Electrolux Flymo Instruction manual

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Carton Contents
start/stop levers
upper handle
cable clip
lower handle
grassbox lid
electric cable with
moulded plug
retaining clip
cutting height
spacers (1 fitted to
lawnmower & 2 in
loose parts pack
Please check the contents of the carton are correct BEFORE assembling your new Flymo product.
IF ANY PARTS ARE MISSING CONTACT:- Electrolux Outdoor Products Customer Service Department direct
Telephone :
01325 300303
Fax :
01325 318193
If not used properly this lawnmower can be dangerous! This lawnmower can cause serious injury to
the operator and others, the warnings and safety instructions must be followed to ensure reasonable
safety and efficiency in using this lawnmower. The operator is responsible for following the warning
and safety instructions in this manual and on the lawnmower. Never use the mower unless the grassbox or guards provided by the manufacturer are in the correct position.
Explanation of Symbols on the Turbo Compact Vision
Switch off! Remove plug from mains
before adjusting, cleaning or if cable is
entangled or damaged. Keep the cable
away from the blade.
Beware of severing toes or hands.
Do not put hands or feet near a rotating
Read the user instructions carefully to
make sure you understand all the controls
and what they do.
Blade continues to rotate after the
machine is switched off.
Wait until all machine components have
completely stopped before touching them.
Always keep the lawnmower on the ground
when mowing. Tilting or lifting the lawnmower may cause stones to be thrown out
Keep bystanders away. Do not mow whilst
people especially children or pets are in the
mowing area
Do not mow in the rain or leave the lawnmower outdoors while raining
1. Never allow children or people unfamiliar with
these instructions to use the mower. Local regulations may restrict the age of the operator.
2. Only use the lawnmower in the manner and for
the functions described in these instructions.
3. Never operate the lawnmower when you are tired,
ill or under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medicine.
4. The operator or user is responsible for accidents
or hazards occurring to other people or their property.
1. The British Standards Institute recommend the
use of a Residual Current Device (R.C.D.) with a
tripping current of not more than 30mA. Even
with a R.C.D. installed 100% safety cannot be
guaranteed and safe working practice must be followed at all times. Check your R.C.D. every time
you use it.
2. Before use, examine cable for damage, replace it
if there are signs of damage or ageing.
3. Do not use the lawnmower if the electric cables
are damaged or worn
4. Immediately disconnect from the mains electricity
supply if the cable is cut, or the insulation is damaged. Do not touch the electric cable until the
electrical supply has been disconnected. Do not
repair a cut or damaged cable. Replace it with a
new one.
5. Your extension cable must be uncoiled, coiled
cables can overheat and reduce the efficiency of
your mower.
6. Keep cable away from lawnmower, always work
away from the power point mowing up and down,
never in circles.
7. Do not pull cable around sharp objects.
8. Always switch off at the mains before disconnecting any plug, cable connector or extension cable.
9. Switch off, remove plug from mains and examine
electric supply cable for damage or ageing before
winding cable for storage. Do not repair a damaged cable, replace it with a new one. Use only
Flymo replacement cable.
10. Always wind cable carefully, avoiding kinking.
11. Never carry the product by the cable.
12. Never pull on the cable to disconnect any of the
13. Use only on AC mains supply voltage shown on
the product rating label.
14. Our products are double insulated to EN60335.
Under no circumstance should an earth be connected to any part of the product.
1. While using your product, always wear substantial
footwear and long trousers.
2. Make sure the lawn is clear of sticks, stones,
bones, wire and debris; they could be thrown by
the blade.
3. Before using the machine and after any impact,
check for signs of wear or damage and repair as
4. Replace worn or damaged blades together with
their fixings in sets to preserve balance.
1. Use the lawnmower only in daylight or good artificial light.
2. Avoid operating your lawnmower in wet grass,
where feasible.
3. Take care in wet grass, you may lose your footing.
4. On slopes, be extra careful of your footing and
wear non-slip footwear.
5. Mow across the face of slopes, never up and
6. Exercise extreme caution when changing direction
on slopes. Walk never run.
7. Mowing on banks and slopes can be dangerous.
Do not mow on banks or steep slopes.
