Stihl Strimmer Buying Guide

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Stihl Strimmer Buying Guide

The term ‘strimmer’ is the name popularly used for grass cutters or whipper-snippers that strip, trim, whip and snip at grass in awkward places, such as fences and around trees. Lighter weight models using nylon cord are suitable for grass and soft greenery, such as nettles and weeds. The more robust the machine, the more it can remove. Different types of cutting blades and heads, which can be changed on some models, provide options for different tasks.

Choose Appropriately Sized Strimmers

There are Stihl strimmers in lightweight styles weighing as little 2.2kg (not including mowing head and battery) and heavier models up to 7.4kg or the backpack style at 10.3kg. Wand lengths vary from 110cm to 187cm, and some of the larger models have dual handle bars rather than a single handle for operation. Many models offer an ergonomic loop as an extra handle, suitable for various single handle wands.

For the Task

Heavier duty strimmers have the power and appropriate cutting blades to tackle brush and shrubs which impose on flower bed or lawn borders. Used with accessories such as spacer brackets, they are ideal for use in cemeteries or parks where stones, kerbs, and slabs often interfere with a flowing, swinging action. It is possible for integral pivoting heads, used for mowing, to switch to edge-cutting mode for convenience when a straight-edge trim is required. Noise and exhaust emissions are also considerations in certain environments. Stihl’s heavy-duty strimmers are called brush cutters. Lightweight strimmers, including cordless varieties, performing lightweight duties will serve their purpose well if regularly maintained and stored correctly. The backpack model is comfortably padded and has its weight evenly distributed, which makes it a convenient machine for grass cutting on steep inclines. The easy-fill system for petrol-driven machines means fuel is not spilled or wasted and battery powered machines can run for hours before they require charging. Engine sizes range from 27.2cc, with 0.33 capacity tanks on the smallest models that weigh 4.1kg, to 37.7cc on the most powerful models, which carry .75 litre tanks and are 40cm longer and weigh 7.1kg.

For the Operator

Operator height and individual strength are catered for in the range of Stihl strimmer models. Shorter operators find the shorter length wands more comfortable to use over long periods of time. A lighter model with an electric motor (brushless and electronically controlled) powered by a durable lithium-ion battery does not sap strength as quickly as a heavier model when operating the strimmer or brush cutter for lengthy sessions. The addition of a loop handle will enable better balance and control of the wand, which helps inhibit fatigue. Built-in strain relief for the cable prevents accidental disconnection on electric models. Cordless Models

Code * = left/right m/s² vibration level with mowing head

Length [minus cutting head]

Weight [minus battery]

 

Battery Power

lithium-ion 80 Wh or 160 Wh

Sound Level Pressure /Power

Tool Type

FSA 65 *1.3/1.1

110cm

  1. 2kg

AP80

AP160

78dB/90dB

AutoCut C 4-2 Mowing head

FSE 52 *1.4/0.8

165cm

  1. 8kg

AP80

AP160

77dB/94dB

AutoCut C 4-2 Mowing head

FSE 60 *1.4/0.8

165cm

  1. 8kg

AP160 + AL 300 charger included

77dB/94dB

AutoCut C 4-2 Mowing head

  • Safety locking button

STIHL battery products all possess a locking button, which, when operated, prevents unintentional ignition of the grass trimmer when there is a live battery.

  • Charger

Two sizes of 230 V, 50 Hz. battery chargers are available: Standard AL 100 and quick-charger AL 300. AL 100 100% charge of the AP 80 battery completed in 100 minutes; AP 160 100% charge in approx 165 minutes. Quick-charger AL 300 = 100% charge completed in 50 minutes for the AP 80 battery and 100% charge completed in 60 minutes for the AP 160 battery. Electric Models

Code * = left/right m/s² vibration level

Overall Length

Weight

Power

Voltage

Sound Level Pressure/Power

Tool Type

FSE31 * 0.6/0.8

110cm

  1. 2kg

245W

230V

78dB/90dB

Mowing head with line spool

FSE52 * 3.0/4.5

131cm

  1. 2kg

500W

230V

83dB/94dB

Mowing head AutoCut C 2-2

FSE60 * 3.9/3.6

153cm

  1. 9kg

540W

230V

83dB/94dB

Mowing head AutoCut C 5-2

FSE 81 * 2.9/2.2

153cm

  1. 7kg

1,000W

230V

83dB/93dB

Mowing head AutoCut C 5-2

Petrol Models: Lightweight grass trimmers and brush cutters [2-MIX engines]

