Stihl fs70 rc-e or fs100rx?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by BC3, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. BC3

    BC3 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    I want to buy a lighter weight trimmer..I have a troubled shoulder. I dont think I have the need for unit with multiple attachments, so my thoughts are between these 2 models. I have a credit with a dealer that only sells Stihl, so others are out.

    It is for personal property use..but I dont want the homeowner line. One question is what is the difference between the two motors..I read the FS70 is a new model and has E-Start and 2 ring piston. Is it a 4stroke/2stroke like the 100? My concern is that some have said the 100 motor is difficult to start (again, shoulder issue) and needs the more expensive oil (which I would then have to run in all my equipment because I dont want multiple fuel cans).

    thanks in advance...bc3
  2. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    I've been running an FS100RX for a few years now and it has been a very good trimmer. I do need to put a new spark plug and air filter in it, but it runs well. I really can't say if it starts hard or not, for me it starts in 2-3 pulls (sometimes 1), but I'm used to it so I don't really know if its hard starting or not.

    If you buy a pack of HP ultra stihl oil (6-pack) when you buy your trimmer, you will double your warranty period, so it would be a 4 year warranty.

    I'd go with the 100RX, its light weight and reliable. But both trimmers would serve you well.

    I can't comment on the 70RC-E as its newer and I've never used it.

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