View Full Version : Which Trimmer?

03-01-2001, 12:31 PM
I am looking for opinions on the Stihl FS 85RT and the FS 120R. I was wondering if the 120 is worth the extra cost over the 85. Also, any advantages to either of these over the other?

03-01-2001, 12:33 PM
I don't know about the 120, but I have the 85 regular shaft. I love it. I've got another one on order now. There is nothing I haven't been able to do with the 85 so to me I don't even think about the 120. You would need alot of big wacking jobs to pay for a 120.

03-01-2001, 04:21 PM
If the 85 is the unit that has different head att. for it, It would be a much better buy.

03-01-2001, 06:17 PM
All my trimmers are Shindaiwa's, except for one, a Stihl FS-85. I like this because you can put different heads on the unit(I have 4 attachments). Can the 120 hold different attachments?

03-01-2001, 07:36 PM
The majority of mine are Dawia's too, but that 85 kicks #@&*. You said you have four att. for your 85, I only have 3. The hedge att. trimmer, and saw. What am I missing?

AB Lawn Care
03-01-2001, 07:51 PM
sthil now came out with a shwin style sweeper,and they also have a small tiller head.i would go with the 85.I own 1 and it is awsome!Buy it!!!!

03-01-2001, 09:07 PM
how much is the cultivator? I have heard of the sweeper, I just didn't know that was removeable. I currently have a mantis for a cultivator, but I am a tool hog buybuybuy...

cutting edge
03-01-2001, 09:28 PM
I just purchased a FS 80 at our local pro day. The Stihl rep said that the 80 and 85 are identical except for the drive shaft. He told me that if I wanted to I could upgrade the shaft in the 80 to a solid steel one for about $30.00 and the 80 would still be cheaper than the 85.

03-01-2001, 11:46 PM
My local dealer told me that both the 85 and 120 could handle the attachments. I was unsure of this. Whereas, the 120's shaft does not seem to seperate like the 85. Is this necessary to add attachments. This will be replacing a Shindaiwa T-25, will it be similar power? I am wanting a Stihl because of the attachments

03-02-2001, 01:36 AM
There are 2 stihl 85's. One is standard shaft and the other breaks in the middle for the attachments.

They are making attachments now for the regular shaft also. You take the trimmer head off and put the attachment on. I have the regular shaft and I plan on getting the hedge trimmers for it.

What I do not like about the other is that if you have it locked in your trimmer rack all someone has to do is disconnect it in the middle and pull both ends out of the rack. Your new trimmer is gone is 3 seconds. With the regular 85 they can not do that. Its still (stihl) safe. haha.

03-02-2001, 05:14 AM
I have the FS-85 but looked at the 120.... was pursuaded by my dealer to buy the 85 because he said that the 85 would accept the articulated hedge trimmer and the 120 would not...he also said the weight was alot more on the 120 but the engine on the 120 was more like a chainsaw engine.....for what thats worth...

03-02-2001, 09:39 AM
SW, I have the trimmer head, saw, articulating hedge trimmer, and the power scythe.