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      09.02.2014 23:34
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      a good mower

      I've had this mower for 5 years now and it's still going strong. When i moved into my house, I dug up the whole lawn in order to lay new turf. I was told not to walk on it for 6 weeks, to allow the roots to develop, so you can imagine the lawn was like a jungle when we came to cut it. We were advised to buy a particular type of mower, but it wasn't up to the job, so we exchanged it for a flymo. This bright orange mower is a dream to use. It hovers over the lawn, making it easy to push around and you don't have to put in too much effort. This is handy if your grass is a bit longer, especially after winter. On the front of the mower is a roller, which holds the extension lead. The lead is quite long, but you may find you still need a extra extension lead. It does mean that everything related to the mower can be kept together so it doesn't get lost. The mower sucks up the grass as it goes along, which is handy and saves the job of raking up cut grass afterwards. The cuttings are stored in a barrel in the unit. There is a window in the lid which should show you how full it is. However, I find that grass sticks to the window so you can't normally see. I find it goes heavier as it fills up so I rely on the weight to let me know when it needs emptying. In order to empty it, you lift the lid and take out the basket with the grass clippings. When you turn the mower over, you will see a big blade and nit much else. It's a simple piece of machinery, but it means it's really easy to clean as there are only a few places the grass can go. I do find that grass sometimes sticks to the bottom of the mower, if the grass isn't totally dry.

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      10.01.2014 14:09

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      Great budget mower for a small garden

      I bought this flymo lawn mower a few years ago and paid around £80 for it. We cut the grass every 1 - 2 weeks and this mower is still in good working condition. The cable length is very good, again mainly for smaller gardens, don't buy this mower if you have a huge garden. It has a 1500 watt motor and has a 33cm wide blade, which makes it perfect for the smaller garden. There is a safety feature meaning the mower is very likely to be accidentally turned on by children, and definitely not pets. The handle can be adjusted to whatever height you need, very easily, so myself (being 5ft 9) and my boyfriend (being 6ft 2) can both use the mower with ease. The hover mechanism of the lawnmower makes it very easy to use even though it's quite heavy. All in all, a great budget mower.

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      07.11.2013 22:24
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      One of my favourite lawn-mowers

      - Introduction - I bought one of these flymo mowers last year for use at my Grandparents house as they are pensioners it is a great deal of effort for them to be cutting the grass still at their age so I decided to take over the responsibility. They used to own one of them real old time manual mowers with the rollers and yes it did cut the grass but used to take approx 3 times longer than what it would with this electric powered mower. - About The Product - The Flymo Turbo Compact 330 is a 1500W electric mower which simply plugs in to any UK mains socket and works with ease. The mower weighs in at around 12KG which is quite heavy to be carrying around however moves smoothly across the grass leaving a fine smooth cut through-out. The main reason for purchase was to simply save time, I can't stand spending an hour or two cutting the grass and then adding another hour to the job to have to go around the garden with the rake collecting up all the leftover cuttings. - Deciding On The Model - It wasn't just by chance that I purchased this specific model from Flymo but more based on feedback and reviews from other satisfied buyers. Most lawn-mowers built to today's standards tend to work well without fault although there was still little neg's associated with other models on the market. It was after speaking to a guy in a garden centre who obviously knew his bit about garden tools and accessories who explained that he and his son had owned this model for over 10 years with regular use, occasional maintenance and the unit still works aswell as when it was new. - More About This Model - This is definitely one of the more popular models produced by Flymo as consumer reviews everywhere seem to be very favourable to this particular build. The Flymo is powered by metal blades with a 33cm width, the mower also has 4 height adjustments which can be changed to suit your individual grass length, heights can be set between 12 and 32mm. The grass box collects approx 30 litres of grass, this seems to manage the entire garden in to basket empty's, or 3 empty's if the grass is wet/damp. - Cables & Access - The cabling is 12metres in length which for most households is plenty enough wire to get from mains socket to grass area, although for users who have more distance between their property and the garden it may be worth considering an extension lead to help manage your gardening needs. - Overview - Flymo is a huge name in garden power tools and have being up there with industry leaders such as Black and Decker, people generally favour Flymo products due to the cheap initial cost, cheap to replace spare parts and long term reliability. Installation is a piece of cake, and by following instructions you can easily learn how to change your mower blade. It is also worth considering getting your blade sharpened by a metal worker before attaching it to your mower, this will ensure the device cuts correctly without damaging the motor and will pro-long its overall life-cycle. Thanks for reading

