The Flymo Pac A Mow is one of the models in Flymo’s electric mower range and comes in under £100. From the first glance it should have and do everything you need to keep your garden looking trim. If you’ve definitely decided you want to go with an electric mower and you’re happy to deal with the electric cord then this mower is worth a look. We tested the mower and then put together a review. We’ve broken it down into the different aspects of using this lawn mower to try and give you the big picture. We hope you find our review useful.
Flymo Pac A Mow Review - Specifications
|Model||Pac a Mow|
|Deck Size||33 cm|
|Cutting Modes||Rear Bagging System|
|Cutting Heights||20 - 60 mm|
|Number of Cutting Heights||3|
|Grass Box Capacity||29 litres|
Flymo Pac A Mow Review – Key Features
- Construction – At this price and because you are looking at an electric mower this mower is primarily made from, you guessed it, plastic! Once assembled though, it looks pretty sturdy, which is a good sign and during use it did prove to be pretty robust. Obviously with plastic it always has a lower resistance level, so you will need to be careful with it if you want it to last for the long haul.
- Motor – The motor on this one is 1200 Watts which is about the minimum it needs if you take the weight of the mower into consideration. I wouldn’t say it sounds like it has a lot of power to spare, but it’s enough to do the job.
- Easy Starts – There’s no yanking on a cable and dislocating your shoulder. No sir, this is much easier. Just push and hold down the push button located at the top of the handle and then pull one of the triggers towards the handle. You can pull either of the triggers it doesn’t matter (so it suits both lefties and righties). You will then hear the motor start up and you can release your hand from the push button whilst keeping the other hand on the trigger mechanism. At this point the mower is ready to go
- Weight – It weighs in at 13.3Kg which is not ridiculously heavy but for an electric mower it is a bit heavier than other options out there. It not just the mower you see, once you get grass clippings in the rear box that is going to be additional weight you are pushing around your lawn. For the less physically able, this mower could prove to be a bit of a challenge in terms of weight.
- Cutting Deck – The cutting width is 33cm, which is fairly standard for this sort of mower. 33cm is a decent amount of grass to cut on each pass, not much more to say about that really. The deck is moulded plastic and its bare bones – so there’s no gismos or anything hiding on there!
- Cutting Heights – You’ve only got 3 different height settings on the Flymo Pac a mow, which is very minimal, but the range of those heights is pretty good (20mm-60mm). So I guess you’ve got 1 for summer cut, one for the last cut before winter and then just one in between. It’s nothing special, just enough to get the job done to be honest. The wheels are spring loaded and you need to move the axle into the height setting you want to use. To be fair if does take a bit of strength to do this, so if that concerns you, you may want to consider a mower with an easier system (the Rotak series from Bosch for example have a single lever that controls the height adjustment and is probably the easiest system on the market to use).
- Handle – OK, so there’s quite a lot to say about the handles on this one. The handle folds in the middle for easier storage and at the top of the handles you’ve got the starter mechanism. It’s the twin-triggered mechanism which Flymo incorporate into the design of most of their mowers nowadays. You may have seen us write this before – but these triggers aren’t the comfiest things to hold, especially if you’re mowing a large lawn and will be holding them for an extended period of time. Having said that, there are ways around this – like wearing a pair of garden gloves for example. The handle is a decent height which makes it easier for taller people to use it. Too many of the mowers have lower set handles and if you’re fairly tall this makes you slump over when mowing which could potentially lead to injury.
- Grass Box – On the back of the machine, you get a detachable grass box. It’s got a 29 litre capacity, which is smaller than some of the alternative models out there and a full 25% less than what you get with Bosch’s Rotak range.
- Power Cable – It’s got that standard 12 metre Flymo cable. To be honest I think this is really only long enough in a smallish garden. Anything anywhere near to medium size and you’ll definitely need an extension cable, but they aren’t expensive! The thing is though, so many people comment on this that you’d think Flymo would take notice of this feedback.
- Easy To Store – After you’ve finished mowing it’s good too! Not only is it fairly light and easy to carry as a result, but it folds away so neatly meaning it takes up very little space wherever you decide to store it. If you’re really pushed for space to store a mower, the small storage footprint you get with the Flymo Pac a Mow is a HUGE plus.
Flymo Pac A Mow Review – Assembly
The assembly of this model is not the easiest you will ever get but it’s manageable and should take you around 20-30 minutes if you follow the instructions that are provided.Basically what you need to do is attach the lower part of the handle to the unit and then once that’s all done you attach the upper part of the handle to the lower part. To be fair its quite a bit harder than on some of the other Flymo models (The Turbo 400 and Turbo Lite 330 require you to attach the handles in this manner too but the process is far simpler). Although it’s not terribly easy it is explained in the instruction manual and the pictures are pretty good, so just take your time and you’ll get there.
Flymo Pac A Mow Review – Performance
- Cutting Ability – I think the fact this mower is a bit heavier than some of the other models in the Flymo range really helps it deliver an even cut. This produces a pretty professional looking finish to be honest with you. It ploughs through reasonably longish grass and gives an even finish. The fact that you’ve got a rear roller is another bonus as it just improves the overall standard of finish by that little bit extra.
- Grass Collection – No problems on the grass collection front either, it collect well. It’s also got a clear panel on the box so you can see how full it is, which is not an essential feature granted, but hey it’s pretty handy! The grass box is not the biggest out there but you can still get a decent amount of clippings into it. It’s also easy to take off and reconnect which is another positive aspect to this model.
- Manoeuvrability – It’s not ultra light, but its light enough! It should be manageable for most people. If you do lack physical strength and are worried that this might be too heavy you might want to look at some of the hover mowers in Flymo’s range such as the Flymo Turbo 400 or the Flymo Turbo Lite 330 as they are extremely light and manageable for anyone.
Flymo Pac A Mow Review – Pros
- A well made machine – sturdy stuff for an electric
- Real easy to use – the twin grip is a real godsend as you can use the mower with either hand
- Choice of cutting heights – always handy for the changing seasons
- Cuts well and delivers a decent looking finish (plus you have a rear roller!)
- Grass box – collects well and easy to empty
- Real small storage footprint – folds up neatly
- Quiet when in use – it won’t growl at you (or bite :))
- Higher handle setting – good for taller people
Flymo Pac A Mow Review – Cons
- Cable – it’s not really long enough (so those who have a medium or large sized lawn will probably need to use an extension cable). Also the cable is integrated into the mower and you can’t remove it. This could potentially be a problem if you cut through it accidentally as I don’t know how easy it would be to get replaced. Also it’s not as convenient for storage.
- Fiddly assembly – The assembly is not the most straight forward and it will take you about half an hour and a fair bit of patience to get the handles secured correctly. At least you only have to do this once though!
- Height adjustment – this can be a little tricky and requires a strong hand.
- Heavy – Compared to some of Flymo’s other mowers this one is pretty heavy. In fact it’s double the weight of some of the hover mowers they offer and then you’ve got the weight of the clippings to add onto that too. If you are not physically strong then this would probably be one to avoid.
If you’re on a budget, looking for a mower that can bag the clippings, are fairly physically able and have a small family garden then the Flymo Pac a mow could be the mower you’ve been looking for. The weight could be a disadvantage for some people in terms of manoeuvrability, but it actually improves the quality of the cut and helps make the cut more even. It’s fairly basic in terms of what you get but then the price is still fairly low too.