Need a new trimmer, help me narrow down my choices

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by offroadrider12, Jun 4, 2009.


Which Trimmer?

  1. RedMax BC250 w/ Sthil Handlebars

    3 vote(s)
  2. RedMax BCZ2401S w/ Sthil Handlebars

    7 vote(s)
  3. Sthil FS80 & buy solid shaft

    20 vote(s)
  1. genesis215

    genesis215 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 795

    I have a 1-year old 4-MIX Stihl BR 600 backpack blower, and I just did a valve adjustment on it myself. It's very simple to do, and only requires the valve adjustment tool ($1), and the valve cover gasket ($3-4). The valves were just slightly out of adjustment after a year's time, and from what I have heard the 4-MIX trimmer engines don't get out of adjustment as easily as the blower engines. It only took about 15 minutes for me to do the whole procedure of taking everything apart, adjusting, and putting everything back together. I have heard it is supposed to be done once a year just to be safe. I am also ready to switch over to Amsoil Saber, so that I won't get any carbon build up. It has been run on Stihl Ultra until now, and hardly any carbon has accumulated, but the Amsoil is quite a bit better.

    In the end, I think that the 4-MIX engines are highly reliable when maintained, and the maintenance is very minimal. If you read on this site, most people that have both the FS 80 and FS 90 or 110 say that the 4-MIX is way better than the 2-stroke FS 80. Much easier starting, a lot more torque, and isn't so loud. I have used both an FS 80 and an FS 110, and the 110 felt lighter than the 80 because it had good balance. The 80 is heavier in the line head end, making it highly unbalanced. I would recommend the FS 100RX, and put a solid shaft in it too. It's a VERY light trimmer, with excellent balance.
  2. offroadrider12

    offroadrider12 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 43

    After going to the RedMax dealer, they had nothing in stock I liked. They didn't have a BC250 on the shelf either. The FS80 felt alright, but I just decided to get $80 worth of parts and completely rebuild the motor on the BC225 since I know I like it. Maybe I'll even do a little porting on the motor with a dremel.

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,780

    I voted for the 2401
  4. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,133

    Bring back the FS 52 or 56 !!!! I know; I know they're many years old. But seriously, if anyone has one, I'd buy it in a minute. I've kept a couple of them going with rebuilding.
    The 52 that I still have running probably has $400 in it by now.
  5. ancjr

    ancjr LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 173

    I voted for the FS80, but I'd recommend the FS90.
  6. Wizz

    Wizz LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 322

    Agreed, FS90
  7. birdman0494

    birdman0494 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 142

    I dont wanna seem like a basher on you gusy but go look on stihl the fs 90 and fs 80 both have the same output! and did you guys ever notice that the 80 kinda looks like a 250 miniturized?
  8. mowerdude777

    mowerdude777 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,735

    The red max 2401 kicks ass
  9. redmax fan

    redmax fan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,418

    as you know ive been running the same whip 4 years ,
    and carbon build in head is a problem . while so is
    build up in carb . weve put in alot of carb kits and or
    new carbs . so ive started reading on the topic and
    asking questions and two things ive got to are :

    SEA FOAM , to clean out carbon deposits in head , and keep carb jets clean

    AMISOL 2 CYCLE OIL , to prevent carbon build up

    * not started either yet but thought ide pass along the info .
    we just bought 2 16 oz bottles of sea foam today from weingartz
    and the guy keith that works the service desk said its great stuff
  10. offroadrider12

    offroadrider12 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 43

    I completely rebuilt the BC225DL and she runs like a top! New piston & rings, gas cap, whole carb rebuilt, and I shaved the flywheel to make it lighter. All good now :)

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