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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 30reviewers.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by Smooth, easy, efficient! The FS130 has been smooth, efficient and easy to use.I've used it to clear brush using the saw blade, and it does the work easliy and quickly. August 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent machine for the price and performance The manual recommends running the FS130 at half throttle for the first 3 tanks of gas. At half throttle the machine chewed up weeds and vines that were growing on my fence line better than any other I have ever owned. Cleaning 25 acres of horse fence with the bike handle attachment and shoulder harness was almost fun! August 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Brush cutting machine I purchased this to primarily cut down over grown brush and small trees. This things chews up anything you put in front of it. I use the chisel blade and can cut through a 2" tree in seconds. The blade even works well in heavy thick grass. I sharpen it between tanks of gas and it just keeps cutting. This machine has so much power I am almost afraid of breaking something when I get to swinging it. July 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent trimmer, plenty of power This is by far the best trimmer I have ever used and I've used a lot of brands. Has plenty of power even for the thickest grass and brush. Definitely spend the little bit extra and get the fs130 over the others. I only paid an extra $30 for the fs130 over the fs110 and I'm glad, not that the fs110 is bad but it makes sense to pay the 30 bucks extra for the bigger engine and more power. Also glad I got the one with the bike handles it really saves my back. June 5, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Product has enough power. For me it's a little heavy but has the power I need to get the job done. Tends to be a little hard to start from cold, but after initial running starts right up. June 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Good Balance I use this trimmer to cut around a lake,under fences around trees,in ditches and around the house. It has good balance. It took some adjustment of the handle bars and harness attachment to get the right fit for me, but that would apply to everyone. I like the two shoulder harness. May 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great trimmer! By far the best trimmer i have ever used. Starts on first pull every time, very high torque for cutting the thick stuff. Would defiantly recommend to a friend. May 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by FS130 Excellent cutter for the price. It's really a life saver clearing South Texas brush when I cannot reach it with a chainsaw keeping me away from snakes! May 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great for light brush I use this tool to clear dense wild blackberry thickets and hardwood saplings up to 2"in diameter on my property. The area is hilly and was previously logged so between the stumps and hills a brush hog would be impractical.The FS130 is lightweight and powerful and is easy to carry and maneuver on the hills.The harness included is comfortable and makes it easy to run the tool for hours on end.It goes through the woody blackberry shoots as quickly as I can swing the head, and I have been very impressed with the 130's ability to cut through saplings with the chisel tooth blade.To maintain cutting performance I find that I have to sharpen the chisel tooth blade at every refueling. I recommend purchasing a file guide with the saw blade, as well a face shield as the blade can kick up a lot of debris at times. May 8, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by this product is great yes i would recomend this product.I just bought my fs 130 today.As soon as i got it home i instantly took the trimmer head off and put on a brush blade. Took the fs 130 into the brush.Started on 1" to 3 " diameter saplings immediatley. Cuts threw them good for a trimmer/ brush tool. I think the fs130 would be a beast if it wasn't rev limited. The only draw back on the tool that i have found. Highly recomend the ms290 farm boss chainsaw by Stihl. Bought one about a month ago. All around the best chainsaw i have ever used. Thanks for the great products STIHL! February 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by 1 of the best weed eater/Brush cutters ever made Purchased 1 of these not long ago and The power to weight ratio is just fantastic. Cuts through everything I throw at it and wants more. Easy on the gas and Light weight. Well worth the money. And to add to it a 4 year warranty when you by a 6 pack of Stihl Ultra, Something you should be using anyways. February 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent Brush Cutter I use this on my hunting land. I have cut down 2 to 3 inch diameter prickly brush down with this. Just need to use the correct techniques. It has plenty of power. I can keep up with a 250, my dad owns one. Makes cutting brush easy and quick. January 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great cutter/trimmer I have a small farm and have owned mine for about seven years now with absolutely no problems. I have cut trees up to about 3" with a quick smack of the blade (maybe not recommended). I like it so much that I usually use it for my everyday trimmer in place of my FS-55. Great machine. December 16, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by These products are the best. I have never worked with anything with so much power for a small engine. This is awesome. STIHL is the best. December 4, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by The FS 130 makes a good grass trimmer The FS 130 makes a good grass trimmer BUT not a brushcutter, to low on power andrpm to be a brushcutter, preset and fixed jets so you can not open it up or the valveswill float, yes it has valves, so to low rpm for a brushcutter... November 14, 2012