Simple to operate
Suitable for intense gardening
Can’t see what people are complaining about. This works beautifully.
I give this a 4 star purely because over some time it just takes less than 15 seconds to get itself going once started, after that it is runs perfectly, I read all of these bad reviews and the good ones, and I thought, sorry but it can’t be that bad. And I can tell you that it is not as bad as what people are making it out to be. It runs beautifully, with the EASY START I really wonder why people are struggling because I barely have even pull the cord to get it going first try every single time without fail, the auto feed function is absolutely...amazing and stuck a time saver, I could never ever go back to bump feeds, I use this for a wide variety of thing as well, so for people thinking to themselves that I must only be using this for minor things, ah you would be wrong. If people are having problems like the ones they have been stating then it is definitely at the owners fault, it packs a pretty good punch as well. All in all I would buy this again, and plan on buying more stihl products.
Purchased at Stihl Dealer.
I'm not sure why so many negatives about this snipper. I am a commercial operator and I give these machines an absolute caning, with little or no servicing and I have two of these. Cuts well, I use only still 2.4mm line without any issues. Do take a little bit to start sometimes, harder if have been heated by use often, but nothing major. Does struggled well with initial throttling after starting, but keeps going after persistence. Auto line feed is a godsend for me as a commercial operator and it works well most of time, besides when it gets a little tangled. Never want to go back to the dreaded bump feed heads....paid $350.00 each for my two fs55's and worth every cent for the money they've earnt me in my business....
Purchased in March 2018 for $350.00.
ok for the first 3 years but no good for long term heavy duty work
Was ok for the early years that i had it but damaged the conrod after 3.5 years not the right machine for a big yard of nearly 2 acres. Dealer service has always been top quality. Have replaced it with an 85 so far so good a lot better for heavy duty work
Disappointed, great for 2 years then useless & unfixable.
Easy to start, Easy to use. Line system works fine. Quite easy & quick to replace line.
Cuts well unless grass tall & wet.
I clean & replace everything on my trimmers every year.
I filter my fuel through a fine mesh filter when filling & empty the fuel out when storing it.
After one and a half years of use only during spring/summer it wouldn't rev out & revved erratically up & down on full throttle.
SEE NOTE BELOW!!!
I had it fully serviced, replacing lines, air filter, fuel filter, spark plug & carburettor.
It runs ok sometimes the rest...
This thing works great I don’t see where all the bad reviews come from maybe it’s operator error yea sometimes it needs maintenance but all in all it’s a great trimmer I’ve had to clean out the muffler once dues tomit clogging up cleaned the carb once due to it gumming up that was my fault I really like the easy start feature barely have to pull the rope
A good hard machine
If you replace the auto line head properly it lasts for ages, and that’s using the same stihl string it came with. No parts necessary, just fuel and oil.
It is hard to start till you work out how. (Heads up, turn it on, set the throttle with the lock, make sure you have choke on. Pump the primer 3-5 times. “Look for fuel in the bulb”, then crank it till it first fires, turn off choke, then a couple more cranks it will spit into action. Mine never fails after I worked out what it wanted to start.
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.
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.
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.)
Big fan of stihl product & this one is no different - easy to start & very powerful - much better than the cheap [censored word removed] you find in some retailers. Pity you cant buy a replacement line-cartridge, which will make replacing the cord easier. Make sure you get the mix right with the fuel, otherwise may be expensive to fix. Should last 25 yrs if looked after!
Easy to start especially when run-in, smooth operation, fuel use is ok unless reved hard, very powerful & snooth engine, durable & tough
replacing the line-cord can be tricky but visit your local dealer & they will help you change over
Questions & Answers
Mine is easy to start only 6 months old but vibrates - why - seems unbalanced! How can I fix 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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