Simple to operate
Suitable for intense gardening
Frustrating Auto Feed
If I had of known about how poor the auto feed works I would not have purchased this unit. After a few hours use I had used all the cord. I could not believe it. My older Ryobi with the bump feed would last for ages. I replaced it with an after market bump feed head ($49) and it works well....so far. I should have bought a different brand that came with the bump feed head. I've had Stihl chainsaws (pre Chinese) and other Stihl products (Family business were agents years ago) and have been more than happy but this unit has underwhelmed me.
If it works for me, it will work for anyone
I am a bad gardener. I thrash all my tools until they fall apart. This is still going well after years of heavy use and no maintenance. This is the first petrol trimmer I have owned. Even in a Canberra winter, it starts OK. Recommended for small to medium gardens.
ive got one my self and ive never had a problem since
iam happy with the cutting work of the machine its great and powerfull too yes i find it easy to maintain every 12 months and i do the maintance on it myself i look after it well and keep it clean aswell and the fuel that i use is moto mix
Please think twice before you buy.
Very hard to start. If you use weekend to weekend, then it will take 30 or so minutes of back breaking effort to start. I do not recommend this product. It may be good for professionals but not for household use. Do not listen to sales people and others as after two three years, there won't be any service.
Worst one I have ever owned.
Bought the Stihl FS55 machine to replace a cheap one I had bought from Bunnings some years earlier. It was the most expensive whipper-snipper I have ever owned, and the most disappointing. In the short time I have owned it, the unit has had many problems and very hard to start. Took it back to the local dealer while still under warranty and they charged me to "fine tune it". Just after that, the primer bulb spilt and again it was not covered under warranty. The dealer blamed it on "crap fuel" even though I always use Caltex 95 and Stihl two-str...oke oil. It constantly cuts out when tilted and now will not idle. I have replaced the air filter, new spark plug and drained the fuel which made no difference. I am not spending any more money on it and decided to count my losses and go and buy something else. There is nothing worse than spending good money on gardening equipment and ending up with a dud!
Literally purchased the FS55RC-E this morning and after 15min of use I can't wait to take it back !!!!
1. Stalls when you tilt at certain angles to trim.
2. When you do have it at the angle it likes not stall on it stalls in revs when you tart to get into it.
3. Regardless if you're left handed or right, the motor sits right against the back of your forearm and starts to heat up! So you have to hold the stupid thing at a stupid angle whilst not trying to stall it at stupid angle.
4. Another thing the it should spin clockwise to throw objec...
Do not buy STIHL
Bought a new trimmer. A week later it wouldn't run. Long story short I've brought in to 3 different places and had to pay out of pocket not covered under warranty because they don't know what's wrong each time and stihl has a policy not to replace units that don't work, what a joke.
Almost $300 for useless junk. If I can even save one person from making the same mistake I made then I'm glad to help. Buy almost any other brand guaranteed you'll get better customer service. NEVER AGAIN.
Don't Buy This Model
I have owned this trimmer for 3 weeks. I have never written a negative review about a product but my frustration not only with the product but with the lack of response for Customer Service has led e to do so.
On the first day of use ( 1 day after purchasing it) I went to use it and it continued stalling. Took it back to the store. The young man said it needed to be tuned up - why it wasn't done beforehand I do not know. He was very helpful and he tuned it up. Went to use it this morning and it did not start AT ALL. Took it...back to the store. Same person served me. He couldn't start it either. He said it needs to go in for the fault to be assessed. Asked for a replacement and said he didn't have the authority to do so - not his fault. HOWEVER surely there should be something in place that if I have had to take the trimmer back four times in 3 weeks that there is obviously a fault with the product and they should replace it there and then. I had my husqvarna trimmer for 14 YEARS and only twice did it need servicing. I have had this stihl product for 2 days and have taken it back twice. NOT impressed by the product, but even more so, not impressed as to why they couldn't just provide me with a replacement trimmer. I am now without a trimmer - not good enough stihl when you pride yourself on high quality products. Word of mouth is a very influential means of selling your products. My delay in writing this review is that I sent Stihl Customer Service an email two days after purchasing this product requesting that they call me to discuss the issues. I have not had a reply from them. Not only is this product lacking it what it is meant to do, but so is there so called customer service team. DO NOT BUY!
