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FS 130

Newer class of heavy-duty professional trimmers. Very good power-to-weight ratio.

FS 130
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 42reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by My Stihl FS130 is an ax-murderer dressed in orange and white. I have three acres with heavy vegetation on inclines, fence lines, and around my house. I had an underpowered Echo product that constantly bogged down in thick grass. I decided to trade up and get an FS 130. There is nothing I can't cut on my entire property. I ramp it up at wide open throttle and it cuts through everything I need it to. I have cut saplings and small trees, so long as you are obviously using the proper cutting head.I have never had issues with poor performance with regard to running and power. It takes a couple pulls after sitting for a while, but nothing I don't expect after not using it for several months.I wouldn't say it is necessarily "lightweight." However, it isn't a behemoth either. It is considerably lighter than it's Honda counterpart that I considered during my decision process. Weed whacking isn't for sissies. I purchased the more comfortable harness, which was a great decision.This isn't for manicuring or edging your lawn. This is for use when you need brute strength and ignorance when taming foliage. Remember, you get what you pay for.I love my Stihl. November 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by POWER!!!!!!!!!! Look at the size of this thing! Don`t buy this because it`s commercial to use on your 1/2 acre property thinking you can do intricate trimming with it. Buy this and use it for what its designed to do! This thing is a beast that I`ve cut 4 inch diameter trees down with. Don`t be that guy that complains it`s heavy because it`s built to take a beating and last. It`s heavy and will knock down anything with the right blade on it. Free rev the engine and go to town on anything that's in your way. It`s overkill as a line trimmer and is not the best choice for lawn trimming.I`ve only used ethanol free gas and stihl oil in it, and it runs great. Again, look at the size of this thing, use it for its intended purpose. Owned for two years no problems. October 8, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Power! Slap on a saw blade and clear ATV Trails with ease! Powerful machine August 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome piece of machinery I have 4 acres to keep clear and this cuts through it all regardless of size and thickness! It's not as powerful as I thought the engine would be but I'm not complaining. My only complaint would be with the harness. Its comfortable to me but not to easy to attach or unhook the brushcutter. August 17, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Very disappointed. With probably less than 10 hrs total time on it, my fs130 sheared the flywheel key, which was not covered under the warranty. I could have purchased 5 "lesser" trimmers for what I've got in this one so far. Very disapointed! July 24, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by engine bogs when throttled up I purchased the 130 after fighting with a cheapie trimmer for the last time. I bougjt the most powerful unit the local dealer stocked in our area. When the kid who worked there took the unit out back to start it up, he could not get it running after several pulls. I had a bad feeling then and even worse now. The unit starts ok now and idles good but when the throttle is pulled the engine hesitates and bogs out. It will only rev up aftet feathering the trigger. For the money it costs this machine should rev up instantly. Maybe its the 4stroke engine or maybe its a lemon but its going back to the dealer to be looked at. July 12, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by I hate my FS130 I hate my FS130! Won't stay running, misses at higher RPM! I had a Hobart that i had for about 10 years and it was more reliable then my FS130. I am so mad that I decided to spend the extra money and purchase what I thought was going to be a good weed waker. June 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great power, cuts everything! Had been fighting with an old 2 stroker for to many years, bought my first Stihl chainsaw a MS311 last year. Was so pleased with my saw I decided it was time to upgrade my trimmer. So very happy with this machine! Starts easily, the harness carries the trimmer with ease and makes for a pleasurable experience cleaning up my property, although I find it a bit restrictive when mowing my road bank, I kept the single strap sling from my old machine to do road banks and use the double harness for everything else.The 4 stroke engine is powerful and extremely fuel efficient, cut thru thick heavy grass with barely any bog down. Around flower beds it is easy to handle and delicate work is flawless due to the double shoulder harness.Used it in my neighbors pasture to clear brush and its performance was incredible. No question here, I'd buy it 6 more times. Love it! June 21, 2015
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