Which Trimmer?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by chariot, Mar 1, 2001.

  1. chariot

    chariot LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    I am looking for opinions on the Stihl FS 85RT and the FS 120R. I was wondering if the 120 is worth the extra cost over the 85. Also, any advantages to either of these over the other?
  2. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    I don't know about the 120, but I have the 85 regular shaft. I love it. I've got another one on order now. There is nothing I haven't been able to do with the 85 so to me I don't even think about the 120. You would need alot of big wacking jobs to pay for a 120.
  3. SWguy

    SWguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    If the 85 is the unit that has different head att. for it, It would be a much better buy.
  4. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    All my trimmers are Shindaiwa's, except for one, a Stihl FS-85. I like this because you can put different heads on the unit(I have 4 attachments). Can the 120 hold different attachments?
  5. SWguy

    SWguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    The majority of mine are Dawia's too, but that 85 kicks #@&*. You said you have four att. for your 85, I only have 3. The hedge att. trimmer, and saw. What am I missing?
  6. AB Lawn Care

    AB Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 585

    sthil now came out with a shwin style sweeper,and they also have a small tiller head.i would go with the 85.I own 1 and it is awsome!Buy it!!!!
  7. SWguy

    SWguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    how much is the cultivator? I have heard of the sweeper, I just didn't know that was removeable. I currently have a mantis for a cultivator, but I am a tool hog buybuybuy...
  8. cutting edge

    cutting edge LawnSite Member
    Messages: 194

    I just purchased a FS 80 at our local pro day. The Stihl rep said that the 80 and 85 are identical except for the drive shaft. He told me that if I wanted to I could upgrade the shaft in the 80 to a solid steel one for about $30.00 and the 80 would still be cheaper than the 85.
  9. chariot

    chariot LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    My local dealer told me that both the 85 and 120 could handle the attachments. I was unsure of this. Whereas, the 120's shaft does not seem to seperate like the 85. Is this necessary to add attachments. This will be replacing a Shindaiwa T-25, will it be similar power? I am wanting a Stihl because of the attachments
  10. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    There are 2 stihl 85's. One is standard shaft and the other breaks in the middle for the attachments.

    They are making attachments now for the regular shaft also. You take the trimmer head off and put the attachment on. I have the regular shaft and I plan on getting the hedge trimmers for it.

    What I do not like about the other is that if you have it locked in your trimmer rack all someone has to do is disconnect it in the middle and pull both ends out of the rack. Your new trimmer is gone is 3 seconds. With the regular 85 they can not do that. Its still (stihl) safe. haha.

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