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Old 06-20-2003, 08:54 PM
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Stihl FS 80, exhaust blowing up my arm

Just bought a Stihl FS 80 today. It seemed like my Echo trimmers always had some problem. Anyway, the stihl runs alot smoother, and the power is definitely better. The only problem is that the exhaust seems to be blowing straight up my right sleeve. The dealer said this is normal....

Has anyone else experienced this? What is the solution, or should I just just get used to it?

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Old 06-20-2003, 10:13 PM
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Are you left handed? I dont know how that is possible unless yoour holding it completely sideways???? Please elaborate on how your using it.

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Old 06-20-2003, 10:55 PM
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My 80 will burn a small place on my arm if I trim out a large ditch and have to turn the power head at different angles. Other than that it never happens. I always wear short sleeves also.
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Old 06-21-2003, 06:04 PM
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Irish...

I was just curious....which Echo trimmers did you use?? I have found the opposite to be true..

when I switched to Echo SRM-260S units they were much smoother and more powerful than my old FS-85 Stihl units

PS....the Echo blowers are much more powerful as well
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Old 06-21-2003, 06:59 PM
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I have the same Stihl that you do. I have a big ol burn mark on my right arm from the exhaust. Of course that could be do to the fact that the plastic guard is off. The muffler is right out there in the open. When the plastic was on, I never had a problem with the exhaust blowing up my sleeve.
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Old 06-21-2003, 07:05 PM
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The exhaust is blowing out where the spark plug is. I am right handed, and I would like to think I hold the trimmer in the normal position. Previous to the FS 80 I used SRM 2100's. The power was low and they had too many malfunctions. My Echo blower still seems to do the trick though!
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Old 06-21-2003, 07:09 PM
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By the way, I saw Toro has a line of trimmers and edgers out at our local hardware store. I use a 52" Z-master and I am satisfied with the Toro product so far. Have any of you guys heard about these. I am thinking they are marketing them to home owners, not commercial users. They seem pretty cheap.
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Old 06-21-2003, 07:50 PM
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Irish,

Let me get this straight.....you went from a $199 Echo to a $259+ Stihl and you wonder why the Stihl has more power etc.?

Try buying the COMMERCIAL Echo units and you will find that they are much smother with more power than the Stihl units. The SRM-260 is the comparable model to what you have and it does not burn you and is lighter and quieter than the Stihl
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Old 06-21-2003, 08:01 PM
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I don't woder why the stihl has more power. I am well aware that the size of the engine on the stihl is much larger compared to the echos I own. I was commenting on the difference in power between the two units. 4 cubic centi-liters does not seem like alot, but the difference is immense.

How long have you had your SRM-260? I ask because I am curious if of the longevity. My echos only are lasting about 2-3 years. Most of the guys I talked to say I can expect 5 years out of a Stihl.
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Old 06-21-2003, 08:11 PM
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I have had Echo trimmers as long as 7 years without trouble....

I still own a SRM-2501 which has not been made for years...I buy the better quality Echo units and get great service from them.
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