Damn good Workhorse
Whip length 9 inches, you will a zing. Good to know when auto feeding. Lawn, garden and bushes/trees with sensitive bark Orange .095 whip or lighter. Serious whip work the Red .105 or better. Blades, all depends on what your cutting. 80 tooth will take down a 1.5 inch soft wood tree in one pass. Whip head modified with vertical holes both sides of the metal outlet guides for the whip. Wire tie threw these holes and secured on top, solved problem of cover coming off. Trick also for whip, WD 40 before closing up to use, stops breaks inside....Other than running out gas or bad gas, #1 thing why most two cycle engines don't start or run well...Spark Arrestor, comes out easier than the spark plug. Dip in gas and take a propane torch to it, wire brush clean...Fixed. Pre Cursor to note is oil slobber near exhaust. Happens even with synthetic oil mix. Yes, you have been using the machine. Failures none. Wear outs and breakage. Bent the shaft, wore out the head twice (with grease fitting installed) and I snapped the handle bar off. Buck fifty for a new one(only comes with grips and controls, special order), nonsense, remote area and I had a TV tray of similar shape and size for grips...Fixed. Pipe and bender under $25. Gear Head, keep it lubed. Under the blades or whip head, keep clear of wraps around the assembly including the first spacer on the gear head. Others using it found some fishing line and wrapped it good inside plus it melted, over heated the gear head and was just short of catching fire, they stopped when it started smoking. Other note desired, was on the guard piece, the trimmer for the cord. Domestic use, worked fine. Majority of time I did not use in heavy work done. All other safety gear I use and swear by: goggles, ear muffs (or helmet combo), leather gloves, heavy thread pants, loose full length shirt and boots. Purchased in 1998, it's mission to clear 20 acres of virgin land on an island in Canada. May to October every year since. Zero time in dealer shop. Full cleaning and maintenance every year just like all my equipment and boats.
Bought this after looking at many other machines on the market and seeing other brands that I had never heard of although many people have told me they were good. I purchased Stihl because I had heard of the name. But the I must say I didn't really like it. After I bought it i found out they are now made in china and are no longer like the units Stihl used to be ten years ago, they are now designed to throw away not repair, mine is in for repair now and I was told it isnt worth fixing. I am throwing mine away and buying an Echo.
Looks good, light weight and cheap
Expensive repairs, made in china now designed to throw away when something goes wrong as the parts for repair are worth more then the unit itself
Tough as nails
I've owned a Stihl FS200 for almost 10 years. It's one tough brushcutter.
I use it on our property to clear grass, weeds and Lantana, which it does with ease. It strikes a good balance or weight and power.
Make sure you use good quality cord in the cuttling head . After experimenting with various brands, I settled on 2.4mm Stihl Supercut cord. It's expensive to buy, but lasts much longer than cheaper brands. I used to cut Lantana with a saw blade, but now use Stihl Supercut to do it.
The only negative issue we have had concerns se...rvicing. We took it back to the dealer (The Mower Place) because it was getting hard to start, and they made it much worse, and could not fix it in two subsequent trips. I eventually found a local chap who got it running well. All in all, it's well worth the money, and I will buy another when this one finally dies. Tough, reliable, just keeps going and going Dealer servicing poor
This machine is having its first full service after many hundreds of hours of very hard use. The throttle cable has been repaired and the spark plug lead has wire pushed down to contact the plug. It still runs like a charm. This machine is hust magnificent and I'm sure will be operating for another 18 years.
I purchased the 200 some 18 years ago and have only given it heavy use in the past ten years since moving to a 40 acre property. I have run it flat out for 10 hours a day for weeks clearing heavy kangaroo grass and sedges from amonst volcan...
If mine blew up tomorrow (doubtful), I'd buy its replacement. The line spool wear problem is something I am working on. I am experimenting with using a freeze plug (core plug) that has the same concave shape as the spool. If this works, it should go a long way to lowering the main cost of owning this awesome machine.
Reliable starting, can run on full throttle day in and day out, plenty of power, lifetime warranty on the clutch, ignition and shaft (USA) Field maintainable, parts easy to get (though not that cheap). Greasable cutter head bearing...
Questions & Answers
I understand that FS 200 is no more being manufactured.
Kindly provide me
1. the OME part for a head trimmer for the FS 200 and cost
2. Which colour nylon is best ? orange/white/gree for thich grass 30 cm tall
What is the power of the fs 200, I want to compare it to the fs 260 that I am considering buying??
I've used an FS 200 for 25 years and it is still strong. I gave it to my son and bought a new one last year for my daughter. It is 36cc with the FS 260, the replacement, the same. Both are beautiful brush cutters and will last a lifetime. I use my 260 on the farm for sedge etc as it is lighter than my 460.
If I was to buy another I'd get the 460 again. It is superb to use and incredibly comfortable and will handle anything up to 35mm with the blade. I use old manual corded heads that take .3 and .4mm cord for the 20 acreas I can't get to with the slasher or outfront mower due to rocks. At double the cost of the others it is a large investment but one you'll enjoy long after you've forgotten the large outlay.
The 200 will take down a 1 1/2 inch soft wood tree with a good saw blade in one pass. Don't know the power rating of the 260 to be certain what it will do. Mind you I don't do a cut like that all the time. I have bent the shaft twice over the years.
I think you'll be happy so long it's not made in China.
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