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Old 01-18-2007, 05:27 AM
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4-stroke brushcutters. Have they got grunt?

I'm running conventional 2 stroke stihl brushcutters for scub clearance up to a couple or three inches thick. I want to go over to the 4 strokes because I'm getting tinnitus now and they are supposed to be quiter but I can't find anything of a decent size. I can't belive either the makita or Hondawith a 35cc engine has the grunt to do what I want it to. Does anyone know what they are capable of or if there are bigger 4 stroke machines out there. The stihl 4 mix looks interesting but are they quiter than regular 2 strokes?
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Old 01-18-2007, 02:39 PM
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look at the STHIL FS 130
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Old 01-18-2007, 04:33 PM
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hearing protection -look into it
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Old 01-18-2007, 05:10 PM
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Hearing protection first.

The 4-stroke units are not that much quieter at full throttle. I think the Honda would do most of what you would need to do. Only a few need something bigger like a 40cc to 60cc+ machine.
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Old 01-18-2007, 08:41 PM
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Look at the Stihl FS130R. Lots of torque and power as well as being quieter than your other units. And yes, you should look into a good pair of hearing protectors.
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Old 01-18-2007, 08:44 PM
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I've always worn hearing protectors, even with the quiet FS-100rx the noise of the whirring string makes this an absolutely essential part of the operation.

Thou I do admit to using the Br-550 backpack without protection on occasion, it's more a matter of principle to me (wear it or don't work, kinda).

Power-wise, yeah lol, the 4-mix'rs got a TON.
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