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Stihl HS 81 R / HS 81 T

Stihl HS 81 R / HS 81 T

HS 81 R, HS 81 T
5.0 from 4 reviews



4 reviews


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If you are looking for a top quality hedge cutter look no further,if maintained correctly you will have years of trouble free service.The HS81 R model with its lower blade speed and wider teeth spacing is more suited to heavy cutting back,where as the T model is more adapted to trimming.In summary after the initial outlay you will glad you bought stihl.
Durable and highly reliable,starts with minimum fuss every time,one of the best hedgecutters on the market.I use mine all day every day,with no problems at all.
As with all Stihl products they are very expensive,especially over here in good old Blighty!This particular model is best suited for the professional user.


checkitoutfirstHunter Region, NSW

  • 2 reviews

Excellent tool for the garden


Have had the HS81T for 8 weeks now using it 2 - 3 times a week and have found it excellent for those regular trimming jobs as they come up real neat, it makes the job easier to do, have found that also anything that fits between the blades it cuts no problems as it has plenty of power.
Have been using a Honda hedge trimmer for the past 5 years as this will probably get replaced in the future by a HS81R for those thicker cuts required.
Light, powerfull, precise with fine trimming, very well built, exhaust points away from user.
Its on the expensive side but you get what you pay for.

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Questions & Answers

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HS 81 R / HS 81 T

My 81t has an 86r gearbox. I went to clean it out and inspect the gears and ordered the 81 t gasket, the gasket is smaller and narrower than the one thats on there. So for example, where the orange part is supposed to fit through a rectangular cut out, there is none on the 81 t gasket that i ordered. Im the only owner. Btw. It works just fine. But had to re order a 86r gasket.

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HS 81 R

If the blades do not engage, what can I do to troubleshoot?

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I had this problem once on a cold morning. Start of with loosening all the nuts that hold the blades together a couple of turns to make sure they are not stuck or rusted together, give it some lube spray and maybe start it up and give it some low revs to see if it moves then, Stihl now have there own hedge trimmer spray called Superclean that works really well with lubricating and cleaning sap off the blades, I use it after every use. If this doesn't work I would suggest flipping the machine and taking off the silver gearbox cover to make sure the teeth on gears are not stripped,connecting pins are not broken or there is no dark burnt looking grease as this could be connecting rod seizure from lack of grease. careful if you get game and start removing connecting rods (2 of them) as they have about 20 or so small needle roller bearings in each of them. If you do find a problem in there, all parts are replaceable. Its very important that you grease the gearbox especially through the grub screw as it gets the grease in the right areas. Hope this helps and Good Luck.

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