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

Stihl FS 45 / FS 45R / FS 45 C-E (page 3 of 4)

FS 45, FS 45 C-E, FS 45R
2.7 from 67 reviews

Reviews

2.7

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Neil

NeilGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC

  • 7 reviews
  • 8 likes

Excellent machine

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I've owned one of these for years now and it's still going strong, the bump feed is working as well as it did on day one.
For those who say they're hard start pay attention.
Turn the kill switch on obviously, then press the primer bulb until you feel that it's full, less pushes if you used it a week ago, more if it's been a month.
Turn the choke on, hold the throttle on full, then give it a couple of pulls until you hear it fire, when you hear it fire don't pull it again..
Turn the choke off, full throttle, then pull and she'll start every time.
Let it idle for 30 seconds or so and you're good to go.

Jamsession

JamsessionAdelaide, SA

  • 7 reviews

GREAT IF YOU LIKE CHANGING CORD

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I bought a STIHL because I couldn't get a spare part for my cheap old Ryobi. I thought I was buying quality, but no. I've had nothing but problems, particularly with the cord spool. I've just finished edging my lawn today, and although it's only about 30 metres circumference, it was a nightmare AGAIN. Today I had cord changes. Each involving 10 minutes or more stuffing around trying to get the cord to feed onto the spool.

It happens every time. SUMMER LAWN MOWING HAS BECOME A NIGHTMARE! My experience with the product means that I will not be wasting money on STIHL again, and I won't be recommending it to my family and friends.

Kaetie

KaetieMildura

  • 2 reviews

Don't waste your money on this model.

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Hard to start, uses to much cord, having to fill every five minutes, doesn't handle long grass! Purchased for my daughter thinking it was not to heavy for her to use in a very small garden. When I rang the dealer he said I could purchase a extra head for $35 to do the job I thought why didn't you tell me that when I buying it.
What takes me ten minutes to do with mine takes 30 with this model plus extra cost for all the cord. Don't waste your money on this.

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crapped out just after 2 year warranty expired

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I was happy with this trimmer until it suddenly stopped working. Now needs ignition coil about $40, plus I'll have to do the repairs myself because if I took it to a shop it would cost more than a new one. Seriously considering not fixing it at all and buying a Hitachi with a seven year warranty.

Can't get it started...

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I just bought this line trimmer this afternoon and I can not get it started... I bought a brand new one for trouble free gardening and just can't get it to work. I have been reading over instructions and watching you tube videos and still can't get it to work. I'm now in trouble for spending so much money and to rub it in I have nothing to show for it.... I could not be more frustrated.

Zac Burgess

Zac BurgessHobart

  • 11 reviews

Great After A Few Modifications

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ted12

ted12brisbane

  • 20 reviews
  • 15 likes

Good unit

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After being disappointed with several cheaper trimmers and brushcutters I spent a bit more on the Stihl and haven't looked back.

I've never had a problem starting it, bump head and line usage is comprable or slightly better than other brands I have used. It performs well and has been troublefree.

shaz55

shaz55DUBBO

  • 2 reviews
  • 8 likes

A nightmare - never again

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jpcntti

jpcnttiVictoria, 3770

  • 59 reviews

Something that start and that I can service myself

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Sammy j

Sammy jAdelaide

Can't understand the complaints

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I am a bit disappointed with the starting process.

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I purchased the STIHL FS45R Brushcutter on the 18/09/2013. So far I have used it only twice.
due to it being very hard to start but once it is started it runs beautifully. After buying, took it home and followed instructions from handbook tried to start it, but it wouldn't start, had to take it back and get the mechanic to show me how to start it for me. He showed me how to start it: Choke up, Press bowl 3 times, flick chock lever down & Pull start.
Took home and tried only after 3 attempts did it start. Since then I haven't used it due to the fact it being hard to start and not to be disappointed.
Once started it runs beautifully.
Very hard to start . Would appreciate with some help in the starting.

