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After living with my parents for so long, you forget the little things that they do in a house,such as mowing the garden. I never even thought about this until I saw the jungle growing in the back garden of my new house.
The Flymo Microlite was my choice for our lawn mower as we don't have the biggest back garden andI thought a small lawn mower would do. The mower has a good amount of power which does pretty nicely. I wouldn't say it cuts the grass quickly or that finely, but it does the job needed. I would say if you had bigger gardens it would annoy you as the collection of grass can get a bit much.
It's not that heavy, weighing in at only 5kg which means I can carry it with one hand while trying to grab bits of grass and rubbish from the floor while doing the job.
The cutting heights I find are pretty useless as I tend to only use one all the time, but I suppose for those that want a bit of variety it is there for you. The Flymo is a delightful orange colour, I say this very sarcastically as I think if they tried to get a more garish colour they wouldn't have been able to.
Overall it's a good mower for small gardens, anything slightly big and you would just get annoyed by the lack of power. At £50 its a good tool for anyone with a smallish garden.
As a lone lady with a lawn, the Flymo Microlite is absoluely ideal for me. Childhood memories of seeing my dad dripping with sweat as he laboriously pushed a massive mower round the lawn left me with the impression that cutting the grass was a difficult job! However, since purchasing the Microlite I would say, from a strenuity point of view, it's on a par with vaccing, but with the added bonus of that lovely cut grass smell.
I was immediately surprised and impressed with the weight of the appliance. It is so light it can easily be lifted with one hand which - without wanting to sound like I agree with the weaker, fairer sex stereotype, is ideal for us ladies! The lightness makes it ideal not only to carry but also to push around the grass and to manoevre round corners oand change direction. To operate the mower the lever underneath the handle just need to be compressed so no awkward operating procedures are required and it doesn't require a tight and uncomfortable grip.
Appearance wise it is a tidy machine. The usual Flymo orange colour, it is nice, bright and amart looking piece of gardening kit; and, with it being reasonably small in size it is easy to coil up the lead and store away in-between uses.
The fact that the blades are set below the level of the bottom of the mower means that it glides over the grass and won't immediately cause the blades to snap if it runs on to a path or hard surface at the edge of the grass. This gives a lovely even cut right to the end of the lawn, lessening the need for a strimmer to cut the edges.
Obviously, the blades, of which there are 2, eventually need replacing. I was cutting my grass with just 1 but lost the other one recently too but this is the first time I have had to replace them after several years - impressive! I was equally impressed by the process of changing the blades. They were cheap, about £5 for 6 so will last for ages and they were so easy to insert. They simply click into place at the bottom of the mower and that's it; it's ready to use again!
Needless to say, the value for money was fabulous - it cost abot £40 brand new and has never caused me any problems. It is easy to use, easy to store and not too noisy.
The only problem I have ever encountered is when I have left my grass too long, the lightness of the mower has meant it has struggled to glide over the surface - it has got stuck behind the lumps of grass. This, however, is not the fault of the mower and I will not hold it against it - I should keep up to it regularly.
All in all I strongly recommend this lawnmower.,
This is a truly rubbish purchase! My advice: don't be tempted by the price.Simply, it doesn't cut the lawn. The plastic blades go round and round without troubling the grass. The is a lot of air blowing, keeping the machine afloat, but nothing else happens.Yes, it's lightweight, but not in a good way.
Because of the work my dad does we've got about 6 mowers, but when one day I decided to go a bit mad in the garden I realised I didn't know how to switch any of them on because they all looked majorly complicated. This was last summer and I was determined to cut the grass myself because I'm the one who uses the garden the most out of all of us, so I went to the garden centre up the road and the guy in there recommended this one being as I'm not all that tall and my arms are a bit puny! It was on special offer at the time and I paid £28.00 for it but the price now is about £40.00..... and that's a rip off because this mower is not very good at all.
