Best, toughest weed eater

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  1. QualityMowingServices

    QualityMowingServices LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    Hey guys,

    Looking for a new weed eater for this season. Would like a 4 cycle, and one that can use an edging attachment. Please let me know what models I should look at. Thanks for the help!
  2. I've chosen the Stihl FS110R. (R means it has the loop handle)
    It has the shaft & clutches to run attachments. Not too heavy, and in the spring they're usually on sale.

    But it's a 4-mix. It takes mixed gas. And with all stihl products you'll have better luck with Amsoil or Optima synthetic 100-1 ratio 2-cycle oil.

    I've had a Stihl FS110 for years and use it every day. Plus I have a hedge trimmer & pole saw attachment I use a lot. It's easy to change heads, but it takes a tool.
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I have two string trimmers, a brush cutter and two edgers, but no weed eater...
    I don't think they make weed eaters in four stroke versions, I believe the first thing you'll find in
    that department would be a brush cutter although the Fs-90 might still be a string trimmer and that
    uses a four stroke engine... The rest are all 2-cycle engines and by the time we get to any product
    that I've actually seen called a weed eater we're usually starting to look at electrical models.

    Now four stroke engines, they only come on string trimmers and brush cutters, that much I know.

    Late edit: It does appear Stihl has resorted to the name "weed trimmer," guess they're getting soft.
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2009
  4. Carolina Cuts

    Carolina Cuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,152

    LOL I love reading 'weedeaters'... makes me laugh every time... literally every time. :eek:)

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    If you want the toughest weed eater that will have a ton of power and be the most reliable go with the Stihl FS-250R. I used to have two and loved them but sold them like an idiot. We now run echo SRM-265T's which are the best for weekly maintenance imo but dont have half the power the FS-250R's do.
  6. Lazer_Z

    Lazer_Z LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,578

    Take a look at the Stihl Kombi system here's the motors , , and here's the page that lists the attachments

    I've personally got a KM 130 R and it's got loads of power.
  7. ein999

    ein999 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 156

    I would go with a shindaiwa.
  8. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,199

    I second the motion.
  9. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,199

    Down here in the South they are called weedeaters. You Yanks say trimmer.
  10. Tommy Boy

    Tommy Boy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 220

    Give Em hell Cajun, it's a weedeater in the south, Yankees, will never stop amazing me, Keep your confederate money, the south will rise again, and we can hire yankee's on our crews

    Just kidding Guys

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