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Proud owner of a new toy!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Envy Lawn Service, Oct 16, 2002.

  1. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    I just wanted to update everyone and say thanks to "EVERYONE" who voted on my trimmer poll!!! you all have been a great help in making a decision I just couldn't seem to make. The Stihl FS 85 got over 40% of the total vote, so you guys basically made the decision for me.

    The rain did break this morning and I got to put it to work. I must say this is one fine piece of equipment! Now my old trimmer started easy, but my god! This thing wants to run! It fires half way through 1 pull. It has a nice throaty sound that is music to any 2 stroke lovers ears. The operation is smooth, no vibration. It's just what I was looking for!

    Getting used to it is going to take me a while though. The head rotation is opposite of my old one. It make everything feel sort of backwards. This rotation is much nicer when string edging because it throw towards the ground rather than up in the air. But, there again it feels opposite. I'm sure I'll get the hang of it eventually.

    I did mangle up some bed edges today trying to get used to it. :blush:

    I was going to slip in an image of it's 1st day on the job. But the pic is too big. Anyone now how to make file sizes smaller so they'll fit???
  2. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    Congrats. I bought one about 4 months ago. Take out the spark arrestor screen if you haven't done so already. It will clog up and it won't run for $hit. That's what mine did anyway. Pull it out and you should have no problems. Good luck!
  3. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    I thought of pulling the screen when I got it home but forgot to do it this morning.

    Which way did your previous trimmer cut? Left or right?
  4. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    Envy - Glad you like your new trimmer.

    As far as the file size goes, you can reduce the size of your photos and the resolution. I find that if bring my photo size down to 2.5 inches and drop the resolution to 100 dpi, they will be small enough to post. Your post has to be under about 1 MB I believe. You can make those changes in a photo editing program, save them (too a different file so you don't mess up the original) and try again.
  5. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    I am glad you are happy with the purchase. Getting a new "toy" is always the best! Just take care of it and it will take care of you for years to come getting the job done. It is one powerful machine.

  6. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    the rotation thing is a bummer for me.

    I like counter clockwise and that about kills your opportunity for having a real smooth, real powerful running trimmer.

  7. Clewsew

    Clewsew LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    I have a Sthil FS85, and I do believe that it does rotate CC from the operator stand point. IE leading edge moves from right to left. I will say that the Sthil does not lack for power!

    Glad you like it Envy! It runs like a banshee!
  8. Brickman

    Brickman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,249

    For pic resizing if you don't have a photo editing program email it to Rooster. He has a great program and can send it back to you. I had him do several for me.

    Glad you like your new toy.
  9. green with envy

    green with envy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 219

    Being a lefty I love the rotation of the 85 !!!:drinkup:
  10. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    Glad you like your baby. I got it's smaller cousin, the FS80 in July this year and will never go back to Homelite (my previous machine) or any other homeowner stuff. I hate the curved shaft (for what I do). I hear curved is good (with the guard removed) for trimming headstones at cemetaries. I have not had any trouble with my spark arrestor screen yet, but as soon as it clogs it will get either replaced or removed completely. It does not make it any louder and I have never had any machine throw sparks w/o it anyway. It is a great machine and will start 2nd pull cold and first warm. Impressive power and as mentioned, great sound! LOL it's definately a Tim Allen special.
    Curved Shaft trimmers always rotate clockwise, from the operator veiwpoint, and straight shaft trimmers almost always go counter clockwise. I think Homelite and maybe Poulan/Weedeater brand straight shafts go clockwise though.
    I can't get used to edging with my 80 either... I could do a nice edge with the old Homelite though :( Guess when the need arises I'll get a FS85RT split shaft trimmer with an edger attachment so I can have a trimmer if needed (or other attachments).

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