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I like to keep my garden looking nice and tidy and after having mown the lawn always find that the mower has not managed to reach all of the edges of my borders and the grass there still looks long and messy. I therefore bought this Flymo Power Trim a few years ago to reach those edges and keep the whole lawn looking good.
The trimmer has a number of features including:
Cutting width 25cm.
Corded - cable length 12m.
Auto line feed - feeds out of the reel automatically.
Dual line feed - ideal for overgrown areas.
Telescopic shaft - enables you to adjust the length of the shaft to suit your height.
Features a plant guard to protect your flowers and plants while trimming the grass.
Shrubbing mode tackles more overgrown areas.
The trimmer is very easy to use. It is lightweight with a long lead, which means that it can reach all of the corners of my garden and is easy to carry around. It has a large comfortable handle that you can easily fit your hand into, and to operate it you squeeze your hand down on the lever whale also holding the second handle, which gives it some stability. The bottom of the trimmer has two functions - to trim the grass and to edge the grass and to change the function you twist the bottom section round by 90 degrees to the other setting. This is not difficult to do and you can hear it click into place when you have done it properly.
I find that the trimmer works very effectively and trims the grass evenly and to a good height. I tend to go round the edges of my lawn once using the trim feature and then a second time with the edger to get a really good finish. This does not take long - only a couple of minutes for each setting - and as the trimmer is so light it is not difficult at all. You do need to be careful that you keep the trimmer at an even height above the grass though and do not get too close or you can take big chunks out of the lawn by mistake.
The trimmer works via a spool and line, which is slotted into the underneath of the machine. It is easily replaced when it runs out and the spool provides lasts me at least a year. You can either buy a replacement complete spool unit, which just needs slotting into place or keep the spool and buy new trimming line and install this yourself. I must admit I have always bought a complete replacement spool as it is a bit fiddly to only replace the line and it is not expensive to buy replacement spools.
The underneath of the trimmer is easy to clean and I find that not much grass gets stuck there so it only takes a light brush and it is clean and ready to be put away to use again next time.
The trimmer can be bought from DIY and garden shops and online form Amazon and costs about £49 which is good value for money as it should last for several years.
Overall I am very pleased with this trimmer. It does the job well and quickly and is easy to use and I have never had any problems or faults with it so I would recommend it.
When cutting the lawn through the warmer months, there are always those grassy areas around the trees, or flower pots and shrubs that you can't quite get your lawnmower right up to to cut the grass, ending up with those long unsightly tufts of grass in these areas. The only way around it is to either cut the tufts down with a pair of scissors or shears (very time consuming and laborious) or use an electric trimmer, and this is where this Flymo Power Trim 500 comes into play with me. For years I have used a variety of trimmers around the garden to give that finishing touch to the edges of the lawns. Some have lasted well, others have fallen by the wayside. But this Flymo version seems to be able to stand the pace and is lasting very well.
I purchased this over 2 years ago from Amazon for £49. Now Flymo have a good reputation in terms of electric cutting implements for gardens, and there will be many people in any neighborhood who will have some form of the classic orange cased Flymo implement of some description for use in their garden. Hence, when I bought this, I knew that I would be getting a quality product.
But let's first understand what is so special about a trimmer? In simple terms, it is an electric motor on the end of a long handle type arrangement. You have a a plastic/nylon tough string/line that is attached to the end of the motor which is then spun around horizontally at high speed. With the line spinning very low to the ground, you then bring it close to any tufts of grass etc, where a combination of the speed of rotation of the line, and the toughness of the line will cut the grass. Where the beauty of this device lies is in the fact that the line isn't quite tough enough to do damage to a wall or a tree, merely flexing around them, meaning that you can cut the grass right up to the edge of the tree without fear of damaging it, cutting the grass right down to a lawnmower type finish.
