- 18 v 1.6 Ah Lithium-ion Battery. Maximum incline within the working area: 14 °, Cutting width: 17 cm, Cutting height max: 50 mm, Cutting height: min: 20 mm.
- Working area 400 m2 +/- 20%
- Area Capacity 30 m2/hr
- Navigation system - irregular
- Charging system - automatic
Although setting up the mower is relatively straightforward, it is still likely to be the most mentally demanding part of using this mower. This is alleviated by the DVD, manual and quick guide that come in the box.
The most time-consuming activity is setting out the wire, which can either be pegged around the edge of the lawn or buried beneath it. This can easily be achieved by using a large knife to create an aperture and then dropping the wire into the bottom. This defines the area to be tackled by the mower,
The other challenge might be finding the best place for the docking station, which should be on the lawn itself, with at least 7ft clear straight infront of it and 1.5M either side of it. This often means you will end up putting the charging station somewhere quite visible rather than hidden away. But who wouldn’t want to show off their nice orange robot mower?!
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The 1200R is likely to appeal to two types of people; compulsive gadget purchasers, and lazy gardeners. Whatever category you fall into, you can be fairly assured that this will satisfy.
At such a low price, this mower represents an ideal experiment for those who want to try a robotic mower for the first time. It is relatively easy to setup, and cuts the lawn evenly. It won’t produce stripes or collect the clippings, but it will keep the grass at a tidy length with hardly any effort on your part.
Manufactured by Flymo, and clad in the traditional orange, this mower is intended for lawns of 400 square metres or less, but as some users have found, it is capable of tackling larger plots.
However, be wary if your lawn is particularly steep, with rough terrain, or terraced over several levels. Although the mower has a manual function to accommodate this, the added effort negates the purpose of using a robotic mower in the first place.
Where the mower comes into its own is when you go away on holiday, and come back to a neatly trimmed lawn, or just for those areas which are damn difficult to tackle with a regular mower. The flymo can glide underneath trees to trim the lawn beneath, and won’t cause the backbreaking bother of reaching under low lying branches to catch the lawn beneath.
The 1200r is powered by lithium-ion batteries like the ones you find in your smartphone. It runs on an 18V, 1.6Ah battery that takes around 1.5 hours to charge. This is all done automatically by the mower, which will scoot back to its charging station when necessary, and then return to where it left off with renewed vigor.
Irregular Mowing Pattern
The lawnmower doesn’t follow a set pattern or routine when cutting the grass, and it’s irregular movements somehow make it possible for it to cover the whole lawn evenly, without leaving piles of uncut grass in any particular place. Instead, the clippings are mulched evenly into the lawn, which fertilises it to help make it greener than ever.
Bump sensors prevent the mower from bashing into your prized petunias and mowing over your geraniums. If it does end up bumping into something, which it shouldn’t because of the perimeter wire, then it will stop in its tracks and move back a couple of steps to calculate a new route before choosing a different direction like in some slow motion pinball game.
If a slope or obstacle causes the mower to upturn like a tortoise, which is pretty unlikely, then lift and tilt sensors mean the Flymo won’t start again until it is either placed in the charging station, or the security PIN is entered. This prevents any encounters with the blades whilst in the upturned position.
A small screen on the mower itself allows you to adjust mowing times for maximum convenience. You can set it to emerge when the kids have gone to bed, and before the hedgehogs and foxes come out to play. The regularity of the cutting can also be set, and can be done every single day if required.
Be wary of leaving things like hose pipes, kids toys, or stones on the lawn. Even twigs can obstruct the mower, although it is capable of nudging them out of the way slightly to munch on the grass beneath. More substantial obstacles can actually cause it to topple over or climb up so its wheels no longer have traction.
The mower is also capable of chewing up its own boundary wire if the blades were to make contact with it, though this is easily fixed with the included clips.
The mower seems to work in the rain, though it might be advisable to take it in if it gets too severe, and even to adjust the schedule so it doesn’t mow grass wet from the morning dew.
Potential improvements could be made by the inclusion of a rain sensor to stop the mower working through adverse weather.
The Flymo 1200r trundles along at a slow walking pace, and so is unlikely to injure a child or pet through collision. The (bump sensors) mean it stops immediately on contact and the (lift and tilt) sensors ensure the blades are disarmed should it topple over. The mower is gentle enough to even bounce off shrubs and trees without damage.
One final safety measure is a big red STOP button so you can shut it off manually when necessary
Like a wraith the Flymo glides around the lawn with only a quiet whirr, the blades hit the grass and make little noise. You are very unlikely to bother the neighbours, and won’t hear anything from more than a few feet away. If it did happen to be a problem then you could always adjust the scheduling.
In order to help prevent theft, anytime the mower is manually stopped or picked up, a PIN number has to be entered. This helps prevent theft. There is also the option of enabling an alarm to sound if it is picked up, which might be worthwhile if you plan on using it on front gardens facing busy roads.Although I suspect any thief would realistically find it difficult to steal.
Flymo 1200r Maintenance
The Blades will require sharpening every once in a while, and are easily removed. Just remember to wear gloves. This is a two minute job requiring only a screwdriver, and a sharpening stone. Flymo give the usual blade life span as 1 to 3 months when used in areas more than 300 m2, and longer for smaller areas.
The battery requires no maintenance but has a lifespan of only 2-4 years. If the operating time between charges is reducing then this indicates the battery needs replacing.