Flymo Hover Vac 280 Review

Flymo Hover Vac 280

9.6

Performance/Quality

9.6/10

Features

9.4/10

Design

9.6/10

Practicalities

9.6/10

Warranty/Support

9.6/10

Pros

  • Great value hover mower
  • Compact and lightweight (8.5 Kg)
  • Simple to use
  • 4 Cutting Heights (from 10mm to 30mm)
  • Quiet operation 78.8 dB(A)

Cons

  • Smaller blade/cutting width

Flymo Hover Vac 280 Review

Flymo Hover Vac 280 ReviewSummary

The Flymo Hover Vac 280 is an ergonomically and simple to use hover lawn mower with a 1300 Watt motor designed for small to medium sized lawns. It has a 28cm cutting width and is lightweight at just 8.4Kg and is supplied with an integrated 20 Litre grass collection box. The Flymo Hover Vac 280 has a metal blade for a neater cut and is of good quality and will last longer. The handles fold flat to take up less storage and there is an integrated front roller so the mower can be wheeled in and out of your shed and garage.

This is the updated version of the Easi Glide 300, designed for small lawns with a few improvements to efficiency. The motor is the same power (1300-Watt) as is the noise production, but Flymo has managed to shave 400 grams of the final weight.

Main Features 

  • Rating: 9.6/10
  • Lawn Size: Small to Medium
  • Power: 1300-Watt
  • Cable Length: 10-Metre Cord, Mains Power
  • Blade Length: 28cm Metal
  • Number of Cutting Heights: 4 (10mm to 30mm)
  • Grass Box Capacity: 20 L
  • Weight: 8.4 Kg
Flymo Hover Vac 280 Review

Power System

The Flymo Hover Vac 280 works off a 1300-watt electric motor housed towards the top-front of the machine. Being a small electric motor, the sound level when active is a low 78.8 Db(A), and it also reduces the vibrations felt by the operator.

The motor spins the blade to a constant 4,300 rotations per minute, on the operator activating the power trigger.

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Power Cable

The Flymo Hover Vac 280 comes with a 10 metre insulated power cable that is safe and rated for the machine. If this is too short, Flymo does make other cables that are longer, and third-party vendors also make Flymo compatible products.

Blades

The cutting edge is made from strengthened steel and coated to extend the lifespan of the blade. This blade is double the price of the replacements for the Easi Glide mowers, but the improved strength should help with the economy.

Flymo Hover Vac 280 Video

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Height Adjustment

Cutting height adjustments are made by adding or removing a spacer from between the blade and the motor. The main attachment-bolt needs to be removed to do this, and each spacer is the difference of 5mm.

Cutting Diameter

This Flymo has a 28 centimetre cutting diameter that works out to 0.78 square metres cutting area per rotation. Though as with all the Flymo range, it will take more than one pass of the cutting area to trim all the grass beneath the blade.

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Roller (Stripes)

There is no striper or roller on the mower, but the weight of the machine will drag the grass in the direction of travel. The front wheel is there to stop it catching on paving stones, so do not expect the machine to travel in a perfectly straight line.

Grass Box Capacity

The grass box on this Flymo Hover Vac 280 is 20 litres in capacity, and the design is small to keep the size and weight of the machine down. Even with a small box, it is impressive how so much grass cuttings will fit into it.

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Practicalities

The handle folds down on to itself to make the whole unit easy to store up on a shelf. And because of the extremely low weight, any mobile individual should have the strength to lift it. There is no extendable handle, operators over 6 foot may find it to be on the low side.

Another great feature of the Flymo Hover Vac range of mowers is the inclusion of a roller at the front of the mower. This is not to produce a stripy lawn but to assist in wheeling the mower around when not in use. This is a nice touch from Flymo as it saves you having to carry the mower to the shed or garage.

One slight limitation of this Flymo Hover Vac 280 is the fact it does not have dual starter handles like the Easi Glide range. Having two starter handles can assist when manoeuvring the mower around flower beds and obstacles in your garden.

Safety Features

The Flymo Hover Vac 280 comes with the power cord connected to a moulded plug for an added resilience to dropping and the wet. To start the machine the operator must, disengage the safety switch while gripping the throttle with the other hand.

Mulching

There is no mulching option on the Flymo Hover Vac 280. But the efficient cutting and the way that the clippings are sucked through to the box ensures that the grass is well compacted.

Flymo Hover Vac and Easi Glide Comparison

I have created a comparison table below to show the differences between the range of Flymo Easi Glide & Hover Vac mowers to assist with your choice.