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      05.11.2013 21:05

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      Great for money

      Like other reviewers, I purchased this item as a replacement for an older (and heavier) version of a similar mower from the same manufacturer. Despite its modest size and lighter weight, it cuts as well, if not better, than its predecessor. The grass collecting mechanism seems pretty good on its first time out. However, given the smaller capacity of the collecting basket, be prepared to empty the cuttings a little more frequently than with larger models. It will be interesting to see if this lighter version lasts longer than the 8 years achieved by my previous mower. Overall, it seems a good value-for-money buy and I would recommend it on that basis. I am a man who cares a lot about his lawn. My neighbours often compare my lawn to the Wembley turf, so it's important for me I keep up my good reputation. after all, clean lawn clean mind.

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      09.10.2013 13:38
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      A decent mower

      This mower was purchased when I lived at my previous house as I had quite a large back garden that was the majority lawn. Retailing at £80 I feel it was rather reasonably priced for such a large mower. The first thing I looked for when purchasing this mower was that it didnt have a plastic blade as they break way too easily for my likeing, this one has a nice tough metal blade that in its 18 months of use has not bent out of shape at all and as I clean it realy well before putting it away after each use it has not needed replacing or sharpening. It has four cutting heights and comes with the tool to adjust the heights which is supposed to be easy to do but I wasnt strong enough to do it so had to get my other half to do this but should be an easy enough job for any man to complete its just I am a bit of a weaklin. It is 1300 watt so is nice and powerful making light work of cutting through my grass even when it is damp unlike others I have used that seemed to just rip the grass up if it was damp and this managed easily with long grass too after we had been away on holiday for three weeks. It has a 20 liter grass collection box on it and compacts the grass so it doesnt have to be emptied as often but I would have liked a larger grass box than this as I have to empty it for each aproxomatlly 6 foot by 6 foot patch I cut which is a bit of a nuicance especially in a large garden like the one at my last house. For the price I paid for this it is an incredibly good lawn mower, it is easy to use as it glides realy easily across the grass without too much effort, the lead on it is a decent length for a small garden but you would need to use an extension lead if you had a large garden. the handle is comfortable to hold, it is easy to operate and doesnt make too much noise either but is by no means quiet but then is any mower.

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      17.07.2012 11:57
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      Great mower,would recommend to anyone.

      This flymo Lawn Mower was my best friend. Instead of relying on the bloke to do the gardening, I do like to get in there myself ( before a jungle emerges). This Flymo is so light weight that even a lady with not much strength could glide it around the garden. It basically hoovers around when the power is on making it so easy to use. I loved it. My dad bought this us as a house warming gift and to be honest its the best gift I've recieved yet. Had no problem until last month and I have had it 7 years! The mower instantly sucks the just cut grass up into the basket inside the mower and when full a red bobble appears 'floating' on the top of the plastic,round component its sat in,indicating that the basket needs emptying. You then just simply open the top of the mower by lifting it and take the basket out and empty into refuse bags or compost heap,and replace. The wire is a nice safe length,and what is really nice about it is that you can remove the wire from the mower to wrap away neatly after you've finished which also makes it neater to fold the handle on the mower to store away. My Flymo is now resting ( as it burnt out and set itself on fire) ..My own fault due to not removing dead grass from the vents as I found out after. Would recommend to anyone,a great buy which lasts for years. Well done Flymo.

