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Stihl FS 45 / FS 45R / FS 45 C-E

Stihl FS 45 / FS 45R / FS 45 C-E

FS 45, FS 45 C-E, FS 45R (See All)
2.5 from 88 reviews · View Statistics
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Pros

Ergonomic design
Provides plenty of power
Fuel efficient

Cons

Can be difficult to start
Sometimes hard to regulate engine speed

Reviews

  • Build Quality
    2.7 (34)
  • Value for Money
    2.2 (35)
  • Ease of Use
    2.2 (35)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    2.8 (32)
  • Product is used
  • Noise Level
    2.6 (33)
  • Safety
    3.1 (30)
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Was not a good purchase

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Bought this as an upgrade from a Bunnings brand line trimmer. After two uses struggling to keep it running I took it back. I was told to leave it with the suppliers. A few days later I was told I had run old fuel through it. The fuel was purchased the same day as the line trimmer but I was willing to accept it. Bought fresh petrol and it ran well for one use and ran poorly again after that. I have ascertained I need to buy 500ml of fresh fuel every time, fill the tank and discard the rest if I want to keep this machine running. It went on the hard rubbish after three or four months.

Purchased in .

Build Quality
1/5
Value for Money
1/5
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robbear
robbearMid North Coast, NSW
  • 3 reviews

STIHL EASY START

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I have had this whipper snipper for almost 5 years and it has not missed a beat. It loves too run hard and I rarely use the whiper snipper chord but much prefer the plastic blades, (which are much cheaper on the internet than at Stihl stores). It has only been serviced once in this time. Best whipper snipper I have ever owned.

Purchased in at Stihl Dealer for $299.

Build Quality
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
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Peter
PeterSydney, NSW

This is an expensive, poorly engineered toy - do not buy this product

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Purchased in at GYC for $275.

Build Quality
1/5
Value for Money
1/5
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brad
brad
  • 2 reviews

Definitely not easy start

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It's almost impossible to start. Promoted ad easy start. It's good when you finally get it going, but if it was simple as money back, I'd take it back. Not what I expected from stihl.

Purchased in for $300.

Build Quality
3/5
Value for Money
1/5
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Kelly
Kelly
  • 2 reviews
  • 1 like

Worst whipper snipper I have ever used

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Putting new cord in is a nightmare, not as easy as the sales pitch that was given. Cord breaks often, and most of the time at the inside of the hole so have to pull head apart every time to re thread it. Then a nightmare to screw back on. Will not even look at another Stihl product. Waste of money.

Purchased for $279.

Build Quality
3/5
Value for Money
1/5
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ashok a.
ashok a.Sydney, NSW

Worst Piece of junk

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Worst piece of junk. Never never never waste your money on it. Loading the line is an absolute nightmare.
Never starts properly as well. You need more than 2 people every time to start this garbage.

Purchased in .

Build Quality
1/5
Value for Money
1/5
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Fs45c

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I bought a fs45c whipper snipper at stihl tuggeranong ACT. I've had no trouble whatsoever with my machine as many others, ive had it about 3 years . It starts every (every) second pull. I think most people who aren't happy because there not using the right fuel mixture, the book and bottle say 50/1 & i use 95oct i also bought a blower and hedge trimmer which i dont have any issues at all. My only gripe is the head which was a proper pain, it now in the lake at Tuggeranong ACT. Stihl sold me another type of head which wasn't much better. I've since bought a UNICLIK head which should be on every w/ snipper, u can change cord in less than 10 seconds, thanks for a good machine and good service at STIHL TUGGERANONG ACT

Purchased in at Stihl tuggerong.

Build Quality
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
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Bret P.
Bret P.Metropolitan Adelaide, SA

Whipper snipper

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Had for more than10yrs hasn’t missed a beat ,just took the fuel primer off today for replacement.,if you don’t want the line to break use thicker line and just one strand

Purchased in .

Build Quality
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
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Jeff
JeffNorth-West & West coast, TAS
  • 4 reviews
  • 1 like

Absolute Rubbish

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When starting machine it is hard and rough pulling the cord, not smooth and clean, lets be real this is a tiny new machine not an old large 2stroke, multiple pulls are required even when it has been running and you have stopped. Line trimmer head is totally useless, you spend all of your time re-feeding line at trimmer head, line snaps off at head, line is to small and fragile especially if you buy it with a stihl brand on the package.

Purchased in for $245.

Build Quality
2/5
Value for Money
1/5
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waste of money

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what a terrible terrible product. do not waste your buy something else. the line feed doesn't work it just keeps breaking the cord inside the head so you spend more taking it apart to replace the line .had it back to the shop said it is working ok, take it home use it for two minutes and it does it again. so take it all apart again. wish i had never brought it.listen to what everyone is saying on here

Purchased in for $389.