8. Do not walk backwards when mowing, you could
9. Never cut grass by pulling the mower towards
10. Switch off before pushing the mower over surfaces other than grass.
11. Never operate the lawnmower with damaged
guards or without guards in place.
12. Keep hands and feet away from the cutting means
at all times and especially when switching on the
13. Do not tilt lawnmower when the motor is running,
except when starting and stopping. In this case,
do not tilt more than absolutely necessary and lift
only the part which is away from the operator.
Always ensure that both hands are in the operating position before returning the appliance to the
14. Never pick up or carry a mower when it is operating or still connected to the mains supply.
15. Remove the plug from the mains :
before leaving the mower unattended for any period;
before clearing a blockage;
before checking, cleaning or working on the appliance;
if you hit an object. Do not use your lawnmower
until you are sure that the entire lawnmower is in
a safe operating condition;
if the lawnmower starts to vibrate abnormally.
Check immediately. Excessive vibration can
cause injury.
Maintenance and storage
1. Keep all nuts, bolts and screws tight to be sure
the lawnmower is in safe working condition.
2. Check the grassbox/grassbag frequently for wear
or deterioration.
3. Replace worn or damaged parts for safety.
4. Only use the replacement blade, blade bolt, spacer and impeller specified for this product.
5. Be careful during adjustment of the lawnmower to
prevent entrapment of the fingers between moving
blades and fixed parts of the machine.
• Use only 1.00mm2 size cable up to 30 metres length
Maximum rating : 1.00mm2 size cable, 10 amps 250 volts AC.
1. Flymo Mains Cables and Extension Cables are
available from your local Electrolux Outdoor
Products Approved Service Centre.
2. Do not wire an extension cable directly to your product
yourself. Please contact your local Electrolux Outdoor
Products Approved Service Centre for further information on the connectors and kits available.
3. Only use extension cables specifically designed for
outdoor use.
• Flymo connectors are suitable for use with 2 core
cable only. Under no circumstances should these
connectors be used for earthed products.
• All Flymo connectors and cables are of splashproof construction. They are not waterproof and must not be left
outside permanently nor should they be submerged or
immersed in water. Do not let cable lay or trail through
pools of water or splashed with water from hose pipes.
• If the plug supplied is cut off it should be
destroyed. There is an electric shock hazard if a
cut off plug is inserted into a 13 amp socket.
No earth required. Flymo products are double insulated
to EN60335 and under no circumstances should an
earth be connected to any part of the product.
Ensure the mains voltage suits your product
The wires in the mains lead are coloured in accordance with the following code:
The wire which is coloured BLUE must be connected to the Terminal which is marked with the letter 'N'
or coloured BLACK.
The wire which is coloured BROWN must be connected to the Terminal which is marked with the letter 'L' or coloured RED.
It is important that the outer sheath is clamped correctly into the 3-pin plug.
If in doubt consult your local Service Repairer or
qualified electrician before the machine is used.
A 13 Amp fuse must be fitted to the Mains Plug.
The normal plug fuse and household fuse only protect the electrical equipment and are not a safeguard against electrocution.
If your product is hard wired i.e. non-detachable
mains electric cable, a conversion kit and extension cable is available from all Electrolux Outdoor
Products Approved Service Centres which can be
found in your local Yellow Pages.
Assembly Instructions
Handle slot
Grassbox lid assembly (A)
1. Fit one side of the grassbox lid as illustrated in Fig.
A. Repeat for the other side.
Upper handle assembly (C & D)
1. Insert the nut into the handle knob. (if applicable) (C)
2. Align the holes in the upper and lower handles and
secure with the bolt, washer and wing knob.(D)
Lower handle assembly (B)
1. Insert the lower handle into the handle slots, ensuring that the holes are aligned.
2. Insert the pins and secure with the retaining clips.
3. Fit the cable to the handle with the clip provided.
Make sure the cable is not trapped between the
upper and lower handles.
