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LL Lawn
02-28-2011, 05:01 PM
I've been in the business for 9 yrs and my guys are reliable and do great work, but are real rough with the equipment. I have a full time job in addition to the lawn business, so not being present has led to premature equipment wear.

I've switched from Echo to Stihl fs70 2 cycle 2 years ago and am very pleased with the performance. However, I am considering switching to a different Stihl line trimmer and want to know how much additional maintenance and durability to expect from a rx100 or 4 mix engine.

I want to up the engine displacement to 31cc (100RX or larger) but am afraid to switch to the 4 mix. My guys want me to get the 250 w 40cc engine, but I don't think it's necessary for 16/18 residential lawns cut per day. I would only consider the 250 for durability.

I am looking for reliability with low maintenance and high durability.

Your insight is greatly appreciated.

Swampy
02-28-2011, 07:53 PM
FS85R Been using them for years

Cape Atlantic Landscaping
03-01-2011, 07:52 PM
we have been using the Stihl FS90Rs for along time and love them
every winter we service them ourselves and this year we needed to change the throttle cables that were fraying and one centrifical clutch.

kgserv
03-02-2011, 06:27 PM
buy a 90 r or above stay away from the all gray units i run 110 and a 100rx and i just picked up a 90 so im looking foreward to trying it out

944own
03-02-2011, 07:00 PM
FS85R Been using them for years

The only problem is they dont make them anymore.LOL

Swampy
03-02-2011, 11:23 PM
The only problem is they dont make them anymore.LOL

True but they pop up here and there in the marketplace.

Even Cut Lawn Care
03-03-2011, 01:57 AM
We run 90's and 100's The 90's can take different heads, the 100 are much lighter and make a difference on those really long days!

ozarklawns
03-04-2011, 03:31 PM
I know that a 250 is WAY to heavy to work with all day. That machine is for serious vegetation not maintenance. You want the best power to weight ratio. Look at stihl 100 and 110. The added weight may not always justify the little extra power you get from the next model up.

SNAPPER MAN
03-04-2011, 04:55 PM
The 250 is the way to go. It is not to heavy to use all day, you get used to it.
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kgserv
03-04-2011, 07:13 PM
there is virtually no maintenance to the stihl units , if u use the 250s you ll be able to cut a tree down, not always helpful aroud you clients shrubs etc. they are heavy. :weightlifter:

SNAPPER MAN
03-04-2011, 08:42 PM
The other difference is a 250 will EASILY last you five years or more under heavy use where as a 4-mix will normally last 2.
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Chevy z71
03-04-2011, 08:52 PM
FS90 what i would get if i got stihl.

lawnservicefreak22
03-04-2011, 09:34 PM
we have been using the Stihl FS90Rs for along time and love them
every winter we service them ourselves and this year we needed to change the throttle cables that were fraying and one centrifical clutch.

Does your fs90R make a cling noise when you give the engine gas?

kgserv
03-05-2011, 08:46 AM
thats the clutch engaging ,pretty normal

bstsrvcs
03-23-2011, 07:41 PM
When I was a youngin' I loved my FS44 SO much! It may not have been the biggest, baddest trimmer, but there was something about it's weight and balance that was perfect for me.

944own
03-23-2011, 08:24 PM
I used a fs110 last year this year I bought the fs130 and have been running it for a month or so. Today I used my fs110 on the first yard I mowed today. The fs110 is a dog I repeat dog compared to the fs130 it is like night and day.

StihlBR600
03-23-2011, 08:53 PM
For every day trimming you cant go wrong with the Stihl FS100RX. Theres not much maintainence on them. I just pulled mine out or storage for the winter last week. Both of them started on the 2nd pull.

alexschultz1
03-23-2011, 10:13 PM
fx100, its light and has enough power to never bog down, even in tall grass. its not that much more than a fx90 either

Procareope
03-24-2011, 12:29 AM
The 100 and 110 are solid powerful units. The only thing to watch out for in these 4 mix engines is that they've had a tendency to build up carbon fairly quickly, ultimately leading to required service or worse. This obviously depends on frequency of use and the quality of fuel/oil you run, but it is something to watch out for over the long run. I would stick with a FS80 or consider other brands.

StihlBR600
03-24-2011, 10:44 AM
The only place carbon builds up is in the muffler screen....you just have to unscrew 2 screws and spray some brake cleaner on it once a year. Its not a big deal at all. I would use a 4 mix over any shindy or red max piece of crap. They start and run 10 times better

rlitman
03-24-2011, 02:19 PM
You can spray brake cleaner on the spark arrestor screen, or better yet, hit it with a propane torch until it glows dull red. All the carbon will be gone.

Snyder's Lawn Inc
03-24-2011, 02:28 PM
i run now 110R good trimmer see how many yrs i get out of them others stihl only last me 3 years When start haveing problem I buy new don t like down time

mrmower
03-24-2011, 11:56 PM
i have bolth 110 and the 100 bolth great but like the 100 for lighter weight and same power as the 110

8rickyj
03-25-2011, 07:58 AM
I have a 110 and a 100. Where I live they are $280. Money well spent

starry night
03-25-2011, 08:27 AM
When I was a youngin' I loved my FS44 SO much! It may not have been the biggest, baddest trimmer, but there was something about it's weight and balance that was perfect for me.

I'll go you better than that. I bought a 44 on eBay last year just to get the engine for my FS56 (20+ year old curved shaft) which I have always loved.
I keep it going for myself while buying other new models for my crew.