line needs to be lengthened or adjusted. When the buzzing changes note, it's time to look at the line! This is extremely simple to do by hand, just squeezing the two buttons on the trimming unit in together and pulling out the required length of line. For me this is a major plus of this machine, as doing this for our other trimmer is a bit of a faff.
Replacing the reel when you run out entirely is a bit trickier, but once you've done it once or twice is not a problem. You can buy replacement line on its own or in a new spool from Flymo online or most good DIY stores or garden centres.
The air-vents at the back of the motor seem to attract fluff and grass, so need to be brushed off occasionally, but otherwise the Mini Trim needs very little maintenance.
In my heart of hearts I scorn the Flymo Mini Trim for its low power and single trimming line. But then I'm coming from a perspective of being used to professional brush-cutters with the harness and full-face shield, so this dinky machine is laughable in contrast! I have to admit that for home use, you don't need something as powerful as that, 'though.
Our other domestic-use trimmer, which we owned before we got this one, is still used more, because the Mini-Trim cannot cope with thicker weeds or lots of lush growth. The Mini Trim is really for finishing touches and fiddly bits of small gardens, and for that it is perfectly adequate. If your starting point is a fairly well-kept garden, then this machine will do nicely to keep on top of it.
This version of the Flymo Mini Trim isn't that easy to find (I think it may have been discontinued), but may be available second-hand or may be restocked new on-line, priced at around £28. (I wouldn't want to pay that much for it).