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Stihl FS 80, exhaust blowing up my arm

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by IrishHank, Jun 20, 2003.

  1. IrishHank

    IrishHank LawnSite Member
    Posts: 45

    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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  2. Jimbo

    Jimbo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,093

    Are you left handed? I dont know how that is possible unless yoour holding it completely sideways???? Please elaborate on how your using it.

  3. o-so-n-so

    o-so-n-so LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 1,218

    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.
    Good Luck........
  4. Grass Master

    Grass Master LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 328


    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
  5. LawnMower

    LawnMower LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 653

    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.
  6. IrishHank

    IrishHank LawnSite Member
    Posts: 45

    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!
  7. IrishHank

    IrishHank LawnSite Member
    Posts: 45

    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.
  8. Grass Master

    Grass Master LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 328


    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
  9. IrishHank

    IrishHank LawnSite Member
    Posts: 45

    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.
  10. Grass Master

    Grass Master LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 328

    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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