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FS 130 R

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

FS 130 R
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 40reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by A race car inside a trimmer My new home sits on 40 acres of untouched woodlands. It is an overgrown mess! I wanted a trimmer that could serve brush cutting duty until I had enough landscaping accomplished to switch it to trimming duty.Originally I set out to get the FS 90, but shifted to the 130R upon looking at both side by side at my local Stihl dealer. Using emotional-shopper-logic, in the store, I reasoned the power upgrade seemed liked the best use of money over the next 5 years. It has only been a few months into those 5 years and I can happily say that last minute call is one I couldn't be more pleased with!I can't get over how much of my 40 acres I've been able to make presentable with this trimmer in such short time. This trimmer works alongside a Stihl MS 261 chainsaw, a UTV, tow rope, a winch, a 16.5 hp woodchipper, and a 34 ton log splitter. With this combo I have become a 1 man woods-clearing machine! The first round of cleanup begins with the 130R attacking the brush, briars, and saplings (slices through almost as fast as the chainsaw) allowing round two with the chainsaw taking down the larger stuff. Round 3 is cleanup with the UTV and woodchipper plus the wonderful Stihl Peavy & Hookaroon saving my back on the firewood. Rinse, repeat. It is efficient, fast, and very manageable for 1 person. But this process isn't as easy without the 130R setting the pace.It seems some 130R's owners' expectations were not set as properly as they were for me. After reading reviews, this trimmer is getting some rough ones because people don't understand that this trimmer has two settings: off and full-on race mode. You're holding a Formula 1 race car in your hands. And it sounds like this trimmer is getting some bad reviews because some salesman stuck a Toyota Camry driver in a F1 car without telling them this is an animal! September 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by What a work horse Most powerful trimmer I have ever had. Power to weight ratio is amazing.Since its a Stihl, I expect to last many years and be easy to maintain. September 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best trimmer I've owned. This trimmer does burn a lot of gas and it breaks line until you get used to it but does it cut. The power is amazing. No bogging down no matter how thick and long the grass and weeds are and it doesn't plug up ever. With the blade attachment it cuts brush just as well as it cuts grass. It is 100% as advertised. August 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by This trimmer/brush cutter is truly amazing I purchased my Stihl FS130R because of very good reviews from other users and the price compared to other brands. I needed something I could put a steel blade on to knock out blackberry bushes and wild rose bushes. I have used both a 12" T2 blade with curved tips and 10" Stihl T3 blade and they both work great. I have blasted through the blackberries and rose bushes in nothing flat with some of the stalks up to 1 inch in diameter. The FS130R is definitely one awesome machine that makes brush cutting fun. August 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great balance, easy to handle, trims perfectly In the past I have used a heavier and more robust string trimmer as our property is plagued by horse weeds, wild rose and thistles. But... after quadruple bypass surgery my upper body just could not handle the weight. A friend suggested I look into a light duty Stihl trimmer, so glad I did. It does a great job, lightweight, powerful and easy to start. Now I can keep the place looking great myself. It will do everything I need with the exception of the woody plants, and did not expect the lighter trimmer to do that. Highly recommend. July 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by This weedeater is a beast I bought this weedeater looking for power and something that wasn't too heavy and that's what I got. You can litterly jam this thing into brush and grass and it just eats away and asks for more. Its awesome July 27, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Product is non-user friendly I run a commercial mowing company and have always used Echo, Tinaka, Redmax trimmers. Figured I'd give STIHL a try. I purchased the 130R thinking that more power is better. I was wrong. Listed are the items to be wary of..1. This unit is so over powered that it constantly breaks line at the head. In order to feed line out one must shut off the machine take apart the auto feed mechanism and pull the line out/re-string. I have tried every thickness of line even jamming .130 diameter line in. Same issue, continually breaks level with the head.2. LIne feed is a real pain. Does not auto feed easily. I'm 1/2 way through the season and have already gone through a feed mechanism.3. Line replacement/re-string should be quick, but STIHL has not figured out how to feed line into their system without removing the head. Should take a look at almost all other competitor models!!!4. Engine has loads of power, but after running a bit system takes anywhere from 8-10 pulls to re-start. I know this doesn't sound bad, but together with the line feed issue and you've got a real pile!The one nice thing I will say is the power is incredible, it's just to bad it's not easy to use!I should have looked into/researched a bit more before purchasing. Look into other brands before purchasing and just compare.I also own STIHL Chain Saws and Hedge Trimmers, Both of which I would highly recommend purchasing. July 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Torque Monster! This is the first line trimmer I've used that doesn't bog down in weeds or our thick meadow grasses ... incredible and smooth power band, nicely balanced. Best of all, it's a Stihl! July 14, 2014
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