STIHL Kombi System

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Stars & Stripes Landscaping, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. Stars & Stripes Landscaping

    Stars & Stripes Landscaping LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 246

    Getting started into the business next year (Spring 2014), need to acquire equipment and am looking to get the items listed below.

    String Trimmer
    Bed Redefiner
    Pole Hedge Trimmer

    Just going on the STIHL website if I bought each piece individually...

    FS90R - 330
    FC90 - 360
    HL100K - 500
    Total : 1,190 (not including bed redefiner)
    Echo PE266S - 400 (Bed Redefiner)

    Total with definer would be 1,590

    now if I were to get the Kombi System....

    KM110R - 350
    FBD-KM - 260 (Bed Redefiner)
    FS-KM - 100 (String Trimmer)
    FCS-KM - 190 (Edger)
    HL-KM - 260 (Pole Trimmer)
    Total : 1,160

    I guess the main question is, what are some cons of the KombiSystem?
  2. Fubba

    Fubba LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 360

    There's no real cons. We abuse ours everyday. However, I would get a dedicated string trimmer and use the Kombi for the other things you need.
  3. greenleafgreenscapes

    greenleafgreenscapes LawnSite Member
    Male, from Wi
    Messages: 55

    I have the 3 Kombi 110 power heads and love them. No need for a dedicated string trimmer. Also for an edger, just get the edging blade and use a washer for a spacer on the bed redifner. It does an excellent job and it is now multi purpose.
  4. austins35

    austins35 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    it depends on your wallet an the amount you'll using the equipment

    if it were me
    I would buy individual units for each application

    at one time (a long long time ago) I bought a Kombi system and attachments

    I found that I preferred having each dedicated piece for it's intended use

    space where your storing an transporting the equipment comes into play as well.

    I never liked the the Kombi connection when throttle up the connections gives just a little bit.

    I prefer fewer links in the chain
  5. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,650

    THeres a lot of threds about some of us having kombis that are real hard too start. Other than that there ok, the attachments are real good.

    Muliti tiil is the way to go
  6. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,763

    People complain about every brand. The motor on the FS90R and KM90R are the same. The only difference is the sticker. Now which one is hard to start?

    Back to your kombi vs individual tool comparison.
    The 110 is a much more capable motor than the 90 for the edger. I had an FC85 and it was just barely able to suit my needs. KM110 drives the straight shaft edger attachment as fast as I can walk.

    Cons to the kombi. Your setup as quoted only has one powerhead. If you have one worker, that'll work, until you need service, and then you're completely down.

    Pros to the kombi. If you change your quote to include two powerheads, you'll have a spare motor for EVERYTHING.
    Without the kombi, if your edger needs service, you'd have to make due with the string, etc.
  7. peeklandscaping

    peeklandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 306

    Kombi is great. get the KM130, not 110. String trimmer has more guts than most dedicated trimmers. You don't need both the bed redefiner and the edger- just buy the redefiner and then a edger blade, and the couple washers needed, separate. The definer blade and the edger blade are interchangeable, so you get to save $100 or so just purchasing the one. The pole hedge-trimmer is a must. great machine. good luck!
  8. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,763

    The edger and redefiner are not the same. They may take the same blade hub, and the redefiner may have a slightly bigger guard, but the straight shaft edger also has a front roller that protects the gearbox. The redifiner only has a skid plate.

    I'm very happy with my edger, and I'd sooner try out a gator blade than worry about the redefiner.
  9. Ormond32176

    Ormond32176 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 217

    I have the KM110 and it has been great. It has never sat in the shop for more than a night and has always started. Every now and then it might take 3-4 pulls, but it usually starts in 1-2. After the day it gets hard to start on, adjust the valves and maybe clean the exhaust port and you'll be ready to go.
  10. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,650

    I have the 2 stroke homeowners and 2 110 power heads. All of them are very tempermental. Theres several threds about their starting problems.

    I agree that having 2 power heads is a must, the attachments are very durable and realible.

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