So how does this Flymo Power Trim 500 fair up to this ideology? For starters, the plastic shaft/handle bit is adjustable with this Flymo, so that you can adjust it for height to ensure that you can comfortably hold the spinning line just above the ground. You also have 2 handles - the back one which houses the trigger on/off switch, and there is also a forward one on the shaft. You need to grip both handles to balance the trimmer in use. Looking at the 'business' end, the trimmer has a 500W electric motor, which is fairly powerful in trimmer standards compared to what is available on the market. Attached to the end of the motor is a spindle, out of which you have a twin nylon/plastic line that spins around. To protect you during use from this spinning line, you have a semi-circular plastic shield which is fitted around the end of the motor, which also has a small vertical lip on it. Hidden away in this lip is a knife edge which is used to automatically trim the line to the optimal cutting width of 25cm.
In use, the trimmer weighs only 3.5kg, making it is quite comfortable and balanced to use, where you use it in a sort of sweeping motion around the area that you are trying to trim. It is supplied with a 12m long cable which is bright orange in colour so than it can easily be seen across your lawn to save you cutting it with the trimmer (been there - done that!!. Noise wise it is fairly loud, but no louder than an ordinary electric mower would be.
Now I have put this trimmer into some pretty tough areas, and it seems to fair quite well. The motor is powerful enough to keep the line spinning against any obstacle and the line itself can take a fair amount of abuse. One of the key things to remember with a trimmer is that the sweeping speed is everything. If you ram the spinning end straight into a pile of thickets, then it is going to struggle and the line will probably break straight away, as would happen with any high end trimmer. The idea is to slowly sweep the trimmer from side to side, allowing time for the spinning line to do its work and cut the grass. Use that process with this Flymo Trimmer and you won't go wrong.
However, there will come a time that the line will eventually wear out and break, and you can normally tell when it has broken because the speed of the motor will suddenly pick up. But this will only be temporary because the end has an auto feed spool which houses your extra plastic/nylon line. A quick knock of the end on the ground and the auto feed mechanism of the spool lets out a little more line, which then gets trimmed off to the correct length by the knife in the edge of the shield, and away you go trimming again. When the spare line is eventually used up, you can easily purchase some new line from a number of gardening outlets, rewind it onto the spool, and start again.
Anything else? Well there is what appears to be a vertical roller on the front of the device at the base of the handle, and this demonstrates that the trimmer has a dual purpose, because you can rotate the head of this device so that the line is then spinning vertically. You can then place this roller on the ground allowing the trimmer to trim the edges of your flower beds as you push it along on this roller.
Negative issues? The only minor problem I've ever had is when the cut grass sometimes builds up over the edge of the knife edge, meaning that it won't automatically trim the line. But this is an issue that I have previously come across with other brands of trimmer, so it isn't unique to this Flymo Trimmer. But a quick clean of the blade readily solves this issue.
In summary, after 2 years of 'abuse' around the garden, this Flymo Trimmer is durable, still looks good and still does the job. It cuts well and leaves a great finish to the lawn edge, once again proving the quality of Flymo's products. Hence, a 5* recommendation.
Review also on Ciao under Randal1.
One of the chores i get to earn my "pocket money" is keep the lawns in check, nothing special, just cutting the grass then trimming around the edges ensuring that it is of an appropriate length to not look "untidy and ugly" and this is the trimmer i have use of.
The design of the trimmer you can already see is very long, although good for myself as I'm fairly tall it means i don't have to spend my time hunched over causing myself pain later on i can stand tall however this doesn't come without it's drawbacks, it makes the device very heavy and uneasy to hold steady and could be an inconvenience for the smaller users. It also has a guard ensuring the little trimming thing cannot hit you however there is not a guard covering the far side meaning you can end up hitting it against other items but along as you're careful this works as a positive allowing you to get into confined spaces. In terms of the actual looks of the trimmer it is orange and metallic silver, not the prettiest trimmer in the world but at the end of the day..it's just a trimmer.
In terms of actual chopping power this trimmer is very good chops even through quite thick weeds and grass with ease and often shreds your flowers accidentally too, i have also trimmed edges of an evergreen hedge with it before and it made fairly light work of that which i thought was pretty good. The trimmer does only have a 12 meter cable length which means that unless you have a pretty small garden then it is inevitable that you are going to need an extension cable to allow you to access all of your garden.