It comes in quite a big box and that's a good thing because even though it made it heavy to carry back to the car at least it meant most of the mower was already put together. All I had to do was fix the handle in place, attach the grass box and push the blades in. I was a bit surprised that the blades were plastic instead of metal but I don't know very much about mowers so assumed this was normal. It was all very easy to put together and within a few minutes the shiny new mower was ready to go, all I had to do was plug it in and mow the grass. Yeah, right!
The problem is this mower just doesn't work properly, I should have took it back while it was still under guarantee but I didn't think about it and now it's 16 months old there's no chance of me getting my money back.
It's TOO light. The mower hovers nice over the grass but it's impossible to put enough pressure on it to get the plastic blades to cut the grass, even though it's a 1000W mower there's hardly any power in it and it seems a bit stupid making it so powerful but giving you rubbish blades that have trouble cutting even the short grass.
You can adjust the handle height and that's about the only good thing about this mower because it means we can all use it even though in this house we're all different heights. My dad never bothers with this one because he prefers his heavier petrol lawnmower, and watching him cutting the grass with that I can see why because it looks a much smoother and quicker job than the jerky way this one works.
The mower feels very flimsy to use and it will only manage grass that is quite short already, one part of our garden grows madly quick and it took me forever to get a half decent finish with this mower because I had to keep going backwards and forwards over the same patch of long grass. In the finish I ended up getting the strimmer out on that part to cut it down so that I could mow over it with this, and that seems a bit stupid to me because it meant I was doing the same job twice!
This mower also has big problems if your lawn is a bit bumpy, ours is pretty good but like most gardens it's not dead level. If the blades hit any big stones they will chip and that makes it even harder to get a good finish mowing the grass, I've just been out to the shed to look at the mower so I could get all the information I needed for this review and looking at the blades they are so chipped and dented that you wouldn't believe it has only been used 3 times because it looks so old.
I love the big song and dance Flymo make about the Easi-Reel Cable Storage because all that means is you wrap the cable round the handle and a little clip keeps it in place! It works and stops the cable dropping down and getting all tangled up but it's nothing spectacular and definately not a selling point now I've seen it in action!
One plus point is that the mower is definately light weight and I was able to use it pretty easy, mind you it's so light that that probably explains half of why it's so bad at cutting the grass...... and that's stupid because isn't that what a lawn mower is supposed to do???
Not recommended..... the grass will need strimming either before or after you've used this mower and the plastic blades are not very durable or good to cut with.
I have a relatively small garden and so I only require a small lawn-mower to keep the grass neat and tidy. I was recommended the Flymo Microlite by staff in my local garden centre - and it cost me £39.99 from Amazon. Amazon delivered it the next day in view with their next day delivery service.
I chose this Flymo in particular because it looked small and very movable and as its weedy and weakling "me" that generally mows the lawn, I wanted something that I would be able to lug around with minimal effort. When I first lifted the Flymo Microlite, I have to say that I was completely amazed at actually how light it actually is. In total, it weighs just 4.5 kg - which is about the weight of a large newborn baby!
The cable is only 12m long which is plenty long enough for my little garden.
There are some increased safety features on this Flymo. For example, the fact that you cannot accidentally turn on the Flymo (handy with having todlers running around!) because, in order to turn it on, you need to squeeze the trigger on the handle and depress the button in the centre console. However, once the Flymo is up and running, then you only need to squeeze one of the triggers in order to keep the Flymo running.
The Flymo has plastic replaceable blades which, while they are much less likely to cause damage to the power cable and anything else that should get in its way, they are equally not as robust as the older traditional metal blades. I have broken a number of blades over the last six months, and so I am either very clumsy or the blades are just not robust enough. You decide! Having said that, you do get some spare blades with the Flymo, and they are easy to fix into the Flymo when they need replacing.
When you're using the mower, you can select at what height you want to grass cut....well, when I say you can select it, you can choose between two predestined heights (10 or 33 mm). It does cut the grass well, but because of its small size, its not as quick an exercise as you might be used to. However, its also not hard work and, for me, the fact that its effortless makes it very suitable. It is a bit annoying when you have to change a blade when you've run over something you shouldn't have run over - but it literally only takes a few seconds to change it and so its not too much hassle.
