Written on: 29/07/2013
The 340 looks great, works for half an hour before it snaps the belt for the second time I have had to replace the drive gears too. Not once have I actually managed to do the whole garden before the belt breaks.I give up with it and it will be going back. Flymo.... what on earth are you doing! (read more)
Written on: 06/06/2013
Bought the flymo 340 worked well the first season then the tines needed replacing,bought the genuine ones no problem replacing them but now they dont scarify, my wife with the wire rake is more efficient although you could say more costly to run (read more)
Written on: 19/11/2011 by charlievictorbravo
I bought my Flymo Lawnrake Compact 340 second hand and found it needed a new motor which I bought and installed. I used it last year and after half an hour it stopped working. It had stripped the teeth from the drive belt and damaged the flange that keeps the belt on the drive pulley! I bought a new belt and drive pulley flange and installed them last week. I used the rake for a hour or so and it packed up - again the belt's teeth were stripped but this time the drive pulley (made of... (read more)
Written on: 21/11/2010
Brought in November and used straight away. Very easy about fifteen mins to put together. picked up all of the thatch very well light and and easy to use. (read more)
Written on: 01/08/2010
Totally ineffective. It barely scratched the surface despite working for hours. Far worse than my old Black & Decker. I had to hire a scarifier to get any results. (read more)
Written on: 10/05/2010
Bought from B&Q end of last season. Didn't get around to using it. Assembled it w/e. ready to spring clean the lawn. Worked fine for about 40mins on short, newly mowed, lawn with some patches of moss in shaded areas. Motor then smoked and stopped. Will be taking it straight back to B&Q in the hope of a refund. Obviously motor is inadequate for the purpose. Advised to think twice about this product as replacement motor for £20 may only last as long as original!! (read more)
Written on: 02/04/2010
I have had my machine for over a year and it has performed well although all the tines now need replacing, the window is pointless as once it is in use it gets dirty , collection box is good and easy to use (read more)
Written on: 16/10/2009
Had two of these Flymo scarifiers but the motors burnt out after two hours use. The first one was under warranty and replaced by B&Q unfortunately the second was out of warranty and is now in the bin. I contacted Flymo and basically they just told me to get lost. In fact the last E Mail them from them was very rude and insulting and I thought it was only the customer who cracked up. I only realised why when I read the reviews. When I replied and commented on their surprising attitude I have... (read more)
Written on: 29/06/2009
I purchased my Flymo Lawnraker Compact 340 from e.bay and a no returns policy it was brand new, I contacted flymo who knew of the 340 motor problem and they did not want to know.
I have spoken to dealers who sell all types of garden equipment, they all sais stay clear of flymo products (read more)
Written on: 04/06/2009 by sosimple
After hireing a monster petrol scarifier for a garden customer, and being disappointed with the results, I bought the Flymo Lawnraker Compact 340 from Amazon for under £50 (the cost of 2 days hire!) I am very pleased with this little gem. Took about an hour and a half to really 'do' a third of an acre. One thing to remember is that it cannot be 'steered'ALWAYS lift the back wheels when turning! and obviously stop the motor when doing so, otherwise yous might overheat too. Also make sure... (read more)
Written on: 02/06/2009 by asprice65 (1 review written)
Bought aFlymo Lawnraker in April 09.
Lasted for two uses. On the third use the motor drive pinion dis-integrated. This was on short grass in good weather.
Attempted to fix. Spare parts not available without buying entire new motor - making cost of repair uneconomic. (read more)
Written on: 01/06/2009
Used a Flymo Lawnraker 3 times. On the third time the motor drive pinion and belt disintegarated. This was on short grass in dry weather.
No spares available to to fix unless I bought a whole new motor - making it uneconomic to repair. (read more)
Written on: 18/05/2009
I bought this Flymo lawn rake, It worked for less than 5 minute when we started to smell burnt rubber, and it went dead. (read more)
Written on: 25/04/2009
The Flymo Lawnraker Compact 340 motor lasts no longer than 1hr, had it apart and the belt is too tight making the motor seize due to stress. (read more)
Written on: 16/04/2009 by mjh1 (1 review written)
The Flymo Lawnraker Compact 340 worked well for 5 hours
After around 5 hours work in two sessions,I had to replace all of the 42 tines and started up the machine.It packed in !!!