Starting and Stopping
To Start your Lawnmower
The Flymo Turbo Compact Vision uses an advanced
belt drive system, between the motor and the blade
which improves cutting power and flotation in all conditions. Due to the high turning force (Torque) which this
motor develops a light squeak may be heard when the
machine is started, this is quite normal and will not
effect the performance of the product
1. Connect female extension cable connector to the
back of the switchbox. (E)
2. Form loop in mains cable and push the loop
through the slot as illustrated in picture (F)
3. To secure, position loop over the hook and pull the
cable back through the slot as illustrated in picture
4. Connect plug to mains and switch on.
5. To prevent a ring being cut in your lawn and to clear
any residual grass in the collection chute, tilt your
lawnmower slightly (H).
The switchbox is provided with a lock-off button (J1)
to prevent accidental starting.
6. Press and hold the lock-off button (J) on the switchbox, then squeeze one of the Start/Stop levers
towards the upper handle (K).
7. Continue to squeeze the start/stop lever towards
the upper handle and release the lock-off button.
8. When the lawnmower has reached full speed gently
lower it onto the lawn.
NOTE: There are two start/stop levers fitted. Either
one can be used for starting the lawnmower.
IMPORTANT: Do not use the start/stop levers intermittently
To Stop your Lawnmower
1. To prevent a ring being cut in your lawn and to clear
any residual grass in the collection chute, tilt your
lawnmower slightly (H).
2. Release the pressure on the Start/Stop lever.
How to Mow
1. Start mowing the edge of the lawn nearest to the
power point so the cable is laid out on the lawn
you have already cut.
2. Mow twice a week during the growing season,
your lawn will suffer if more than a third of its
length is cut at one time and this may also result
in poor collection.
Do Not Overload Your Mower
Mowing long thick grass may cause the motor
speed to drop, you will hear a change in the motor
sound. If the motor speed drops you may overload
your lawnmower which may cause damage. When
mowing in long thick grass a first cut with the cutting height set higher will help reduce the load. See
Adjusting the Cutting Height.
REMEMBER: For best grass collection always
mow in a straight line, do not swing the lawnmower
from side to side.
Adjusting the Cutting Height
Always handle the blade with care - sharp edges
could cause injury. USE GLOVES. Never use
more than 3 Cutting Height Spacers. Spacers
must only be fitted between the blade and the
fan and NEVER between the blade and the bolt.
1. Remove the blade bolt, and blade as described in
Removing the Blade and Fan.
2. For a Lower Cut - Add spacers to a maximum of 3.
3. For a Higher Cut - Take spacers away.
4. Refit the blade as described in Fitting the Blade
and Fan.
Removing and fitting the Blade and Fan
blade bolt
Removing the Blade and Fan
1. To remove the blade bolt, hold the fan firmly and
with the spanner provided loosen the blade bolt by
turning it anti-clockwise (L).
2. Remove the blade bolt, blade, spacers and fan.
3. Inspect for damage and clean as necessary.
• Renew your metal blade after 50 hours mowing
or 2 years whichever is the sooner - regardless
of condition.
• If the blade is cracked or damaged replace it
with a new one.
• Never use a blade bolt if the insulated head is
damaged cracked or missing.
Fitting the Blade and Fan
1. Ensure the fan is located correctly.(L)
2. Place the spacers onto the fan ensuring the pegs
have located into the holes.(L)
3. Place the blade onto the spacers ensuring the pegs
have located into the holes on the blade and ensuring
the blades is positioned as illustrated in Figure L.
4. Place the blade bolt through the centre hole of the blade.
5. Tighten down clockwise by hand.
6. Hold the fan firmly and tighten the blade bolt with
the spanner provided.
Removing, Emptying and Refitting the Grassbox
grassbox is full
grassbox is
Grassbox Full
• As the grassbox fills up, grass will be clearly visible
through the window in the lid (N).
• When the window is full it is time to empty the grassbox.
Emptying the Grassbox
• Stop the lawnmower, as described in ‘To Stop
your Lawnmower’ and wait until the blade has
stopped rotating, BEFORE lifting the grassbox lid.
1. Lift the grassbox lid and rest against the handles (P).
2. Remove the grassbox using the moulded handle
recesses as illustrated.(See Figure Q).
