Simple to function and maintain
Durable and quick charging battery
High power output
Motor vulnerable to moisture
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.
My best ever investment.
I thought this would solve my problem of finding petrol whipper snipper too difficult to start and the price seemed reasonable. However I soon found that I had to pay nearly as much for the battery and quite a bit for the battery charger. Quite a large outlay in total. But it didn’t take me long to discover it was well worth the investment. I’ve had it 2 years now and it easily cuts any grass or weeds. The lithium-ion battery (I bought the more expensive one) lasts for about 35 minutes of hard work, and takes only 10 minutes to recharge! During...first year of use it lasted 45 minutes. Since I have used it for pretty rough work, I have replaced the line head once, but other than that and cleaning, no maintenance is required. I bought the powerful blower that uses the same battery. Highly recommended for elderly folk who want to remain independant or for anyone who doesn’t care for the noise and smell of small petrol engines.
In a league of its own
I have a 1000sqm block and it's all Kikuyu grass with very thick and broad roots / runners. I listen to the neighbours budget petrol trimmers cough and splutter but not the FSA65.
The Brushless motor and 36V AP180 Lithium Battery are a very powerful combination and it has no troubles getting through the grass on my property. Battery life is around 35 to 40mins on thick kikuyu grass but on lawns like buffalo it would probably run for around an hour as it won't have to work as hard.
The tried and true bump feed works like a dream and the ...unit is very easy to re-spool with a line capacity of 2.5metres each side. I do all the trimming around the yard / trees and also use the FSA 65 to do the edging around the boundaries and the drive way.. The Handle is adjustable so it can be tailored to suit the users preferences The Unit is lightweight even with an AP180 battery on board and is ergonomically sound as well.
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Expensive but good
Lovely silent trimmer with heaps of power and very good battery life. I chose the smaller and cheaper AP-115 battery which has 50% charge left after I'm done trimming the back and front yards of our townhouse. I don't see myself going back to the stinky noisy petrol trimmers ever.
I live on a small acreage and use it to cut back the small patches of weeds that pop up around the place, stick it in ATV in morning and can knock them back during the day. Quick and easy and no herbicides. It's just works, and is not too loud. It holds it's charge well over 6 months in the winter.
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.
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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