It appears that the gear on the motor which drives the belt had chewed up the drive belt,because of the wear on the plastic gear.You can only buy a new motor as the plastic gear is integral to the motor and not available separately from the motor.Cost to replace plus labour is £60 ++ (read more)
Written on: 04/04/2009 by mycraigydon (1 review written)
The motor of our Flymo Lawnraker Compact 340 burnt out after around a total of five hours use - two sessions of 2 1/2 hours each. it was at the highest setting and used after mowing. The motor was not labouring and only a couple of tines broke so I was not abusing it. I also made sure the side and internal air vents were kept clean of debris too! Not for large lawns, may be OK for regular maintainance of postage stamp size gardens where it is used for just 20 mins each time. (read more)
Written on: 02/04/2009
I used the Flymo 340 for the 1st time on 31/03/09. It was quite easy to assemble and did the job quite well. For the price that I paid for it and the back breaking work it has saved me then it appears to be reasonable value for money. (read more)
Written on: 28/10/2008
I used this Flymo Lawnraker Compact 340 once last year and it worked very well however on starting it up this year the motor burnt out within minutes! (read more)
Written on: 17/10/2008
I would not buy this again and would not recommend it to anyone. The 30 year old black and decker did a far better job. (read more)
Written on: 04/09/2008
Like all products this one isn't idiot proof. If you haven't mowed your lawn for three weeks, your lawn is covered in stones branches and other debris and you take this out on the lowest setting and cram the thatch down in the bucket as you go, the motor will burn out and/or the tines will break. If you use common sense, mow your lawn first, clear the lawn of stones, half bricks and other debris and you take a modicum of care going over hill and dale across your lawn this will the job just... (read more)
Written on: 31/08/2008
After a total usage of about one hour on this Flymo Lawnraker Compact 340, 41 of the 42 tines had broken off. Clearly the tines are not strong enough and not fit for purpose. Spares availability is not good. (read more)
Written on: 19/08/2008
Our Flymo Lawnraker Compact 340 was a replacement for a black & decker which we'd had for years and was fabulous - sadly it seems they have stopped making it so when if finally died after sterling service we couldn't replace it.
The flymo was enormous by comparison, the wheels kept falling off and it did nowhere near as good a job. We bought it last year so I suppose we've done better than others but the motor gave out on its first day of use this year. (read more)
Written on: 17/08/2008 by Red4racing (1 review written)
The motor on my Flymo Lawnraker Compact 340 burned out after just 2 uses. My advice is don't waste your money on this piece of junk. (read more)
Written on: 30/07/2008
This is the best lawnmover ever purchased. Truly magnificent, perfect stripe formation a wonder to behold. Not a bad size box either for collecting the cuttings! All these people who have said that this mover is rubbish must be unlucky! I love mine and would never be parted from it. (read more)
Written on: 28/07/2008 by TOM LONG (1 review written)
This is the second Flymo Lawnraker I've been foolish enough to own, "unlucky" seemed the opinion of the shop when I returned the first one, sadly just out of warranty. I purchased another as I had found it's performance to be OK until it too failed same problem, burnt out motor. I believe I used both very sensibly and can only conclude that this item is not of the quality it needs to be to perform the task required of it. First machine had approx 6 hours use, second lasted less than 3 hours... (read more)
Written on: 14/07/2008
After a couple of uses, my Flymo Lawnraker Compact 340 stopped pulling thatch etc. - upon checking underneath the machine EVERY ONE OF THE 42 METAL TINES HAD SHEERED OFF! I found them scattered throughout the lawn. Had to buy replacement tines through the internet as no one stocks them.
Lack of spares availability didn't bode very well with me - Flymo should include a couple of full sets of tines in with the boxed product and not just the handful they choose to supply which are useless as... (read more)
Written on: 20/06/2008
Bought this 340 in February have used it twice, it doesn't work as well as my 20 year old Black and decker did and after the second use there was not one spring tine that was not broken, it should be brought to the attention of the trading standards body. This machine is not of merchantable quality This model has an uprated motor in it so at least it kept going but I suppose if the tines are all broken there is not much load on the motor anyway. (read more)
Written on: 26/05/2008 by masteri (1 review written)
Bought just over a year ago. Used once, cleaned & put away. Used once this year, and lasted 15 mins before the motor overheated & seized solid. Nope, it wasn't overstressed. Nope, it wasn't too full of moss/thatch.
Don't touch this model with a barge-pole (read more)
Written on: 15/05/2008 by Malcd1
Just got my Flymo Lawnraker out of the garage for its 2nd run out. Within 2 minutes the motor had completely seized. There was an acrid burning smell and smoke coming from one of the vents. B&Q were no help as I have had it just over 12 months. I can only use a lawn raker once or twice a year so to seize up after using it only once before.. it is a disgrace.
Please do not waste your money on a Flymo 340 Lawnraker. You have been warned. (read more)
Written on: 05/05/2008
I bought my Flymo Lawnraker Compact 340 in Jan 07, I have a small patch of grass to the rear of my house. I used my lawnrake last summer and then packed it away. Since then my garden got a wee bit out of control, to sort this out I borrowed my father in law's powerful Petrol Mower to blitz it. Today I took my lawnrake out to give my lawn a trim and to my horror smoke started to appear from underneath.
