4-stroke brushcutters. Have they got grunt?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by winx, Jan 18, 2007.

  1. winx

    winx LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I'm running conventional 2 stroke stihl brushcutters for scub clearance up to a couple or three inches thick. I want to go over to the 4 strokes because I'm getting tinnitus now and they are supposed to be quiter but I can't find anything of a decent size. I can't belive either the makita or Hondawith a 35cc engine has the grunt to do what I want it to. Does anyone know what they are capable of or if there are bigger 4 stroke machines out there. The stihl 4 mix looks interesting but are they quiter than regular 2 strokes?
    Good to hear from yous
  2. Potchkins

    Potchkins LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 570

    look at the STHIL FS 130
  3. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,716

    hearing protection -look into it
  4. saw man

    saw man LawnSite Bronze Member
    from utah
    Messages: 1,037

    Hearing protection first.

    The 4-stroke units are not that much quieter at full throttle. I think the Honda would do most of what you would need to do. Only a few need something bigger like a 40cc to 60cc+ machine.
  5. Just Mow

    Just Mow LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 367

    Look at the Stihl FS130R. Lots of torque and power as well as being quieter than your other units. And yes, you should look into a good pair of hearing protectors.
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I've always worn hearing protectors, even with the quiet FS-100rx the noise of the whirring string makes this an absolutely essential part of the operation.

    Thou I do admit to using the Br-550 backpack without protection on occasion, it's more a matter of principle to me (wear it or don't work, kinda).

    Power-wise, yeah lol, the 4-mix'rs got a TON.

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