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- Manufacturer: Flymo
- Model: Hover Vac
- Suitable For: < 15ft Lawns
- Type: Electric
- Design: Hover
- Weight: 6.5kg
- Grassbox Capacity: 15litres
- Cut Width: 28cm
- Power: 900watts
- Self Propelled: No
- Best Price: £89.18
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The Flymo Hover Vac is one of the most compact and lightweight lawnmowers available from Flymo, weighing just 6.5kg it's easy to manoeuvre, lift and carry around the garden.
An efficient 900 watt electric motor makes the Flymo Hover Vac suitable for small, flat gardens. The plastic blade has the advantage of keeping the overall weight down, but doesn't cut grass as well as a metal alternative.
Grass collection is possible on the Hover Vac. As you would expect from Flymo, the rear mounted 15 litre grass box has been designed with practicallity in mind. It's easy to remove, empty and reattach.
In addition, the Flymo Hover Vac includes adjustable cutting heights, two are selectable, 1cm and 3.3cm, giving some control over the length of the finish.
A 10 metre cable length easily provides sufficient reach for most small gardens.
In summary, the Flymo Hover Vac is a low-range budget lawnmower, low power and great manoeuvrability makes it suitable for small sized lawns. If you've got a larger lawn, don't try to save money by investing in a Flymo Hover Vac, it simply wont be sufficient for your needs.
|Model||Weight (kg)||Capacity (ltr)||Width (cm)||Power (hp/w/v)||Cost (£)|
|Hover Compact 300||7.6||20||30||1400w||N/A|
|Mow n Vac||6.5||15||28||900w||59.99|
|Turbo Compact 330||11.5||30||33||1500w||74.39|
|Turbo Lite 330||6.5||0||33||1150w||74.39|
|Turbo Lite 350||7.5||0||35||1400w||N/A|
|Vision Compact 330||11.7||30||33||1500w||N/A|
|Vision Compact 350||11.7||30||35||1550w||N/A|
|Vision Compact 380||13||40||38||1700w||N/A|
2 June 2013
Dreadful.underpowered ,hover part gets blocked up instantly,collection box and lid without a hinge falls off constantly.Orange screws on handles work loose.Does not work unless grass short already!!One tiny plastic wheel mens it gets stuck easily and it spews grass all over the place.Plastic cutting blade is tiny and useless.
By Steven Hearne
18 May 2013
I absolutely hate this pile of crap!! Flymo and the donkeys that designed it should be ashamed of themselves. I feel totally duped into paying money for something that in the end will clog up landfill sites. I tried cutting a 6 x 8 lawn today and gave up. Bought it not long ago and it's now in the bin !!
13 August 2012
Funny how Flymo haven't responded to any of the comments about this absolute pile of crap they call a mower.
10 August 2012
As with other reviews, utterly useless as a mower, plastic "blades" constantly fly out and plastic where they clip is now breaking. Emailed Flymo (politley) and got a snotty legal email back so returned to retailer and bought a Bosch - much better. Avoid mower at all costs! I will be avoiding Flymo products from now on....
13 June 2012
We purchased this waste of space last May and considering the awful weather over winter and spring, we reckon it was used only 15 times (our grass patch measures only approx 12 sq yards!) before breaking down, unfortunately 2 weeks out of the guarantee period.Like other users, the on/off switch ceased to operate and my husband had to run in and out of the house to do this at the main socket. I considered this a safety hazard and informed Flymo of my concerns, not to mention our disappointment re having to replace it! True to previous form, they couldn't care less. Their customer services amount to nil. I also wish I had taken the time to research further before shelling out on this piece of useless and dangerous equipment and now intend to inform B and Q, who may perhaps be more willing to address the safety issue. Would be happy never to buy from Flymo ever again and would never recommend them to anyone.
By Audrey Tees
28 May 2012
It says it 'is like a vacuum cleaner for your lawn'. In the sense that a vacuum cleaner doesn't cut grass, they're right. It doesn't hover, and the cutting plate has broken after two uses. Was going to get a spare part but will cut my losses and throw it away.
25 May 2012
put new moter in after old one burnt out still no better wont vac
By Robert Riley
15 May 2012
Does not cut grass very well unless it is quite short anyway and unless your lawn is perfectly flat it is useless as it just gets stuck. I also go through about 3 replacement blades per mow as they almost fall out in their own they are so poorly designed. I used to quite like mowing the grass until I got this mower. Just horrible!
9 May 2012
Do not buy one of these mowers. I paid £15 for mine on gumtree.A complete waste of time.Flymo you should be ashamed of yourselves.
6 May 2012
Wish I had come across this site before I bought one. It's absolute garbage. I am so fed up with it I contacted flymo twice asking them to buy it back off me and all they said was to brush the lawn and clear off any debris to aviod damage and if I still wasn't satisfied to take it back where I bought it from because it was their problem. Good customer service eh?
1 May 2012
Would certainly give it ZERO STARS if I could. I agree with all the other rubbish reviews! Impossible to pull it back without it rearing up like a horse! Manoeverable, most certainly not! Made unsightly marks in my immaculate lawn where it did its awful party trick. Most certainly total garbage! Got rid of it quick, after a battle. Buy at your peril!!
28 March 2012
Awful! So poorly designed and weighted you can't pull it backwards without it flipping up and emptying the grassbox everywhere.
I must confess that it did cut quite well (Much to my surprise) but definitely takes two passes to do so. I don't think I will be keeping it long though.....
By John W
23 March 2012
Agree with all the other reviews ,absolute rubbish .After a few uses motor would not go off after I let go of handle,had to put off at mains.Great if you like spending an hour mowing a 3x4 patch of grass.Don`t buy!!