Long term view of FS55
I've had my Stihl for probably 15 or more years. I dont use it very often but it works hard when I do. I bought most of the attachments that you can get for the straight shaft model, including metal blades for hacking through tough undergrowth. You cant get that from a cheapie from Bunnings. However.......... it is an expensive machine. Very very very. For private use, it's hardly justifiable. It has been fairly reliable. In fact, the carby appears to have got stuffed up after a long period of non-use. Replacement carbys on ebay cost $25 so it's no big deal. You decision should depend on how rich you are.
Recently purchased above model, pretty happy with the performance, not easy to start though,not bad on fuel, once started will go all day, took that stupid bar on the handle off as it keeps on hitting your thigh, also, this model you can put on a manual line feed, which saves wasting your line and gets rid of the worst invention of all time the idiotic bump feed, no more wack wack on the ground every time you need more line, just pull out twist and turn, pull ends and you have the right amount of line.
Stihl great after 4 summers.
Starts every time, feeds string really well and has plenty of power. I have 2 acres. About 20 trees and some bushes. And a large dog cage. It works great every time. And the string will last me halfway through the summer. Putting a new string on isn't too bad either. It's not too heavy especially with the strap that comes with it. FS 55R. STIHL.
Waste of time and money - rubbish!
Auto feed head useless, just spits out line and cuts it off. Rarely starts. Once it does start, it always conks out. This piece of junk has cost me thousands of dollars in lost revenue and time. Would never ever recommend a STIHL FS55R to anybody.
STIHL customer service does not exist in Australia, they don't wanna know.
- FS 55 C-E
- Verified purchase
This is the third line trimmer I've owned. My previous trimmer broke down while I was doing the edges and I needed a new one quickly. I had previously researched trimmers and concluded Stihl was the way to go - good name and widely available. I was going to get a bent shaft model but the mower shop salesmen persuaded me to get the straight shaft model because I'm tall.
So, how does it go? Very well. Takes a couple of easy pulls to start. Runs on 50:1 two-stroke. The trimmer head it particularly good. It's the Supercut 20-2 model which feeds...out line automatically without bumping. I can trim all my lawn without stopping to adjust the line - it's just there. If it breaks you don't even notice it paying out a new length. Looks easy to reload - there are YouTube videos which explain it.
indestructable and enough power
I have had this FS55 for 10 years and have used it nearly every day for half that time and have found it to be ultra reliable and drama free for all of that time. I thought I would replace the spark plug after 10 years, but saw no improvement with a new plug. This thing just goes and goes. I have a maintenance business and have cleared numerous half acre blocks of tea tree and eucalypt sprouts etc with absolute ease. I do keep my equipment well serviced but this Stihl virtually works out to be free once you have done as much work as I have with this unit. Can't recommend enough.......it's the best piece of equipment I have ever bought. Considering it's small size it is a super star.
It is a good model, time will tell if it is as durable as my older FS45
I own 3 line trimmer, this one is my latest acquisition. I have a FS45 and the throttle trigger broke on the job... Having a small business I needed it ready the next day. Went to a couple of places to get a spare part but no luck so I had to go to my Stihl dealer to see if they had the part... Nothing. So I had no choice than to get myself a new one (it was planned but a bit later in the year). I wanted to get the same model as I had before (FS45) but after talking to the rep and explaining what I used it for he suggested me the larger FS55RCE.... More power, yes definatly. Is it worth the double compare to the fs45, well yes and no. As stated I have a small handyman business, I do other thing than just lawn but it is a service I offer. So I need something that can handle a bit of an extended use, and something tough. It starts easy IF you have a good fuel mix. 2 stroke engine are very sensitive to the quality of the fuel! They won't start if your fuel is old. I personally have found it the hard way. So my fuel mix is 40:1 (richer than what they advise 50:1) and I have a 5lt dedicated 2 stroke mix can. For each fill up I use E10 and I add a fuel preserver to the mix and a good quality oil. I have no more starting issues, the mix is good for a year that way. Back to the unit, it start after 3 pull maximum if you follow the procedure. It has a very good torque and the cutting capacity is great. My only issue is the automatic line head, also it is a great thing, it is a very annoying thing when I do the borders with the foot paths, it extend the line when it's short but you can't prevent it so I get holes in my work... No more straight lines. That is why I give it 4 stars. When I change the head maybe I will go back to the older version of the tap line. It is a straight shaft so you can fit it with a blade for larger work area with small trees and blackberries (can't do that with the smaller models). So is this unit for the home owner? If you have a large property (more than 1000sqm) or running a small business I would say yes but beware of the automatic head. For the average home I would say no, save yourself the money and get the small FS45, I have put a review on it.