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      12.01.2012 18:45
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      Recommend for smaller lawns

      I purchased mine about 10 years ago and it is still going strong, only needing its blade changing, which are very cheap to buy - they normally come in a pack of 10 or so for a fiver. I don't have a big lawn, so that's why I bought it. Watch out for any stones in your grass though, as it will destroy the plastic blades - I usually have a quick walk around before I mow and turf out any big stones before I start. The grass collector is very compact and it takes quite a lot of grass for a small mower. Very light to use as well. Don't let your lawn get too long though, as it will struggle. It has a long extension cord which is enough to get from your front door (I plug it in in my front hallway) to the end of a standard size front lawn on a housing estate. You will need a strimmer if you want to tidy up the edges too - my strimmer is also a Flymo!

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      03.12.2011 04:11
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      Well made and hard working

      With Christmas being just around the corner, why write a review about a lawn mower? Well to put it simply, we (and by we I mean me) had left the grass out the front of our house to grow a little longer than usual. And also I had left it extremely late in the year to cut it, don't get me wrong it was cut regularly all through the summer but nearing the end we kind of forgot about it and it didn't get cut until Halloween week. It was one of the strangest experiences mowing the lawn with fireworks exploding overhead. This electric lawnmower by Flymo has seen many a years use, we have it longer than ten years and that's some life for a modern piece of equipment. Most appliances big or small seam to pack it in much sooner than that and this old man looks like he'll last for a few more years to come. This is the Flymo Turbo 330. It came in quite a large box, bigger than I expected. But once I opened it I realised why it was so big. The lawn mower is basically fully assembled and seeing it's not the smallest of mowers the box had to accommodate it. All I had to do was simply attach the handle to the back of the unit using two slide through pins, these can be removed to help with storing the mower in a more compact fashion. The power cable can also be removed but I don't like plugging it in and out every time I use it, as I worry the connection will become loose, so I tend to wrap it around the handle. This looks like a hovercraft gliding over the lawn as all working parts are hidden from view underneath the orange frame. Before you start you'll have to adjust the cutting height of the unit. This is done by simply adjusting the height of the wheels, there is a little handle on each wheel to control the height from level one too level five, as with a hair trimmer one is for short and five is for long. It's best to set it to a longer setting rather than going straight to number one as this could scalp your lawn if it's any way uneven. I find two to be the best and safest setting to work with. But if you see it's not doing a good enough job, then lower the setting by all means. At least you'll have the option to do so, if you cut it too short it can't be undone until it grows back, so it's better to be safe than sorry when using for the first time. There is also a little loop on the handle for the electric cable to be run through. This will help keep it safely away from the blades while in operation. But please don't take your mind off the lead just because of this loop always be safe and make sure the way is clear before you push the mower in any direction. At the top of the handle the main power controls can be found. There are two, long, orange, curved, easy to feel and use buttons / switches theses can be squeezed to start the blades. You must first press the safety switch in the centre of the handle, before these trigger like switches will work. As I said this looks like a hovercraft as it almost silently glides over the grass, it really doesn't make that much noise at all. It will only grunt if it hits a particularly woody weed and with 1500W of power these don't even put up a fight for long. The best thing about this mower over others we have owned in the past, is that it not only collects the grass cuttings it also compacts them into the hidden bin. This is so simple to empty and fills up less regularly as the grass takes up less room when compacted. You'll know when the bin needs emptying as they have a handy little way of telling you when it's full. There is a little orange ball in a clear chamber that rises to the top and is easy to see from standing distance. Handy features and smooth looks aside, does it actually do a good enough job at cutting the grass? Yes it does, it does more than a good job, the grass is cut evenly with no patches where the grass was too long and the blades just ripped it out from the root. There is also never any trailing long blades of grass that had been flattened by the mower and missed by the blades. As I said at the beginning of this review, this old mower has lasted us many, many summers and thankfully he doesn't look like he'll will be retiring any time soon. This can be purchased online at : amazon.co.uk for £105.00 + shipping.

