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Stihl FSA 65 / FSA 85

Stihl FSA 65 / FSA 85

FSA 85, FSA 65
3.4 from 18 reviews · View Statistics


  • Simple to function and maintain

  • Durable and quick charging battery

  • High power output


  • Motor vulnerable to moisture


  • Build Quality
    1.7 (3)
  • Value for Money
    1.0 (3)
  • Ease of Use
    2.3 (3)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    2.0 (3)
  • Product is used
  • Noise Level
    3.0 (2)
  • Safety
    3.0 (3)
  • Battery Life
    2.7 (3)
Rob H.
Rob H.Mid North Coast, NSW

Motor blown


2.2 heads worth of trimming and the motor goes. Grass between the head and the shaft causes this. So it’s mot designed to trim grass obviously. Anyone want to buy a near new battery and charger

Purchased in December 2019 for $400.00.

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JPOSouth-Eastern Region, NSW

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.

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MaxNortheast, VIC

Not good enough for the money.


The battery is too hard to get out and the auto line feed does not work. It is crap. Not worth the money. I cannot believe that it is a Stihl product. I have had other Stihl products and have been very happy with them but when you read the manul, you realise that it must be made in China because the instructions are crap.

Purchased in September 2020.

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Value for Money
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How to do complicated when you can do simple


How to do complicated when you can do simple... The system for putting cutting line is RIDICULOUSLY STUPID AND COMPLICATED! GOOD LUCK! I am a landscape pro of 20 plus years and have never seen such a complicated spooling system to replace the cutting line. I PROMISE YOU WILL WANT TO RIP YOUR HAIR OUT!

Date PurchasedJune 2018

Waste of money. Stihl offer poor customer service


Five weeks old, Used it twice to have a piece of long grass get caught between the motor and spool head. Ruined motor. Stihl refusing to fix under warranty or refund money. Will cost more than buying a new one to fix. Don't wate your time with stihl, Will have to take the to small claims (vcat) to get my money back.

Date PurchasedDec 2017
1 comment

After complaining at Mitre 10 who gave us great service Stihl agreed to a refund and I got my money back

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Questions & Answers

ken robertson
ken robertsonasked
FSA 65 / FSA 85

string size

1 answer
kim maree
kim maree

No idea. Medium stuff seems to work

Jim W.
Jim W.asked
FSA 65

How to dismantle the cutting head to service

1 answer

Just undo the centre nut. The entire head just pulls off. You may need a pair of Multi grip pliers. It's the large round bit about the size of a 50 cent piece in the middle.

FSA 65 / FSA 85

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

2 answers

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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Stihl FSA 65 / FSA 85



  • 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.

Pain points:

  • 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.
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CategoryBattery Whipper SnippersBattery Whipper Snippers
Price (RRP) $265.00$319.00
Handle TypeLoop HandleLoop Handle
Shaft TypeStraightStraight
Power SourceBattery (Built-In)Battery (Built-In)
Engine TypeLithium-Ion BatteryLithium-Ion Battery
Cutting Head TypeLineLine
FeaturesVibration DampingVibration Damping
Cutting Width300 mm350 mm
Weight2.7 kg2.8 kg
Noise Level 91 dB94 dB
Manufacturer Warranty2 year(s)2 year(s)
Release dateMar 2012Mar 2012
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