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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ashs inc, Dec 22, 2004.

  1. ashs inc

    ashs inc LawnSite Senior Member
    from alabama
    Messages: 601

    I am looking for a new edger. I love the idea of the straight shaft of the stihl. But do i get the FC 85 or the FC 110? I dont know which is better? The 110 is 50 bucks more. Is it worth it?


  2. Lazer_Z

    Lazer_Z LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,578

    Duke,I was in the same boat as you over the summer. I looked at just about every stick edger out and finally after much research bought the FC110 and it was worth every penny. It is a powerful machine to say the least.

    What other models have you been looking at besides STIHL?
  3. Lawnchoice

    Lawnchoice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 781

    Quick question not to get off the thread topic though !

    Have you guys tried using a trimmer backwards to maintain the edge? This is what I have been doing for over ten years now and it works great. Obviously you need a nice cut edge in the spring that you can keep up throughout the season. This is provided by a Turfco Edge-R-Rite.

    Do you think the stick edger is quicker than my method????
  4. ashs inc

    ashs inc LawnSite Senior Member
    from alabama
    Messages: 601

    I have looked at every edger out there. I love Echo equipment. But they feel like they have gotten weaker the new and more emission control is involved. I also like Red Max. I dont have a dealer close to me. I have a shindaiwa eb 600 blower that went in a pool with an employee this summer. I drained it and it cranked right up. SO i like all kinds i have a 7 year old Stihl fc 85 trimmer that i love. So i was going to move to stihl edger because of the straight shaft and the open edger blade! NO mud getting caught in the blade housing. Just didnt know if the 110 was worth the extra money or will the 85 do the trick. It feels lighter!

  5. splatz100

    splatz100 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 647

    how much does the 85 cost??
  6. Lazer_Z

    Lazer_Z LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,578

    Lawn to answer you question yes I have tried the trimmer method but, it did not give me what I was after. I was after a nice deep,clean,sharp looking edge and the FC110 has given me that and some. I also like it because I can add on attachments like a hedge trimmer for example.

    But, Yes it has it's draw backs such as an extra trip to the truck and back.But all in all I could not be happier with it.
  7. ashs inc

    ashs inc LawnSite Senior Member
    from alabama
    Messages: 601

    FC 85 $350 plus TAX
    FC 110 $399 Plus TAX
  8. Lazer_Z

    Lazer_Z LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,578

    Duke, The main reason I went Stihl is the straight shaft. I can take the machine and stand it up so I can access a tight spot.Now try that with a curved shaft model. I actually have 2 reason 1 is the straight shaft #2 is I have a great dealer and already have a Stihl saw so I already knew Sthil had a good reputation.
  9. captaingreen

    captaingreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 471

    I have a Stihl:
    FS 85
    FC 110
    handheld blower
    hedge trimmers
    I'm very happy with all my Stihl tools and have an excellent dealer. I also have a friend in the tree business, he uses all Stihl and loves it.
    If you can afford it I would go with the 110, you can get a trimmer head for it in the future if you ever wanted to switch. My first FS 85 began as a brushcutter, then a edger, and lastly a trimmer- stihl runs great!
  10. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    I have the FS 85 trimmer and The FC 110 edger. The 110 is definitely more powerfull and the 110 uses less fuel. The 50 bucks is negligible when you look at the amount of fuel you put through these in the edgers lifetime. Good luck and I recommend spending the extra 50 smakeroos.

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