Noeleter

NoeleterBrisbane

  • 25 reviews
  • 31 likes

Good

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Like most Stihl products this one is very good. As long as only used for domestic purposes, this is a good reliable machine. The automatic line feed plays up regularly but most brands seem to suffer from this. Always starts first time every time and probably haven't had it serviced as often as I should.
Reliable. Eay to use
Auto line feed

So far, so very good

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Purchased the Stihl FS45 not too long ago, and so far its been a very positive experience. Lightweight, very well balanced, ergonomic, fuel efficient and its got plenty of power. The FS45 is actually very easy to start if you follow the correct starting procedures outlined in the manual; yes it's worth a read before you start cutting away. The only negative that I've experienced is that it goes through a bit of line, but like others have pointed out, it really depends on what your cutting. Once recommendation is to purchase better line.
Lightweight, easy to start, ergonomic, powerful and fuel efficient
Does go through a bit of line

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NNair
NNair

I have fs 38 ready to chuck it out uses heaps of line 2m on smallish block,. not me i borrowed Husky straight shaft went through 2inches of cord BIG difference.

Rob Hardy

Rob HardySydney

Unreliable

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Purchased stihl because of name but hard to start, a lot of vibration and intermittent stopping but then was easy to restart. Needed to puchase new fuel pick up line due to poor quality of original so dealer sold me the upgraded version that has now lasted for $37(should have been free) I am now happy because, today I launched it across the front yard and it has gone to whipper snipper heaven but I think it should have gone to hell.
Plenty of grunt when it runs.
Poor quality for price, unreliable, never to buy another stihl product.

Great Machine

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Have had my machine since March 2005 - doesn't get the TLC it should like most of these machines but it has & still is performing very well. Easy to start & to handle. Bit big for wife but she is small. Doesn't use a great deal of line if you use commercial grade line. Really can't fault it! Believe me it has a lot of tough work on our property.

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Adam H

Adam HBRISBANE

  • 2 reviews

Magic at work on the Lawn

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mr_walker

mr_walkerAU

  • 2 reviews
  • 2 likes

Great bit of kit.

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Have has this for a few months now (easy start model), and have been very impressed. Got this model because the shorter curved shaft was more suitable for my wife to use. If you're taller you will find you need to hold the unit on an angle across your body otherwise your forearm will hit the motor. Very easy to start, haven't had a problem there at all. Got the brush cutter head to go with it (nylon blades) and that works quite well too. Chews heaps less juice than our blower.
Easy to start, reliable, free first service.
Fiddly head assembly - have lost one spring already. May not suit taller users.

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SurferMV
Asta

AstaAU

  • 3 reviews
  • 1 like

Amazing

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Orange and white piece of rubbish

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Has been nothing but trouble since day one.

Troublesome to start, noisy and the trimmer head is a line waster.

Has spent more time at the repair shop than trimming my lawns edges.
Got to know the repair man very well!
Difficult to start when it does go, noisy and chews through line too quickly.

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Glliana
Glliana
NNair
NNair

by 2.4mm BYNORM cord

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LakesideComputers

LakesideComputersGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC

  • 35 reviews

Good

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Its a great machine and it feels powerfull. It is noise and you have to wear proper gear otherwise you get grass and dust all over you but I like it.
Its a Stihl and it feels like a pro. The motor in the 45 is the same as the $500 units they just have more features like electronic start.
Once you get use to the strange way to start it its ok.
Its heavy and its starting process is dificult if you dont understand. You can flood it if not started properly. you have to wear glasses proper pants shoes gloves and ear protection. You tend to waist a lot of line and banging it on the grass to let out more line may damage it.

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Questions & Answers

Diana R.

Diana R.asked

FS 45 C-E

What is the difference of the fs45 and the fs45c?

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Alan Coles
Alan Coles

Easy start system on fs45c, no need to pull heaps of cord, just short pulls on starting cord, more gentle recoil on spring in recoil starter. If you follow instructions on starting it is very easy

Guluzar Egilmez

Guluzar Egilmezasked

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

How much is the delivery and do you Harvey Norman gift card and can we pay remainder with credit card? regards Mrs Guluzar Egilmez my email address is guluzar_egilmez@yahoo.com.au

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Blaze Tomeski

Blaze Tomeskiasked

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

How to started and mixing the full.

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Ana P.
Ana P.

Do you mean how to start and mix the fuel?

Ana P.
Ana P.

You'll need STIHL 2 Stroke oil, an empty and clean fuel can & fresh unleaded fuel from a reputable petrol station. Mix at 50:1 (20mls oil per 1 litre fuel) when you're using STIHL 2-Stroke oil.

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