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FS 80 or FS80R, what's the R stand for?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by MXHalofan, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm going to call Stihl tomorrow and ask them...maybe you are both wrong? Maybe it stands for righteous?
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    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
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    lol all i know is i have 2 fs80's not "R's" that i bought brand new many years ago and both of them have loop handles. They also had fs80's next to it with bike handles. so i could care less what people "think" they know. lol
  3. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    I just emailed Stihl USA and asked what R designation means.
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  4. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    Yes sometimes they will sale Trimmers with out the R
    Reason for that is overstock of Items When a new line is coming up They will use up all old parts But ser# will tell you its a R with No R plastic/stickers
    I ask dealer he said seen alot of them
    Dealer said if it has a R its loop handle it Dont it a Bike handle model

    So if that private message you sent me telling me Im wrong ok If it helps you sleep at nite ok Im wrong and are your right Ok :laugh::laugh::laugh:

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,222

    Keep reaching :rolleyes:
  6. piston slapper

    piston slapper LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,329

    Anyone that has taken a Stihl in for repair knows what S T I H L stands for...
    Sorry Trimmer Is a Hopeless Loss......
    Time to buy a new one......
  7. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Spoiler alert. It isn't.
    Here's a link to the manual for the FS 80, FS 80 R, FS 85, FS 85 R, and FS 85 RX.

    Now stop being such a smarta$$, and forget about the stickers on your machine. The R is the loop handle, and no R is the bicycle handle.
    Both have the same engine. The FS model is a string trimmer. The FC model is a stick edger. Also the same engine. The stickers (to show how the machine was originally configured at the time of the sale), can easily be misapplied.


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  9. Gilmore.Landscaping

    Gilmore.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 645

    Thank you!!! I saw that manual but I wasn't about to look through 100+ pages hoping it was in there somewhere.

    And good to see you can laugh at yourself Goldpro
  10. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,777

    From Stihl:

    Hello Chris.
    Thanks for your E-mail and your interest in STIHL products.
    The "R" means these units are equipped with a "loop" style handle. Straight shaft trimmers without the R have a "bike style" handlebar.
    I hope this helps and if I can be of any further assistance, please let me know.
    Mark O’Briant
    STIHL Inc. Technical Advisor

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