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Stihl Kombi users

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by cuttenup, May 5, 2013.

  1. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    The saw is fairly new, and it has done that since its was brand new. I has more to do with the chain. I has a troy built attachment plus and that say was a dream it cut stuff like butter, who would think the commerical stuff wouldnt work as good.
     
  2. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Posts: 12,852

    The pole pruner works best (and is designed to) when you give it at least half throttle before touching the chain to the wood. Large chainsaws work the same way, especially when using a full chisel chain.

    The only time mine grabs is when I have it against the branch before pulling the trigger, or when it is at low rpm's before starting the cut.
     
  3. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,501

    I wouldn't compare the blower against a backpack. There's no comparison there.
    But the Kombi blower with a 110 head is easily more powerful than any handheld blower (and is supposed to be even better with a 130). It's just fine for dusting clippings off of a sidewalk, or other things you'd use a handheld blower for, when you don't want to drag out the backpack.

    I have one that I let my wife use. Her long hair just wouldn't be safe with my backpack blower. She really likes that it can reach pretty far out, so it is good for cleaning out flower beds. Again, better than any handheld.
    Yeah, it is heavier, but with the strap on your shoulder, you don't notice the weight.
     
  4. Caddyshack Lawn Care

    Caddyshack Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 732

    I've just started looking at the kombi system online. How long does it take to change between say a trimmer and an edger? When you go to change attachments is there a problem w/ getting debris in the system? What about grease from the attachments...does it collect grit?
     
  5. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,849

    Takes no more than a min. There is some grease and grit but nothing to worry about. They are one of my favorite investments and great for solo or small companies. I like to be able to take one power head on landscape jobs and be able to do just about anything. No separate equipment you have to bring and fill up or worry about it not starting. I usally bring both power heads just n case. If you go this route buy the km130 and call it a day.
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  6. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,501

    It takes about 5 seconds more than it takes to put down a trimmer and pick up an edger that's the same two steps away as your other attachment. Loosen nut. Pull out attachment. Put in new one. Wiggle it until it bottoms out. Tighten nut. It took twice as long to type this as it does to swap attachments, and I type as fast as I can talk.

    For a long time, Stihl offered "gearbox" attachments. These go at the end of the shaft (loosen the torx screws and pull the trimmer head off for example), and that has an issue with dirt. The Kombi system is split in the middle of the shaft. Dirt really doesn't get that far up. And it is a tool-less change.
    The only issue with dirt, is that when the attachment is separated, it can get dirt in there if you drag it in the dirt. You kind of just have to be a little mindful of that.

    The difference in weight between the Kombi tool and the fixed version of the same is just the weight of the clamp, and that's well less than the weight of the gas in your tank. You really cannot feel the difference.
     
  7. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Kombi attachments are bullet proof. They take literally seconds to change. Theres 2 springs that tent to break and if one does change them both immadetly, Im stuck with a shaft that has broken springs because I didn't change them immadeatly.

    Dirt getting in the attachments has never been a problem for me, sometimes the attachments get thrown into the truck and its still never been an issue.

    All my issues have been with the power heads, I wore one out in 6 years, I think it should have lasted longer, it does still run however. Sthil plastics suck and the covers tend to crack after a couple of years.

    Its also to find sthil parts outside of your local dealer, which sounds bad but I will say sthil parts seem to be somewhat reasonable in price.
     
  8. show-n-go

    show-n-go LawnSite Member
    Posts: 231

    My 130 powerhead just came in today, i am picking it up in the morning.. I can't wait.
     
  9. show-n-go

    show-n-go LawnSite Member
    Posts: 231

    I got the blower for my 130, i have to say that i am impressed. I have been using a br600 to blow my grass clippings and such with so i was expecting to not like it. I am very suprised at how strong this little thing is..
     
  10. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,849

    Told you so!! I almost always have the blower on my 130. Perfect for landscaping jobs.
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