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        14.10.2011 20:02
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        Very reliable and neat machine at a great price and packs away easily

        The main reason I purchased this Flymo was I was fed up with my old qualcast that had proved heavy, clonky to use and finally conked out. I was looking for a compact and more importantly light machine which would be easy to handle. I shopped around the stores so I could try out the weights and manoeuvrable of various lawnmowers before finding this lovely little flymo in my local B&Q - priced at £49.99 (approximately 2 years ago) it was in the right budget for me. I have found it to have a decent blade (33cm in length) and sharp enough to slice through long grass and make light work of giving the lawns a good haircut. It also has the added bonus of a fully covered in grass collection box (my previous one would shoot grass all over the place thus giving me an extra job of raking it all up afterwards). I have a small to medium size lawn at the front and the same at the back of the house so this Flymo ticked all the right boxes to deal with it - small and easy enough to move around and a nice size grass clipping box that would hold plenty of clippings without having to empty it too regularly. Once you switch on - gee whizz the 1160 watt motor blows out air making the mower hoover (of course) and it feels like you have an aerodynamic hoover floating around the garden! . It is so easy to swish side to side and front and back (for when you want stripes - yes this does that too makes those longed for stripes we seen on a neat front lawn - well me anyway!). Also it copes well with wet grass, humps and bumps of which my garden has a few and brambles and nettles it has cut through with ease. I have never enjoyed gardening and doing the lawn so much than before I got this. It makes mowing the lawn a breeze and the lawn has never looked so good; it has 4 settings for longer grass varying in height 30 mm and then the lower setting for a neat clipped lawn (10 mm). The grass box is a breeze to empty and it so light I can carry easily from front to back lawn and store away easily. Comes with a decent length cord too so you don't need an extension lead to get the job done.. The handle is ergonomically sound - comfortably rounded and you only need a light grip to clutch the handle to start it up. This has an ease to it for those that might have difficulty gripping stuff. Its fast, reliable, does a good clean short cut, handles well, packs a good sized grass collection box and packs away neatly - stores into my small shed very easily. Reliable, sound and a very good buy and most of all? My lawn looks a treat with very little effort. Happy with that. It currently it retails at £64.50 on Amazon.

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          23.09.2011 12:43
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          A sharp pair of scissors would have worked better!!

          We bought this lawnmower whilst on special offer - the money off was more of a pull that any reviews we had read about it which labelled this mower average. Having used the mower over the last six months I would now say this was a very generous review. It just about creeps over 'total rubbish'! I suppose it kind of does it's job (eventually, and with quite a lot of effort!) but had many features I don't like, and just seems like too much hard work to be honest! Our first use was on fairly overgrown grass - the flymo to be pushed back and forth over a piece of grass to get a low level trim-even using the most suitable cut setting. After ten minutes I was totally worn out! It took me over an hour to trim down a fairly small area of grass. It also ripped into the dirt in a few places, though this could be down to me having to mow each area of lawn several times due to slightly overgrown areas. Once finished my lawn looked a state, with loose clumps of grass all over it. Even though it has a 'vacuum' basket for collecting grass (which fills up very quickly!) there was still loose grass everywhere. I had to go out and buy a rake, which I then to use over all the grass to pick up what the mower should have! Thoroughly bored at this point, think I was ranting that I would never mow the lawn again!! However, was talked into keeping it for one more try, just incase the overgrown grass had hindered the flymo - the grass was well overdue a cut! How I wish I hadn't bothered! Exactly the same situation arose, this time with grass barely needing a trim. The 'gliding' (LOL!) is more like labored pushing. Even my partner who is 6ft and well built didn't find it an easy ride. And again, the grass was littered with clumps of grass that weren't picked up. Yes it was a cheap deal - that however is the only good point I can think of. Oh, and it packs down quite small, and is quite light. All of these are irrelevant however, as I found this to be a totally rubbish mower!!! I now have a great local man who pops over every month with his petrol mower and does the garden for £15 - money well spent in my opinion!! We will get another mower in the future, however I will definitely be reading and listening to all dooyoo reviews and not just buying something that is highly discounted. Oh and it probably won't be a flymo!!

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            29.07.2011 01:47
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            My magic mower makes the grass disappear.

