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.
Cannot get consistent performance out of this machine.
Purchased machine just over 12 months ago after using a Kawasaki-powered Spear & Jackson for 35 trouble-free years. I find this machine noisy, vibration prone and engine speed is inconsistent and hard to regulate. I had it serviced once, after telling the vendor my problem, they suggested my fuel was too old/too dirty etc. - I have been running 2-strokes for 55 years! I find I need to limit my brush-cutting to under 40 min. these symptoms become worse thereafter and the machine is virtually unusable.
Purchased in December 2019 at Marriots for $379.00.
- FS 55 R-CE
my gut told me to go with husqvarna, instead I went stihl. I wish I went with the husqvarna.
from day one it has been hard to start. After its firsts check over at the dealer I mentioned it but they couldn't fault it.
Still hard to start 3 out of 4 times ( I only use it 3-4 times a year.) At its first service I mentioned it again.. they still couldn't fault it as apparently it worked fine for them.
Last year I had enough and took it to them to sort out the starting issue..
Got told I needed a new carby! It has hardly been used, still under warranty but I had to pay $150 for a new carby! I told them not to worry about it and took it h...
Purchased in November 2016 at Stihl Dealer for $378.00.
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.
Most problematic machine i've encountered
Worked O.K. for about 4 1/2 years. Then difficult to start, stalling, could not get any revs out of it. Tried everything to get it going, cleaned the carburettor, bought a new carburettor, fuel/air/filter/hose, replaced the magneto twice with two new ones and gapped correctly, two new plugs, cleaned the spark arrestor, cleaned the muffler, tried another stop switch, even replaced the wires to the stop switch; has good compression and spark but will not go, even sprayed aero start into it, does not even look like starting. I've always prided...myself on being able to get any motor going, not so with this. How such a simple motor can be so problematic is beyond me. Would never buy another. On dis-assembly noticed it has no steel sleeve in the cylinder, rings rub against bare aluminum; not good.
Starting it. good luck
Have had the Stihl FS 55C for a year and a bit.The bump and run function is crap
Do not use the Stihl cutting Line (supplied). buy "JM pro diamond core" you will be stunned how good it is.Just need to trim the end that fits spool!! it outlasts the standard line 10+ times
The thing works great if you can start it .
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
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.
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.
Questions & Answers
Mine is easy to start only 6 months old but vibrates - why - seems unbalanced! How can I fix it ???
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- 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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