By Judy Lowe
22 September 2011
I am with one star folk, a total waste of money. The folk at flymo should be ashamed of this excuse of a product and they should recall it and refund the folk who wasted good money on it.
By Malcolm Handford
28 August 2011
It works just fine if lawn has just been cut by a proper lawnmower, but don't wait more then 15 min.
16 June 2011
If I could rate this pile of ****zero stars I would! Atrocious, ineffective, cumbersome are some polite words to describe it! Just took the better part of 40 minutes to cut my 4x4m lawn. Would've been quicker I think cutting the grass with a pair of scissors!
It doesn't hover. The grass collection is ok, so long as you make NO attempt to pull the 'hover' mower back, else it simply digs in the grass. Wouldn't even pay £6 for it, let along £60!
I was going to attempt taking it back to B&Q, but upon reading the other comments, I might just leave it outside my house for some other unsuspecting idiot to take it away and cut my losses...
0/5. Avoid like the plague!
13 May 2011
Wish i had read these reviews first. Absolutely terrible.
Got a 3x5 metre lawn. on highest setting it blows the grass flat. on the lowest setting, it rips the grass. Once i have reseeded where it has dug in , i will throw it away, This thing is nothing like the flymo compacts of old
4 May 2011
Have had no problems. Have a small bumpy lawn and it cuts great, very light, easy to maneuver, easy to change height settings, can't complain and would definately buy again. Have had it over-heat once when tried to cut grass that was way too long - but to be fair most mowers wouldn't have coped with the length. Other than that, faultless.
30 April 2011
left the lawn looking patchy and keeps cutting out. lawn currently half finished. por excuse for a mower.
By Nick E
14 April 2011
What a load of rubbish this mower is. Wish I'd seen all these reviews before I bought it. Does not cut well and plastic blades are crap and I might as well pick up the grass myself.
12 April 2011
How the hell they could make should a totaly useless mower begger's and unstanding of the words hover mower.
9 April 2011
Nasty piece of junk. Dose not do what is says on the box. Best place for it is the recycing tip.
6 April 2011
Avoid at all cost. Absolute RUBBISH.
26 March 2011
Spectacularly useless piece of machinery.
How Flymo could release this to market is beyond me. On it's lowest setting it gets stuck on the slightest bump or incline and digs itself in. On the highest setting it blows the grass flat and does not cut it.
9 August 2010
Agree, awful thing, no power, hard to handle, doesnt like cutting anything too long. Took ages to cut my lawn which is only 6m x 3m
Went back to the metal bladed Black and Decker with the awful motor whine I had replaced with it instead, cut the lawn in 5 mins
8 August 2010
Absolutely awful. Blades fly out at the merest himt of anything remotely uneven and then it starts making a dreadful din !!! Will never buy another one again.
8 July 2010
Doesn't mow well, doesn't vac well, heavy, then the motor burnt out. Heap of ****
4 July 2010
Just bought one at a Boot Sale for £8.00.
It does what I expected it to do. Not brilliant but ok.
By Andy George
21 June 2010
I agree with the majority of the above reviews. This is the worst excuse for a mower I have ever come across.
I have two previous Flymo petrol mowers which do the job admirably. I purchased the Flymo Hovervac for my daughter as a gift for her small lawn, she told me that it didn't work very well and when I tried it I was shocked at the extremly poor performance of this item. It does not hover well and its cutting ability is dreadful. B&Q don't want to know, refering me to Flymo, I have written to Flymo twice and have had no response. Buyer beware!
31 May 2010
Dreadful mower. Hard work to use, doesn't pick up well, doesn't cut well, Used mine twice- getting rid of it now
12 May 2010
Perfectly fine for a small lawn. No need to rake grass up which is a big plus.
I did burn my first one out by mowing a lawn that was too big for it but that was my fault not the mowers.
Have now purchased my second and was happy to do so.
Warning - Do not confuse the Hover Vac with the Mow and Vac. The Mow and Vac is one handled and a nightmare to manouvre
15 April 2010
It isn't amazing but then it was the cheapest I could find with a grass collector. I have a really bumpy lawn so I used the longer grass setting and it worked perfectly. It did struggle with the longer grass, but I simply went back over it a few times.
No issues with the grass collector falling off. I did pull it backwards when it was switch off and the top came undone. If you have small flat garden, this hover vac is wonderful.
I have a bumpy 25 x 5 meter back garden and 5 x 5 meter front lawn and only emptied when I had finished. 8 out of 10
12 April 2010
Rubbish. Just doesn't cut well and tends to flatten the grass. I gave up on the first go and left it outside the house for someone else to pick up.
16 February 2010
Complete rubbish. Waste of £50 for a small lawn mower. Better to buy a second hand mower for the price. Badly weighted so would dig in to the grass and leave a mark, blades are small and ineffective on short grass.
29 August 2009
Agree with the 'bad' reviews. Takes me half an hour to cut a 4m x 4m garden - its worse than hoovering the house!! Plastic blades are crap to say the least!
31 July 2009
MARTIN IS TALKING RUBBISH. Small mower for small lawns. If it doesnt work on long grass you should cut it more often. And it is adjustable. 10 out of 10
By Ant Hill
10 July 2009
I found it generally cut ok, but shock, after I had used it about six times the motor started to burn out. It suddenly changed sound and a stopped hovering. If only I'd read these reviews first :-(
27 May 2009
Fully agree with earlier comments - This mower is very bad - Do not buy one waste of money!
14 April 2009
Doesn't hover, doesn't cut, doesn't collect grass. Throws debris all over the place. Cannot manoeuvre. Gets stuck. Poor.
10 November 2008
Agree with Martin. A truly awful mower. It doesn`t cut or vac, just flattens the grass.
26 September 2008
A horrible little mower, struggles on anything but short grass.
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