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Flymo XL500 Specification

Xl500
  • Average Rating: 3 stars
  • Manufacturer: Flymo
  • Model: XL500
  • Suitable For: 15ft - 30ft Lawns
  • Type: Petrol
  • Design: Hover
  • Weight: 15kg
  • Grassbox Capacity: 0litres
  • Cut Width: 50cm
  • Power: 5.5hp
  • Self Propelled: No
  • Best Price: £ N/A
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Flymo XL500 Description

One of the lightest petrol hover mowers available today (especially when considering the high power), the Flymo XL500 has a wide 50.5cm cutting width making it suitable for medium and large sized lawns where grass collection is not required.

Being a hover mower, the huge advantage of the Flymo XL500 is dealing with inclines and slopes. Weighing only 15kg, and having a hovering capability, the Flymo XL500 can be used in a sweeping left/right motion, slashing through the thickest of vegetation both quickly and efficiently.

Obviously being petrol powered, the XL500 gives you the freedom to roam around your lawn without being constrained by electrical cable. In addition, the solid metal blade fitted on the Flymo XL500 results in a better cut than a nylon alternative would provide.

The Honda GCV160 petrol engine produces 5.5hp, sufficient for most medium and large sized lawns, and excellent at maintaining the hovering system, which smaller engines may struggle with. In addition, the engine featured on the Flymo XL500 is easy start, minimising the effort required by the operator.

Three cutting heights are available on the Flymo XL500, between 1cm and 4cm. This provides you with the flexibility of achieving your desired grass length finish.

If however, you require a striped lawn, or grass collection, a hover mower is not so suitable. The Flymo XL500 doesn't feature a grass collection box, nor a rear roller to create a striped effect.

Petrol Hover Comparison Chart

ModelWeight (kg)Capacity (ltr)Width (cm)Power (hp/w/v)Cost (£)
Hovertrim17.60464.5hp N/A
Professional190515.5hp N/A
XL500150505.5hp N/A
XR44130402.5hp N/A

Flymo XL500 User Reviews

22 November 2012

5 stars

I used this professionally [jobbing gardener] for three years, which is the time I expect a machine to last, there was an engine fault, unable to repair it, so scrapped it.

A good machine for tough jobs, I often used it for edges and for longish grass in preference to a strimmer.
Only complaint is price of the wheels.

Obviously it does not pick up grass, there is no grass box, and no stripes either, people should read the description before purchase.

By MrsD

14 April 2012

1 stars

Just bought an XL550 after our previous Flymo petrol hover gave up after many years of excellent service. Sorry to say I wish I hadn't bothered. It barely hovers, the engine is far to heavy and it's impossible to manoeuvre other than in straight lines. It can't cut along the edges of the lawn as it tilts and cuts into the ground. The wheel frame is also next to useless - the wheels don't clear the ground when cutting and it doesn't fully lift the cutting deck off the ground. My wife found it impossible to use as too heavy.

By Malcolm B

28 July 2011

1 stars

Can't imagine why this is described as a hover mower, because the engine is so heavy you just push the mower along the ground. It finds every stone and bump. I used mine for about an hour and then put it on e-bay.

By Mike Richardson

19 August 2010

5 stars

I recently shopped around for a petrol hover mower and came to the conclusion I liked the look of the XL500. Having never owned a Flymo before , I took some convincing that it was a quality machine as opposed to their naff plastic smaller machines, but I was assured by people i trusted that it was the best petrol rotary mower out there for the price - (around £370)! I now own a Flymo XL500 and it does the job brilliantly - its easy to use, versatile and powerful so I'm happy. As an aside, I might have been less happy to pay £370 or even the £390 people seem to paying in their droves on ebay. If you're interested, the cheapest I found was a company called agmonline.co.uk which got one to me next day free delivery for £355.97 - they even threw in some free oil. So there we go, I reckon that's a good tip and for that price I definitely recommend the machine,
Tom.

By Tomn22

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