            Grass cutting is not one of my favourite tasks and is indeed one of those jobs I would normally try to delegate to my husband, but this year has been a funny year where most weekends we have been busy or it has been really wet, so it has been left to me to try and keep on top of it. This is not ideal as my hayfever is then so awful. This is an electric mower from flymo. We have had other models of lawnmower before this one which have been handed on from other relatives, but when we bought this house, the garden was a lot bigger than at any previous house, and our other models did not have a grass box to collect all the cuttings in. This was a good investment for me as it saves having to do another job, but it also stops some of the blow back of cuttings onto me which would then aggravate the hayfever. Flymo is a really reliable brand. We have not had anything go wrong really with this mower. Once my husband ran over something with the mower like a large stone, and this bent the cutting blades, but he was able to get new blades and replace them himself. Other than that, we have never had to get it serviced like you would a petrol mower, and just by keeping it clean after each use by brushing off damp grass we have kept it in good working order. Safe to use The mower is so safe and easy to use. Once it is plugged in, you push in the button on the front of the handle, which then lets you pull the lever handle, and then the mower starts off. If you take your hand off the lever, the button then pops up, so you can't start it just by pulling the lever. Fully recommended as I have kids who do like to tinker and you might have just popped to take the grass box to the compost bin, but they will be trying to get in there and use it for you. It comes with a 12 metre power cable. This is ok, but we find we also need to use an extension cable to get it to the far end of the garden. This is fine by us. This cable is bright orange like the mower, which I find reassuring as I am less likely to go over it while mowing by mistake. I thought I would find this quite hard to use as it weighs quite a lot. 11.5kg. I struggle to lift it down from the wall and up and down the garden steps as it is hard lifting all the weight via the handle section. Once I have got it on, it is a hover mower, and glides easily across the grass. I have no difficulties at all with using it. I find because we don't get round to cutting the grass as frequently as we should, then it sometimes takes a few goes over the same area to get all of the grass cut to the same level. We have some patches of grass that are a bit threadbare under the trees, and it is not fun to go over these areas at the blades can cut into the soil and kick it up at you. The blade height can be altered for different lengths of cut. There are 4 heights, but we only tend to use the one, as we are really looking at completing the job as quick as we can to a reasonable standard for the kids to play on, and not to make it lush like some people do. The grass box seems efficient at collecting the cuttings. When it starts to get full you notice some cutting are remaining on the grass. It lifts out easily, and is not too heavy to tip out. Overall, a very efficient mower to cover our large lawn. It might be too big for a tiny patch of grass, but it copes well with our neglectful style of grass maintenance. It is not too difficult to use or manouvere for someone of good health and reasonable strength, but might be tricky if you have mobility issues.

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              18.07.2011 19:23
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              Doesn't do what it says on the tin.

              I am usually an optimistic kind of person. The type whose glass is usually half full, rather than half empty. Maybe that is why my reviews are often more positive than negative. Well this review is not one of those reviews. In fact this is one of those reviews, for somebody whose glass is not only half empty, but also who has spilt the rest all over their brand new persian rug. So where did it all go wrong? Well we bought this about 2 years ago. It was only £69.99. Big mistake. Cheap does not always go well with lawnmowers, especially when we are lucky (glass half full again) to have a nice large 100 feet garden, and lawn. In fact something my wife dotes on, as she never had a garden when growing up. The Flymo as with all of its products come in a 'loud' orange colour. First problem was the cable. It only stretched 12 metres, although this did have a facility to wind it up, and neatly hide it away after use. Not a huge issue, as our previous lawnmower had a similar issue, and we'd bought an extension lead. But one to bear in mind, if you have a larger garden. The other issue is the size of the box. As it is a compact mower the grass box is only 30litres. Again, not tiny, but will involve a few more trips to your compost bin. The mower is 1500watt in power which is sufficient enough to cut the grass. The 33cm blade had no problem gliding its way through the grass. It will also cut on four heights from 12-32mm which is fair enough. The main problem I had though was trying to catch the damn grass in the box. This must be a design floor surely. Each time I mowed the lawn, unlike my other mowers, it left half the cut grass on the lawn. Not only that it blew it all over the flower beds. It looked untidy, and it meant I then had to rake the lawn to pick up all the grass that was left. So this year after using it about a dozen times, it was given to a neighbour, whose lawn mower had broke. We invested in a more expensive model. Not a Flymo this time. A mower that not only cuts, but collects too. A review on this mower will appear in due course. Dooyoo stars 1, basically because it cuts. Copyright stebiz 2011 - also on ciao.co.uk

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              A fabulous buy for our small garden. Mowing the lawn, is no longer a dreaded chore!

