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Old 01-08-2011, 01:54 PM
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Stihl Trimmer Shaft

I just bought a new Stihl FS90R. On the shaft behind the handle there is a black cover about 4-5 inches long that covers the shaft. What is that for?
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Old 01-10-2011, 07:44 PM
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Leave it to the germans to over-engineer the exterior of the shaft...
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Old 01-10-2011, 09:23 PM
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I think it's only to prevent the handle from being slid any further back on the handle. I usually have my handle about another inch further down. Most trimmers have a sticker with a line on it where you aren't suppsed to have the handle further back than the line... If you use the trimmer as a brush cutter I think the figure it's better to have your hand holds further apart to prevent actually hitting your self with the blade. My edger has one too...
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Old 01-10-2011, 11:41 PM
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It prevents static electrically from building up and shocking you.
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Old 01-11-2011, 01:41 AM
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Hahah i have cut every single one of them off on my stihls. Im pretty positive they dont do anything
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Old 02-28-2011, 03:49 PM
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Stihl Trimmer Model?

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.
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:54 PM
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I use it for a handle when not actually trimming. It can be balanced perfectly with most attachments by being able to slide a little each way.
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