Best All Rounder
Flymo Easi Glide 300 Electric Hover Collect Lawn Mower - 1300W, 30cm...
Best Features
Flymo Easi Glide 330VX Electric Hover Collect Lawn Mower - 1400W, 33cm...
Good Value
Flymo Hover Vac 280 Electric Hover Collect Lawn Mower, 1300 W
Best Lightweight
Flymo Hover Vac 250 Electric Hover Collect Lawn Mower - 1400W, 25cm...
Best Performance
Flymo TurboLite 400 Electric Hover Lawn Mower Non-Collect
Mower
Flymo Easi Glide 300 Electric Hover Collect Lawn Mower - 1300W, 30cm...
Flymo Easi Glide 330VX Electric Hover Collect Lawn Mower - 1400W, 33cm...
Flymo Hover Vac 280 Electric Hover Collect Lawn Mower, 1300 W
Flymo Hover Vac 250 Electric Hover Collect Lawn Mower - 1400W, 25cm...
Flymo TurboLite 400 Electric Hover Lawn Mower Non-Collect
Power
1300W
1400W
1300W
1400W
1500W
Height Adjustment
4 (10mm to 30mm)
4 (10mm to 30mm)
4 (10mm to 30mm)
4 (11mm to 31mm)
5 (15mm to 41mm)
Weight
8.5 Kg
8.8 Kg
8.4 Kg
6.5 Kg
7.5 Kg
Cutting Width (cm)
30cm
33cm
29cm
25cm
40cm
Cable Length (m)
12 Metres
12 Metres
10 Metres
10 Metres
12 Metres
Grassbox
Grassbox Capacity
20 Litres
20 Litres
20 Litres
15 Litres
N/A
Vision Window
Fordable Handles
Dual Handle Control Switch Lever
Customer Rating
-
-
-
-
Price
£94.99
Price not available
Price not available
£79.00
Price not available
Prime Benefits
-
-
-
Best All Rounder
Flymo Easi Glide 300 Electric Hover Collect Lawn Mower - 1300W, 30cm...
Mower
Flymo Easi Glide 300 Electric Hover Collect Lawn Mower - 1300W, 30cm...
Power
1300W
Height Adjustment
4 (10mm to 30mm)
Weight
8.5 Kg
Cutting Width (cm)
30cm
Cable Length (m)
12 Metres
Grassbox
Grassbox Capacity
20 Litres
Vision Window
Fordable Handles
Dual Handle Control Switch Lever
Customer Rating
-
Price
£94.99
Prime Benefits
More Information
Full Review
Best Features
Flymo Easi Glide 330VX Electric Hover Collect Lawn Mower - 1400W, 33cm...
Mower
Flymo Easi Glide 330VX Electric Hover Collect Lawn Mower - 1400W, 33cm...
Power
1400W
Height Adjustment
4 (10mm to 30mm)
Weight
8.8 Kg
Cutting Width (cm)
33cm
Cable Length (m)
12 Metres
Grassbox
Grassbox Capacity
20 Litres
Vision Window
Fordable Handles
Dual Handle Control Switch Lever
Customer Rating
-
Price
Price not available
Prime Benefits
-
More Information
Full Review
Good Value
Flymo Hover Vac 280 Electric Hover Collect Lawn Mower, 1300 W
Mower
Flymo Hover Vac 280 Electric Hover Collect Lawn Mower, 1300 W
Power
1300W
Height Adjustment
4 (10mm to 30mm)
Weight
8.4 Kg
Cutting Width (cm)
29cm
Cable Length (m)
10 Metres
Grassbox
Grassbox Capacity
20 Litres
Vision Window
Fordable Handles
Dual Handle Control Switch Lever
Customer Rating
-
Price
Price not available
Prime Benefits
-
More Information
Full Review
Best Lightweight
Flymo Hover Vac 250 Electric Hover Collect Lawn Mower - 1400W, 25cm...
Mower
Flymo Hover Vac 250 Electric Hover Collect Lawn Mower - 1400W, 25cm...
Power
1400W
Height Adjustment
4 (11mm to 31mm)
Weight
6.5 Kg
Cutting Width (cm)
25cm
Cable Length (m)
10 Metres
Grassbox
Grassbox Capacity
15 Litres
Vision Window
Fordable Handles
Dual Handle Control Switch Lever
Customer Rating
Price
£79.00
Prime Benefits
More Information
Full Review
Best Performance
Flymo TurboLite 400 Electric Hover Lawn Mower Non-Collect
Mower
Flymo TurboLite 400 Electric Hover Lawn Mower Non-Collect
Power
1500W
Height Adjustment
5 (15mm to 41mm)
Weight
7.5 Kg
Cutting Width (cm)
40cm
Cable Length (m)
12 Metres
Grassbox
Grassbox Capacity
N/A
Vision Window
Fordable Handles
Dual Handle Control Switch Lever
Customer Rating
-
Price
Price not available
Prime Benefits
-
More Information
Full Review

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Flymo Hover Vac 280 User Manual

You can download the Flymo Hover Vac 280 user manual guide here

What’s Included in the Box? 

