Provides plenty of power
Can be difficult to start
Sometimes hard to regulate engine speed
waste of money
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 February 2021 for $389.00.
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 December 2020 at Stihl Dealer for $279.00.
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!
Shocker... read the reviews and don't buy it
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 February 2021 for $399.00.
Do not purchase - epic fail for trimmer
Thought I'd spend extra for quality so wife could use if she so desire. The only product I have ever not reviewed first prior to purchase, what a mistake! Never make that mistake again. Never by Stihl again. From day one, even I struggle to keep this thing running & I've been mechanically minded my whole life. I haven't touched mechanics on this myself because I spent extra so I wouldn't have too. Took it back to Stihl dealer after first use. I said it struggled to stay running at mid revs. They start it, disregarded my concerns by runn...ing at complete full revs and said nothing wrong with it. I had to explain over again. They claim not made to run at any other revs but full. How stupid is that. Could have bought a cheap $99 Bunnings Homelite like last time & been 110% more satisfied as they can work fine at any rev. Anyway, dealer claimed they tweaked the settings & that it should be better. Not at all. I can't get through our front yard without the revs bogging down constantly. It gets super hot as well & my hands tingle even after short use. Owned since late December 2020 & it's now February 2021. Try to use 4 times now & every time has failed to get through without major issues. Have to let cool down after every ten minutes of use as after about 10, the bogging down is insane, even with less than 120mm of line as recommended. This trimmer does not meet consumer expectations if all Stihl FS45 trimmers run like mine & should be entitled to a refund.
Purchased in December 2020 at Stihl Dealer for $249.00.
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 February 2020 for $250.00.
It's always been hard to start, sometimes the line doesn't feed, had it serviced twice in 12 months as it just wouldn't start, now has the same issue, so it's going. I thought Stihl was a good brand, but not worth the hassle to try it again.
Poor Stihl quality and dealer support
This Stihl FS45 model whipper snipper is the worst garden maintenance product I have owned. It is difficult to start and impossible to regulate the engine speed via the throttle, it either stalls on application of throttle or races. It was purchased from Cannings 4.5 years ago and has never run properly since the day it was brought home. I would never recommend Stihl products, and would actively dissuade anyone who may be considering their product range from doing so. Whilst is was cheap to buy, one is entitled to believe it will have a relativ...ely short service life, but a reliable one for that period. At this time, this product meets neither criteria. In short, I am staggered Stihl would risk their name on a product of such inferior quality. I also own a Stihl FS74 purchased about 30 years ago that runs well, except for when your service agent gets hold of it.
Purchased in July 2016 for $179.00.
Easy -start FS C45- E: was not easy started !!!
I just brought FS 45 C -E this week!! I watched on You-Tube that this trimmer was built with system having an easy start : in reality I pulled over 4-5 times for starting this trimmer !!! Was it better I brought the normal Stihl FS 45 or another brand cheaper.....
Purchased in November 2020 for $279.00.
Another Quality Stihl Product
Easy to start and fairly lightweight. The bump head is awful, but line trimmers in general are awful. Stihl should really have a replaceable wedge type fixed cutting line they are much stronger and easy to change I changed to a Sabre Cut 3 blade head and love it
Purchased in February 2020.
Do not buy
These used to be one of the best trimers going right to when the idiots change the bump line advance head, now with the new head on it i consider it to be the biggest piece of crap you can buy. Never will i buy another Stihl product.
Purchased in February 2018 for $249.00.
Absolute abomination of a device
I had an FS45 for years prior to it finally packing it in. The Stijl shop said it would be almost the same price to buy a new one so I did. What a mistake. The new style of head on it is a piece of garbage. Used for 30 seconds, and then the cord disappears back into the head. Dismantle the whole thing, and go through the same thing over and over. So I took it back, they said nothing was wrong with it. Kept happening, took it back again, they replaced the head. Now same thing is happening again. Clearly there is something wrong with this design and how it works. Avoid at all costs until they fix this issue.
Purchased in August 2020 for $240.00.
This thing is a pain in butt
Has been back for repairs twice because it wouldn't start.
And the head is the most annoying whipper snipper head iv ever used. Doesn't feed properly, will spit the hole line out. Just doing a backyard you to stop like 10 times to fiddle with the head to get line to come out.
Spent the extra coin on this because I had a cheap on before, this one is worse then the cheap Chinese one I had..
It is good
Easy to start if you follow instuctions, choke and prime, make sure primer bubble is completly full of fuel. My one starts after 2-3 pulls on starter One fault is the line needs to be heavier. As to line not feeding out, make sure you hit line feed button with full revs, I was told by dealer to do it at idle, would not work, service agent said use high revs, no more problems Meets my needs.
Purchased for $350.00.
I wish I could turn back time, I got “stihl’d”, oh how I wish I could turn back time!
I’m just wondering with all the comments that it SIMPLY DOES NOT START, whether comments are not from stihl employees! Nylon winding is also a problem its just a machine that is just not easy, reliable and simple as it implies. It’s not at all truthful, It should simply be impeached!
Purchased for $250.00.
Doesn't start easily - which is what I paid extra for
Simply does not start easily. Should not have paid the extra for easy start as I can start a normal mower no problem. Was talked into it. Not happy that it doesn't start at all. Waste of money. It cuts ok once it is started, but too much of a hassle. Would have been better off buying a crappy model.
Worst Stihl product i ever had, hard to start keeps stalling, line wont feed, been no good since day 1. Stihl supplier at 239a beach st frankston wont do anything except to blame the user when they know it has problems keep away.
Purchased in June 2019 at Stihl Dealer for $279.00.
Crap, crap, crap..
State facts...lol you still won't believe me when I tell you the product U sold me had played up from the the day I bought it brand new. Cause I'm aboriginal (white Aussies think some of us are dumb ) people claimed it needed to run in the rings cause it was brand new....well 4 to 5 years later, it stihl plays up. To me it seems it's not getting fuel properly cause when I pump the fuel plunger it revs back up. So yeah...I thought stihl was a good brand but it's just another crap product I've....again wasted money on. So I'll be trying Honda next, I'm too scared to buy and waste money on stihl again. Crap crap crap. Don't waste your money
Could be perfect
Takes s 3 to 4 strokes to start off but once it starts its great till you need to change the line. It doesnt self feed alwais and you have to take the whole thing out to feed manually.
Purchased in July 2015 at Bunnings Warehouse.
Can't give it away
Runs well. Starts with 3 or 4 pulls. However the line feed is the biggest piece of junk anyone has put on this earth. It will NOT self feed and you have to pull head apart every time. It went back to,dealer and he can't figure it out either. Don't waist your money buy another brand. If I could I would give a negitve rating of -5.
Purchased in October 2019 at Gympie for $230.00.
Questions & Answers
Jim--Mine 3 yo Starts well and easy Model FS 45 C However stall when I go to or place tool at a cutting angle??????
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.
- 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.
- 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.
|Category||Petrol Whipper Snippers||Petrol Whipper Snippers||Petrol Whipper Snippers|
|Handle Type||Loop Handle||Loop Handle|
|Engine Displacement||27.2 cc||27.2 cc|
|Power||750 W||750 W|
|Cutting Head Type||Line||Line|
|Features||Easy / Quick Start|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||330 mL||330 mL|
|Manufacturer Warranty||2 year(s)||2 year(s)||2 year(s)|
|Release date||Mar 2008||Mar 2008|
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