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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 49reviewers.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by Handles the work load Our FS130 has 3 years of wildfire regeneration tree thinning on it now and shows no signs of giving up anytime soon. Hot or cold, wet or dry it pushes through and performs at 100% every time. November 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by This product has a lots of power also light weight When you buy this make sure you get the blade kit for it at first I though they would be junk and break off boy was I wrong they has change my way off cutting they are the best on top of this product it has tons of power say good by to string. November 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by This product is great. Amust buy for a home owner with a big place. The folks at C & M power equipment asked me all the right questions to help detimine which machine would be best for what I wanted to do with it. They were right I am completely pleased with my machine. Good folks there. October 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Its Stihl orange so you know its amazing I mean where do i start, this thing has amazing power, runs butter smooth, and is as reliable as honest Abe himself. I have had mine for over a year now and love every second of using it. I bought it because my other trimmer went down for a bit and i decided that i could use some more power and reliability so i went to this guy, and haven't regretted it one bit. I would say i use it about 6 hours a week or more and not one thing has broken. The only issue i have had was the magneto was bad the day i bought it but i just took it to the dealer and they replaced it for free. I love Stihl's products and reliability, I know if it has their name on it then I can't go wrong. I own 2 trimmers (fs 130r and fs 90r), commercial blower (bg 86c), small chain saw (ms 170), and a gas hedge trimmer (hs 46c). They have never done me wrong and will continue to buy from them for any commercial or residential equipment needs. October 4, 2014
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