Originally Posted by bamorris2
Thank you for the model-specific info, as this is one of the trimmers on my short list. How was the head that came stock on it? Also, what swayed you to the Kawa versus the Stihl FS55?
The stock head was fine. I just heard all the hype about the speedfeed head and for less than $40 shipped, I figured I would give it a try. THE HYPE IS TRUE! That speedfeed head is awesome! I can respool it in less than a minute. It also seems to run a little smoother with it.
I ended up getting the Kawasaki for $40 cheaper than the Stihl and it was about a half pound lighter than the Stihl. I wanted something light weight. I also heard that the Stihl gas caps were a pain in the ass. Ironically though, I bought a Stihl FC90 edger last week (scored it for $210 off craigslist practically brand new) so we'll see how the gas caps work out on it.
My only complaint with the Kawasaki was when I first got it, it seemed to take a while to warm up and would bog down if I gave it full throttle while it was warming up. I had to feather the throttle during warm up and gradually get it up to WOT. After a few tanks of gas through it, warm up time has gotten a lot faster and it doesn't bog down anymore at startup. I think it just needed to break in. BTW I also pulled the spark arrestor screen off of it first thing so I don't have to worry about cleaning it in the future. It's held on by a phillips head screw.