  • Flymo Hover Vac 280
  • Spacers
  • Flymo Space Tool
  • User Manual

Pros 

  • Great value hover mower
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Simple to use
  • Quiet

Cons 

  • Smaller blade/cutting width
Flymo Hover Vac 280 Review

Should You Buy this Flymo Hover Vac 280?

The Flymo Hover Vac 280 is an updated version of the Easi Glide series. The motor is the samepower at 1300 watt and by reducing the blade length, Flymo has managed to keep the power up while reducing the weight of the hover mower.

This mower’s ideal for those that:

  • People with small to medium sized gardens (250m² or less).
  • People that require lightweight, quiet and easy to use hover mower.
  • Those that are looking for a functional, reliable and good value mower.
  • Those that requires a compact sized 28cm cutting width.
  • Requires a respectable 1300W motor for longer/thicker lawns.
  • Those that require a foldable handle mower for compact storage.
  • People that like a trusted and well supported brand – Flymo.
  • Those that require a mower that collects and compacts the grass clippings.

This is a good alternative choice to the Easi Glide range of hover mowers.

I have created a handy comparison table below to show the differences between the Flymo Easi Glide and Hover Vac range.

Conclusion

It would seem counter intuitive to release an updated version of a mower with shorter blades. But then the length is not everything, and with the compromise of a smaller blade, Flymo has made a much stronger blade.

A shorter blade also pledges greater reliability in speed and a decrease in the chance of an off-balance blade. If you are a tall person contemplating this machine, it may be worth looking towards one of the other machines. Unless you are willing to slouch over the mower for short periods of time.

In summary, this is a great hover mower that costs well under £100. It has features that will make cutting your lawn a breeze as opposed to paying for features that are gimmicks and will never be used. This Flymo Hover Vac 280 will be the mower you have for many years, it’s so simply to use and just gets the job done with minimal fuss and effort. Remember this is a trusted Flymo, they have been in the hover mower business for decades and really do know  how to make a functional, well-built and good value hover mower. Parts such as replacement blades are so readily available and costs are minimal unlike some other brands of mower.

You will not be disappointed with this Flymo Hover Vac 280 as long as you know it’s a budget hover mower that cuts the lawn very nicely and easily, nothing more, nothing less.

Where should I purchase this Flymo Hover Vac 280 Electric Hover Mower?

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Flymo Hover Vac 280 Electric Hover Collect Lawn Mower, 1300 W
  • 29 cm cutting width, ideal for use on small to medium gardens
  • Ergonomically designed for simple and easy use in your garden
  • Collects and compacts more grass for less emptying of the 20 L grassbox
  • Lightweight at only 8.8 kg allowing easy transportation and storage
  • Product Dimensions: 79.2 x 42.7 x 40.4 cm

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2 thoughts on “Flymo Hover Vac 280 Review

  1. I have had one of these mowers since July 2015 and they are truly excellent
    HOWEVER
    i NEED A REPLACEMENT BLADE AND THEY DO NOT EXIST, I HAVE CONTACTED FLYMO AND HUSQVARNA AND NEITHER OF THEM HAVE A 28cm REPLACEMENT BLADE IN THEIR CATALOGUES, WHAT THEY SAY IS A CORRECT REPLACEMENT IS A 30cm BLADE WHICH IS OF COURSE TOO BIG.
    I HAVE SPENT ALL DAY TRAWLING THE NET AND CONTACTING SUPPLIERS AND THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A SUITABLE 28cm FLYMO FITTING REPLACEMENT BLADE.

    UNLESS OF COURSE YOU KNOW DIFFERENT…………………………….!

    1. Hi

      Thanks for your message.

      You could try the following company.

      Mow Spares
      17A Norwich Street
      Fakenham
      Norfolk
      NR21 9AF
      Open from 9am until 5pm Monday’s to Fridays, except on UK bank holidays.

      You can phone them on 01328 442 442

      Please let me know how you get on.

      Thanks
      Mark

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