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FS 130

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

FS 130
Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 29reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Seriously I bought the trimmer based on the Stihl reputation for making serious products. I had been using a Craftsman Trimmer around the house, but I needed more power after inheriting more land. I chose this trimmer based on what I thought were my power needs. After getting it home and using it for a bit, I have determined its power to probably be overkill. The FS-110 would have propably been plenty for the type of trimming I would be doing. That said though, I will never have to worry about power with the 130. Ever.Starting is easy and the weight is not too bad considering. I just bought mine so I cannot attest to the long range dependability yet. The full harness is nice, but it took awhile to get it all adjusted. Throttle is responsive and it does not seem to be bad at all for delicate trimming, though I do definitely see a sweet spot at 3/4 throttle that would easily run away with you. The sound of the trimmer is distinctly different, I presume due to 4 stroke design.I bought the oil to extend my warranty to 4 years which is a sweet deal. Price wise, it is in range with other similar trimmers, maybe a touch more expensive.If you want a serious trimmer with serious power then seriously this is your guy. March 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by beats a chainsaw for small brush Cutting small/moderate size brush was the reason I chose this unit. Coupled with the 8" toothed blade, this outfit cuts easily w/o as much exertion as bending to use a saw. Doesn't wrap up in grass, either. Uses 1/2 the gas for equal cutting as my classic Stihl 011 sawUnit is expensive but I'm hoping it lasts as long as my previous Stihl trimmer--still going after 15-20 years. I'm hesitant to comment on overall dependability and longevity since the unit has less than 20 hours on it so far. February 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent Trimmer! This trimmer is probably overkill for my 2 acre rural property, but I can swing it as fast as possible through thick, knee-height grass without bogging the engine down. It has plenty of power to take down saplings if needed. This thing starts easily, usually one or two pulls. It runs well and vibrations are minimal. I can run a couple tanks of fuel non-stop without numb hands or discomfort. The harness is worth its weight in gold. For a marginal price increase over the 110, it was totally worth it. January 26, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by This product is well built and a pleasure to use I've had smaller, non-Stihl models in the past but I figured it was time to buy the real deal. I was looking at the 110 model but decided on the 130 because I mainly want to use it as a brush cutter and it came with the bike-handle. With the smaller models, my hands were numb after about 1/2 an hour of trimming. With this Stihl, I was trimming and brush-cutting for 2-3 hours without any numbness - it was great. I've used it several times since then and have had no problems. December 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by A Beast It will handle what ever you throw at it. I wish they had a switch kit for the loop handle. I want the option of using all the gearheads and I will have to buy the pieces separately which means more money. Its not cheap to start with. So you need to have the FS130 plus:several type deflectors for the gearhead (3?)both handles setup correctly.fixed line head and the stock headappropriate brush saws (deflector / saw guard accounted for above)your choices in gearhead attachments.safety equipment in addition to the included glassesNow you are ready to seriously handle your property maintenance. November 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by GREAT RUNNING ENGINE I just bought this trimmer. The engine starts right up 2 pulls runs soo smoothly and quiet.That is the good news.The bad is the power feed head! That is worthless. The line broke four times in 10 ft of trimming.If you like to take breaks to take the head appart to fish the line out this is for you.For me i switched to the 8 blade grass cutter,now I am very very happy September 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Plenty of power, great ergonomics Bought the FS130 to trim the fence rows and ditches on my farm. The double strap harness distributes the weight across both shoulders and the plastic hip guard, where the trimmer hooks up to, keeps the clip and trimmer off your pants. I bought a Polycut trimmer head and the grass blade with it. The Polycut head with the string line makes cutting a breeze. For heavier grass and weeds, the grass blade cuts right through with little effort. I bought this trimmer based on the past experience I've had with Stihl products. I have a Stihl backpack blower and chainsaw that have given my years of trouble-free use. August 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Brush Cutting Beast! Moved from a subdivision to an acreage property a couple of years ago. My FS 36 and 38 have been awesome, dependable machines, great for my old 1/2 acre subdivision lot but just didn't cut it trying to knock down thick brush around my property so I purchased the FS 130 with an aftermarket brush cutting blade (MaxxiShredder) recommended by the dealer. I'm clearing bush taller than me with blackberries, thistle, grass, ferns, small trees, you name it. I cleared a 600 ft. by 30 ft. path on uneven, sloping ground in one day recently. I'm nearly 50 and in reasonable shape but this is work and I hurt like heck after a day like that but I couldn't have done it without a quality machine and blade like this. The FS 130 is somewhat heavy compared to the other trimmers I have but the harness carries most of the weight, it's engine is large so it burns quite a bit of fuel. In the day I mentioned above I went through at least 8 or 9 tanks of gas. The torque is amazing! It doesn't bog down much, a little bit going through small trees. It cuts through blackberries and thistle like butter. I haven't had the FS 130 all that long but if it's anything like my other Stihl trimmers and chain saw I'm sure it'll last a long time. For cutting thick brush I'd highly recommend this machine, if you're trimming grass around your house do yourself a favor and buy a smaller, lighter machine! July 20, 2014
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