In conclusion if you're looking for a simple and effective trimmer for a reasonable price then this is definitely a good choice for you.
It wasn't long ago when we bought the power trim. We had just finished cutting the grass in the garden, but couldn't do the edges, so the same day, we went out and bought this. When we got home, I got straight to work on the grass, after setting up the wires and reel underneath, which was very easy. At first, it worked very well. The edge of one side of our garden looked just as good as the middle. Then the problems started.
The first thing that happened was the wires kept coming out and getting too long and so were constantly hitting the plastic part that it there for protection. A few shards of plastic went flying and I inspected the bottom of the Power trim to see what had happened. Around 1 foot of extra wire had come out each side. As I checked back through the getting started instructions, I put it back in the correct place, just like I did the first time, and got going again. It was not long before the same thing happened again, but this time, both of the pieces of wire got wrapped around a clump of grass and each other and I had to cut them and try again. It continued to happen, but I just reinserted them and finished the garden repeating that same, very slow, process of trimming a little, then reinserting the wire. A big flaw to the product.
The product was not a complete disaster though. Unlike some of their last lawnmowers and trimmers, Flymo have put a very long power lead on this one. It was long enough to plug into my kitchen and reach to the end of my garden, however my garden is rather small, so you may still need an extension lead if you have a large garden. Also, I believe the body of the trimmer is built really well. It is very sturdy and has a handle on the front, so holding it is quite comfortable. Also, it is not too heavy.
Not all gardens are suited to being maintained by a traditional, flat running lawn mower. There can be awkward, difficult to reach areas which the perfectionists of the task find MUST be chopped, trimmed and shaped to the highest standard, despite the fact their often completely out of sight! For carrying out trims on areas like these, as well as unusual, curving terrain, the 'Flymo Power Trim 500' comes into play excellently.
It utilises an electric motor fuelled via a cable connected to the mains (like most Flymo models), and therefore it could be argued that the 500 is a more efficient, more environmentally-friendly alternative to the petrol powered machines available. The main differences I have found between the two types regards both their price and power - the petrol devices tend to be in excess of twice the cost of a Flymo, but they are also much more powerful. But the thing is, I don't think you particularly need a huge amount of umff when all you're doing is chopping feeble plants, so the electric motor pre-vales for me every time.
Operating the device is as simple as can be. Gripping the top end of the trimmer with both hands at two separate points, you pull an optimally placed trigger and the motor sounds. At the other end, a double ended wire sticks from a piece of circular plastic and this spins extremely quickly - so that it is nothing but a blur. What is ingenious about this design, is that inside the circular plastic piece, the wire is wound up in a ring, so that if one of the bits sticking out snaps off, you can wind out some more and carry on gardening. It can be quite irritating to have to keep checking to see if it's still in tact, but you'll most probably notice the fact that the grass isn't cutting properly first anyway.
Ordering spares for the machine, when most of the pieces are easily detached for cleaning purposes, is great. Spares are cheap (mainly due to them all being made from plastic), and can be fitted yourself, so no need for expensive repair shop bills.
Because of this easily detachable, do it yourself fixing and cheap replacements, you would have thought the Flymo was of poor quality in its build and material components. This is in fact not true, the general build quality is excellent, and the device is extremely durable and reliable in every sense. I have personally never had a problem - besides having to change the spinning wire several times.
The sound this thing gives off is average, meaning it's not loud enough for you not to hear your neighbour calling over the fence, but it will wake him up if you start gardening at 5am. This is another factor which puts the electric above the petrol in my opinion. Similarly, its weight, and easy manoeuvrability also out-classes that of the heavier, more awkward petrol models.
Overall I can't really fault this easy to maintain, simple gardening device from Flymo. I have owned several of the companies products and have had little fault with any of them. A thoroughly recommended product for the summer outdoor tasks!
' Those piggin shears!' .... ever thought that?! Cripes, they're hard work. They absolutely kill your shoulders if holding them up high, and bending down low, your backs in half.
