Stihl FS 85

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GTLC, Nov 13, 2003.

  1. GTLC

    GTLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 700

    I am going to my Stihl dealer this weekend to get probably an FS 85. I know it all depends on preference, but I have never had anything nice like Stihl before. any pros or cons with this machine?
  2. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    I've got a few 85's. Be sure not to get the extreme. It has a hollow shaft. Get the regular FS85. It has the solid shaft. With the solid shaft you can use hedge trimmer attachments and all the other attachments with it. The extreme its not reccomended with.

    NCSERVICE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 206

    best trimmer you can buy
  4. twwlawn

    twwlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    I have the FS85 solid shaft and I have had no problems, runs great.
  5. LeoS818

    LeoS818 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 122

    We have several 85s. Bought a 110 this spring. We will be replacing the 85s as they die with 110s.
  6. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    I have all Stihls for my handhelds. I do have 2 FS 85s and have had no problems with them.
  7. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    Have a one year old FS80 (same thing but uses a cable shaft instead of solid steel) no problems yet but have not used it much. Has ran excellent. I bought it new last year and was very impressed with it coming from a homelite curved shaft, loads of torque and RPM much nicer to use. I haven’t used it hardly at all this year because I got a 14 year old shindaiwa for $25 and it’s my new favorite for regular trimming. Doesn’t have as much power as the stihl but it’s a lot lighterweight and quieter. The Stihl cannot be beat for ruggedness, dependability, reliability and long trouble free life, all of the local LCO’s swear by them and most still have their original FS85 and a couple newer ones also. I have no complaints with mine at all, the bump head is very nice too (one thing I don’t like on the shindaiwa). Great unit just wish it was lighter weight. If you don’t mind the weight go for it. You won’t mind the weight unless you have a much lighter straight shaft also so I say go for it. Can’t go wrong with the Shindaiwa either ;) My Shinny is, as I said, 14 years old and I got it from a customer earlier this year and it always starts right up and runs great. Not near the torque of the Stihl but for normal trimming it’s just fine. Much quieter and much much lighter weight. It’s a model T-18. A friend has a newer T230 and they prefer it over their FS85 also but it’s heavier and louder than my Shinny. Probably more powerful too but they have the same opinions on their two trimmers as I do mine. Again you won’t go wrong with the Stihl and you’ll be plenty happy with it but it is alittle heavier than some of the other options. Happy shopping :)
  8. onboard2

    onboard2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    We use Shindiawa t230 . We feel the the weight/ power ratio is
    very important. When you use them all day you can feel the extra
    12 oz. IMHO
  9. battags

    battags LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 607

    Any dislikes of the FS85 Kombi system?

  10. Planet Landscaping

    Planet Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 607

    Shindy t260s here

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