I am impressed with the quietness of the Flymo and how smooth it feels when I'm using it. I would say it was particularly female friendly!
I would recommend this to anyone who has a small garden and who just wants a basic job done. If you want stripes or anything like that, then forget it. This really is a very basic model, but it is efficient and more than adequate for Ms. Suburbia's needs!
This mower is super lightweight at only 4.5kg - I have a lung condition so the lighter weight the better for me. This is my 2nd microlite the first one, took back to the store to put it together, it's not the easiest to put together but it is possible when you know how. The screw fixings are the most difficult.This mower does the job and is easy to handle when in use.My last mower lasted 2 years - motor burnt out - that may be to do with not being able to easily clear the dry grass around the motor (under the hood) after use which is essential.I got my 2nd mower £10 off retail price, brought £5 insurance cover, anything goes wrong in 3 years, can get full replacement. Recommend because manageable with respiratory conditions. Would prefer solar power at same price tho.
The instruction 'manual' that comes with it is absolutely useless as far as assembly of the thing is concerned. If they had supplied decent diagrams or photographs it would have saved me a lot of time and energy.The machine is nice and light though.
I was fed up of my 30 year old petrol mower so I went for this electric alternative. Now don't get me wrong I know this is what you would rgeard as the 'higher' end of th lawn mower market so I wasn't expecting perfection!
The mower itself is very easy to set up and the cutting heights adjustment is very straight forward. I did my lawn on the lowest cut setting and its done an excellent job, really cutting it fine and with minimal raking required afterwards. The cable for the mower is a decent size so I didn't really need to use my extension cable much.
On the negative size the grass collector box is pretty small so I was constantly having to change it which was a massive pain - after about 7 times it really started to annoy!! Another issue was the lid on the grass collector which I found pretty flimsy and although I only paid £40 for it I was expecting something a little morer substantial.
All in all this is a good little tool that is worth a punt for a lower end lawn mower.
It's that time of year again, the sun shines intermittently through broken rain clouds, kids in the street kick footballs against your windows and set your car alarm off and even worst the early morning light means that your child gets up at 5am and proceeds to wake the entire house. Add to this list hay fever, vicious wasps and barbeque smoke washing hanging on the line and celebrate that the great British summer is approaching!
Worst than all of the above the lawn has grown to heights that could be used for the set of the next Indiana Jones movie and requires its first cut of the year.
With time on my hands and unable to deter the wife's enthusiasm by using the well versed excuse of 'I'm unable to mow the lawn dear its raining and I don't want to electrocute myself" I approached the task with an anxiety and stress.
Our previous mower had been despatched to mower heaven at the end of the last summer, the motor had burnt out and repair costs were comparable to buying a cheaper new mower. I needed a new mower, preferably on the cheap as mowing the lawn was a bi-annual event.
After a ten minute visit to the local DIY store and £39 lighter I was now the proud owner of a Flymo Microlite. It was inexpensive, produced by a well known manufacturer, had a years warranty and was light (you could tell this by the box weight). It also fitted nicely into the boot of the car.
On arriving home and undertaking the compulsory cup of coffee I undertook the task of putting the mower together. I was pleased that assembly was straight forward - simply tighten a couple of wing nuts of the handle and master the technique of inserting the small plastic cutting blades into the rotating motor spindle and your ready to go.
Personally I find that the biggest problem with electric mowers, compared to their electric counterparts is that the power cable seems to always undertake movements of a suicidal snake and continually try to jump under the cutting blade. To protect myself from electrocution and my house wiring from short circuiting I also purchased a little RCD breaker socket which will cut-off (technical term trip) your electric should the mowers lengthy orange cable decide to end its life. The second method to avoid chopping the wire is to throw the cable over my shoulder and walk the mower like a dog at crufts.
So the stage was set, the mower armed and in front of me the 7 inch swathe of green swaying grass blades. The battle was about to begin.
Turning on the flymo was easy as the on off lever is parallel to the handle so you simply hold the power on ergonomically as you move the mower.
