Flymo Glider 330

Flymo Glider 330

Flymo Glider 330

PRO‘s: Lightweight, handles folds.  Er ….

CON‘s: Can’t cope with uneven surfaces and collection of cuttings

VERDICT: Unless your lawn is like a bowling green look elsewhere

OUR RATING ★★☆☆☆ 

TODAYS BEST PRICE: £94.99 from Amazon

With a 33 cm (13 inch) cutting width and a 1450 Watt motor the Flymo Glide 330 is a hover mower designed for small to medium sized gardens and shares the same basic design as the Flymo Glidemaster 380.  We were disappointed at the performance of the Glidemaster so will the Flymo Glider 330 fair any better ?

The answer is an emphatic NO.

If your lawn is perfectly flat with no paving slabs and no edges then you might come to a different conclusion but in the real world we just can’t see why anybody would want to buy a lawnmower that picks up less than half the grass that it cuts and throws the other half all over the garden.

The problem is that Flymo are asking the Flymo Glider 330 to do the impossible.  On one hand the mower is trying to ride on a cushion of air which is sucked in through the grass box and pushed out through the bottom of the mower – flattening the very grass that it’s trying to cut !

At the same time it’s trying to use the air that’s sucked in through the grass box to pick up the cuttings from the rear right hand side of the mower but most of them are thrown out of the front and sides of the mower.

To further compound the problem, as soon as the grass box starts to fill, the airflow through it reduces and the suction drops off so the mower hovers lower to the ground and it picks up less of the cuttings.

And if it couldn’t get any worse, as soon as the edge of the mower goes over the edge of the lawn, patio or even over a large enough dip in the lawn, the air that’s keeping it up leaks out and it grounds out.

This problem only afflicts Flymo’s grass-collecting hover mowers – we love their four wheeled rotary mowers like the Flymo Easimo and the Flymo Chevron 34VC because the wheels hold up the mower and the blade cuts the grass and sucks it into the grass box.  The Flymo Turbo Lite 330 doesn’t even attempt to collect the grass cuttings and that’s fine – it’s not meant to so we can forgive it.

This is a shame because the design of Flymo’s hover mowers is actually rather good.  At a fraction under 10 kg the Flymo Glider 330 is lightweight and easy to carry to where you need to use it.

The handle folds for storage and it can be stored standing up against a wall to minimise the space that it takes up.  At 12 metres in length the power cable could longer but it does store on the handle for neatness.

The transparent grassbox is useful as it allows you to see how full it is and, at 26 litres in size, it should be able to hold a fair amount of cuttings.

Aspects that we didn’t like include the fiddly height adjustment system – you need to remove the blade and add or remove plastic spacers – and the handle has very limited vertical adjustment so if you’re over 5 ft 11 inches then you’ll have to stoop to use the Flymo Glider 330.

Overall we just can’t recommend the Flymo Glider 330 unless you have a perfectly flat lawn, aren’t bothered about cutting up to the edges and don’t mind brushing grass cuttings off your paths, patios, pots and flower beds.  If this sounds like fun then go ahead and buy the Flymo Glider 330 but otherwise buy one of Flymo wheeled rotary mowers such as the Flymo Easimo.

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