Code * = left/right m/s² vibration level

Overall Length

Weight

Capacity

Sound Level Pressure/Power

Engine Size

Power Output

FS 38 * 6.0/8.0

147cm

  1. 1kg
  1. 33 litres

91dB/103dB

  1. 2 cc
  1. 9 bhp

FS 40 * 7.0/6.4

145cm

  1. 4kg
  1. 34 litres

94dB/103dB

  1. 2 cc
  1. 0 bhp

FS 50 * 6.0/5.7

145cm

  1. 4kg
  1. 34 litres

93dB/105dB

  1. 2 cc
  1. 1 bhp

FS 50 C-E * 6.0/5.7

145cm

  1. 5kg
  1. 34 litres

93dB/105dB

  1. 2 cc
  1. 1 bhp

FS 55 * 5.5/4.7

172cm

  1. 1kg
  1. 33 litres

95dB/105dB

  1. 2 cc
  1. 0 bhp

FS 55 R * 7.5/8.5

147cm

  1. 9kg
  1. 33 litres

95dB/105dB

  1. 2 cc
  1. 0 bhp

FS 56 R * 5.8/5.8

170cm

  1. 7kg
  1. 34 litres

94dB/104dB

  1. 2 cc
  1. 1 bhp

FS 56 RC-E * 5.8/5.8

170cm

  1. 8kg
  1. 34 litres

94dB/104dB

  1. 2 cc
  1. 1 bhp

FS 56 * 4.7/3.8

170cm

  1. 1kg
  1. 34 litres

93dB/104dB

  1. 2 cc
  1. 1 bhp

FS 56 C-E * 4.7/3.8

170cm

  1. 2kg
  1. 34 litres

93dB/104dB

  1. 2 cc
  1. 1bhp

E = Ergo Start R = Loop Handle Blade Types:No 1 = AutoCut C 5-2, Nos 2+3+7+8+9+10 = AutoCut Mowing Head, No 4 = AutoCut 25-2 No 5 = AutoCut C 25-2 Petrol Models: Powerful Brush Cutters [2-MIX engines and 4-MIX Engines]

Code* = left/right m/s² vibration level #=4-MIX engines

Overall Length

Weight

Capacity

Sound Level Pressure/Power

Engine Size

Power Output

FS70 C-E *5.5/5.5

170cm

  1. 4kg
  1. 34 litres

93dB/103dB

  1. 2 cc
  1. 2bhp

FS70 RC-E *7.6/5.2

170cm

  1. 4kg
  1. 34 litres

93dB/103dB

  1. 2 cc
  1. 2bhp

FS90 # *4.6/5.4

170cm

  1. 8kg
  1. 53 litres

91dB/101dB

  1. 4 cc
  1. 3bhp

FS90 R #

  1. 3

180cm

  1. 5kg
  1. 53 litres

91dB/101dB

  1. 4 cc
  1. 3bhp

FS100 # *3.0/2.6

180cm

  1. 8kg
  1. 53 litres

89dB/100dB

  1. 4 cc
  1. 4bhp

FS100 R # *6.2/6.2

180cm

  1. 8kg
  1. 53 litres

89dB/100dB

  1. 4 cc
  1. 4bhp

FS130 #

  1. 7

180cm

  1. 9kg
  1. 53 litres

94dB/106dB

  1. 3 cc
  1. 9bhp

FS130 R # *4.4/6.3

180cm

  1. 6kg
  1. 53 litres

96dB/106dB

  1. 3 cc
  1. 9bhp

FS240 C-E *5.2/4.9

181cm

  1. 4kg
  1. 75 litres

99dB/105dB

  1. 7cc
  1. 3bhp

FS240 RC-E *6.1/5.3

187cm

  1. 1kg
  1. 75 litres

97dB/105dB

  1. 7cc
  1. 3bhp

FR130 T *3.1/2.1

Backpack style

  1. 3kg
  1. 71 litres

94dB/102dB

  1. 3cc
  1. 9bhp

Blade Types: Nos 1+2 = Mowing head AutoCut C 25-2 Nos 3+5+7 = Metal Blade and AutoCut Nos 4+6+8 =AutoCut Nos 9+10 =Brush knife 250-3 Nos 11 = AutoCut head

Accessories

There are various accessories for Stihl strimmers to choose from and the most important of these have been detailed below.

For People

There are many accessories to make using the Stihl strimmer more comfortable and to ensure the battery on cordless machines is adequately charged. A basic harness can make a strimmer easier to carry and hang for storage. The advance harness distributes weight evenly across the back, and its fluorescent orange colour makes it a hi-vis item, an important safety feature. Also suitable for brush cutters is a padded double shoulder harness. Using a brush cutter, the operator will encounter thorns and stiff chopped wood, so wearing protective trousers, also available from Stihl, will help prevent accidental injury as will a visor for eye protection.

For Machinery

When storing models FS38-FS240, the custom made, orange Stihl cover will protect the engine housing. Chargers ensure batteries are always fit for use. AP 80 and AP 160 batteries can be charged in AL 100 or AL 300 chargers. A soft, zipped, carry bag will protect a charger during storage or transport.

Find a Stihl Strimmer on eBay

Go to eBay and on the homepage click the tab All Categories where a selection will appear. Choose Garden and Patio and expand the category by clicking More for further options to be revealed. Select Hand Tools & Equipment. On the new page, under Type on the left side, select Pruning/Snipping/Clipping. Beneath the main search bar, there are Related Searched listed. Choose ‘strimmer’ or ‘petrol strimmer’ and that will appear in the box. From there, click on browse this category and more options for related searches will appear such as ‘electric strimmers, petrol strimmers, brush cutter, petrol strimmer’. Click on the desired product and browse the listings. Another way to find a Stihl strimmer is enter a search, such as ‘Stihl strimmer’ in the Go search box on the top ribbon of any eBay page and then click.

Conclusion

Stihl products are renowned for their performance and reliability as well as the quality of their tools, which meet, and often exceed, industry standards. Consideration for noise and exhaust emissions makes them very desirable if environmental care is important. The range of products means there is something for every garden trimming eventuality that will be appropriate for use by any operator. Cordless, battery operated strimmers are lightweight and convenient to use, electric strimmers offer more power and cutting variety, and petrol engine strimmers and brush cutters present power and convenience in one package.

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