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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 53reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Trimmer! Lots of Torque I purchased the FS 130 R trimmer and like it. Because it is the 4 stroke engine it does not rev as fast as a 2 stroke, but has tons of torque. It starts on the first pull every time and is very fuel efficient. My brother is a big echo guy and his does not start on the first pull. This one does. It is limited only by the string on the head and cuts anything in its path. Sometimes when I hit a sapling with the line, it will break the line rather than stall the engine. If you want lots of torque, get this trimmer. In the pros department, it starts easily and has lots of torque with way less vibration than a 2 stroke. The only cons are that it is a bit heavier (it is one of the larger engines) and it uses 89+ octane fuel. The higher octane keeps it running cooler as the engine does get kind of hot when running it for long periods of time. I went back and forth on exactly which trimmer to get and settled on this one. I am glad I made the purchase. May 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great trimmer I have a 42 acre homesite in eastern nc with a 50 acre puppy traing pen to train my hounds so I have a lot of triming around fences and ditch banks around the property and by far it has been the best money I have every spent along with some good round up in a backpack sprayer you can maintain a lot of acres. I have always used their chainsaws and I have one of their saws that my dad owned and I still use it regularly to this day and it is over 30yrs old. Do not waste your money on a echo trimmer I have owned 2 in the last 16 yrs and don't get me wrong they are great trimmers but this TRIMMER IS A DIFFERENT BEAST!!! You will not be disappointed and I read a lot of reviews on how cold nature the engine is cranking but I personally have not had a issue except for the very first start which takes a few pulls but after that fires up on the first pull when warmed up. Guys in my pros I'm checking that is light trimmer and I would like the reviewer to understand that it is very light for the time of trimmer with the torque and power. By far it is not the lightest trimmer you can buy just in that class. May 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Greatest lawn tool you'll find. Got it home, hooked up the string trimmer, pumped the primer 5 times, put the choke on put the lever on start,3 rd pull it fired right up.took it through some heavy grass and it went through it like it wasn't there! You can't go wrong with this one. Do yourself a favor and quit looking around and buy a quality tool and get this one.cannot go wrong ! and as long as you treat it right you'll have this for years. 4 year warranty on mine.and buying it was a pleasure, you are treated as if you were buying a new car.personal salesman were you sit at a desk and fill out paperwork as you should when you are buying quality. STOP LOOKING, THIS IS THE ONE. May 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by This product is great! Great power don`t buy the 240 it has pretty much the same power but way more expensive. The head works great. need to start at least 10 times before it starts first pull. Before that if it is hot it will not start easily. The line dose not break off easily as long as you bump it when needed. Three foot grass is no problem. Three foot and really thick no problem. Takes 2 hours to break in muffler. Great machine! May 10, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by owned for 4 months and had to replaced the carb under warranty hard to use line brakes off inside the cutter head April 19, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by great machine other than Chinese carb!! I've owned this FS 130 R for about 4 or 5 years, after the first year I have had to remove the carburetor and blow out all of the jets and holes to make it run, after I do that it runs ok until I let it set for more than 2 weeks, it will start usually, but will not idle or accelerate with out hesitation, I've tried adjusting it out, but after about a half hour of no change, I remove the carb and start over again, I've replaced the tank filter thinking it may be picking up something from the tank. I find it hard to believe that Stihl would make a machine of this quality and then put a cheap china carb on it. We have 3 attachments for it, the weed eater, the blower, and the hedge trimmer. I own 3 Stihl chain saws, 038 pro, 041, and 028, and have never had this problem they start and run the same after 6 mo's of sitting. January 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by 130 R trimmer Great Machine This is by far the best trimmers on the market. Super quaitly machine. I use it tomaintain 6 acres and use it at Deer Camp. Its a shame that Sthil Dont make underware. I would ware them. December 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fuel efficient and light. Does it get better? These machines are replacing Stihl FS250Rs in the fleet of right of way equipment. They feel the same in terms of power, but it's definitely harder to stall this machine. It's a torque monster, and it will keep spinning until it runs out of fuel. I wouldn't want this as a thinning saw, though, even if it had bicycle handles. It just doesn't have enough power. I'll take my FS450 for that.These machines are some of the most fuel efficient trimmers ever made. I can run this machine for an hour and not run out of fuel, and the fuel tank is tiny! I can run for three ten hour days on two gallons of mixed fuel. They are also a lot quieter and don't "whine" like a two stroke motor. It makes for a much happier operator at the end of the day... If there is a happy operator who runs a brushcutter for sixty hours a week...I use the AutoCut 30-2 head with .130 square line and sometimes a tri-blade brush knife, and it's hard to stop. These are truly ideal in tight spots like around culverts where a bike handled machine would be unwieldy. The handle is great, too. The handles on these are the best trimmer handles that have ever been on a machine like these. The ones on the FS240R are too narrow, they're like the FS70, which for anything other than trimming biweekly lawns is a terrible piece of equipment-but it's a great lawn trimmer. The machine has a great power to weight ratio, too. The 4-Mix idea is a fantastic one, but it's more difficult to adjust and do PMs on the machine than the older two-strokes. As is the M-Tronic carburetor. It's a great idea, but I can't adjust machine easily. Having to adjust the valves is a pain, but I'll take that for a machine that is so, so much more fuel efficient than the older models. The throttle is plenty featherable- if you open up the low side of the carb a little. They are a bit picky about the fuel you run through them, though. Run premium, high octane, ethanol free gas with HP Ultra and you'll be fine.In the end, the FS130R is the best machine for anyone's money who needs a loop handle machine for heavy work. They flat out kill it, and will do the same to flower beds, while being more fuel efficient than any machine of their size. It's too much machine for a homeowner, but perfect for those who need the power. December 4, 2014
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