Instruction manual | Flymo 320 Lawn Mower User Manual

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Carton Contents
start/stop lever
cable clip
lock off
upper handle
plastic handle
lower handles
safety flap
lower handle
fixing screws
cable with
on plug
motor cover
wheel assembly
roller & rear height
adjustment assembly
(1 lever each side)
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 Venturer 320
Switch off! Remove plug from mains
before adjusting, cleaning or if cable is
entangled or damaged. Keep the cable
away from the blade.
Read the user instructions carefully to
make sure you understand all the controls and what they do.
Beware of severing toes or hands.
Do not put hands or feet near a rotating
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
Blade continues to rotate after the
machine is switched off. Wait until all
machine components have completely
stopped before touching them.
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 Circuit 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
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. Flymo 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 necessary.
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 trip.
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 motor.
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 ground.
14. Do not put hands near the grass discharge
15. Never pick up or carry a mower when it is operating or still connected to the mains supply.
16. Remove the plug from the mains :
before leaving the mower unattended for any
before clearing a blockage;
before checking, cleaning or working on the
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 frequently for wear or deterioration.
3. Replace worn or damaged parts for safety.
4. Only use the replacement blade, blade bolt,
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 40 metres
length maximum.
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.
1. No earth required. Flymo products are double
insulated to EN60335 and under no circumstances
should an earth be connected to any part of the
2. 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.
4. It is important that the outer sheath is clamped correctly into the 3-pin plug.
5. If in doubt consult your local Service Repairer or
qualified electrician before the machine is used.
6. A 13 Amp fuse must be fitted to the Mains Plug.
7. 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
ensure the point of the
screw stays inside the
Assembly of Lower Handles to Deck
1. Locate 2 screws into the holes in the handles.
2. Using a pozidrive screwdriver, secure the
screws into the lower handles, ensuring the
point of the screw stays inside the handle. (A)
3. Insert lower handles with screws attached, into
the deck and fully tighten screws. (B)
The screw will form its own thread.
Assembly of Upper Handles to Lower Handles.
1. Ensure the upper handle is located correctly
with the lock-off button on the switchbox uppermost.
2. Ensure the upper handle and the lower handle
are aligned correctly.(C)
3. Insert the nut (C1) into the handle knob.
4. Fit the bolts, washers and handle knobs.(C)
5. Fit the cable to the handles with the clips provided. Make sure the cable is not trapped between
the upper and lower handles.
Grassbox Assembly (D)
1. Locate grassbox upper into grassbox lower.
Align clips, ensure all clips are correctly located.
2. Clip the two halves together.
3. Ensure all clips are securely connected.
Cutting Height Adjustment
Wheels - Front Cutting Height Adjustment
Height of cut is adjusted by raising or lowering the front wheels and rear roller.
The wheels and the roller must be adjusted
to the same position:
Hole 1
Position H
Hole 2
Position J
Hole 3
Position K
A medium height of cut is recommended for
most lawns.
1. To remove the wheel assembly turn the wheel
hub in an anti-clockwise direction.(E)
2. Select one of the 3 holes in the mounting plate
and note it as the other wheel will need to be
adjusted to the same position.(F)
3. Locate fixing bolt through hole in hub cap, wheel
and selected hole in mounting plate.(F)
4. Turn the wheel hub in a clockwise direction until
the wheel assembly is securely located to the
5. Using the same height adjustment position
repeat the procedure for the other wheel.
Roller and Rear Height Adjustment
1. Select one of the 3 locations and note it as the
other lever will need to be adjusted to the same
position. (H, J or K)
2. Lift the lever out of location and rotate the roller
to the desired position. (G)
3. Using the same height adjustment position
repeat the procedure for the other lever.
to remove
turn anti-clockwise
hub cap
fixing bolt
Fitting Fully Assembled Grassbox to Lawnmower.
See Fig L.
1. Lift safety flap.
2. Make sure the discharge chute is clean and free
from debris.
3. Locate fully assembled grassbox onto 2 location
points at the rear of the deck
4. Locate safety flap onto the top of the grassbox.
Ensure the grassbox is securely located.
Removal is the reverse procedure.
For larger areas of grass where grass collection is
not required you can use your lawnmower without
the grassbox. Ensure the Safety Flap is fully
closed. The design of the safety flap permits the
cut grass to be discharged downward behind the
to fit
turn clockwise
Starting and Stopping
To Start your Lawnmower
1. Form loop in mains cable and push the loop
through the slot. (M)
2. To secure, position loop over the hook and pull the
cable back through the slot (N).
3. Connect plug to mains and switch on.
4. Tilt the handle downwards to slightly raise the front
of the lawnmower and to reduce the risk of lawn
damage whilst starting.