Build Quality
1/5
Value for Money
1/5
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Trevor Berry
Trevor BerryMid North Coast, NSW

Big mistake

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This machine is terrible it is hard to start after priming it takes at least 12 pulls and once going it will stall for no apparent reason, it appears to over rev and very hard to control appropriate momentum BUT the real problem is the line head just cuts the line off, so i took it back to the Stihl retailer in Grafton NSW and was fobbed off telling me it was my fault apparently i was putting the head too close to the ground LOL, I had a Tallon for more than 10 years without any problem. NOT HAPPY STIHL cannot recommend

Purchased in at Stihl Dealer for $279.

Build Quality
2/5
Value for Money
1/5
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Stihl FS45c

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It’s hard to start and never starts immediately always tends to stall especially when it’s hot.
I spent more time fixing line and getting right length. I was told this would be easy for my daughter by the agent and it is light in weight but it is not. I’m a mechanical person and it’s very difficult to operate ,run and is awkward to use .
After 10 mins running, it overheats and won’t idle. An absolute waste of money!
Bought Feb 2020 we had to use another old machine which was so much more reliable. I will never buy another Stihl or recommend this product at all!

Build Quality
1/5
Value for Money
1/5
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Chris
ChrisGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC
  • 3 reviews

Shocker... read the reviews and don't buy it

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Terrible product. Engine runs fast and slow so you can't get a consistent speed. The line feed head and internal mechanics are complete rubbish. Keeps getting jammed and seems to go through way to much chord each time it is used. I spent way more time fiddling around with the chord than I actually did trimming the grass itself. I thought Stihl was a good brand so didn't bother checking first but turns out it is complete rubbish. You have been warned.

Purchased in for $399.

Build Quality
2/5
Value for Money
1/5
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Wes
WesSouth East Queensland, QLD

Do not purchase - epic fail for trimmer

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Purchased in at Stihl Dealer for $249.

Build Quality
3/5
Value for Money
1/5
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Nick B.
Nick B.
  • 6 reviews
  • 3 likes

Not Happy

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I bought the FS45 a year ago and used it only in my garden 1.5hrs every 2 weeks and now the handle broke off which apparently is not being replaced under warranty and will cost $50 to replace. Having to buy a replacement handle every year sounds to me like a massive design flaw. Additionally, the head mechanism is user unfriendly and needs to be replaced immediately.

Purchased in for $250.

Build Quality
2/5
Value for Money
1/5
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Questions & Answers

Michael C.
Michael C.asked
FS 45 / FS 45R / FS 45 C-E

Does the fs 45and the fs45c use the same coil

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Nathaniel F.
Nathaniel F.asked
FS 45 / FS 45R / FS 45 C-E

How to fix the pull start on a FS45C snipper that won't react

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Mark D.
Mark D.asked
FS 45 / FS 45R / FS 45 C-E

Does the fs45 have easy start? And what difference is the fs45ce

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Stihl FS 45 / FS 45R / FS 45 C-E

Details

Stihl currently offers two similar models in this range:

  • The FS 45 costs $229.
  • The FS 45 C-E is the same model with the exception that it includes a quick start feature, bringing the cost up to $279.

Features

  • Both models have a loop handle, making them easy to handle and slightly less straining on the body.
  • They have a bent shaft, making them a more affordable option for those who only need to do basic gardening work.
  • With a fuel tank capacity of 330mL, this machine is more lightweight than most other petrol whipper snippers.
  • A 2 year warranty lets you stress less about your machine breaking down on you.

Points of praise

  • Many reviewers found the Stihl FS 45 and FS 45 C-E to be lightweight and ergonomic, making it simple to operate for longer gardening jobs.
  • They also said the machine provided plenty of power, helping them breeze through the yard work.
  • According to reviewers, both models are fuel efficient.

Pain points:

  • One major pain point lots of reviewers had was that both Stihl models were difficult to start, with some reviewers saying they would work up a sweat every time they tried to get it running.
  • Some reviewers also said it was difficult to regulate the speed of the engine.
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Stihl FS 45R
  • Discontinued

Stihl FS 45R

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CategoryPetrol Whipper SnippersPetrol Whipper SnippersPetrol Whipper Snippers
Price (RRP) $249.00$279.00
Handle TypeLoop HandleLoop Handle
Shaft TypeBentBent
Power SourcePetrolPetrol
Engine Type2-Stroke
Engine Displacement27.2 cc27.2 cc
Power750 W750 W
Cutting Head TypeLineLine
FeaturesEasy / Quick Start
Weight4.1 kg4.3 kg
Noise Level 107 dB107 dB
Fuel Tank Capacity330 mL330 mL
Manufacturer Warranty2 year(s)2 year(s)2 year(s)
Release date
ManualDownload manualDownload manual
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