Stihl FS100RX

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by knox gsl, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,256

    I'm posting my review about my new purchase yesterday. First things first, its much lighter than my FS130R which was its selling point. I filled it up today with fresh 93 octane mixed with the standared Stihl oiul mix. It fired up on the 5th pull out of the box. It tachs up fast and has good tone to it, that is one good thing about the new 4mix engines they aren't as loud as the older 2 strokes. As of right now the only thing I can fault it for is the balance of weight is off with the engine being much heavier even when the D-handle is slid all the way to the top. It seems all the weight came out of the shaft and gear box on this model. I will post as I get a chance to run it more over the next feww months.
  2. Merkava_4

    Merkava_4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,443

    You're not the first person to mention that balance issue; it's been mentioned before on this site
    in regards to the FS100RX. That hollow drive shaft screws up the balance of the machine.
  3. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 2,383

    I have one I bought a few months ago. I like it but I don't do much trimming anymore. My guys hate it, they won't use it, they use the Echo 265's.

    They want me to get FS 250's, I think they are heavy, maybe I'm just getting old. :laugh:

    How do you like the FS 130? I picked one up at the dealer, seemed out of balance to me.
  4. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,256

    I like my 130 but it does get heavy on the hot days. If it is out of balance try sliding the Dhandle up close to the engine. T also think that we will see more balance problems as more companies go over to the hybrid 4 strike designs. They seem to add a pound or two to the egine area and that adds up if you're carring it all day.

    I've never run any of the echo stuff but have some time with shindawa, redmax and kawasaki and they all have great equipment that screams. I just like keeping everything the same brand and Stihl is the only company out there that has all the handheld equipment that I use. I refuse to run a brand that is sold in Home Depot or Lowes.
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2011
  5. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 2,383

    We bought the Echo's from our old dealer, new dealer only sells Sthil so that's what I plan to stay with.

    We have been running several 4mix blowers and edgers for a few years with good results. Now if we could just decide on a trimmer.

    I thought the 100RX was it, guess not. The 130 is the same weight as the echo's we are using so I may try one.

    They want the 250's but I don't think they are going to like the extra weight. I don't like the extra $100, so we shall see.
  6. LCPullman

    LCPullman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 589

    Funny, the balance of the FS100RX is the very thing I like most about it. I would rather have the weight up by the engine than hanging off down by the ground. Makes it easier to maneuver and over all less work because of the leverage advantage.
  7. Merkava_4

    Merkava_4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,443

    You should be able to balance the machine on one finger at the midpoint of the throttle grip.
  8. ncknaklawns

    ncknaklawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 379

    I noticed real weight advantages when i took the grass filled guard off the FS110.
  9. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    I noticed the balance problem myself. I'm still looking for something else.
  10. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,716

    r and d on sthil products is non existant-they put out a product with obovious desighn flaws and dont seem to notice

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