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Old 04-17-2013, 03:39 PM
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Stihl Trimmer Sizing?

I've got an FS56 RC-E trimmer. I trim about every 2-3 weeks around 3-1/2 or so pretty open acres and its been great for that. I also one day or so a year use it with a tri-wing brushcutting knife on another 6 or so to try to keep Autumn Olive in check (erraidcating is fruitless because its all around me.) It seems underpowered for that purpose. Any recommendations on how much bigger I should consider going?

I'd prefer to keep using the brush knife rather than my 5' rotary cutter since I can be much more selective and let the grasses and any trees continue to grow naturally.
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:14 PM
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Go with an FS-90R minimum. The added torque will be a blessing...though an FS-110R or -130R look enticing. Buying more power means you'll be working your trimmer less hard most of the time...a worthy investment, imo.
Should you want a bike-handled trimmer, just remove the R from the above product listing/#.
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:37 AM
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Is the length of the stick on all of the trimmers the same? I'm 6' and my FS56 seems a little short for me.

Can I get too big a machine for trimming?
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:32 AM
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I don't see trimmer dimensions at Stihl's site. Tanaka brand offers an extended length trimmer for taller folks...perhaps other brands do as well, but none are coming to mind.

While you might find some higher power'd trimmers to be overkill, I'm guessing you'll save some time with added power, especially when you're brushcutting with an attachment. Stihl's FS-110R is a nice step up from where you are now powerwise.
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Old 04-20-2013, 02:28 PM
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Thanks. Ended up getting an FS90R at my dealers recommendation. They said they sell far more of those than the adjacent sizes and don't really get any complaints. He also had a good point that if I've been getting by with the 56 for the past couple years, going to a 90 is going to be a world of difference.

It does have a little longer stick which makes all the difference for me.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:48 AM
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Good to hear!
I love my FS-80R (discontinued 2-stroke)...Stihl makes a fine product.
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