3. Empty grassbox.
4 Replace grassbox and lid carefully.
• Failure to fit the grassbox and grassbox lid correctly will cause poor collection of grass clippings.
Caring for your Lawnmower
IMPORTANT: It is very important that you keep your lawnmower clean. Grass clippings left in any of the air intakes or
under the hood could become a potential fire hazard.
It is recommended that you clean your lawnmower
straight after mowing while the grass is still wet.
1. Remove grass from under the hood with the spanner/scraper tool. (R)
2. Remove the blade, see Figure L, to gain access to
the fan and clean with a soft brush. (R)
3. Lever the roller out of position and clean with a soft
brush. (R)
Caring for your Lawnmower cont’
Remove grass clippings from:
all air intakes (S)
grassbox (T)
Thoroughly clean the inside of the window with a soft
brush (U).
6. Wipe over the surface of your lawnmower with a dry
Never use water for cleaning your lawnmower. Do not
clean with chemicals, including petrol, or solvents some can destroy critical plastic parts.
Transporting the lawnmower
• The Turbo Compact Vision lawnmower may be transported on its roller (W).
At the End of the Mowing Season
1. Replace blade, bolts, nuts or screws, if necessary.
2. Clean your lawnmower thoroughly.
3. Ask your local Service Centre to clean the air filter thoroughly and carry out any service or repairs required.
4. Make sure that the electric cable is coiled properly.
Storing the lawnmower (X)
The handles can be folded to take up the minimum of
• Loosen the handle knobs
• Fold the upper handle over the lawnmower.
• Ensure the switchbox cable is not trapped.
• Store in a dry place where your lawnmower is protected from damage.
Fault Finding Hints
Fails to Operate
1. Is the correct Starting procedure being followed? See
‘To Start your Lawnmower’
2. Is the Power Turned On?
3. Check the fuse in the plug, if blown replace.
4. Fuse continues to blow?
Immediately disconnect from the mains electricity supply and consult your local approved Service Centre.
Poor Flotation
1. Disconnect from the mains electricity supply.
2. Clean the underside of the hood and the fan blades.
3. Raise to a higher height of cut. See ‘Adjusting the
Cutting Height’.
4. If poor flotation persists?
Disconnect from the mains electricity supply and
consult your local approved Service Centre.
Poor Collection
1. Is the grassbox lid firmly closed?
2. Is the grassbox fitted correctly?
3. Are you mowing correctly?
4. Check all air vents and openings are not obstructed.
5. Raise to a higher height of cut. See ‘Adjusting the
Cutting Height’.
6. If poor collection persists.
Disconnect from the mains electricity supply and
consult your local approved Service Centre.
Excessive Vibration
1. Disconnect from the mains electricity supply.
2. Check that the blade is fitted correctly?
3. If the blade is damaged or worn, replace it with a new one.
4. If vibration persists?
Immediately disconnect from the mains electricity supply and consult your local approved Service Centre.
Guarantee & Guarantee Policy
If any part is found to be defective due to faulty manufacture within the guarantee period, Electrolux Outdoor
Products, through its Authorised Service Repairers will
effect the repair or replacement to the customer free of
charge providing:
(a) The fault is reported directly to the Authorised Repairer.
(b) Proof of purchase is provided.
(c) The fault is not caused by misuse, neglect or faulty
adjustment by the user.
(d) The failure has not occurred through fair wear and tear.
(e) The machine has not been serviced or repaired, taken
apart or tampered with by any person not authorised by
Electrolux Outdoor Products.
(f) The machine has not been used for hire.
(g) The machine is owned by the original purchaser.
(h) The machine has not been used outside of the country
for which it was specified.
(i) The machine has not been used commercially.
This guarantee is additional to, and in no way diminishes the customers statutory rights.
Failures due to the following are not covered, therefore it is important
that you read the instructions contained in this Operator's Manual
and understand how to operate and maintain your machine:
Failures not covered by guarantee
* Replacing worn or damaged blades
* Failures as a result of not reporting an initial fault.
* Failures as a result of sudden impact.
* Failures as a result of not using the product in accordance with the instructions and recommendations contained in this Operator's Manual.
* Machines used for hire are not covered by this guarantee.