The switchbox is provided with a lock-off button
(P1) to prevent accidental starting.
5. Press and hold the lock-off button (P) on the switchbox, then squeeze one of the Start/Stop levers
towards the upper handle (Q).
6. Continue to squeeze the start/stop lever towards the
upper handle and release the lock-off button (R).
7. Lower the lawnmower to its proper operating position and commence mowing.
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
To Stop your Lawnmower
1. Release the pressure on the Start/Stop lever.
How to Mow
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. (S)
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 Cutting Height Adjustment.
Removing and Fitting the Blade and Fan
blade bolt
Always handle the blade with care - sharp edges
could cause injury. USE GLOVES.
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 (T).
2. Remove the blade bolt, blade, and fan.(T)
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.(T)
2. Fit the blade to the fan with the sharp edges of the
blade pointing away from the fan.
3. Re-assemble blade bolt through blade and fan.
4. Hold the fan firmly and tighten blade bolt firmly with
the spanner provided. Do not over tighten.
5. Do not use a longer spanner.
Caring for your Lawnmower
Cleaning (U)
It is very important that you keep your lawnmower
clean. Grass clippings left in any of the air intakes
or under the deck could become a potential fire
1. Remove grass from under the deck with brush.
2. Using a soft brush - remove grass clippings from all
air intakes, the discharge chute and the grass box.
3. Remove the blade, see Figure T, to gain access to
the fan and clean with a soft brush.
4. 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.
At the End of the Mowing Season
1. Replace blade, bolts, nuts or screws, if necessary.
2. Clean your lawnmower thoroughly.
3. Make sure that the electric cable is coiled properly.
Storing your Lawnmower: 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
Poor Grass Collection
1. Disconnect from the mains electricity supply.
2. Clean the outside of the air intakes, the discharge
chute and the underside of the deck.
3. Raise to a higher height of cut. See Cutting Height
4. Clean Fan Blades.
5. If poor collection persists.
Immediately disconnect from the mains electricity
supply and consult your local approved Service
Excessive Vibration
1. Disconnect from the mains electricity supply.
2. Check that the blade is fitted correctly?
If the blade is damaged or worn, replace it with a new one.
4. If vibration persists, turn the blade through 180o by first
loosening the blade bolt, turning the blade and re-tightening the blade bolt.
5. If vibration persists?
Immediately disconnect from the mains electricity
supply and consult your local approved Service
Lawnmower becomes heavy to push
1. Disconnect from the mains electricity supply.
2. In long grass or uneven ground, the height of cut
should be raised to a higher position. See Cutting
Height Adjustment.
3. Check that the wheels and rollers can rotate freely.
4. If problem persists?
Immediately disconnect from the mains electricity
supply and consult your local approved Service
Service Recommendations
We strongly recommend that your product is serviced
at least every twelve months, more often in a professional application.
Always use genuine Flymo Spare Parts.
Prepacked spares are available from most Electrolux
Outdoor Products stockists.
Your product is uniquely identified by a silver and black
product rating label
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.
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.
Environmental Information
The symbol
on the product or on its packaging indicates that this product may not be treated as household waste.
Instead it shall be handed over to the applicable collection point for the recycling of electrical and electronic equipment.
By ensuring this product is disposed of correctly, you will help prevent potential negative consequences for the environment and human health, which could otherwise be caused by inappropriate waste handling of this product.
For more detailed information about recycling of this product, please contact your local council office, your household waste disposal service or the shop where you purchased the product.
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.
The machine has not been used for hire.
(g) The machine is owned by the original purchaser.
(h) 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.
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.
EC Declaration of Conformity
I, the undersigned M. Bowden of Electrolux
Outdoor Products, Aycliffe Industrial Park,
6UP. Certify that the product:Category........ Electric Wheeled Rotary
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 Assessment 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:-....EN61000-3-2, EN61000-3-3,
EN55014-1, EN55014-2, EN60335-1, EN60335-2-77
Electrolux Outdoor Products
Aycliffe Industrial Park
Co.Durham DL5 6UP
Telephone - (00) 44 1325 300303 Fax - (00) 44 1325 310339
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:-
Type............................................................................ RE320
Width of Cut................................................................ 32 cm
Speed of Rotation of Cutting Device.......................... 2,850 RPM
Guaranteed sound power level................................... 86 dB (A)
Measured Sound Power Level.................................... 85 dB (A)
Level............................................................................ 77.0 dB (A)
Value........................................................................... 1.17 m/s2
Weight......................................................................... 10.5 kg
Newton Aycliffe, 22/10/2004
M. Bowden,
Research & Development Director
Our policy of continuous improvement means that the specification of products may be altered from time to time without prior
notice. 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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