Simple to function and maintain
Durable and quick charging battery
High power output
Motor vulnerable to moisture
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.
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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.
Questions & Answers
Seems that it is an issue with wet grass so that’s a worry..just bought the blower so was tempted to get whipper snipper
The whipper snipper works very well but blow it clean with air and a dry cloth . A squirt of Stihl’s cleaner or the Briggs and Stratton lanolin lubricant should keep the head from becoming damaged with rusted bearings or electrical issues. Stihl have not given me any response re my problems but I have changed dealers and they certainly are more diligent. John’s mowers in Ballina by the way .
Love the whipper sniper, my biggest problem was the dealer's inability to give a s#+& about my concerns. Best friends when selling it to me but treated me like a moron when my concerns were raised.
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- Both the Stihl FSA 65 and the FSA 85 have a loop handle, making gardening a comfortable experience.
- They both have a straight shaft, letting you easily go about your work without needing to stoop over - saving your back from any stress.
- These whipper snippers take a lithium-ion battery, giving them more power and a longer run time.
- Vibration damping is featured in both models, making them relatively quiet considering their power output.
- The FSA 65 has a cutting width of 300mm, while the FSA 85 has a cutting width of 250mm.
- The 65 and the 85 weigh 2.7kg and 2.8kg respectively, which helps take the fitness out of gardening.
- Ranging between 91-94 decibels, both models have a noise level comparable to a jazz concert.
Points of praise:
- Reviewers said that both models were easy to use and maintain.
- They also noted that the battery lasted long and charged very quickly.
- Most reviewers appreciated how easy the whipper snipper was on their ears.
- They also liked how much power the machine had, saying that the high power output helped them get through a variety of gardening jobs.
- According to some reviewers, the motor is very vulnerable to water - some gardeners had difficulty getting their whipper snippers to work after using them on wet grass.
|Category||Battery Whipper Snippers||Battery Whipper Snippers|
|Handle Type||Loop Handle||Loop Handle|
|Power Source||Battery (Built-In)||Battery (Built-In)|
|Engine Type||Lithium-Ion Battery||Lithium-Ion Battery|
|Cutting Head Type||Line||Line|
|Features||Vibration Damping||Vibration Damping|
|Cutting Width||300 mm||350 mm|
|Weight||2.7 kg||2.8 kg|
|Noise Level||91 dB||94 dB|
|Manufacturer Warranty||2 year(s)||2 year(s)|
|Release date||Mar 2012||Mar 2012|
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