I expected it to last a little longer than 16 months. Very disappointed. (read more)
Written on: 03/05/2008
We have two medium to large lawns and have found the 340 to be suitable for its task. We find it very easy to use if user manual is read properly and the grass box is emptied regularly. I wonder whether the complaints of others about motor burnout and drive belt problems are due in the main with trying to operate the machine when it is overfull perhaps? (read more)
Written on: 28/04/2008
I don't think the Flymo Lawnraker Compact 340 is worth buying - my motor started smoking after 2 uses! (read more)
Written on: 20/04/2008 by brianshug
Having read these reviews, I was a bit wary of buying this. It was easily put together from the box and the long reach cable meant I didn't need an extension cable trailing around. I switched it on and tried on the highest setting and then lowered the setting for the right result. I noticed the performance got poorer but this was because the moss was overfilling inside the box. I can imagine this is why some other people motors have been burning out, it the motor can't turn. Even though it's... (read more)
Written on: 10/03/2008
Rubbish really, motor didn't last more than 2 uses, didn't rake out very well, moss not removed, nor much dead grass removed. (read more)
Written on: 04/09/2007 by Si101
I bought my Flymo Lawnraker Compact 340 from my Local B&Q in January. I had just moved home, and it is a long time since I had a garden to look after. After a few trims I noticed that it was not cutting the grass very well, so I had a wee look under and found that some of the wire "blades" were damaged.
I then went back to B&Q, only to find that the store I went to did not sell them, and I was told to try one of their larger stores! Surprise surprise, they did not sell them either.
So I... (read more)
Written on: 21/06/2007 by Rollerball64 (1 review written)
Having used my rake a few times, yesterday it refused to turn the rake, and soon smoke appeared from the air intake. Flymo were not available, as the lines were constantly busy. But they were contacted today, and without any problem, they volunteered to send me a replacement Flymo Lawnraker Compact 340 lawn rake within the next 7 days. (read more)
Written on: 22/04/2007 by numbnutz (1 review written)
In a panic, I took the Flymo Lawnraker Compact 340 lawn rake apart to investigate! The drive cog and belt had melted. Why? - Because the motor cooling is a poor design! The air intake filter gets blocked immediately by debris, and then the motor overheats after 15 - 25 minutes use. There is no cut out, and so the motor drive becomes so hot the plastic drive cogs and belt melt until destruction!
Perhaps the drive cog should be metal, and you should get a few spare belts with it!
Spare... (read more)
Written on: 19/04/2007 by Paul Lovelock (1 review written)
I got about 1 1/2 hours use out of mine, then the spikes stopped spinning. After investigation I noticed the drive belt had snapped. I spent all day on a Saturday looking for a replacement, with no success. So I waited until Monday, then I rang Flymo direct. After being put on hold for about 15 minutes, I managed to order a replacement and one spare, costing £12. When they arrived, I fitted it quite easily, but I noticed the new one was a little tight. I just assumed it was a precision part.... (read more)
Written on: 10/04/2007 by saxon5red (1 review written)
We feel that Flymo did not do it's home work on this product,it was a pity . It looks good and was easy to handle but burnt out on second use. For the money we feel it was very poorly thought through.
Come on Flymo get your act together. We would of liked to have had some use for our money. (read more)
Written on: 03/04/2007 by Joan S (1 review written)
I bought my Flymo 340 Lawnraker Compact last May, and I used it for 30 minute. I got it out to use today, and after 5 minutes it burnt out, so I returned it to B& Q and got my money back. (read more)
Written on: 13/08/2006 by Bob Cleveland (1 review written)
This week I decided to invest in the Flymo Lawnraker Compact 340 and read the few reviews there were and certainly was slightly put off. However, I was able to examine a display model in our local B&Q and was impressed with the features and bought the machine. Today, Saturday, we spent about 4 hours using the raker with no hitches whatsoever and no problems with the motor. Thatch collection was very good, especially when compared with all the other models on the market in the home... (read more)
Written on: 12/06/2006 by Frank H (1 review written)
Having had a small Black and Decker Lawn rake for more than 20 years, it burnt out on Saturday last. We went to our local B&Q to buy a new lawn rake, and saw the Flymo, for which we have previously had a high regard. We liked the wider rake and the more powerful motor. How misled we were. Within half an hour, smoke started coming from the motor housing, with a distinct burning smell, and this continued when we had stopped raking and just had it on with no load. (read more)
Written on: 04/06/2006 by sandradn (1 review written)
I am taking my Flymo Lawnraker Compact 340 lawn rake back to B&Q, as it is not fit for the purpose! It seemed OK for about 20 minutes, but then the motor burned out, after only 20 minutes use! (read more)
Written on: 10/05/2006 by Redsetter (2 reviews written)
I bought the Flymo Lawnraker Compact 340 because at 600w it had the largest motor out of all the lawn rakes I had looked at (much good that did as it burnt out after a short while)! While the machine worked, I was impressed at the way it collected the moss and compacted it in the box, which was easy to empty. It has 6 different height adjustments, but only the lowest one would lift any of the moss out of my lawn. The higher settings may be OK for leaves, but alas it did not last long enough... (read more)
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