I was pretty elated to sat the least when my better half bought our lil flymo trimmer, but I was also nervous about using it. Anything electrical with blades that's going to vibrate with the possibility of malfunctioning and attacking something it's not supposed to, is always a concern of mine. You should see the look on the faces of the neighbours when i've got the hedge trimmer out, but that's for another review!
**Using the flymo**
For £34 on Amazon, our flymo was easy to unpack and assemble. The best thing about it is its adjustable telescopic handle. There's nothing worse than having to bend down when using garden equipment I find, and with this, neither hubby or I need bend. The flymo is lightweight and easy to carry which is another bonus for us that don't wanna be lugging things around. It is however noisy and vibrates quite alot, so make sure you have a firm grip of it and try to ignore the fact your arm is going into spasm (ok slight exaggeration)
Stubborn weeds and brambles for definate! That's what I mostly use it for. A quick zip of the blades against those nuisance pain in the butts, and wave byebye to them for a while at least.
I also like the rotating blades for awkward gaps and the fact you can adjust the settings to do edges of flowerbeds. If you turn it on its side you can rid yourself of messy lawn edges, which is fab because it means hubby can stroll around with the mower, and I can chase him with the trimmer (usually with him moaning that he's not finished quite yet and that I'm getting in the way lol)
12 M cable
Attached plant guard
500w trimmer/lawn edger
25cm cutting width
116cm in height
In line edging
**Be aware of....**
ME! (apparently i'm not safe with it haha)
On a more serious note, be aware that the vibrations take time to get used to. I don't like the sensation at all, but you will get used to it.
If the wire tangles, it can all go a bit haywire. Mine started vibrating crazily and making dodgy noises, until we switched it off and sorted it out.
All in all, it's a nifty little trimmer that is suitable for several jobs. It's far easier than manually doing it all!
Alongside our standard Flymo mower and several other mowers that have sat gathering dust over the years, we also use the Power Trim 500. This is designed to be use din conjuction with a normal mower. I like to view it as the layering tool for completing the job.
The device will cost somewhere around forty to fifty pounds, but we got ours from a friend who did not want it anymore. Run from the mains, the twelve metre cable will give you enough length to do what you need to, though I must be honest when it gets to the end of the garden you are battling with a rather tight cable, so you might need an extension lead.
The machine is quite light and would be able to be carried by most ably bodied people. You grip it at the top with comfortable handles which offer support and stability and then like with all Flymos, a simple flick of a switch and you are underway. The noise is quite loud but you get used to it after a few minutes and the machine does sort of vibrate when you hold it so you need to have a steady grip.
The rotating blades at the bottom are angled to cut in awkward gaps and will also allow you to adjust the settings to do edges as well. This is ideal for flowerbeds we found, where you can side step along and get a smooth even finish. We have some bushes in the garden and the machine also enables you to get up quite close and personal to do around nasty corners. What I liked most about this was the speed and efficiency. You can tear along a smaller garden and do edges in next to no time. The bad bit is, that you have to collect all those trimmings afterwards!
We keep ours in a garage to avoid rust and this keeps it in good condition. The blades have not worn down yet after a couple of years and setting it up and putting it away again is straight forward thanks to a cable tidy. Overall a handy tool to aid garden maintenance.
I hate gardening so anything that makes my job a little easier gets both thumbs up from me and if there's one thing I really hate it's doing the lawn!
My wife and daughter bought me this Trimmer for fathers day this year because I had long talked the talk about getting one but had done little about it! And since I have had it, it has made my life a little easier!
First of all it is lightweight and fairly easy to spool. It has a long enough cable for me to reach most parts of my garden and is great for going around the four trees I have growing there! If you don't spool it correctly or it gets tangled or close to running out, it can cause vibrations through the handle which can make the Trimmer uncomfortable to use and I have had one occasion where I had not quite fitted the spool in properly and it shot out at quite a speed but apart from that, I have nothing but praise for this tasty bit of kit!
I especially like the fact that the handle is adjustable so if my wife has been using it I can normally tell because she leaves it in the shorter position! It also means there is less need to bend over which makes it a good product for anyone suffering back pain!
Overall I am perfectly pleased with this product and now my lawn looks tidier too with no straggly bits around the edges where I might previously have missed a bit. Which means no nagging from the wife leading to peace on the ears as well!
