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Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: United Kingdom
Re: Lawnmowers - which is best?
I have a Petrol Rotary Flymo.
It replaced a Hayter that was nicked. I was a bit skint when it was nicked so I replaced it with the cheaper Flymo. It was half the price, a bigger cut, grassbox twice the size and far better grass compaction, and a more powerful engine.
The Tecumseh engine on the Flymo has been a better started than the Briggs & Stratton on the Hayter, though it always needs a couple of pulls as it has no priming bulb. The Aluminium deck of the Hayter was corroding and a the paint falling off, whereas the ABS body of the Flymo looks almost as good as new. It's lasted about 7 years and there are no signs yet that it won't last another 7. It's had a couple of new blades due to the wifes inability to clear rocks off the lawn, and a new recoil unit as she tries to pull the engine off each time she starts it. (Oh yes, did I forget. It's self propelled so she does the lawns herself - well worth the extra money!)
Hover mowers are crap, but don't knock Flymo.