* The following items listed are considered as wearing
parts and their life is dependent on regular maintenance
and are, therefore not normally subject to a valid warranty claim: Blades, Electric Mains cable.
* Caution!
Electrolux Outdoor Products does not accept liability under the
warranty for defects caused in whole or part, directly or indirectly
by the fitting of replacement parts or additional parts that are not
either manufactured or approved by Electrolux Outdoor
Products, or by the machine having been modified in any way
Service Recommendations
1. We strongly recommend that your product is serviced at least
every twelve months, more often in a professional application.
2. Always use genuine Flymo Spare Parts.
3. Prepacked spares are available from most Electrolux
Outdoor Products stockists.
4. Your product is uniquely identified by a silver and black
product rating label
5. If you have a problem with your machine contact your
local Approved Service Centre ensuring you have full
details of your product as described on the product rating label.
6. Should it be necessary for work to be carried out by
your Service Centre, it is important to take your
complete machine including cable and any extension cables used.
A network of specialist dealers can be found in your local
Yellow Pages.
To obtain service on your Flymo product simply telephone
or visit your local Service Centre.
Should you require service under the terms of our guarantee the Service Centre will require proof of purchase.
All of the centres listed stock genuine Flymo Spare Parts.
NOTE: Our Service Repairers act on their own behalf
and are not empowered to commit or legally bind
Electrolux Outdoor Products in any manner whatsoever.
Environmental Information
Electrolux Outdoor Products are manufactured under an Environmental Management System (ISO 14001) using, where
practical, components manufactured in the most environmentally responsible manner, according to company procedures,
and with the potential for recycling at the end of the products’ life.
Packaging is recyclable and plastic components have been labelled (where practical) for categorised recycling.
Awareness of the environment must be considered when disposing of ‘end-of-life’ product.
If necessary, contact your local authority for disposal information.
EC Declaration of Conformity
I, the undersigned M. Bowden of Electrolux
Outdoor Products, Aycliffe Industrial Park,
6UP. Certify that the product:Category........ Electric Hover
Make.............. Electrolux Outdoor
Conforms to the specifications of Directive
I, the undersigned M. Bowden of Electrolux
Outdoor Products, Aycliffe Industrial Park,
6UP Certify that a sample of the above
product has been tested using directive
81/1051/EEC as a guide. The maximum Aweighted sound pressure level recorded at
operator position under free field semi anechoic chamber conditions was :-
Type of Cutting Device.... Rotary Blade
Identification of Series......See Product Rating Label
Conformity Assesment Procedure....ANNEX VI
Notified Body.................... I.T.S., Cleeve Road, Leatherhead,
Surrey. KT22 7SB England
Other Directives:-............. 98/37/EEC, 89/336/EEC, 73/23/EEC
& applicable standards:-. EN60555-2:1987, EN60555-3:1987,
EN55014:1993, EN55014:1995, EN836:1997, IEC335-1:1991, IEC3352-77:1996
33 cm
4,300 RPM
93 dB (A)
92 dB (A)
78.8 dB(A)
1.64 m/s2
10.5 kg
35 cm
4,300 RPM
94 dB (A)
91 dB (A)
78.8 dB(A)
1.64 m/s2
10.5 kg
I, the undersigned M. Bowden of Electrolux
Outdoor Products, Aycliffe Industrial Park,
6UP Certify that a sample of the above
product has been tested using ISO 5349 as
a guide. The maximum weighted root
mean square value of vibration recorded at
operator’s hand position was:-
Width of Cut................................................................
Speed of Rotation of Cutting Device..........................
Guaranteed sound power level...................................
Measured Sound Power Level....................................
38 cm
4,350 RPM
90 dB (A)
89 dB (A)
79.1 dB(A)
2.97 m/s2
11 kg
Newton Aycliffe, 22/11/2002
M. Bowden,
Research & Development Director
Electrolux Outdoor Products
Aycliffe Industrial Park
Co.Durham DL5 6UP
Telephone - (00) 44 1325 300303 Fax - (00) 44 1325 310339
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Electrolux Outdoor Products manufacture products for a number of well known brands under various registered patents, designs and
trademarks in several countries.
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