stihl fs 90r

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by THIESSENS TLC, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. smallstripesnc

    smallstripesnc LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a friend who swears by stihl and loves the 4 mix stuff and told me his isnt as bad and he can use his at any throttle setting and edge fine.
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  2. smallstripesnc

    smallstripesnc LawnSite Senior Member
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    I know their blowers are great. I see every lco with them. I see a ton of lcos with stihl 4 mix trimmers as well which is weird because if the on/off thing is a big issue then itll be hard to use on residential propertys.
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  3. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    A lot of LCO's use them because they have power, and because they buy in bulk, so they get blowers, trimmers etc all at once and at a discount. Too, Stihl dealers are much thicker in some areas than in others, so you tend to see more guys using Stihl equipment in those areas. I'm in one of them where I am.

    I like my 90, but it is as I said.

    All I can tell you is go try one before you buy one, and find out for yourself.
     
  4. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    The on off thing is BS. The 4 mix has a much wider power band than a 2 cycle. I rarely use my fs90r at full throttle.
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  5. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    No it isn't bro. Far, far too many of us here have experienced the same thing for it to be "BS". I know I'm certainly not full of it, nor am I a Stihl basher. Exactly half of my handhelds are Stihl, and that's quite a few different pieces of equipment all in. Mine is very, very hard to feather up and down the range smoothly. I can squeeze very carefully on the trigger and start gaining power, then all of a sudden it jumps up to near, or at the top. That's just not the way they should work, especially when you consider how smoothly their blower triggers work. It has nothing to do with the 4 mix engine. It is just their stupid throttle linkage that needs to be re-designed.

    The 4 mix's certainly have much more torque, and also a better torque curve than the 2 strokes, true enough there.
     
  6. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I like to think of them like a diesel engine where as the true two strokes are gas engines. Love the BR600M I had it before the trimmers.
     
  7. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Sorry didnt mean to call anyone a lair. But that is not how mine operate. Ill have to post a video.
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  8. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    No problem.:)

    I wish mine was smooth throughout the range. That is my only gripe with it. I have been noticing though that it seems smoother with the edger attachment. It still wants to jump up once I get up off idle a bit, but not as bad as with the trimmer attachment. Possibly the added weight of the edger blade affects it?

    I really like the sound of the exhaust. Just sounds serious.
     
  9. THIESSENS TLC

    THIESSENS TLC LawnSite Senior Member
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    Im starting to think I wont like it with all this talk about no happy medium. I love that Im able to feather the throttle on my TB. Could you possibly adjust the carb?
     
  10. S&M Landscapes

    S&M Landscapes LawnSite Member
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    After using stihl trimmers, its hard for me to use anything else... they have so much torque(sp), and cut so clean compared to others. I have used husqvarna, echo, robin, redmax, and to me they sre all nearly the same model for model.
    My dealer sells echo, but will order any piece of stihl equipment i need.
    That is just my experience here in ga cutting mostly Bermuda.
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