If you have had a Flymo hover mower in the past and are looking to buy a new and improved version then the Flymo Glider 330 may be of interest to you. Hover mowers do have several advantages over their wheeled counterparts.The main one is that you can push them in absolutely any direction that you want. That’s right – any direction at all! I wanted to find out whether this one was up to the task and if it was worth the money.
Flymo Glider 330 Review - Specifications
|Deck Size||33 cm|
|Cutting Modes||Integrated Grass Collection System|
|Cutting Heights||12 - 32 mm|
|Number of Cutting Heights||4|
|Grass Box Capacity||26 litres|
|Cable Included?||Yes, 12 m|
Flymo Glider 330 Review – Key Features
- Assembly –I got a pleasant surprise when I unboxed this mower as it was already set up for me. It was great as there was no need to break out the toolbox, no need to try and decipher poorly written instructions and no need to use any of my free time setting it up. Unboxing took just a few minutes and I was plugged in and ready to go in no time at all.
- Size and Build – The construction of this mower is nothing out of the ordinary. Hover mowers generally have to be made out of plastic as if they are too heavy they have no chance in hell of gliding properly (unless they are packing a substantial engine/motor). So you got it – this one is made out of plastic.It didn’t feel overly flimsy but it didn’t feel overly solid either. In terms of size you have got a mid-range cutting deck at 33 cm – not really big enough for a large lawn but capable of handling anything else.
- Motor – This model packs a 1450 watt motor, which provides you with a fairly good power to size ratio. If hover mowers are underpowered then they don’t glide properly, so the fact that Flymo have got this ratio correct is extremely important.
- Height Adjustment – Changing the cutting height on this mower will take you a few minutes. You need to shut the mower off, unplug it and then flip it over. You get plastic spacers in the box with this mower and you need to use these to get a closer cut.By adding spacers underneath the blade, the blade is lowered and your grass is cut shorter. In total you’ll find three spacers in the box and you can cut from 12 mm to 32 mm.
- Grass Box -At first glance you might think that you’ve not actually got a grass box on this mower. However you have, it’s just located inside the main body of the mower. This offers one big advantage over external grass bags – it compacts the mower. This is useful for both storage purposes and getting into tight corners of your garden.
- 12 Metre Cable – Cables can be a bummer but over time you get used to them and develop a system to use them effectively. This particular model comes with a 12 m cable, which I feel is a little on the short side.The cutting width of this mower is perfectly adequate for a medium-sized lawn but without the use of an extension cable you would struggle to reach it all.
Flymo Glider 330 Review – How Did It Perform?
- Cutting Ability – In terms of the cut the Flymo Glider 330 does everything you could ask of it. For a mower of this price you are not going to get a pristine finish. The trick is to realise that before you actually buy the mower.The range of cutting heights you have to play with isn’t particularly large and believe me, you wouldn’t want to use this on foot high grass. Keep on top of your mowing and it’ll do just fine. One thing I was impressed with is the fact that it cuts wet grass well.
- Grass Collection – This mower isn’t as good at collecting grass as Flymo suggest. I would say roughly 20% of the clippings ended up being blown out the side of the mower back on to my lawn (and pathways). If you fill the grass tray to the brim then you’ll find that clippings get blown at you.This not only dirties your trousers but I can imagine it would be particularly troublesome if you suffer from allergies. I managed to minimise the amount of spilt clippings by only filling the grass box to around 75% of its full capacity.
- Manoeuvrability – As long as you keep the fan area free from clippings this mower will glide just fine for you. Over the majority of my lawn it glided without a problem and was very easy to push.However in certain areas it did struggle a little bit, e.g. around the borders of my garden and on the area at the side of my property which contains some land which is not exactly flat.
- Ease of Operation – After about 2 minutes of using this mower you should be an expert – it’s that easy! To get it started all you need to do is plug it in, hold down one of the triggers (you can use either your right hand or left hand) and then push the button in the centre. There’s nothing to it really. After that you just have to push it where you want it to cut and then keep an eye on the grass box.