FS55C with handle bars and Stihl blade. Turns nasty blackberries into mulch with ease. Have never bothered with the line trimmer as the blade trims grass right up to my rabbit wire fence. Cuts thru small melaleuca stems with a couple of swiped. Ferns are doomed.
Starts without issue. Wore out my last Poulan's clutch and the Stihl uses a different method.
Great service from the local dealer at Exeter, TAS.
choke lever plastic broke easily - local centre fixed it cheaply
Don't waste your money
Bought this model on the recommendation of a local mower store after the motor on my Kaaz brushcutter died after 14 years of faithful trouble-free service. Have had the Stihl for 3 years now, taken it in for regular services, and am still tempted to chuck the thing and write it off as a waste of money. Yeah, it cuts the grass....once you get it started. If you get it started. Easy2start is a gross exaggeration. More than 2 pulls of the cord and it floods. So you waste time waiting for it to finish it's fuel tantrum and try again, and aga...in, and again. Drinks 2-stroke at a massive rate. No Australian customer support phone contact. No instructions in the manual regarding cord winding (had to search Youtube). Next time it causes problems I will leave it in the driveway, back over it, and go buy another Kaaz. Not much Expensive, fuel guzzling, hard to start
excellent unit. very solid
Tossing up between a couple of manufacturers and decided to try Stihl. So far extremely happy. Starts after a couple of super easy pulls and the self feeding head is excellent and worked flawlessly. Did my whole front and back yard without stopping once and still have heaps of line left (in fact I don't think it fed any out at all, the Stihl line is very strong).
This brush cutter is excellent and everything works as it should with a real quality feel. Assuming good life from it I am going to Stihl for all my power tools!
Also comes with adapters for running blades. Can't wait for my grass to grow back now!
super easy to start. self feeding head is brilliant. quality feel of all components
Not enough grass left to cut
What I Expected
First trial today, found the trimmer easy to use, a fraction heavy on fuel but I think the fuel tank may be a smaller capacity to what my previous trimmer was.Coped with heavy going through thick growth. Seems good for first time owner of a Stihl. :) Agents service was a great experience, very helpful and friendly.
Light, easy to use, plenty of grunt for what I am looking for. (Maintain 1 acre - 4,000sq metres.
Nothing yet, just purchased today. You pay for what you get.
Not too bad, not worth the price...probably better with a 4-stroke
Once again STIHL does not have any Australian customer service support line.
This thing drinks the juice but not as much as the hedge trimmer I've noticed (which i also own)
It's relatively easy to start with its new EASY2START system holding it in certain angles, the idle goes funny...
And at low revs it feels like it wants to stall....
(its really embarrassing out in the front yard... and stalls...since its a flashy STIHL expensive hedge trimmer.)
Questions & Answers
Mine is easy to start only 6 months old but vibrates - why - seems unbalanced! How can I fix it ???
How much is it?
- The Stihl FS 55 R-CE features a loop handle, making it highly ergonomic and easy to operate.
- The machine uses a 2-stroke engine, making it cheaper to run and able to provide the power needed for heavy duty yard work.
- It has a quick start feature, letting you start your machine at the press of a button.
- A straight shaft means you can easily get to high and hard-to-reach areas.
- It costs $349, and has a 2 year warranty for some extra peace of mind that your machine will last.
Points of praise:
- Many reviewers found the whipper snipper easy to operate.
- They also said it worked well for a variety of purposes, including more complex, heavy duty gardening.
Something to consider:
- Reviewers were divided on how easy the machine was to start - some said it was very easy to start, some said it was fairly difficult.
|Category||Petrol Whipper Snippers||Petrol Whipper Snippers|
|Handle Type||Loop Handle|
|Engine Displacement||27.2 cc|
|Cutting Head Type||Line|
|Features||Easy / Quick Start|
|Manufacturer Warranty||2 year(s)||2 year(s)|
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