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FSE 60

This electric trimmer is lightweight and exceptionally quiet.

FSE 60
Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 65reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Workaround on Restringing and Line Advancing As noted in other reviews, restringing per the instructions is an exercise in futility and line advancing is an issue as well. Note this review if for the Stihl Auto Cut 5-2. I replaced the mowing head/spool assembly following two years of use primarily due to line not advancing. When line advancing became an issue with the new assembly, I disassembled and inspected the mowing head/spool assembly and found significant accumulations of grass, dirt, etc. After spraying out the assembly with water (air would probably work as well), line advancement functioned properly. The following process has proved to make restringing less difficult (not easy but less difficult) and line advancing work properly.1. Loosen the cap (lock nut) and remove the mowing head/spool from the shaft. Note: Over time, the shaft may rust increasing the difficulty in removing the mowing head. This can be corrected by using a wire wheel to remove rust from the shaft after the head is removed.2. Remove the spool from the mowing head.3. Rinse any accumulated grass, dirt, etc. from the inside of the mowing head, especially on the bottom surface where the spool rotates.4. Rinse any accumulated grass, dirt, etc. from the spool internals especially on the top inner surface where the cap seats.5. Rinse off the rubber (?) gasket on the bottom of the cap.6. Place the spool back inside the mowing head.7. Align the arrows on the mowing head with the arrows on the spool.8. Push the two sections of line through the two mowing head openings and just into the spool openings. Note: If the line is pushed into the spool too far, it will be difficult to turn the spool and wind the line.9. Turn the spool clockwise inside the mowing head until only ~ 4 inches of each line sticks out the mowing head.10. Place the mowing head/spool assembly back on the shaft noting the mowing head must seat completely on the six-sided nut at the base of the shaft.11. Ensure the arrows on the mowing head and the spool still line up.12. Reinstall the cap (lock nut) inside the spool so it the spool teeth engage the grooves in the spool.13. Turn the cap clockwise to tighten. Do not over tighten.Definitely not the advertised quick and easy line replacing process but its works and, most importantly, reduces the frustration. September 8, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Wish I had the reviews first I bought this on the basis of Consumer Reports rating. When it works--that is, when it is fresh out of the box with the string in place--it works fine and is light enough for me to use for a long period, with good power for an electric. The problem is restringing and line feed. Horrible design, resulting in hours of frustration. The feed doesn't work properly--forget the tapping mechanism once you've tried to restring it. You have to take the whole thing apart to advance the line--if you can do it without getting the two lines mixed up. Some day I hope someone will come up with a better technology for trimming weeds. August 15, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Product died after 3 years This was the best trimmer for three years. My wife loved it. Sadly, the unit died. Parts are expensive. One part was equal to the price I paid for the trimmer. Today, it's a throwaway. August 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome I have one I have had for ten years and if it ever breaks I will buy another just like it. It takes a little while to get use to using it because the motor on top like a gas powered one but as you use it you fall in love with it. August 1, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Very reliable Although this recommended for horizontal weed trimming I use it vertically for edging about 1/2 the time. I added a second handle from a previous trimmer below the original handle at 90 degrees. The trigger can be operated with modified hand position. The second handle provides better control while edging. July 9, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by save your money After one season of light use, this one is ready for the scrap pile. July 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Finally a trimming with power and longevity I have owned an FSE 60 for 5 years cutting thick St Augustine grass and this trimmer performs extremely well. Balance is good, power is excellent the only item I would like to see improved is loading trimmer cord. It could be made easier however I do not understand some reviewers claiming it is difficult and that they use a whole reel in 1 trimming. The trimmer does have a large trimming diameter, I think folks are not taking that into account when trimming around their home and edging. This trimmer has enough power if one holds the trimmer close to what they are trimming it will wear down the entire length of the trimming cord vs. just the tip if used at the proper distance which will require constantly releasing more cord. This is user error not the trimmer's fault. After using many corded and cordless trimmers this is one you will have for a very long time and be glad you purchased it. June 27, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by very good trimmer very good trimmer,but changing the line is a challenge.nut that holds on trimmer head is very hard to reattach. June 26, 2015
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