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DEEJ
06-19-2003, 02:36 PM
I feel that the shaft on this trimmer could be 6 inches longer. If I hold the trimmer comfortably, with both arms slightly bent, two things happen:

1. The string head is not parallel to the ground. It sits at about a 15-20 degree angle, nose down. I find myself bending over at times to level the cutting head. You can't do this very long before it hurts.

2. The power head hits the back of my right arm when I swing right, forcing my elbow forward. I am right handed and hold the throttle assembly with my right hand and the loop with my left.

I am 6' - not unusally tall. It seems to me this trimmer should be longer for me.

JLewis posted a while back that he was 6'5" and hated his trimmer because it was too short. He had the FS85 on his wish list. I am thinking that it may not satisfy him either, based on my experience. JLewis - Did you get this trimmer, and what do you think?

There is an FS85T. Does anyone have any idea what this is? Is it a "Tall" version of the FS85? The Stihl web site does not list it.

Do any other somewhat tall people have the same experience?

DJ

ULTIMATE LAWN
06-19-2003, 06:23 PM
The only experience I have had with Stihl 85's are hard starts & sudden shutdowns. After running the much more reliable 76's for years I purchased a few 85's & all were garbage especially in hot weather.

Recently traded all my Stihl's for Kawasaki's & Echos & 1 Husquarvana.

LAWNGODFATHER
06-19-2003, 06:29 PM
Originally posted by ULTIMATE IDIOT
I have had with Stihl 85's are hard starts & sudden shutdowns. 85's & all were garbage especially in hot weather.


Ditto

mag360
06-19-2003, 09:48 PM
Originally posted by DEEJ
I feel that the shaft on this trimmer could be 6 inches longer. If I hold the trimmer comfortably, with both arms slightly bent, two things happen:

1. The string head is not parallel to the ground. It sits at about a 15-20 degree angle, nose down. I find myself bending over at times to level the cutting head. You can't do this very long before it hurts.

2. The power head hits the back of my right arm when I swing right, forcing my elbow forward. I am right handed and hold the throttle assembly with my right hand and the loop with my left.

I am 6' - not unusally tall. It seems to me this trimmer should be longer for me.

JLewis posted a while back that he was 6'5" and hated his trimmer because it was too short. He had the FS85 on his wish list. I am thinking that it may not satisfy him either, based on my experience. JLewis - Did you get this trimmer, and what do you think?

There is an FS85T. Does anyone have any idea what this is? Is it a "Tall" version of the FS85? The Stihl web site does not list it.

Do any other somewhat tall people have the same experience?

DJ

I have yet to find a trimmer with a long enough shaft

Scag48
06-19-2003, 09:49 PM
My Stihls (FS85RT and BR320 BP blower) both run better in hot weather. I can start the blower on the second pull most days, and the trimmer on 2-3 pulls in hot weather. Seems like it takes more when the weather dips below 60.

thartz
06-19-2003, 10:45 PM
I just hired a guy who is 6'5".Everything he uses is way too small.He is using a 85fs with the hand bar raised all the way up to the throttle.Does anyone have a suggestion for this guy.His back will be broke in half by the end of the season.I'm trying to accommodate him.

wildbilly1113
06-19-2003, 10:54 PM
I have the 85 and 80 stihls and I like them but find them too short.M echo 260s and 2601 fit like a glove so I grab them most of the time!

Grass Master
06-20-2003, 06:20 AM
I agree with you Wild...the Echo SRM-260S is the most comfortable trimmer I have ever used and it has great power as well...great price too!!

Potchkins
12-17-2003, 10:03 PM
sometimes i do...

Tbarchaser
12-17-2003, 11:13 PM
Yep! to short, One of the reasons I like the shindawia t230.
With the Stihl head (gives another 1/2").

tiedeman
12-17-2003, 11:30 PM
I emailed Stihl this last summer about the shaft being too short (i posted a topic about it) and I was told that there were not any plans for making a longer shaft, but they would consider my idea

stevo22
12-17-2003, 11:36 PM
i have the fs80...i guess it is the same length as the 85, don't know...i am 6 2 and agree that it is too short...would like to have ti about 6-8 inches longer...

Movinfr8
12-18-2003, 12:13 AM
count me in the "too short" crowd

Premium Services
12-18-2003, 01:21 AM
Originally posted by ULTIMATE LAWN
The only experience I have had with Stihl 85's are hard starts & sudden shutdowns. After running the much more reliable 76's for years I purchased a few 85's & all were garbage especially in hot weather.

Recently traded all my Stihl's for Kawasaki's & Echos & 1 Husquarvana.

I live in one of the more hot and humid areas Baton Rouge L.A. all i run is the FS85 and never have trouble with heat and if your having shut downs like that your running to lean on your oil mix or need a better oil it makes a difference in the long run.

mtdman
12-18-2003, 01:39 AM
I've never had much of a problem with shaft length. I have adjusted the handle bar and throttle trigger to change the angle to make things more comfortable, but that's about it. Height is not a problem for me.

:D

ElephantNest
12-18-2003, 08:44 AM
I gave upon echo trimmers a LONG time ago. Too damn hard to start. 3 to 4 pulls every time, No thanks.

20 yards a day = at least 60-80 pulls on just a trimmer? No chance.

Shindaiwa= 1st pull, every time, if you're quick enough with the choke. As for the T-230, I find it too short for me, and I'm only about 5'8'. It is at least an inch shorter than the 270's. I like the weight of it, but not the bending. I'm thinking of giving my 230 to my dad. I have a 230, two 260's, 3 270's, and a 260 and 261 stick edger (Yes, I'm solo hehe). Every one of them crank right up.
And the length of the 260-270 is perfect.

Only echo I have left is my PB46HT blower, which I also just gave to my Dad. He loves it, but keeps eyeing my 7001. lol

chip tn
12-18-2003, 09:04 AM
i have the stihl 85 and redmax 2600. the redmax is more balanced than any trimmer ive used.

joeboy4
12-18-2003, 11:33 AM
Are you using the loop handle or the bike handle? I am 6' and have several fs85 with bike handles just adjust the strap no bending needed.

yacht
12-18-2003, 02:08 PM
I feel your pain! Its the angle of the head...stihl needs to rotate the trimmer head up 15 degrees or so and it would be perfect for us in the 5' 9" to 6'+ range.