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Old 02-15-2013, 03:17 PM
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Anyone use Stihl HS 81?

For years I've used the hs45 which is a good machine, wondering if anyone has expereince with the hs81 r,t,t30? Are they worth the extra money? Thanks.
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:20 PM
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Thy great machines can go wrong with brand
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:45 PM
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I have the HS 80 which was the previous model. With the 30" bar it gets heavy but will cut just about anything you put it against.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:15 PM
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Have it! Its used for hard prunnings. Great machine.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:45 PM
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Hmm I though maybe it was for finer things, but I geuss its the opposite. I know my HS45 can go through stuff alomst 3/4" thick if needed. I'm interested in a finer cutting machine for boxwoods and shrubs with small leaves. I find that the HS45 often skips over them and you have to go over several times until it gets them all, but other than that its a great all purpose trimmer.
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:28 PM
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Sharpen your blades. It might help. Make sure there is no gap between your blades as they cross as well.
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Old 02-16-2013, 12:21 AM
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there are dif teeth for both models, and we have both models. the 81 has the smaller teeth. i do know the 80 had the option, but we got the larger teeth
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:14 AM
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Mine has the larger teeth but does a good job of fine trimming. I would love to she how the fine teeth do.
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One problem I had with my 45 was that the blade would easily bend and then didn't cut well at all.
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never had that issue.

the finer blades are better overall, but you are limited in branch dia
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