We was given this as a house warming gift along with the hedge trimmer too. Well, where do i start!
This is a great product and does do the job, however it is lethal! I will start with the negatives as i think all consumers should be aware of the possible pain that may ensue! I was changing the strimmer wire and i cut it to the right length (there is a little pin on the edge of the strimmer to measure against)- i then turned ont he strimmer so that it could automatically cut the wire to the right lengths (it does this for you). Well i herd a loud crackle and the reel that the strimmer wire is on flew out of the strimmer at lightening speed and smashed right into my ankle- well it was agony! I had a massive bruise and a gash in my ankle.
This kinda put me off using the strimmer again, but after feeling sorry for myself for a while i figured the garden was looking tatty- so i decided to brave it and give it another go. This time i changed the wire and faced the bottom of the strimmer against the ground (incase anything flew of again) and it worked fine. I cut the wire slightly shorter this time as the last time when i used the reccomended pin as a guide the wire was too long and got tangled and thats why it spun of.
Now for the positives, im going to be honest here- it is a great little strimmer (barring the incident of nearly amputating my foot) and has the power of any decent petrol stimmer. I have used it to cut though weeds that are about 4cm diameter and it does so no problem- it even cuts through thin twiggy type plants and brambles too with no problems. When turned on its side it also trims the edging of the lawn which is great and really makes a differance when tidying the garden up.
Overall i would reccomend this product, i would just advise others to trim the wire slightly shorter as it only cuts itself short anyway (built in mechanism).
I'm the kind of person who likes to enjoy all the benefits of a nice, well- maintained garden, but without actually putting in a lot of the work, as garden work holds no interest for me. Therefore, trimming the edges of our lawn with a set of garden shears is my idea of hell!
With the springtime showing signs of a hot summer, I bought this trimmer a couple of months ago, consigning the hand shears to a corner of the shed! This product must be one of the best purchases I have ever made. The powerful cutter makes mincemeat of grass and weeds alike, and the head can get into some reasonably tight spaces. The product is also nice and light, so is an absolute breeze to use, even on a red hot summer day.
The cable is long and well protected, so I can easily plug this in in the house and use it in the garden without the need of an extension. Someone with a large garden however, might find themselves in need of an extension lead.
There's little else for me to write about this product, it does exactly what it says on the tin and for a reasonable price.
Well, with this hot sizzling summer in full flow, I decided a few weeks back to upgrade my heavy old rusty garden edge cutters for a more modern option - an electric power trim, in the hope that it would make the job a lot easier for me.
My gardens are not the biggest by any stretch of the imagination, but after spending 45 minutes pushing the mower around in this heat, the last thing I want to do afterwards is spend another 30 minutes clipping the edges with those rusty old things.
I spent a few minutes looking around the internet at a few different models, and was pleasantly surprised at the reasonable cost of the electric grass trimmers, the cheapest of which I found for just £9:99.
My lawnmower is a flymo, and has been extremely reliable, and so I decided to stay faithful to the brand. On top of this I have found that in the past when it comes to electrical equipment, the very cheapest makes are not usually the best option.
After looking at the flymo options I decided to opt for the Flymo Power Trim 500.
My main reason for this is that it was one of the mid range priced Flymo models, and that the power cord was a lengthy 12 meters.
I purchased the trimmer from Argos, priced at £44:99.
Once I got the trimmer home, it took about 5 minutes to un-package and assemble it ready for use, and this was very simple to do, even for a total 'tech-free bod' like myself!!
Once out in the garden, armed with my new toy, I was amazed at how lightweight and easy to use it was. The trimmer was excellent at trimming the grass, and was also very good on the tougher weeds, and bramble / bushes that needed trimming.
It is very powerful, and at the same time it is versatile, due its features such as the telescopic handle for extended reach, and the adjustable rotating head, ideal for lawn edges.
Other features / details on the trimmer include:
*500w electric trimmer and lawn edger.
*Cutting width 25cm.
*Dual auto trimmer line.
*Shrubbing mode allows awkward areas to be tackled.
