WARNING!: Stupid n00b question ahead.

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by GravyTrain, Mar 17, 2007.

  1. GravyTrain

    GravyTrain LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    Alright, so i've been reading Lawnsite for quite some time now and am still in a learning process. I recently purchased my equipment, all commercial grade stuff.

    My question is this, the weed trimmer and edger both make a very loud metal on metal sound that is something I have never heard in any of my previous residential grade stuff. I've got an FC50 - edger and the FS80r - trimmer. Is this common place? have I done something wrong in the startup/storage/gas mixture? or do I just need to get used to this sound?

    For the record, I have started them once. When I picked them up they did all the setup on them in the back, I loaded my truck and was on my way (I was already late for my regular job that morning). I started them last weekend and because of the noice, I didn't run them very long so I don't know if the noise would have gone away or not.

    Any advice?
  2. Poncho25

    Poncho25 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    If i am not mistaken the FC50 even tho it is Stihl i believe thats a homeowner version not a commercial grade, someone correct me if i am wrong. the FS80 is a light commercial trimmer, good start up trimmer. As for the noise, i would have to hear it to give you my advise on it. Word of advise, even tho you get them from the shop new, or if its being serviced, ALWAYS run them in front of their mechanic before loading them up and taking off!!
  3. PatriotLandscape

    PatriotLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MA
    Messages: 1,209

    does it sound like a bell ringing? clacking sound? If so it is normal the fs80 is a great trimmer we have had some in service for ten years. the noise your hearing is from the muffler not sure what it is but it is normal.
  4. GravyTrain

    GravyTrain LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    You are correct. I had gone in intending to get the commercial grade, but due to price and the amount I had planned on using, I went with the homeowners. Being a startup and only doing this part time, the guy said this should last at least 2 seasons or so, and I just need it to last one. Man, you know your stuff. I'll see if anyone else has had this experience with the metal on metal sound.
  5. GravyTrain

    GravyTrain LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    thanks Patriot. I assumed it was normal, but wanted to verify before I started using it and really screwed stuff up. I would have to say between the two suggestions, it is more of a bell ringing than a clacking.

    I'd stihl (pun intended) like to get some more opinions from others, just for verification.
  6. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,201

    All new timmers are very loud thanks to the new CARB TEIR II emission standard requiring a specific muffler w/ catalitic converter. My old Toro proline trimmers I bought back in 93 and still using today are well balanced and quiet comparred to my new Tanaka's which more than twice as loud at idle than my Toro's are at full throttle. The Tanaka's run great and start easy but they are loud as hell, perhaps instead of emissions they should think about noise pollution.
  7. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    The loud bell ringing sound is I beleive the centifugal clutch, and the sound is common and normal in Stihl products. FWIW, I have both a KM85 (pro model) and KM55 (homeowner) and the 55 is just as powerful and has actually proved to be more reliable than the 85, which has never run quite right despite a couple of trips to the shop. I've used to 55 to service 12 accounts for three years (pretty light use actually) and it's never skipped a beat.
  8. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,988

    Yep, I've heard that sound too, sounds like a ringing bell at certain throttle settings. My FS85X has been doing that forever and it hasn't blown up yet, so I assume it's normal.
  9. GravyTrain

    GravyTrain LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    based on everyone's input, i went ahead and used it on my own lawn this afternoon and sure enough, it ran just fine, once I throttled up a bit, it seemed to ease off. Thanks for all the input, you guys once again prove how great of a resource this board is.
  10. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,464

    Speaking of Toro trimmers...what are they like? I have heard they arent very good, and i cant seem to find any around here...whats your honest opinion of them compared to echo?

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