Simple to operate
Suitable for intense gardening
Brilliant quality product
Very easy to start up (read manual)People that have issues I think is user error. Very powerful and easy to use, not too heavy and it's a 2 stroke so it's gonna make some noise but I love it. Modulates throttle well and auto feed cord is a god sent! Worth every cent highly recommend this to anyone.
Purchased in March 2021 for $379.00.
problem with the product is the users
Great machine punches above its weight never let me down in 12 years only serviced 3 times always starts and capable of clearing heavy weed .also bought brush blade for heavy thistle
Purchased in November 2006 for $280.00.
Upgrade made the grade
This product has developed nicely in the 12 years since I’ve been running Stihl brush cutters from H&G. The base model with the bent shaft was excellent with basic maintenance, infrequently. I replaced that with this model recently. The straight shaft is easier to use. It costs a little more than bent shaft model because of the components required, (design related).
Straight shaft benefit is in getting the angle to use as an edge trimmer. Flip it over and the angle is right. A bent shaft needs to be held at an awkward angle for edge trimming duty. The auto-feed line function has improved as well (both systems work well).
Purchased in January 2020.
I have only used this machine for a short time, but it has performed perfectly, would suit any average size garden easily. Wasn't sure about the auto cut head at fist, because of the depth of the head to get the sharp cut in the 90' corners but the guys at Squirres burnside (great service thanks) said to give it a go, still find it a bit tricky,will get use to . The unit starts with no fuss, reloaded the line on the auto feed easily and cut thru some tough grass on the oldmans neighbors nature strip with ease, auto feed head worked fine and use...d minimal amount of line as to how hard I was going against the gutter edge. Would recommend the unit anytime, just the auto feed head if you are using on a fine line could be tricky, or maybe just the operator using it,
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...
Couldn’t be happier
After conducting a lot of research including reading all the reviews on several trimmers on this site, I was surprised reading all the negative comments regarding the Stihl FS55R-CE trimmer and was leaning towards the Honda 4-stroke. Upon visiting my local dealer (who sells both Stihl & Honda) they assured me most of the problems are reported are from user error and that the Stihl trimmers are still a great product.
I have sound mechanical knowledge (not that its required to own a whipper sniper) so I thought I’d give the Stihl a try, sever...al months in I have no complaints or issues with starting this machine. For those reading other reviews who might be put off buying one here is what I do and I have not had any issues starting the unit even after sitting for over a month during Melbourne winter. 1) Use 91 octane fuel from reputable supplier - I filled a 5L plastic jerry can with Shell 91 the day I got it and still using it 6 months on, unit runs fine. Do hot use higher octane fuels in small 2-stroke garden tools, it causes them to run hotter. Also avoid fuels with high ethanol content, they don’t like it! 2) Use good quality 2-stroke oil - I run Stihl HP Ultra oil at 50:1, apparently using this oil extends your warranty. It’s a bit dearer but does last a long time and seems to work well. 3) Good practice to always fill up the tank after use, so its ready for the next time. I did experience a little bit of bogging down only when edging when it was new, always keeping the fuel tank near full seems to have fixed that. 4) Remember to shake the jerry can each time you fuel up, premix can seperate over time, give the can a good shake before fueling.
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.
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
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.
- FS 55 C-E
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.
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
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 ???
- 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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