Reasons why your lawnmower may not be working

Spring has finally arrived! The sun is out and many of us are getting the lawnmower out for the first time this year, and getting ready to mow the lawn. For most, this is relatively painless, but for a few their lawnmower just won’t work. Find some of the most common reasons why your electric lawnmower won’t work and how to fix them.

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The lawnmower won’t start

Being unable to get your electric lawnmower started is often not a problem with the lawnmower, but is usually caused by a fault with the extension lead being used. To test this try turning the lawnmower on without using the extension lead. If this doesn’t work try using an alternative plug socket and checking the fuse.

My hover mower doesn’t hover

This is a common complaint with people that are relatively new to hover mowers. 99% of the time you can sort this problem out by slightly tipping the lawnmower to one side (about an inch), so that air can get underneath it. Turn the lawnmower on and then gently tilt it back so that it is level again with the floor. Now air has been allowed to get underneath the lawnmower a cushion of air has formed, allowing the lawnmower to hover and glide across your grass.

The lawnmower blades keep jamming

If it's the first time this year you are cutting the grass, the grass it may be quite long. The reason the lawnmower blade maybe jamming is because the grass is getting wrapped around the blade, preventing it from moving. A simple fix is often to increase the cutting height of your lawnmower. By cutting the grass longer the blade will cut less grass in one go and have more room to move, generating more force when cutting.

If this doesn’t work check that the underside of your lawnmower is clean and grass free. If you didn’t clean the lawnmower the last time you used it, the grass you cut last year may have gone hard and be preventing the blades from moving. Clean the underside of the lawnmower and then try again.

Another reason this could be happening is because the grass is too wet. You should always avoid cutting the grass in damp or wet conditions especially when using an electric lawnmower.

A top tip is to replace your lawnmower blade each year. This will not only give you a neater, tidier finish, but it will cut the grass easier placing less strain on the lawnmowers motor.

The lawnmower keeps cutting out

This could be caused by a number of different reasons. Check to see if the lawnmower cable is damaged in anyway. If it is you will need to replace it with a new one.

If not, the fault maybe with the switchbox on your lawnmower. Spare parts are available via the Official Flymo webshop, however it is recommended that you ask your local Flymo dealer to carry out the repair, as it can sometimes be difficult to do.

The lawnmower is vibrating excessively

Again there could be many reasons for this. The blade may be out of balance, or the blade bolt could be damaged. If so then it needs to be replaced. Check to see if the impeller (fan) is worn or damaged and if the lugs on the spacers have sheared. If so then these too need replacing.