Need a new trimmer and want the best! What would that be???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by PainterJohn, Jun 26, 2013.

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  1. LBOperator

    LBOperator LawnSite Member
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    You must of had a lemon, mine doesn't vibrate and cuts like crazy.
     
  2. kawakx125

    kawakx125 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    use a solid shaft model and then tell me that it doesn't vibrate. i didn't realize it either until i bought a solid shaft trimmer. sure it'll cut normal weekly growth just fine, but get into some thicker stuff or heavy wet spring growth and it is down on power compared to the commercial trimmers. it is one of stihl's ''homeowner'' offerings not their commercial line. plenty of other trimmers out there of similar weight that are built far more robust and have more power
     
  3. LBOperator

    LBOperator LawnSite Member
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    I cut slow with mine making nice even swaths and have no issues. But I will try dogging it tomorrow and see if it vibrates. Honestly I am trying to take it easy on it till I can buy the 90R. If he wants the best I would go for the 90R but I thought he was a homeowner and wanted something light. And as far as other trimmers I am biased on Stihl. I also like RedMax but I prefer USA made equipment. I don't like Shindaiwa and hate Echo (no disrespect intended) had bad luck with them.
     
  4. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    The Husky 323 and 326 will do anything the 90R will, and do it with less weight and much better/smoother trigger control. I own a 90R, so it isn't that I'm against them. Just telling it like it is. The 90's are notorius for being hard to feather the throttle up and down smoothly, and for good reason- they are.
     
  5. Ta8erSalad

    Ta8erSalad LawnSite Member
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    I bought mine 2+ years ago, use it on 10+ homes a week. Stihl equipment: I own the BR500 backpack blower (Awesome machine), the commercial grade edger(awesome), homeowner model bush trimmer (Awesome) and the hand held homeowner version blower (awesome).

    Now, to the FS90R Weed whacker/Trimmer. Biggest piece of crap EVER. I have had starting issues since day one, finally figured out that using the primer bulb, at all, floods the engine. Now that i can start the thing, it is hard to keep it running smooth, wants to stall and run erratic. Today, I am having trouble getting line to extend by bumping. I look at bottom of head, it is cracked and worn down. I have a cheap-o weedeater brand, $60 hunk of junk that out lasted this $349 Terd. I love Stihl equipment, but this trimmer has me really po'd. Nothing worse than picking up a trimmer to do a quick trim and move to next spot and the trimmer wont START! Now, the line issue pushed me over the edge. I will never buy another Stihl TRIMMER.

    It is great when it runs at top speed and everything works properly, but that is so rare, I forgot what that feels like. At this point, I am limping this thing along, until i buy a different trimmer.

    Every other Stihl I own is awesome. Maybe i got a lemon, I am not sure, but the string feed issue is new and looks like it could be time for the trash heap, minimum a costly repair. My .02 worth. I wish i would of went home owner grade on this unit and bought 2.
     
  6. twomancrew

    twomancrew LawnSite Senior Member
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    I had fs110s last few years, this year I bought the 90. First year with it, it seems fine but is not near as snappy as the 110 is. I can't tell the weight dif between the 2. The fs55 is not bad for the money(I demoed 1 several years ago) but if you want power and can carry a larger unit get the 90. I don't regret it but there are times we ignore areas for a few weeks and when we get back in there the 110s are what we grab. I couldn't live with a 55. I mow big acreages and the helper does the trimming. He uses the strap when he walks from a to b so he doesn't have to carry. Gets where he's going and takes it off the strap.

    The echo is a puss-puss motor and I don't know anything else worth having.
     
  7. billc1004

    billc1004 LawnSite Member
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    if i remember Makita was made by sacks dolmar ..
     
  8. Ta8erSalad

    Ta8erSalad LawnSite Member
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    Update, I took the head apart, determined how/why the trimmer would not release string when bumping. The center of the head, has the area that bumps, inside the unit, there must be enough space for the center to go up inside enough to clear the side plastic stops. I determined something must be keeping the center from moving up and clearing the stops.

    I took out the trimmer line spool, looked inside, where the spring is located(2nd time i did this). The first time i must not of cleaned it up enough, or properly. On the bottom of the cavity, there was so much dirt build up, the center could not DEPRESS enough to release the string. Scraped with a screwdriver, dumped out dirt....Presto! STRING IS FEEDING AGAIN. (Insert big smile here).
     
  9. twomancrew

    twomancrew LawnSite Senior Member
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    A stihl primer pulls fuel through the carb, it does not put fuel pressure to the carb it de-pressurizes it. No way it should have done that.
     
  10. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    My 90R starts first pull, and runs great after two years of use.
     
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