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FS 90 gear box attachments

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by TML, May 24, 2014.

  1. TML

    TML LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 835

    I'm considering a larger more durable solid shaft trimmer than my current ones. I noticed the Stihl offers an assortment of gear box attachments to the above trimmer. My question is are these gear box attachments much cheaper than buying a Kombi unit with the Kombi attachments? I don't care about the time to switch them over, as I have other basic lighter trimmers (223L)

    Although light and well balanced, my 223L vibrates a bit too much for me for extended use and it seems to be getting more sluggish and my back up Echo SRM 210 is about dead. I have picked up a couple of accounts requiring as much trimming as mowing.

    Thanks in advance
  2. a937539

    a937539 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 82

    The advantage to using the Kombi attachments is the extensions and added length to cut things up high. Thats why I chose to go Kombi instead of gear box attachments that and being able to interchange them if a power head breaks down.
    As for the price difference I don't remember how much you save. It was not much. I remember that much.
    The only useful ones I have would be the saw and hedge trimmer attachment. That might be different based on your needs.
  3. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,552

    You may be better off buying a kombi attachment, and selling the extra shaft on eBay for $30 or so.
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  4. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,838

    I run the 90r with an articulating hedge trimmer gear box. Actually, I bought the hedge trimmer for the kombi and removed the small shaft dealer said it was the same thing and he's right. I guess he didn't have just the head or it's cheaper this route. Didn't really ask I know he was doing me right. The kombi unit is probably faster to switch heads without a doubt because it takes a few trys to get the head lined up on the shaft and then you have to tighten the torque heads and loosen them. The 90r is my dedicated trimmer and I have two so I through the hedge head on which ever one isn't being used and then I have two trimmers for yards I can't fit or the hills are to big.
  5. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 14,127

    When you buy gear box attachments for your 90, you are buying kombi attachments, so the price is the same. They don't sell just the gear box head anymore. I have most of them for my FS90R, and I love all of them. Pole pruner, articulating hedger, edger, power broom and also the bristle drums since they work on the same exact head.
  6. 2 Cycle

    2 Cycle LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 588

    I have a kombi unit and was given a shaft from my employer who uses just the gear box attachments on his trimmer. I was pumped because I figured I could use this new shaft as another extension, giving me a rediculous 2 lengths of shaft for hedge trimming. Sadly, the end of the shaft I was given is missing the end "coupler" attachment to accept another kombi shaft. Anyone know where I can get that part? Maybe ebay but i don't want to buy from them
  7. TML

    TML LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 835

    Thanks all sounds like you pretty much have to buy the Kombi attachments anyway, I did not know you could just take the shaft off and use the same gear head on a fixed unit.
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  8. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 14,127

    Yep, it's in their catalog and on their site too. Loosen two screws to switch them around. Doesn't get much easier.:)
  9. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,077

    If you just want a trimmer setup, the Kombi system will cost you $100 more - that's the price difference.
  10. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,838

    Make sure the power head is a solid shaft. The light versions like the 100rx are not suppose to run different heads.

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