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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 23reviewers.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by Supreme Machine FS130 cuts thru brush like it is to even there. Of looking at the FS110, I recommend upgrading for the minimal extra and get the more powerful engine. You won't regret it. Easy head change out for trimming action. July 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by excellent product I have been through the expensive junk trimmers from the box stores. I have 1 acre that is surrounded by hay fields and barbed wire fence. I got this bad boy for trimming around the fence where the thick Johnson grass is. I was sick of all of the other trimmers bogging down. This one doesn't back down to any challenge. I would highly recommend this trimmer if you are finally ready to step up to a trimmer that will last forever and get the job done. I get my trimming done in half the time, with a quarter of the back pain. May 25, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Used Once! I bought what was supposed to be one of the best there is on the market and once home I gave it a test run that lasted about 10 minutes before tearing the line off at the head... my fault. ... and called it a day planning to do my whole place the next day. Wouldn't start for love money or starting fluid even after checking the plug. I'll stick with the throw away models if the dealer doesn't make this right. May 16, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great product for its size Great size and price of this model. I highly recommend this product for the homeowner who needs to clear out saplings and small diameter trees. September 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Adaptable for lefties with a little work I was able to "re-engineer" the handlebars, shield, and harness so that I could use it comfortably for more than 15 minutes. I probably voided the warranty because I had to carve up the shield pretty good. But the bottom line is that I now have a trimmer/edger that a lefty can use. My previous trimmer was a ryan that had plenty of power, and lasted 22 years on a 2 acre plot with 2 brush borders. I overhauled it once, and boiled and rebuilt the carb twice before I decided it had seen enough. I tried out 2 other cheapie trimmers and simply could not believe how little power they had with the same displacement as my ryan.So I went for better AND bigger with this one. I actually had to take it back the first day because I couldn't start it, which was embarrassing for a guy who rebuilds everything from cars to computers, and found out that I only needed to prime it until the first time the bulb was full of fuel, and to pull until the first pop on full choke, then half-choke to start. I realize this means it has some serious compression going on, as every other 2 cycle I've had requires a lot of fuel and a lot of choke to get things to fire. This is a well-built engine. Haven't had any issue starting it since. September 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great power easy starting I bought two of these trimmers to replace two of lesser quality that broke down this year. So far they both start on at least the second pull and usually the first. They are used heavily along a 20 + mile pedpath that is over grown with knot weed and other trash brush areas. No problems to date, the string feeds out and seldom jams like our old ones did on a regular basis. I would not hesitate to recommend these trimmers. August 25, 2013
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