              **Why Flymo?** We've always stuck with Flymo's for cutting the grass because its a very reliable brand. What made this flymo really appealing to me, was that it's lightweight. I like to be able to cut the grass sometimes and past mowers we've had are often too heavy for me to shift around with an old whiplash injury.This one's just perfect for those that don't want to be lugging machinery around just to get a simple job done. **What sort of lawn is the Flymo 330 suitable for?** I would also say this Flymo is most suited to those with a relatively flat garden of small to medium size. I took it over to a friends recently and their garden is full of lumps and bumps and part of the lawn is a hill. My flymo wasn't really suitable because it became difficult to use and didn't seem powerful enough. For hills, I think you'd have to invest in something a bit more powerful. **How much? And where from?** We got our flymo from Amazon for £59 over a year ago so i'm not sure of the price these days. It could well have come down in price. I'd definitely say shop around though because the DIY/Garden stores seem to be so much more expensive these days compared to online retailers like Amazon, Play, Ebay, Argos. **Design** Typical of Flymo's colours this is no different in colour. Black and orange in design, its a nifty and compact looking mower. Apart from having to clip the cable guide to the mower and unfolding the handle, it really is just a case of switching on and you're away! The cable length is 12 metres which is plenty enough for the average sized garden. Storage is really easy as the reel hides away inside the mower and the handle is foldable so you can pop it in the garage or a small holding to protect it. The base of the mower has wheels which makes it really easy to push around the garden. Like I said though, you may struggle with hills, but on the flat it mows easily. The wheels also mean that if you have some paving area in your garden, its safe to push across it, saving you from having to carry it all the way to the lawn. I take mine out of the garage, push it along the garden path and onto the lawn. Simple! The built in 30 litre grass box collects the grass and when you want to remove the grass, you just open the flap and take out the box. This is better than a huge basket sticking out of the back of the mower, like i've previously had. It's very simple with the built in glass box because you can then dispose of your grass quickly and efficiently. Obviously some grass still lands on the lawn again, so you will end up maybe having to rake some up (or leaving it because you can't be bothered, like me lol) The flymo has a 1500W motor and a metal blade that can handle thick grass and twigs. With the flymo having an angle design, it's easy to cut right to the lawns edge. I don't really need to use the strimmer that much after having used the mower unlike other mowers that just don't do the edges very well. It also has four different cutting heights from 12mm up to 32mm. **It Hovers!** Being a ' hover' mower, the flymo easily glides and hovers across the grass (you'll struggle though if were tackling a complete grass jungle of grass being half a metre high). It's ability to collect lots of grass is more than any other mowers I have bought, so that's another great thing I like about it. It's extremely easy to move around, even with a bad back and whiplash injury! Mowing the lawn is no longer a dreaded chore. **Be aware that....** The hole that the grass is sucked up into, can sometimes become clogged. It's always best to unclog it after use so that it doesn't become too much of a problem. If the grass is damp, it's a bit of a messy job. It's not going to manage steep inclines very well or VERY long grass If you're garden is estate size, then the 12 metre length cable may not be suitable and you may wish to invest in something larger!

