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Fs80 or fs100 rx

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by NORTHMAN, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 2,384

    We demoed the FS100RX a while back.

    It was very light and had plenty of power.

    As much or more power than our Echo 265T's.

    I think the FS100RX will be our next trimmer.

    We have been using the 4mix for about 3 years with great success.

    We also demoed the FS90 last summer, did not like as much as 100RX.
  2. scotlykins

    scotlykins LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    We have four RedMax trimmers and the Stihl 100rx. They pick up the Stihl first every time.
  3. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 2,384

    Wow. that say a lot about what they thought of the 100RX.

    Does anyone run the Shindy Speed Feed on the 100RX?
  4. genesis215

    genesis215 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 795

    Shindaiwa part #78890-21000 is the Universal-fit 450 speed feed head. It has adapters to fit the Stihl. This link will tell you what parts you will need to fit onto your Stihl, Echo, or any other trimmer. All the adapters pictured are included. http://www.shindaiwa.com/mau/en/_docs/SpeedFeed_FitupChart.pdf
  5. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,450

    Great, I found one for my big Honda too. Other than the weight, the head is another thing that stop me from using the Honda.

  6. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,450

    Looking at the chart, Shindy make heads for Homelite too!!! I had seen Homelite on sale in HD for $59!!!!! Even if it is $99, still cheap. I have both cheap ones and top of the line ones. TO me, the major difference is the head. If you buy a Speed Feed head, get a bunch of the Homelite, put the head on and use it, when one crap out, take the head and put it on a new trimmer and keep going. You might save a lot of money. If not for the trimmer, you never have to go pay to have trimmer fix in the dealer which by itself is more than a Homelite!!!
  7. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,711

    For EDGING purposes, I've found my new FS80 to be superior to my old and somewhat lighter RedMax (RM was fitted with a standard Echo head, btw). For me, a heavier head makes the whole edging process much more controlled and solid feeling...as well as better.

    While the Stihl head is a bit of a bear the first few times, it does get easier. The two tabs MUST be grasped simultaneously to open it!! The fact that it holds 33' of .095 line makes it last nearly 3 times longer than 12' in a speed head.
  8. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,206

    All curved shaft edger shafts are cable!
  9. Accu-cut Lawn Care

    Accu-cut Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,206

    I have. Well fs110, I think and an fs80. I think speedfeed heads are great for any trimmer. Easy to service and easier to string. Pretty durable too. They worked great for my guardrail trimming... Which was rough cut 2 feet on each side of 8 miles of guardrail. They are good for manicured stuff too.
  10. Shane100

    Shane100 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    I just bought a FS80 today. The deal breaker for me between a FS80 and the 100rx was the fact that it is the last chance to get one. Dealer said he had 60 in stock and expects them to all be gone by April 1. He said they ordered over 250 of them when he found out they were discontinued. He said he thinks they are the most reliable trimmers ever made. He also said almost 1/2 of the 4mix engines he sold leaked around the carbs. He said he even called Stihl and they said it is normal (WTF). We joked with him a little about it because we also have a FS90R 4mix that is one season old with no leaks or problems. I figured if I do decide I want the FS100RX I can go get one later, which is not true of the FS80.
    Here are a few comparisons:

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