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Old 10-14-2006, 11:28 PM
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Ive had my fs 130 for a lil over a month now an love it . As mentioned before tons of power , an starts real easy .
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Old 10-14-2006, 11:35 PM
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I have a FS 90 and love it a lot of low speed torque does not sound like a normal weedeater for sure
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Old 10-15-2006, 12:26 AM
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km110 kicks ass. get it.
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Old 10-15-2006, 02:33 AM
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Well I see this thread got dug back up.

In a way, I have to agree with MMLawn, and at the same time, I feel pretty Al Gore-ish on my position about handheld equipment. Before saying anything more, I've asked myself 'why' this is, and when I'm honest with myself the truth is, I'm just no longer really comfortable with any brand out there across the board anymore.

Before the change to 4-Mix from Stihl, I was comfortable with their product line across the board. The only thing was that they didn't 'keep up' with the backpack blower segment. So I bought some Echo blowers. But now, they are putting catalylic muffler on some of the old 2 cycle stuff and they have all these new 4-mix engines.

I am not pro-catalytic muffler at all, and I'm not pro-low emission either at all. Don't agree with the EPA's stand on this little stuff. On the other hand, I've been pro-4mix. But this is a new design, the reviews are mixed, and I'm just not all that comfortable with very much 'exposure' there... like standardizing to 4-mix.

Also, for me the Echo's have been pretty good. But I have to admit they have required more TLC and been much less reliable. Plus the newer stuff is getting really lousy reviews. So not real comfortable there either.

With RedMax, my own opinions and reviews have been mixed. I agree with MMLawn... over-rated and under-built compared to stihl, especially when it comes to trimmers. AND to be honest, I really have doubts about how RedMax will measure up long term. I'm still too new to them to judge. But the thing that makes me the most uncertain about them is the lingering buyout from Husqvarna. I for one am hoping the buyout falls through.

Personally, I have really been struggling with which direction to go for a while until the cream rises to the top again.

"If you place a low value upon yourself, rest assured..... the world will not raise your price."

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Old 10-15-2006, 09:26 AM
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I had the 80 and upgraded to the 100. It has alot more power. I think it cost about 325.00
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Old 10-15-2006, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by FrankenScagMachines
went from a FS80 (had since 2002, loved every minute of it!) to a KM110R split shaft 4 mix this season. Weight is barely noticable, the power is awesome, I like to say it has the torque of a diesel with weight of a 2 cycle... because of the power in the lower RPM range, it runs cooler from less RPM's (less friction equals less heat) which means its more comfortable to use, you can reach under a bush one handed without burning your arm its actually almost cool to the touch, and due to lower RPM's it uses less fuel I think... I don't think its too bad compared to the FS80, I love this unit... awesome! pricey but worth it!!!

Oh and another awesome thing about this unit, it cold starts very first pull, and warm starts very first pull with no chokin or fiddling with it... very consistent... love the sound of it too it is a quieter tone...
I know what you mean when you say pricey. I paid $800 out the door on mine w/ three attachments.
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