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Do FLYMOWS still exist?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mdvaden, Nov 30, 2006.

  1. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    I'd swear that I saw a FlyMow in a equipment store last year, but wasn't sure if it was a restored relic, an unused model on display, or just a unit for sale.

    Are FlyMows still available for sale, or mowers like that under a different name?

    Is anybody still using them?
  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    I don't know if you can still buy them here in the States but they definately still in production.

  3. john_incircuit

    john_incircuit LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 310

    This brings back memories! My parents have an Flymo, got to be at least 30 some years old. Still runs very well (it's the electric model), just used it not too long ago.

    Very lightweight, perhaps 20 - 30 lbs, but max cutting height is only around 1.5 inches.

  4. LawnBrother

    LawnBrother LawnSite Senior Member
    from SW Ohio
    Messages: 867

    If you are looking at hover mowers check out the commercial models by Eastman.
  5. mojob

    mojob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 515

    God, I hope not. I hated those things when I was a golf course mechanic. When I saw a crew taking flymos out of the shop, I knew I was going to be working on flymos the rest of the day.
  6. mowerman111

    mowerman111 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 327

    I was at the repair shop the other day and they had one out in their junk pile I asked the owner what was wrong with it he said it just needed a tune up, he wanted 100 bucks for it so I asked to let me take it and see if I could get it running,anyway i took it and cleaned out the old gas out and it started right up. I mowed my lawn with it, it did nice job. I'm not sure how old it is but it has a two cycle tecumseh engine on it. I always wanted one just to have.
  7. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    Funny you should mention that - golf courses was where I experienced using them.

    Columbia Edgewater Country Club of Portland, Oregon, had some tall banks on the sides of a couple of golf holes -too steep for other mowing equipment.

    The greenskeepers tied ropes to the Flymow handles, lowered them down, and walked back and forth across the top of the bank, allowing the mover to hover back and forth horizonally.

    Pulling in the rope one mower width with each pass.
  8. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

  9. MattsMowing3535

    MattsMowing3535 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 385

    Its german, and those are euros?<bad spelling. Anyways the exchange rate goes up and down but I think it would be around 1000-1200 for the 699.99 model! Look at the hovermowers i got a flyer. Preety cool I wish I had one just to say I did!
  10. grapeford

    grapeford LawnSite Member
    Messages: 104

    The story I've heard told was that the flymows were outlawed because too many people were using them on steep hills, slipping and falling under the rotating blades. The early ones didn't shut off when you let go of the handle.
    I think the lawsuits put them out of business. The ones I've seen advertised have either a nylon string or soft blades.

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