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We have a pretty large garden. Well two actually, a front and a back. Also, living on a corner, we have the painstaking task of doing the side of our house, which as we live on a hill is a pig to do because of the slope.
So, when our shiny new lawnmower came, I decided to give the garden a go.
I was used to a tiny lawnmower previously, which simply cut the grass leaving a trail of destruction wherever it went. I was left to then rake up the grass it had spewed about the garden, which can take a matter of hours to do the job thoroughly. So, after the painful experience of that, I decided to buy a new one, a Flymo Power Compact 330. Wow I thought, taking it out of its box, nifty bit of kit this! The flash of orange caught my eye, and I thought to myself, 'Next door will be wondering what's hit them..'
Upon closer inspection, I discovered a thin instruction booklet, 'good' I thought, no complications here then! I dragged or should I say lifted it out of the box, and put it down. Reading the instruction booklet was easy, the usual safety precautions and step by step directions made assembling it a doddle. Simply tighten the towbar and plug the power adapter cable into the mower. Easy!
So now for a test run in the garden. The mower is very lightweight, and easy to carry. It has a very big container inside for holding grass, and I found I could do practically the whole garden without emptying it. The grass does make the mower heavier, however this is easily overcome by flipping the lid and emptying the container. Mowing with this is an absolute breeze, it is apparently a 'hover mower' ?? Which allows you to cut the grass without the mower ever touching the ground. It is supposed to hover a couple of centimetres of the floor, which I think it does with great effect. It is so easy to push, especially if you have a tropical jungle as a back garden! So no problems here.
Now the front garden. Very easy to cut, and I only had to run over the grass once to give it a proper trim. My old mower demanded at least two goes at demolishing the grass in it's path - this beauty does it in one. The front garden is pretty much flat, so the mower wasn't exactly put to the test here. The mower even trims to the very edge of the lawn, unlike my old mower which required a strimmer to finish the job. I found this useful, as I don't have the time, patience or effort to keep repeating the same ritual over and over again. I would still recommend strimming though, for that professional lawn. A faultless performance.
Now the biggest test - THE SIDE GARDEN! Many hours of pain have been devoted to this task, however this wasn't the case with the Flymo 330. Being lightweight, pushing it up the hill was easy, and the hover thingy really came into use here. I had conquered the side garden without breaking sweat, a feat I had previously thought impossible. The grass was soon cut, and I could go inside after 2 hours, having cut every lawn to perfection, returning to my beloved dooyoo. Wow! What a mower!