*Attached plant guard preserves line and protects plants and shrubs and when not required the guard simply folds back.
*Includes cable storage feature.
This is a very good lawn trimmer, it is powerful, reasonably light weight, and very versatile. I would highly recommend this model for anyone looking to purchase a trimmer. Argos also offer a care replacement package which covers the equipment for breakdown for up to 3 years, at a one off cost of £10:99 but this was not something I bothered with, mainly because, it is possible to buy a new one for as little as £9:99 as I mentioned before for a cheaper make / model.
One thing is sure, I will not be using my old rusty manual shears again!
Thanks for reading,
© L500589 2010
This handy electric grass trimmer and lawn edger makes it quick and easy to trim and edge your lawn. Features:
- Dual auto line feed
- Plant guard preserves line and protects plants and shrubs
- In-line edging makes edging easy
- Shrubbing mode allows awkward areas to be tackled
- Adjustable handles gives excellent ergonomics
I use it every other time I mow the lawn just to tidy the edges it does a good job and is very easy to use, I have had petrol strimmers in the past and although they are better for larger jobs and thicker grass etc they are heavy and noisy and this is where the flymo is great the cable as always can be a nuisance for getting in the way.
It has a 500w motor and deals well with edges and grass but not to well if things get thicker but then again that's not what it was designed for.
It is adjustable and weighs about 4kg so is easy on the arms. My wife also uses it every now and then and says it works well for her and is easy to handle, so if that means i can pass the job onto her every now and then it has got to be a bonus.
With hubby working the long hours he does & my daughters having no interest whatsover in garden maintainence it's up to me to cut the lawn & do the edges. I do love our garden but would much rather plant & prune rather than the aforementioned but unfortunately, with the weather we've been having, it seems that the grass needs to be cut every week now.
I'd actually prefer to have really good pair if old-fashioned edging shears to trim the edges but hubby recently bought a Flymo Power Trim 500 which, he insisted, would make life easier for me. In fact it's he who has to use it because I can't get on with it at all.
From the description it sounds a good piece of garden equipment for the following reasons -
- has a 500 watt motor
- good height - 116cm
- 10 metre cable (generous compared to other makes
- fully adjustable handle
- weighs only 3.7kg
- costs only £34.99 (Amazon or Argos)
However, I just cannot get on with this machine for several reasons ~
- when you switch it on it 'jumps' which scares the life out of me.
- it's noisy & irritatingly so.
- the lines keep breaking & although it's an automatic feed it sometimes needs fiddling about with.
- when using the Flymo I find the vibration of it too strong up my arm which isn't pleasant.
When hubby uses it he doesn't have a problem (except with the line feed) & just seems to get the job done fairly quickly without understanding why I don't like using it.
I must admit it does do a good job especially around the base of some large trees which we have along with other awkward places which would be difficult to access otherwise.
- a well-priced garden trimmer which does the job.
- long cable.
- fiddly line feed.
- may not suit everyone so may be worth borrowing from a neighbour before buying?
There are two parts of gardening I hat and they both involve grass, one is cutting the bugger and the other is trimming the edges. The best way to get these jobs done is to have the right tools and as far as the edge trimming goes the tool for me is the Flymo power trim 500.
This trimmer has a 5oo watt motor and automatic line feeding which means it not only powers through fairly tough and long grass it does so with the ease and comfort you would want from your trimmer.
It has a cutting width of about 26 cm and a cable length of just over 12 metres which allows you to get around the garden with it very easily. It is fairly lightweight at only 3.5Kg and although I do most of the gardening my wife who is much smaller than and not as strong as me has used this machine and found it very simple to operate.
If you have a big lawn with lots of edging then this tool comes seriously recommended. It has made my grass trimming nightmares much more bearable. You can grab yourself one from Argos for a mere £34.99 which is in my eyes money very well spent.
Height 116cms / 500 watt motor / 25cms cutting width / 12m cable length / Double automatic line feed system / Fully adjustable handle / Quick change from trim to edge / Trims around walls/trees / Guide roller for accurate lawn edging / Quick release cable storage