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Cooter
03-26-2008, 11:36 PM
I am purchasing a new trimmer soon. It will be the handlebar style with a harness. I have a very long ditch and a pond embankment to do. I was looking at the Stihl FS130 and FS250. Does anybody have experience with either of these? Are there other models I should consider? I have also noticed they offer several styles of harness'. I almost forgot, this is not turf type grass but more tall weeds. Although the ditch is too rocky to use a blade.

BentleyOutdoors
03-26-2008, 11:40 PM
I havent used the stihls that you listed but have put the echos to the test. The trimmers that you listed should work fine, just remember to use eye protection.:cool2:

Just Mow
03-26-2008, 11:51 PM
The 250 is a beast. It will go through anything you ask it to. The 130 is good, just not as powerful.

nosparkplugs
03-26-2008, 11:54 PM
go with the Stihl FS250R, I use them for right or way weedeating, residential & commercial weeding also, the FS250R only weighs 13.0oz same as FS130, and is by far the easiest starting, smoothest running, powerful weedeater Stihl has made. I do not use a shoulder harness, nor do I find the FS250R heavy. I have a Box full of shoulder harnesses, what's the point they always have limited my range of motion while running the weedeater's

yungman
03-27-2008, 12:44 AM
FS250 is very good!! Would you consider Honda HHT35S with bike handle? It is 35cc, 1.6hp. It should be cheaper than either one you mensioned and should be very reliable. It is a 4 cycle, torque might be good. It is heavy but you use full harness, it don't matter. Honda GX35 is being used in construction equipments also, and........it is a Honda.

I myself have the HHT31SUNBA. I love it!!! I have been cutting waist high weeds and all, it went through like butter and is very comfortable. I can do one or two hours none stop. It is so quiet which is important to me. I also like the fact I don't smell anything because it is a 4 cycle with no oil. It runs clean!!! I was looking at the FS250, not seriously because it is expensive and must be very loud!!!.

Atlantic Lawn
03-27-2008, 07:16 AM
The 250's get a bit heavy toward the end of the day.

SethFrickey
03-27-2008, 09:25 AM
That Is True The 250's Is Powerfull But Gets Heavy At The End Of The Day!

yungman
03-27-2008, 12:41 PM
The poster specified that he is going to use the harness. Once you use the harness, weight really not an issue at all. I use my Honda an hour or two at a time none stop until I finish doing the job. Particularly I have the bike handle, it is so comfortable. If weed wacking is the main job ( not doing edging and others that require you to change position of the trimmer all the time), Bike handle is the way to go.

I like my Honda, I have no prove, but I think the Honda engine is going to out last all the 2 cycle engine and particular the hybrids 4 cycles. The cable drive is warrante for life. People don't like it because it is heavy. In this particular case, weight is not an issue because of the harness. It is strong, it is a big engine. It supposed to be a gas safer, funny that Maruyama use Honda engine to compare with them for gas saving. I am sure it will be a big difference in gas usage comparing to FS250.

As for FS130, I don't think I should say more about 4Mix engine!!!! I have enough enemies already:cry: Read the past posts and go to other lawn sites like ********* or Tool Shed.

:waving:

saw man
03-27-2008, 01:48 PM
Sorry yungman but the Honda is not in the league of the trimmers being mentioned!


Check out the Husky 335 and 345 as well. Any of those would be good choices.

yungman
03-27-2008, 02:13 PM
Sorry yungman but the Honda is not in the league of the trimmers being mentioned!


Check out the Husky 335 and 345 as well. Any of those would be good choices.

It is in the league of FS130 that the poster mensioned, that is the only reason I even mension Honda. I am not implying to compare with the real big boys. FS250 and the two you mensioned are giants, they are way over 2hp!!!!:laugh::laugh:

saw man
03-27-2008, 02:59 PM
It still is not in the same league as the FS130! The Stihl and Husky units are built better and design for comm. use, the Honda will not hold up over time like the others.

Again, let the comm. guys answer these questions! There is a homeowner section that you are well suited for.

Cooter
03-27-2008, 03:17 PM
I have a real good Husqvarna dealer near by. I will have to stop and check them out. The Stihl is just over $500, are those Huskys comparable?

saw man
03-27-2008, 03:25 PM
The 335 is about $550 and the 343/345 starts at $750

yungman
03-27-2008, 03:31 PM
It still is not in the same league as the FS130! The Stihl and Husky units are built better and design for comm. use, the Honda will not hold up over time like the others.

Again, let the comm. guys answer these questions! There is a homeowner section that you are well suited for.

Why the Honda not in the same league? Other than weight and have to change oil, people find it durable, haven't heard people complain about it. It does not have a lot of options on heads but it is a solid simple commercial trimmer and brush cutter.

saw man
03-27-2008, 03:39 PM
The Honda is a premium residential unit not ment for long comm. use like the Stihl or Husky will give.

Lazer_Z
03-27-2008, 05:48 PM
saw man, Those Husky's are beasts. My dealer has the FS250 @ $509.95, FS250R @ $469.95 and the FS130 @ $439.95. yungman, I could not find the details on the model you listed, however I did find model # HHT35SUKAT I don't see that one coming close to some of the bigger models listed. It's close to the FS130, but still the Honda is 35.8cc and the FS130 is 36.3cc.

yungman
03-27-2008, 07:20 PM
saw man, Those Husky's are beasts. My dealer has the FS250 @ $509.95, FS250R @ $469.95 and the FS130 @ $439.95. yungman, I could not find the details on the model you listed, however I did find model # HHT35SUKAT I don't see that one coming close to some of the bigger models listed. It's close to the FS130, but still the Honda is 35.8cc and the FS130 is 36.3cc.

Honda is only close to FS130. Not even close to those monsters you guys are talking. The poster put FS130 as an option, that's why I name Honda. Honda price is very reasonable. Only $359. The Honda engine is ultra reliable and the drive is life time warrante. Problem is they are heavy, I can understand if you use it day in and day out, that is not very good. Also Honda don't have any attachment options other than a few saw blades. All the other brands offer whole range of add on's:waving:

Lazer_Z
03-27-2008, 08:10 PM
Honda is only close to FS130. Not even close to those monsters you guys are talking. The poster put FS130 as an option, that's why I name Honda. Honda price is very reasonable. Only $359. The Honda engine is ultra reliable and the drive is life time warrante. Problem is they are heavy, I can understand if you use it day in and day out, that is not very good. Also Honda don't have any attachment options other than a few saw blades. All the other brands offer whole range of add on's:waving:
Damn, You got a deal then because the one I listed has an MSRP of $419.00.

saw man
03-27-2008, 09:12 PM
He listed the non bike handled version at $359

Lazer_Z
03-27-2008, 09:15 PM
He listed the non bike handled version at $359OK, Now I see why it's less money, thanks saw man.

yungman
03-27-2008, 09:21 PM
Damn, You got a deal then because the one I listed has an MSRP of $419.00.

I swear, I live in the bay area where everything supposed to be expensive, I keep seeing sale and the price is lower than people are talking here. They are consistencely lower than most of the online stores.

BTW, I saw FS130 for $379 a while ago. Husky 326L for $269 anytime. Maruyama big 8100 BP for $389 now, I was just there 4 days ago.

I pay for my HHT31SUNBA for $409 with full harness, bike handle, 10" saw and upgraded auto head.

Too bad they can't come close to the price I can get my Mantis Honda engine tiller direct from Mantis. I just order one.:laugh:

I am very temped to buy a FS250 in the future just to have a big MaMa!!!!! Heard a lot of good things about it.:laughing::laughing::laughing: