Stihl Trimmers FS80R or FS85R ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Joe W., Jun 9, 2001.

  1. Joe W.

    Joe W. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 37

    I'm going in for a new trimmer and looked at the Stihl line today. I was told that the 85 will take some attachments (not sure which ones). This is not the split shaft model. The price for the 80 was $260.00, and the 85 was $300.00. Do these prices sound close? Thanks for all the help.
  2. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,389

    300 for a FS85 is about right. I would recommend it over the 80.
  3. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    I have both. The price for the 80 seems high. I bought an 80 about 2 months ago for $225 at my dealer. I also get the 85's for $279. The attachment I use is the hedge trimmer attachment. It works great!:) I was told that if you want to upgrade to the solid shaft on the 80, its about $25 for the solid shaft.

    MIDSOUTH LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 320

    By the new fs83, it has more power than an 80 an 85, the only difference in the 80 and 85 is the solid steel driveshaft in the 85, the 80 has a speedometer cable. I bought one (an 83) last july and I am fixing to buy another next week, the ole 85 will be a backup for the two 83's.

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