Flymo have a rich history in the lawnmower industry and the Chevron 34VC is one of their newer offerings. Originally they specialised in hover type mowers but later branched out and started offering wheeled electric mowers too. I put the Chevron 34VC through its paces and liked what I saw - I'd definitely recommend buying it. But what did I like? Were there any negatives to using it and what type of garden is it best suited to? I've written this review to answer all those questions.
Flymo Chevron 34VC Review - Specifications
|Deck Size||34 cm|
|Cutting Modes||Rear Bagging System|
|Height Adjustment Type||One Touch Lever|
|Cutting Heights||20 - 60 mm|
|Number of Cutting Heights||5|
|Grass Box Capacity||29 litres|
|Cable Included?||Yes, 12 m|
|Extra Features||Rear Roller|
Flymo Chevron 34VC Review – Key Features
- Setting Up – The process of assembling this mower is pretty standard; you’ve got to assemble the handle first and then attach it to the unit. Once that’s sorted you need to attach the cable clips to the handle. This was all pretty straightforward but the instructions didn’t actually state which screws were for which parts, which confused me a little in the beginning. You also need to put the grass box together.
- Build and Size – As long as you buy this with the right expectations you won’t be disappointed with regards to the quality of the build. It’s a corded electric mower and it costs less than £100. Don’t get me wrong, the quality of build is not shabby, in fact it’s reasonably good and I was more than happy with it for the price. Just don’t expect miracles in this department. It’s primarily made out of plastic, but it does feel like decent quality plastic. The wheels are pretty basic and don’t contain ball bearings but they do the job.With regards to the size of the machine it’s kind of middle-of-the-road. It’s not really big enough to take on huge areas of grass but at the same time it cuts a decent amount of grass in each pass.
- 1400 Watt Motor – The motor actually surprised me. I never really expect too much when I’m testing out corded electric lawnmowers, but this one really did the business. It provides more than enough power to cut through grass and weeds and is definitely sufficient for the average family garden.
- Cutting Heights – The bog standard mowers only usually come with three different height settings, but with this one you get a total of five. They range from 20 mm up to 60 mm, which is nothing special but enough to do the job. The very fact that the highest cut setting is 60 mm indicates to me that this mower has not been designed to tackle overgrown lawns. The thing I really like about this mower in terms of changing the cutting height is that it’s done with a single lever as opposed to having to manually change the height setting on each individual wheel. This is much quicker and means you can make adjustments on-the-fly.
- Grass Box – The grass box on this one is perfectly proportioned to the mower. 29 litres is not the biggest capacity, but you can definitely fit a decent amount of clippings in it (especially as it compacts them so well).
- Rear Roller – Many of the cheaper electric lawnmowers these days seem to have rear rollers and this one is no exception. This is especially beneficial when going around the borders your lawn. Rather than having to hold it firm so it doesn’t tip over the edge and scalp your lawn, the rear roller ensures it stays level meaning you get more even cut.
- 12 Metre Cord – I was personally a little bit disappointed with the cord length on this Flymo. I feel that all of the other characteristics of the mower are suitable for anything up to a medium-sized garden but the 12 m cord confines the mower to small gardens only (unless you make use of an extension cable of course).
Flymo Chevron 34VC Review – How Did It Perform?
- Cutting Ability – I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It didn’t mess around or cut out; it just got on with the job. Afterwards my lawn looked neat and tidy. I think this is down to the combination of a fairly powerful motor and a metal blade. I even tested it out on some longer grass at the side of my property (which I usually use a self-propelled petrol mower on) and it still did pretty well. When using on long grass the key is to start with a higher cut setting and then bring it down gradually. It does mean initially you will have to go over it two or three times but after that if you maintain it well you’ll only need to make one pass. It also does pretty well around the edges and with damp grass. Compared to some experiences I have had with Flymo’s hover style models, this one was an absolute pleasure to use.
- Grass Collection – There were some things I liked about the grass collection on this mower and then other things I didn’t really like. I like the fact that the grass box has a decent capacity in relation to the size of the mower and also the fact that it compacts it the clippings nicely. However when it came to emptying it I tended to spill some clippings. The solution? Just don’t fill it to its capacity. I started to just fill it to around 80% and never had a problem after that. Another thing I noticed is that inside the grass box there are quite a few crevices where old grass clippings can get compacted into. This is not exactly a deal breaker but it does make cleaning it out slightly more difficult.
- Manoeuvrability – In comparison to some of Flymo’s other models I found this one really easy to push. The wheels aren’t the highest quality ever but they roll along nicely. The mower remains fairly lightweight (just a little over 10 kg) thanks to its plastic construction and this makes it easy to push for people of all ages.
- Ease of Operation – This is not a high end model and you don’t have too many features to get used to. The single lever height adjustment simplifies that task and the starter mechanism allows you to get going with the push of a button. You can push it using one or two hands and the mower can be stopped in an instant simply by removing your hands from the handle.
- Lawn Stripes – As long as you’re not expecting your lawn to look like Wembley after this machines been over it you will probably be pretty happy with the end result. It’s not the best striped effect I’ve ever seen, but it’s not the worst either.
Flymo Chevron 34VC Review – Who Should Buy This Mower?
The cable really restricts this mower to use on small gardens, but buy yourself a decent extension cord and the Chevron 34VC is more than capable of handling a medium-sized garden. It deals well with slopes and uneven surfaces, cuts overgrown grass better than expected and provides a very respectable finish.
Flymo Chevron 34VC Review – Who Shouldn’t Buy This Mower?
If you are a homeowner that has a particularly large area of grass that you need to maintain I wouldn’t really recommend this. The main reason being that you would have to buy and then trail a huge amount of cable behind you. Mowing the lawn isn’t the most exciting task at the best of times and it can get even more tedious if you are constantly adjusting reams and reams of cable.So there you have it. The Flymo Chevron 34VC scored very highly when I tested it out. It’s a fairly basic mower but it definitely performs above average.If you like what you’ve read and are interested in testing one out for yourself I recommend you head over to Amazon as they offer this particular model for a great price and you even get free shipping thrown in.