Only ran for 40 minutes then failed
Regrettably, the unit failed after 40 minutes, maybe it was wet grass as other people have mentioned. When would long grass not have a bit of moisture in it? The shop refused to replace it or give a refund, and have just phoned a week later to say they’ve fixed it. I really regret buying it but am stuck with it now.
Purchased in December 2020 for $840.00.
only used once but happy so far
I am a 50 plus woman and owned several petrol trimmers in my time. I hated the un reliability of starting them and the hassle of needing a fresh supply of fuel. This trimmer works almost as well as a petrol trimmer...possibly doesn't have the same grunt, however if you go a bit slower, especially if grass is thick, it will do the job. I live in tropical Qld so the grass is a really tough species, but it cuts through ok and I can use light weight or heavier type line. Spool system is straight forward and easy to use. Battery charged up quickly a...nd lasted long enough to do an average back yard. If you like your noisy heavy petrol dependant trimmer then you may not be happy with this one, but I can't see any n negative at all. Easy on the environment, the body and the ears...planning to add a pruner and mower and share the battery system.
Purchased in November 2020.
Great product to use BUT poor quality.
I love using this product but my biggest issue is.... The second week I used this was on wet grass and now no longer works. The motor is completely vulnerable to water. Forget being waterproof it's not even water resistant...
Purchased in February 2020 at Stihl Dealer for $1,000.00.
Whipper snipper failure
I am sadly disappointed by Stihl the company when my whipper sniper broke down . It was a very useful efficient tool . BUT there was no advice to say to never wet the head as the electric motor is there and not sealed . Water in the motor shorted out the control unit at the switch which was quoted at two thirds the cost of replacing the machine. Causing huge environmental waste and massive cost to myself . I tried to speak to Stihl who said they would get back to me but never did .
Good, but a few drawbacks
I have gone all battery (all Stihl) for my suburban yard. Mower, blower, hedger, and trimmer. The the other three are fantastic, but the trimmer is my least favorite. It does of course have all of the wonderful advantages of battery tools (no noise, fuel, fumes and easy on/off) and it has heaps of power. My problems are two fold. Firstly, the safety guard is too big and too integrated. I am sure that is wonderful for safety but it does make it awkward to use in tricky places. Secondly, the spool has too big a central 'boss' which means the angl...e of attack is too high, again making it difficult to do a neat job in tricky places. My experience is that trimmers are very idiosyncratic things always take some getting used to, and I have learned to live with the problems with this one, but they still annoy me. However, I am now a happy member of the Stihl battery ecosystem, so I will live with my trimmer.
Purchased in March 2017.
Cuts even heavy duty weeds but not designed for little old ladies with small hands! I find the battery next to impossible to get out at times and the head I can't get off without using multigrips and sheer grit and determination. It also doesn't come with a strap but fortunately my son improvised one for me. Update 5/11/17 I have overcome the battery problem by pulling the spring things at the back of the battery compartment further out. I also put some vaseline on the rails to help it come out more easily. Happy now.
Pick of the bunch in Stihls 36v range.
I pinched a nerve in my elbow trying to pull start a petrol trimmer, temporarily paralysing part of my hand. I need my hands for work, this would not do. I never wanted to pull start a tool again. So I coughed up the hefty price tag for the mower and an FSA 85 line trimmer.
When I first picked it up in the store, I worried I'd done my dough. Both the trimmer and the mower are so light they feel like toys. Any concerns were quickly dispelled when I put it to work. the FSA 85 is light and powerful. Variable speed control is nice and occasional...ly useful but mostly I just pull the trigger to the stop and go. I rarely use a full charge of an AP180 battery. I did once. If I remember rightly, I was dropping some 2ft tall grass and some weeds. Got through about 300m2 in around 20min. The bump feed head supplied with this trimmer is excellent. No need to disassemble to wind on new cord. Just line up the triangles and push the cord in and wind it into the head with the bump stop. Great stuff. http://www.stihl.com.au/p/media/download/au-en/AUTOCUT_5-2_101000.pdf I use only 2mm Sthil SuperCore line. A little more expensive but lasts very well.
Stihl FSA85 Line trimmer
Cordless convenience. As powerful as a petrol trimmer. The turbo charger recharges in around 20 minutes. Usual 'bump and feed' line delivery system is easy to use, and uses any two millimeter line. Chews through heavy grass and weeds. My lawn is less than 200 square meters, but has plenty of edges. Battery still has plenty of charge to run the blower after use.
High quality, well balanced, shares battery with 36volt family of products.
Expensive, but high quality. May be too heavy for some users.
This thing is powerful
I had this a for couple of weeks now and I'm still I impressed. It is the larger FSA85 model. You can't really test these are the dealer so you take their word which I always take with a grain of salt. Anyway I'm glad I grabbed this because honestly it is very good - excluding the high initial price. Other than the obvious convenience differences - when using it and you're bogging down, this thing keeps pushing through. On a normal petrol unit, when the going gets tough they normal bog down. The cordless unit just keeps going it is hard to stal...l. I also have a Stihl FS45 and the cordless unit seems to be more powerful - notably when you are getting it to some tougher stuff. I really only use the tool as an edger around my front and back grassed area so for where you would use a small petrol model you can use this with confidence. It is perfect for this as well as the other conveniences. If is use this for about 20 minutes I only use around half the battery. The cost to charge a battery from dead flat is around 5 cents - yep it is cheap to run too. A two stroke petrol model is over 10 times that - easily. This is my third variety of Stihl cordless tool. The others being a blower and the small chainsaw. I also bought the larger 160w/Hr battery and the simple charger. Charge time is around 3 hours when totally flat. The trimmer is the most impressive tool of the three. The obvious convenience. Excellent power. Pretty quiet compared to a petrol model. Bump feed head works well. High initial cost.
|Category||Battery Whipper Snippers|
|Handle Type||Loop Handle|
|Power Source||Battery (Built-In)|
|Engine Type||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|Cutting Head Type||Line|
|Cutting Width||350 mm|
|Noise Level||94 dB|
|Manufacturer Warranty||2 year(s)|
|Release date||Mar 2012|
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