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Old 03-17-2003, 03:32 PM
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4 cycle Stihl

Anyone own a 4 cycle Stihl Trimmer (or other)?
Im told quiter, much better gas and = power.
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Old 03-17-2003, 04:06 PM
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I've ran Shindaiwas, and its a very good trimmer, pretty quiet, not the lightest on earth but not the heaviest either. Had really good power in all positions.
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Old 03-17-2003, 04:24 PM
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Note:

The only reason Stihl and some other manufacturers are switching to 4 cycle type machines is that.....

THEY CAN'T GET THEIR 2-CYLCE STUFF PAST THE EPA!!

There are more moving parts, more service that needs to be done on a REGULAR basis (adjusting valves etc.) they are heavier with less RPM. More expensive. If this4-cycle was so great...Stihl and others would have done it YEARS ago!! The EPA is forcing them into this mess.

2-cycle is the standard and will continue to be the standard for a long time to come for the manufacturers who build quality units that surpass EPA requirements.

All Echo units are rated as commercial grade engines and are all 2-cycle. ALL Echo engines pass the new EPA requirements!!

PS....RedMax has a pretty good handle on this situation as well.
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Old 03-17-2003, 11:17 PM
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Actually, I think it's called 4-Mix

Info on the stihl site:
http://www.stihlusa.com/news_fourmix.html

Havn't tried it yet, but I think it's only about .7 lbs heavier than a comparable trimmer.

I think i'll stick with my 2-cycles for now.

Echo-rules: I wouldn't be suprised if echo came out with some type of 4-cycle
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Old 03-17-2003, 11:30 PM
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Echo will be indroducing a line of 4 cycles next year according to my dealer. The fact is the new 4 cycles have all the benefits of a 2 stroke.

Echo is behind the game in this technology.
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Old 03-17-2003, 11:38 PM
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Well echo has a few years to catch up there the only ones that have all there 2 cycle stuff up to standars for what i think is 2006 or something like that i cant remeber exactly of the top of my head.
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Old 03-17-2003, 11:46 PM
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Dealer here tells me Stihl should be available early April in stores. Should be a good product.
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Old 03-17-2003, 11:47 PM
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To the original question about the Stihl's, I think they will be good machines but I will not buy them until next season. Let the 1st year bugs go to others. We don't have time for the downtime. I'll probably buy several more FS85's this year.
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Old 03-17-2003, 11:47 PM
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So can you turn them upside down and they'll still run?
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Old 03-17-2003, 11:49 PM
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I asked the upside down question and they said: "absolutely"
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