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Stihl or Echo Trimmer

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Pat'sPerfectLawnService, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,719

    Well kind of, Stihl recommends that you need to use their synthetic oil to keep the carbon build up off the valves. Up until last year I ran Echo, Redmax and Stihl mix, it just depended what the dealer had cheaper by the case at the time. BTW echo and redmax are the same oil. Last year I changed to Amsoil and have been very pleased. I bought my first 4 mix in 2005 and it is still running, but I still prefer the fs 80/85 twice banger.
  2. grasshog08

    grasshog08 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    whats ur comments on the fs110?
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  3. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,450

    Yes......But it is recommended to use synthetic oil like Stihl Ultra or Amsoil to keep the carbon deposit down.

    Don't put more than 50:1. I was using 40:1 on all my stuffs. One time I removed the valve cover of my C4 blower, it literally have a pool of oil in it!!!! Oil seems to settle out in these kind of engine more. This is just my guessing. Either case, more oil, more deposit.
  4. Pat'sPerfectLawnService

    Pat'sPerfectLawnService LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 381

  5. Pat'sPerfectLawnService

    Pat'sPerfectLawnService LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 381

    So i go with a echo i sould get the normal 265 model?
  6. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,450

    It's up to what you want, I don't know your need. If I were to need a lot of torque, I'll get the FS250 instead of faking it with the gear ratio. But that's just me.:waving:
  7. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,638

    This is just my opinion. I have used several stick when I worked for the state park system. I think both Stihl and Echo make a fine stick if you are getting commercial equipment. I use Stihl for my business now and this is why. I do not think anyone has mentioned this.

    Since I had used them both and I could get either from my dealer it came down to parts for me. Stihl has a parts factory right here in Orlando. So most items I might need I can have by the next morning if I have my dealer call in the order before two o'clock. This was the deciding factor for me, I suggest you talk to you dealer and ask them similar questions. Get their opinion on which one is going to cause you the least down time if something does go wrong, and something WILL go wrong, not because they are bad machines but just because it happens to all of them at some point.

    Just my thoughts on it , hope it helps you.
  8. 99monguse

    99monguse LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    I have always had a CRAFTSJUNK trimmers and they served their purpose; never had any problems. This last seaon I bought a STIHL and I have regretted it ever since. I bought a STIHL FS45. It works well but the trigger mechanism causes cramping in my hand because the design of the trigger; I don't use a lot of throttle and the distance between the grip and the trigger(without depressing the trigger)is far, after a while my hand cramps. Occasionally I have some starting issues.
  9. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,450

    If your only problem is the trigger is too far from the grip, try to adjust the nut that hold the other end of the cable at the carb end so you need to squeeze deeper before engaging the carb throttle so you alway holding the trigger at mid way minimum. I don't know you particular trimmer, all my trimmers are capable to adjust that. THis is the part that people adjust the slack out of the throttle cable.
  10. 99monguse

    99monguse LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    I will check my trimmer its the STIHL FS45

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