Great trimmer for large block
I replaced a small Hitachi 2-stroke trimmer with this Stihl one after I threw the Hitachi one into the paddock in frustration. It was a horribly underpowered machine attached to a very complicated head and line system. Happy to say the Stihl FS 85 R is neither.
Plenty of power and a simple auto-dispensing line system. Get yourself some decent trimmer line and this will go all day. I use it to tidy up around garden beds and grass borders in our 1 acre garden, very happy with it.
Bought the R model with the loop handle as I wanted to be able to turn it over for edging rather than just brush-cutting with the bike handle model.
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Have used the FS 85 R in a commercial setting with no issues. If you use the correct fuel ratio, then you shouldn't have any issues. I recommend buying a Sure Tap 2 head and using it in place of the Stihl Auto Cut head that comes with the unit. It is easier to load, gives you more time between reloading and wastes less line trimmer cable.
More trustworthy than my cattle dog
Big names have turned me off lately but after owning my Stihl FS/85 it has changed my faith. It has never stopped and always ready to go. 2 years ago bought an opponents brand and with in days regretted it and just bought cheap throw away brands but was told to and buy sthil. Faith restored and never let me down. Always ready.
Brilliant, tough, reliable and easy to use
Fantastic - use it regularly on our acre block. Easy so start, easy to use and very effective. I also have Stihl branded Blower and Chain saw and find both these items also to be excellent. I see negative reviews and cant understand what the difference can be. My local Stihl dealer is also very knowledgeable and friendly. I highly recommend this product.
Had for 3 weeks. 7 hrs straight hard work cutting down 6ft tall Johnson grass with 2.7mm Stihl round line. Trimmer is powerful and good compromise between weigh and power. Used on 6 lawns to edge and blend grass with 2.4mm round cord and it loves it. This was an upgrade from my FS45 and am very happy.
I have always mixed fuel oil ratio at 43:1 just to keep cooler than 50:1 and keep her lubed up nicely. Honestly, maybe the people with negative reviews got lemons? Stihl is good stuff in my experience with 2 whipper snippers and 2 chain saws, I’ve had zero problems.
Great addition to the Arsenal
The power in this machine is undoubtedly more than i had expected. From owning a little bent shaft makita to this thing WOW!! It's halved the time on a couple of jobs iv done i recommend this to anyone in the lawn care biz or anyone with a bit of land and long grass to clear. This will not disapoint
Just bought another one!
Just bought another FS85R which I will use exclusively as a hedger. It replaces my 11 year old HT75 engine (same engine) - which I have used as a pole saw for 10 years & as a pole hedger for the last year, after the internal workings of the pole gave up the ghost.
This one is made in Brazil & replaces the one mentioned above. I had another made in Brazil that I used as a hedger before that one, between 2010 - 2015 & I flogged the daylights out of it daily. No complaints! It made me a living for those 5 years & was very low maintenance.
My...current HT75 is a year old & was also made in Brazil, no complaints with that one either. The clutch is sound on these units! The most I've ever had to replace is a clutch spring every 5 years or so (around $1 each & easy to do yourself) When the clutch fails, all that happens is that the line/blades keep spinning, as they are a centrifugal clutch. So, at idle, at worst, your whipper snipper line (or in my case, my hedger blades) would move at idle speeds. I've had it happen on a job & was still able to finish the job before I repaired it, without any issues. I have no association with Stihl & am seriously not a brand fan. I just really like these & they like me back.
Just bought an 85R to replace the Victa Tornado that I used three times and returned to Bunnings.
The Stihl is light, powerful, easy to use/start and the auto feed line head is easy to load and economical on line consumption.
A very very impressive unit that makes edging and rough clearing a breeze.
This thing could cut down a tree! It starts so easily, packs a punch and is worth every cent. It's the most money I have ever spent on something like this but I am so glad I did. I got the optional blade attachment and it's pretty good too. I have a lot of woody weeds and it blasts through them.
Have been using this for years, it's still running and never had an issue, even me wife can use it no worries. Its never faulted on us and its cutting abilities are schmick! The yard looks a million bucks after I mow and wiper snipper. I did have one instance where it cut out on me and I had to replace a part but for 12 years running I think it's great. It's still going strong! I would recommend to everyone!
I cant understand these negative reviews - I 've had mine for around 8 years now. I'm not a contractor - just a landowner so it doesn't get a thrashing but it does cut a lot of thick grass for up to a couple of hours at a time. Never had a problem with it - never had it serviced for that matter. She runs perfectly and the line refill is fine - a bit fiddly but nothing much once you get the hang of it.
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