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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
    4.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    4.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    3.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    5.0 (1)
  • Product is used
  • Noise Level
    5.0 (1)
  • Safety
    5.0 (1)
RandallSouth East Queensland, QLD
  • 13 reviews

Good, but a few drawbacks


Purchased in March 2017.

Build Quality
Value for Money

Lightweight, powerful, long battery life


This trimmer is lightweight for this over 50 woman and it has two lines of trimming power that really take care of the weeds. The battery lasts a long time but I have two batteries since I also use it for my Stihl lawnmower. It was difficult to get the battery released but since I pulled out the prongs at the back a little and used vaseline on the sides it has been much easier. I also had difficulty refilling the spool with trimmer line but now I clean out the spool and make sure that I insert the twine until it is engaged in the spool. This is much better than dragging a heavy cord around my yard or carrying a heavy gas powered trimmer.

Date PurchasedJune 2015
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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.
Compare both Stihl FSA 65 / FSA 85
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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