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              27.03.2011 21:50
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              3 stars but I can't recommend

              Having mowed the lawn today for the first time this year I thought I'd let you all know all about it. We bought this particular lawn mower about five years ago and at the time paid about £80 for it. We live really high up and are lucky enough to have a garden that has sun for pretty much all of the day. We find ourselves needing to cut the grass once a week to keep it looking tidy and so over the years this mower has really been used quite a lot and it's still going strong. The lawn mower, as with most flymo's is that it hovers on a cushion of air which makes it very easy to use despite it being quite heavy (11.5 kg). The 12 metre long cable is perfect for us as we don't have to get an extension lead out, we can simply plug it in and off we go. Once you have finished with the mower, it's really easy to empty the grass cuttings as the grass is collected up into a 30 litre grass box and you would have to mow a whole field before it needed to be emptied (unless of course you were cutting really long grass!). The mower has a 1500 watt motor and with its 33cm wide blade it does the job perfectly (for a small / medium sized garden). It also has four different cutting heights (from 12mm up to 32mm). The 'hoover' at the back of the mower collects all the cuttings, and does this fairly well however you will find that every 30 seconds or so you'll find a big clump of cuttings and you'll need to go back and suction it up. This never really bothers me, but I'm not sure if it's the 'hoover' aspect that not doing it's job 100%, so something to bear in mind. I would also bear in mind that it doesn't do the stripey grass thing (!), I've tried in one of OCD moments but to no avail, it was having not of it! So if you are wanting a mower to do this, then this one is definitely not for you. Also worth bearing in mind that you will need to strim the edges of grass for a perfect finish, as the bulky mower simply refuses to go right up to the shed, wall and flower beds. This is a bit of a pain but we find we can get away with strimming the edges every other time we mow the grass. A major fault in my opinion, as its what is going to ultimately make us buy a new mower probably later on in the year, is the cable. The cable is stored in the centre of the mower at the top in a cable winder. Once it's fully wound in, the end sits in a holding case. The cable is totally separate from the mower and this is the problem. It plugs into the top of the handle and clips into place, however over time, this clip part has come away and so now it simply falls out as I'm mowing which obviously cuts the power instantly. I have found that when I have used it today I have had to hold the plug into the clip as it just kept cutting out. This is a major fault in my opinion as it's not something that can be fixed. One great aspect of the mower is the safety. Having two young children running around in the garden, it's reassuring to know that they wouldn't be able to turn the mower on, should I leave it unassisted for whatever reason. Once the plus is fitted to the handle, you have to pull the handle in and then press a button, and continuously hold the handle to keep the power on. The handle also has notches on the side so you can adjust this to suit your height. Overall, it does do the job, but for £80 I think a lot needs improving on this specific model. I will not be buying this particular model again and I'm not sure if I could recommend it because of that, however when we first bought the mower we weren't that into gardening, but now you can't get us out of the garden. I would recommend shopping around for other mowers that would suit a medium / small sized garden.

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                21.12.2010 22:52

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                Good value -does the job

                I bought the Flymo Turbo compact in the summer, in a combo deal with a strimmer. I have a reasonably small front & back lawn, so didn't need to be too fussy about the specifics of the lawnmower, and I'd had a Flymo in the past so plumped for the same Brand again. I must say, I've been perfectly happy so far with this model . As long as I don't let the grass reach jungle level, the Flymo gets through it quite easily. The only two scenarios to be careful about, are long grass and wet grass. Both cause the mower to strain a little, so as long as you keep the grass under control, and cut regularly, this model is perfect for the job. Benefits are; Very light therefore easy to use and manouevre around the garden. Its not huge, so can be stored quite easily in a garden/garage. The grass collection box is a reasonable size (30 Litres), therefore you can mow a small lawn and only have to empty the grass cuttings once, maximum twice. And the 10M cable is a real bonus, if like me you don't have easily accessible plug sockets close to your lawn. It avoids having to attach to an extension lead. I did read in other reviews that its not great on uneven lawns. That's very true. In bumpy areas if you're not careful, it can 'scalp' the grass completely. So ideal for those with very flat lawns, or cricket pitches....And we're not in the sunny seasons, there might be some bargains out there.

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            • Product Details

              Flymo Turbo Compact 330 Hover Mower 1500W - Blade Length: 33cm - Cable Length: 10M - Four Cutting Heights (12 - 32mm) - Manual Height Adjustment - Weight: 11.5Kg