Allternatives To A Stihl FS 100 RX

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by NORTHMAN, Apr 24, 2011.


    NORTHMAN LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 313

    I need another trimmer,I'm thinking of trying something else than what I have now FS 100 RX,any suggestions.I mow a cemetary every 2 weeks and it takes about 4 hours to trim,so it has to be fairly light and powerful to deal with the growth and to deal with the headstones.Thanks for the help.
  2. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    What don't you like the FS100? Power to weight wise, it is going to be hard to beat the FS100. If you want a more powerful but comfortable trimmer, consider a bike handle. If so, consider the Honda HT35S 36cc 4 cycle with bike handle, it is not that expensive.

    Maruyama 31cc trimmer or Redmax 30cc strato are the other two that is light enough and similiar power.
  3. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,716

    and what is light about a honda? i would like to see you haul a honda around for 4 hours. husky is the best lightweight
  4. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,574

    Echo SRM 265T might do the job. It is a straight 2 stoke and has 2 adjustments on the carb which is very very important. The unit has flex shaft and ...well we got a bunch and some are in third year.
  5. BINKY1902

    BINKY1902 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from South
    Messages: 1,123

    When I'm doing extended periods of trimming I use a little Echo srm-225. Most of the time I use a Stihl 110, but when trimming for long periods of time I like the light weight and fuel efficiency of the 225. The Stihl obviously is faster and more powerful on quick jobs, but it gets heavy and the vibration gets to me after an hour or so.
  6. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,450

    Which part of the bike handle you don't get? For 4 hours, no trimmer is light enough. Get the bike handle. I have the Honda 31cc with bike handle, I can keep going until gas run out or have to pee.
  7. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,450

    Seriously, if you do 4 hours trimming a day, before you ruin your hands with Copal Tunnel Syndrum, do yourself a big favour, get a big Bike handle like the FS250 or Honda HHT35S bike handle. This is good for the hard trimming. Then get an Echo SRM225 or Husqvarna 223LS for touch up and edging. You are going to need both. No one trimmer is going to fill the bill.
  8. modedicebox

    modedicebox LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    No way would I use a bike handle that is such a limited setup. We run all stihl. We do parks that require 3-5 hrs of trimming each. We have one 6-7 year old 4 mix fs 100 (guy loves it). I have upgraded to fs90s 4 mix on the rest. Great trimmers. Do have small fuel tanks, about 2hrs to a tank. Power to weight is awesome. My .2...
  9. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,746

    the bike handle ones have a shoulder strap so therefore you don't have to hold the weight up like on a normal trimmer....if you are wanting a normal strapless trimmer then i would use a husqvarna is super light

    NORTHMAN LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 313

    Thanks for the help.I did have an Stihl 130 with bike handles got rid of it some time ago,it had issues.The only problem with the bike handle is I found it a bit less manuverable than the standard setup.Your right Alan about the CTS,I'm also concerned about arthritis.The trigger on the Stihl seems to be a little hard on my wrist compared to my old Shindaiwa 230.

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