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Old 06-06-2013, 09:33 PM
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Need Trimmer recomendation

I'm a solo op. I have a Stihl FS90 trimmer that I bought new last year. Works great. My problem is that my dad (who is retired) likes to come along on me most days to help me out. He only wants to do the weed wacking, has no interest in running a mower (which would be easier on him). So anyway, he's been using the FS90 and uses the shoulder strap. But I can tell it wears on him after the whole day. Stihls website says it's about 12 pounds. I'd like to get a lighter trimmer for him to run but I want to stick with stihl, although I'm not dead set on one. All my other handhelds are stihl and have great dealer support. Besides, I like my stuff to match. The FS70 is only a pound lighter and that's the smallest one listed for commercial use. So that doesnt make much sense really.

The home owner model 45 is listed at 9 pounds. I might check in to to one of those at the dealer when I'm up there next. Anyone have anything to say about that one? My only concern is running a home owner series on a weekly basis. To be honest, I'm at about 20 weekly accounts and I bang them out in two days. So it wouldnt be getting used daily, but that time would still add up in a hurry. What say you guys?
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:13 PM
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I have the FS100RX and love it. Its much lighter than the FS90R in my opinion. Has tons of power as well but it's about the same as the FS70R.

The Redmax TR2350S is 9.5lbs without cutting equipment from what their website says so I'd say maybe 9.8 to 10lbs with a cutting head full of line.
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:39 PM
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Like small said, fs100rx if you want to stay with stihl. Otherwise, to my knowledge husky has the lightest trimmer right now with the 323L. I used to run 100rx's at my old job and currently run fs90rs that came with my new company. I long for the 100rx's, there is that much of a difference in weight.
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:51 PM
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Husky 323L or 326L, right at 9 pounds if I'm not mistaken.
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:14 PM
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I know a guy that mows 30 a week buys the 200$ stihl weeeaters says they last him two seasons but likes the weight
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:34 PM
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I'm a solo op. I have a Stihl FS90 trimmer that I bought new last year. Works great. My problem is that my dad (who is retired) likes to come along on me most days to help me out. He only wants to do the weed wacking, has no interest in running a mower (which would be easier on him). So anyway, he's been using the FS90 and uses the shoulder strap. But I can tell it wears on him after the whole day. Stihls website says it's about 12 pounds. I'd like to get a lighter trimmer for him to run but I want to stick with stihl, although I'm not dead set on one. All my other handhelds are stihl and have great dealer support. Besides, I like my stuff to match. The FS70 is only a pound lighter and that's the smallest one listed for commercial use. So that doesnt make much sense really.

The home owner model 45 is listed at 9 pounds. I might check in to to one of those at the dealer when I'm up there next. Anyone have anything to say about that one? My only concern is running a home owner series on a weekly basis. To be honest, I'm at about 20 weekly accounts and I bang them out in two days. So it wouldnt be getting used daily, but that time would still add up in a hurry. What say you guys?

Homeowner here. I purchased a Stihl FS55 back in '98. I have trimmed (edged) 1450 feet (hour & fifteen minutes) on a regular bases (every rime I cut grass). This unit has served me very well. No, it no longer starts on the first pull, but it always starts. It feels as though it could go for a couple more years. This unit may very well be what you are looking for.



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Old 06-07-2013, 07:50 AM
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Husky 323L or 326L, right at 9 pounds if I'm not mistaken.
+1 on the Husky.
I've got the Stihl FS 90 and the Husky. Never use the Stihl any more.
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:17 AM
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Go with the Husky 323L and you and your dad will be thankful. I own an FS90R and I really do like it, but it is now my machine for other uses such as edging, hedging etc. I run a Husky 223L for everyday trimming. The 323 is the same weight as the 223 (9 lbs), but has 20% more power and a solid drive shaft. I run a 223 instead of a 323 because I won it in a drawing.
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:59 AM
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The Stihl FS-100RX has the 110 engine...so it is a step up in power (1.4 hp) and is 10.8 lbs. Otherwise, the Husky 326 is the lightest commercial trimmer out there at 9 lbs while still sporting 1.2 hp.
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:36 AM
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I have a similar scenario to the OP. My 66 year old Grandpa helps me with all the trimming/weedeating(hillbilly term). I run FS-90s and they are too heavy for him. I bought him one of those FS-70RCs and he loves it. Its very light and it has the power for the thick stuff, plus it has the Easy2start system. The only downside is it uses a tank of gas quicker than the FS-90. I also have a 11 year old FS-55 I used all though my younger years of mowing, I knocked many hillsides and banks out with that 55. In my humble opinion, you couldn't go wrong with a FS-55 or a FS-70RC for your dad. Hope this helps
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