The first thing you notice with the Flymo is its levitation, not so much Hovercraft more like an egg on a Teflon frying pan. I found that moving the mower in a left to right swinging motion, almost like an aerobics workout, had the best effect. Because the grass was so long, and still slightly damp I needed to take frequent breaks to rake and pick up all of the cut grass. It was at this point I wished I'd not been so miserly with my cash and bought a mower with a built in grass collection box. That said, 20 minutes later, and 1 blade replacement (after hitting a mound of mud and snapping the blade) the task was finished.
Storage is good to and not too imposing. A couple of holes drilled in the garage wall and the flymo can quite unobtrusively hang there until its next outing, possibly this year. I pray for rain!
So what's my verdict?
Undoubtedly the mower was not built to tackle the forest of grass that I had bestowed upon it yet it managed the challenge successfully. The motor did get very hot due to non stop use and I discovered that the blades can break relatively easy if they come into contact with hard foreign objects such as mud mounds, rocks or the neighbour's cat (only kidding!). Replacement blades are quickly fitted and easily available for purchase. The power cable is a reasonable length too which is helpful. The noise levels were slightly quieter than my previous mower, quiet enough to talk over and shout 'cup of tea please' to the muted ears indoors.
For the elderly more green fingered folk out there with flat and well maintained lawns then this is an ideal purchase as it is low maintenance and relatively easy to manoeuvre. It's not the hardiest of mowers out there, but you get what you pay for, in this case a no-frills basic orange lawnmower.
Truly a terrible machine. Underpowered and badly made. I had bought the microlite last year and while not overly impressed with its cutting action decided to keep it as it was fairly inexpensive. Stored it away properly in the garden shed for a season and took it out recently for this Spring's cut. Plugged it in and started to mow the lawn. Smoke proceeded to rise from the microlite and it nearly caught fire! I would expect a mower to last at least a few seasons but just one? This mower is a false economy and Flymo customer service is really terrible. Buy a Qualcast!
What a great buy! I have a reasonably sized lawn - 700 sq ft or so and quite enjoy the ease with which it cuts the grass.
True - it's not got very big blades - plastic though for safety - but just consider it exercise.
Top Tip - stand with legs braced and swing from side to side to really work your arms!
A friend told me that he'd never get one so small because it has no grass collector. Why collect it? As long as it isn't too long, the clippings can be left in situ to mulch into the grass - instant composting! If necessary you can rake up the clippings - yet more exercise.
Overall - it's quick to use, light, and safe - with automatic cutoff if you let go of the start handles - and good value for money.
The Flymo Microlite is a great little mower. I bought one of these because it was small and light, which made it ideal for my 30sq-ft garden. Assemly is as easy as you like and only takes 10 minutes. The plastic blades do the job and are easy to replace. I have had mine for 18months and I haven't yet needed to replace the blades.
It works best and rather effectively with a side to side motion as pushing it back and forth tends to make it nosedive.
It is best used on small lawns like mine because any larger gardens would cause it to clog up with grass mulch.
I wanted a small mower that would mulch the grass and be easy to store by hanging up on the wall in the garage.With a name like Flymo which I have found ok in the past,I decided to buy the microlight.Putting it together was easy,I then realised the cable could not be detached,if there was a problen in use you would want to disconnect the supply quickly,so not a safe point to start with.
However when I tried to cut grass was I very dissapointed,the machine uses plastic "blades"that would only cut at the edges,so you are attempting to cut hollow circles in the grass,however it just hardly cuts,and moving the mower is not easy,it does not hover properly and tends to nose dive into the lawn,honestly ,this is machine is just a joke,and the only thing worth saving is the lead,the remainder is in the scrap bin.! I wish I took it back to B&Q now for a refund.
