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Stihl String Trimmer

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GardnerLandscaping, May 14, 2010.

  1. GardnerLandscaping

    GardnerLandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 310

    I picked up the Stihl string trimmer Kombi attachment to retire the consumer Husqvarna string trimmer model I had been using heavily for anything from brush clearing to edging for the past 3 years. I was concerned with the Stihl at the store since the head was designed like the Homelite string trimmer I bought when I first bought a home. I thought, it is a Stihl and should work fine but should consider getting the "C" model though it was designed somewhat the same way.

    I was thoroughly disappointed in the string trimmer head. I replaced the vortex style trimmer line which came it with regular Stihl trimmer line after I had to stop to fix the line. I was first annoyed that you have to cut the line in half and was difficult to refill the line since you couldn't spin the spool in your hands with the Homelite-like design tags and notches for bump feeding. After stopping 3 more times to fix the trimmer line, I brought out the Lowe's Husqvarna 125L out of retirement and filled it quickly with trimmer line. Even with the cover and bump worn through, the plastic trigger split, the shaft rattling, and the engine smoking at the end of the job, I didn't have to stop once and was able to finish quickly, and it was a decent-sized corner lot of a new customer who hasn't been trimmed and edged in years -- I had to shovel dirt out of the street gutters.

    I noticed all the professional models the store carried except one came standard with this head. I'm still scratching my head why most of the landscapers in this area use these string trimmers designed like a Homelite. Are they replacing the string trimmer head with the autofeed or the "C" head? Which one should I get or should I get some other brand head attachment?
  2. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,121

    I bought my first Sthil this year, and it will be my last. That head sucks! It is also hard to start. The string is constantly breaking because if the head design.

    I had an old echo that was not running properly, it will shut off if you do not feather the throttle. My helper put the Sthil back on the rack and started using the broken Echo! I ordered a new carb for the Echo, and the Sthil is going to be givin away!
  3. Merkava_4

    Merkava_4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,280

    Everybody likes the Shindaiwa Speed-Feed head.
  4. mbrew

    mbrew LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 491

    I second that. I'm using one on my consumer level Husqvarna and its even less trouble than the original. I worked that trimmer hard a couple of weeks ago dong work that probably should have been done with a brush cutter and I was happy with the performance.
  5. GardnerLandscaping

    GardnerLandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 310

    Thanks for the advice. I haven't been impressed with Stihl. The dealer's back room is full of them waiting for repair. I need to have my switch replaced and something done with the carb, and I've only used it for hedge trimming and still under warranty. I thought it was the adjustments since they messed with them when I bought it. He said it had something to do with ethanol. The Shindaiwa and Echo (years ago) I used in the past were much better though the Shindaiwa wasn't easily opened when you did overheat the line and it would stick. The Shindaiwa dealer around here is over-priced, but I'll look at them. I was wondering if anyone had experience with the C model (load and spin without taking it apart) or the autofeed where you don't have to bump the head -- which means i only have to replace the cover if i wear it out hovering it on the ground (i get lazy). i'm tempted to put the husqvarna head on it, though i go through them fairly quickly and lowes only sells the whole assembly as a replacement.
  6. mowslot54

    mowslot54 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 95

    i bought a stihl fs 100 rx and had nothing but problems with it from day one. took it back the first week and it had to have a new carb put on it. go with a shindaiwa. i use one out at the funeral home i work at. good machines.
  7. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,712

    i dont buy sthil anymore either -their quality has gone to crap-now just a big name.
  8. GKchris311

    GKchris311 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 30

    We bought 2 FS100's at the start of the season. Been running them hard for the last month and a half and have absolutely no problems with performance. I keep hearing bad things about them on here but I've honestly not had anything go wrong with mine. We were having the line stick inside the head a lot in the begining and my guys were constantly stoping to reload it. Talked to my dealer and was told thats often cause from trying to load too much line into the head. We started only stringing them about half full and the problem so far is solved. Maybe I'm just lucky, maybe next week mine will go down. I hope not.
  9. genesis215

    genesis215 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 795

    Get rid of the head, and put a Universal Speed Feed 375 head on. I have one, and it's great. You don't have to take the head apart to restring it. #78890-18000 is the Shindaiwa part # for it. It will have the adapters included to fit your Stihl. Hope this helps.
  10. AllSeasonServices

    AllSeasonServices LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    I have 2 FS 90s. 1 is brand new the other is a year old. Not a single problem. Love em. Im using the original head on the new one but I did switch over to the Echo head on the other.

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