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FS 130 R

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

FS 130 R
Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 34reviewers.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Product is non-user friendly I run a commercial mowing company and have always used Echo, Tinaka, Redmax trimmers. Figured I'd give STIHL a try. I purchased the 130R thinking that more power is better. I was wrong. Listed are the items to be wary of..1. This unit is so over powered that it constantly breaks line at the head. In order to feed line out one must shut off the machine take apart the auto feed mechanism and pull the line out/re-string. I have tried every thickness of line even jamming .130 diameter line in. Same issue, continually breaks level with the head.2. LIne feed is a real pain. Does not auto feed easily. I'm 1/2 way through the season and have already gone through a feed mechanism.3. Line replacement/re-string should be quick, but STIHL has not figured out how to feed line into their system without removing the head. Should take a look at almost all other competitor models!!!4. Engine has loads of power, but after running a bit system takes anywhere from 8-10 pulls to re-start. I know this doesn't sound bad, but together with the line feed issue and you've got a real pile!The one nice thing I will say is the power is incredible, it's just to bad it's not easy to use!I should have looked into/researched a bit more before purchasing. Look into other brands before purchasing and just compare.I also own STIHL Chain Saws and Hedge Trimmers, Both of which I would highly recommend purchasing. July 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Torque Monster! This is the first line trimmer I've used that doesn't bog down in weeds or our thick meadow grasses ... incredible and smooth power band, nicely balanced. Best of all, it's a Stihl! July 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wonderful reliability This trimmer is just one of several different Stihl products I have had over the years to include edgers, blowers and chain saws. This trimmer along with the other Sthil products I have are the only brand of lawn equipment I would have....period. Whenever I have ever purchased another piece of Stihl equipment it's always been because I just wanted a different model not because anything was wrong with the one I had. I have a chain saw that we've had since 1984 and it still runs like the day we bought it. Thsi 130 trimmer starts usually on the first pull and has all the power you would ever want in a trimer, it has wonderful balance and gives outstanding results. I would never own anything else. July 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Amazing Product! So much power! Not sure why I waited so long to get one! I have had my Stihl FS130R from the start of the summer. It's an amazing product! I looked into other brands but when most of the professionals in the industry use Stihl I knew I did not want to invest in any other product other than a Stihl. I looked at lesser models but decided that if I am going to spend my hard earned money I wanna invest in the best that will last me "hopefully" my lifetime with little maintenance.The orange string is a little too week for this trimmer. Make sure u upgrade to the better string because this trimmer needs it! July 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Starts fast and easy, runs all day long, and has a small appetite. I use this machine to cut bull thistle, blackberries, and star thistle as well as all kinds of tall grass and big weeds. I cut mostly on 45 degree hillsides in lots of rocks. This machine is a monster, eating everything in it's path. Because of the rocks, I haven't used a steel blade yet, so it goes through a lot of line while it's going through a lot of stalks and weeds. The only thing that really slows it down is wire fencing. I owe my Stihl Dealer, Mike, at Ashland Hardware, a big THANK YOU for pointing me in this machine's direction. June 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome power I own a landscaping business and we mow 4-6 large properties daily usually averaging 3-5 acres. I have an 80r and 3 90r's all I have been very pleased with but I wanted something a little more so I went out and purchased a 130r a few days ago and I haven't been more impressed with a trimmer in my life. Tons and tons of power, won't bog even in the thickest and wettest of grass,weeds,and even smallholder woody plants. It is a little heavier than the 90r but the torque it has over the 90r is astonishing. Defiantly recommend it if you have any brush or fence lines you would like cleaned out or just want more power than your standard trimmer. May 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by All around great trimmer. This machine is awesome! I've had my unit approximately 3 years and I use multiple tool attachments. I currently have the edger, adjustable hedge trimmer, and string trimmer head. Other than a recall on the fuel cap (which was corrected free of charge by my local Stihl dealer.) I have had zero issues. Perfect mix of power and balance, I can run the unit for hours and it doesn't feel heavy. I have ran echo, Husqvarna, John Deere, Red Max, and Shindaiwa and I always come back to the Stihl. April 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great tool for overgrowth. I recently purchased 2.8 acres that has been neglected for many years and is completely overgrown with briars and saplings. I purchased the three tooth grass/brush cutter and immediately installed it on the machine. It cuts almost everything! I also purchased the MS170 chainsaw to get what I am afraid to tackle with the trimmer, which isn't much. I just have to say I love the sound of the 4-mix engine. When people see me using it they know this is no ordinary "weed eater". March 10, 2014