Question: What have a small electric hover mower and a land-speed record attempt in common? Answer: 'Fodding', i.e. the search for, and removal of FOREIGN OBJECTS that might cause any DAMAGE before the activity in question. Like most owners of a suburban 'semi', I have two gardens, one at the front and one at the back. The rear one is long enough, at nearly 200 feet (say 60 metres) to justify a petrol mower, also a Flymo hover job as it happens, but the front, despite being the widest garden in the road (we live on the inside of a curve in the road) isn't that big. It certainly doesn't justify the steam-hammer of the petrol mower to crack its own particular nut. I've always got along just fine with an electric mower of some kind. However, having the grand-daddy of all magnolia trees* in the front does make using a 'unidirectional' mower a pain, especially as I'ev long since given up on trying to 'stripe' the grass. *You should see it as I write! Up to now, I've had a variety of (mostly) hover mowers chosen mainly on price. No, I don't want grass-collection, just something that is easy to manoeuvre and capable of spinning a blade to behead my grass when it starts to get too long. My last B&D Hover wore out - the blade was so badly pitted that it was next to useless. It was also jammed in place and the nylon nut that was supposed to be removable, along with the blade, had long since converted from 'hexagonalism' to 'circularism'. I'd manage to hone the blade edges in-situ a couple of time with a power file, but I'd run out of metal now. So I dumped it and got the cheapest replacement I could find, the Flymo Micro-Light It really does feel light to the point of being insubstantial, but so far, this concern has been unjustified. It hovers quite high, which is useful in my case, because like all true loafers, I'm happy to let
the grass get quite long before I cut it again. I have to say that I begrudge every single minute of grass cutting, especially in the front garden, which is of no use to man nor beast - well, no that's no quite true, next door's cat uses it as a toilet! One innovation, well to me at least it was, is the use of plastic blades. The advantages are immediately obvious to anyone who's ever run their mower over its own lead - these are must less likely to puncture the lead's insulation, and potentially get you killed. Further safety features include the need to use both hands to switch it one, there being a rubber button in the centre of the main handle, and a gripper rod either side, which fall easily under the grip of each hand. Once running, it only takes one hand to keep it switched on, whilst the other conducts the 'power cable orchestra'. The Flymo comes supplied with several spare plastic blades, and they are easily replaced by bending them, and easing them backwards out of their mountings. A new blade just goes in the same way as the old one came out. Centrifugal force ensures that they locate themselves properly during cutting. With pair of undamaged blades, the Flymo is a delightfully smooth and quiet tool. Chip one of the blades on a bit of 'FOD' as mentioned at the beginning and it becomes a positive blur, trying to wrest itself from your grip as it vibrate hopelessly out of balance. My advice would be to stop there and then, in case you cause damage or accelerated wear and tear to the one central moving part, the motor bearing. It only takes a few second to change a blade, and it doesn?t need removal of the entire cutter to do so. At first, I thought the mower was hopeless - my attempt to scalp the front garden barely looked like it had anything 'off the top' at all. Then I read the instructions! This mower comes with two cutting heights, achieved by removing the cutter as
sembly, flipping it over and refitting it (it's domed to give two heights). Its default height when leaving the factory is the higher one. There is however one problem with using the lower cutting height. It becomes all the more important that you check for 'FOD' as the likelihood of hitting something that shouldn't be there is greater. The magnolia has a habit of dropping the odd bit of dead wood, which is surprisingly hard and brittle, and foxes have a habit of dragging the bones from someone else's bin and gnawing at them on my grass. CONCLUSION The Flymo Micro-Light only has a 28cm cutting diameter and a 1 Kwatt motor, but at £40, it is good value for money. Just don't expect to get into the Best Kept Garden Awards! If you just want to keep nature at bay on a smallish patch of grass, and aren't too worried about 'stripe' effects, or building up a heap of clippings, then the Flymo Micro-Light's ability to negotiate obstacles using the strength of just one hand is excellent. Its power lead is just adequate to use without an extension cable in my front garden, using the socket just inside the front door, although it seems shorter than a typical Black and Decker equivalent. Also, there is no line adapter placed near the mower end to allow for longer leads to be attached. Of course, it wouldn't take a genius to go out and buy one, but inertia is a very strong motive in someone devoid of all gardening instincts! My name might be Green, but?..
1700w / 38cm Metal Blade / Easi-Reel intangle freein Cable Storage / Four Cutting Heights / 12mm to 32mm / 40lt grassbox