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FS 250 R

Our most powerful loop-handle trimmer – great for right-of-way and other heavy-duty uses.

FS 250 R
Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 20reviewers.
Rated 2 out of 5 by Powerful but awkward I find for an average height person around 5'8-6ft, the stock handle is short and squaty so the user one must raise the handle up the shaft of the trimmer to prevent being hunched over to reach the low-profile handle. However the handle is wide as it is tall so that when you raise it up, it hits your thigh or knee (depending on your height) when walking once again making it awkward to use.To overcome this I found an old taller handle from an old trimmer that made using this heavy beast an egronomic dream.As far as mechanics go, have had the chance to try several at our company over the years. Clutch bearings usually fail within a year during working in wet weather. Primer ball cracks from UV exposure but easy to replace. The main issue seems to be the engine becomes very chattery after a year creating bad vibrations and harmonics which the stock handles don't absorb very well.Overall very powerful. Recommended if you find another handle and can give it a yearly overhaul or full replacement to keep running without annoyances. September 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best Product for the Ranch! I knew I needed a quality product that could hold up year after year just as my Stihl saws do and this product has done well. The shop recommended we use an upgraded head unit for the line and also for a blade attachment. One thing I made sure to use on all my Stihl products is the Pre-Mix from Stihl. After about four months of no use during the winter time I was able to start the 250R with one pull. Love the 250R and would highly recommend it to anyone one that has one acre or 100 acres of land to clear. Also, I would recommend to learn to use the straps over the shoulders versus just holding the 250R constant. August 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by this thing is a beast I trim miles if bike trails. I can cover twice the ground as the guys using smaller models. Twice the horsepower, twice the work. Just that simple. Using 105 stihl line. Wear face protection, it will hurt you. July 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by This product works and handles easyily Only stihl can make a product this supierior,and have great performance and handle so easy. July 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Easy This thing is 12 years or better. And I use it it weekly . The only problem I have ever had is the ethanol in the fuel. A few primer bulbs.A fuel line .And I think a couple of plugs. Its a hoss and it works. June 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by This weedeater is awesome This machine is unbelievable. I'm 27 and I started out using stihl trimmers when I was 10Had to use the small 46 55 and 81 I thinkWhen I started working had my own money about 7 years ago I bought a fs250r. UNBELIEVABLE thats all I can say. This machine has massive amounts of power the 105 diameter string can't hardly stand the big thick tough stuff the strong motor it breaks a lot. This machine will cut anything without any problem. I were the stihl clear protective shield and hard hat. With massive power comes massive rocks and sticks thrown at youI LIKE MY FS250R SO WELL I BOUGHT A SECOND ONE 5-10-14my first one still runs like new my dealer told me he thought the 250 was going to be discontinued so I PANICKED I bought another the power torque the solid steel shaft is UNMATCHED May 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Powerful!!! Well Built!!! I have had mine for 4 years and it gets about 30+ straight hours of use per week during the cutting season. I also have several old FS 85's. As for basic string trimming goes, the FS 250 is a little overkill. This thing has a ton of power, which is very convenient for using power robbing attachments such as the pole saw head, brush cutters, edgers, cultivator, and the new bed redefiner. I have noticed complaints about the bed redefiner when using it in wet or moist soil, particularly clay. I have used it with FS 250 in mostly tough gray Virginia clay both wet and rock hard dry. The FS 250 has never allowed me to experience these clogging problems when using the bed redefiner. The FS 85's struggle a little bit, but not that bad.So if you need a well built powerhouse this is definitely the best bang for your buck. On a rare occasion the FS 250 is hard to start. Usually its just one pull on choke then quickly turn the choke off, and that's it. For some reason this is never an issue with the older style motors like the FS 85. That is my only real complaint about it. April 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Powerful This is a beast of a machine. It's a chain saw on a stick. I already have the fs90r trimmer and it's fantastic. But I wanted a brush cutter to cut the embankment along my property. I know I could have swapped back and forth. Between the grass blade and trimmer head. So I started shopping for a brush cutter. I handled several different ones and they felt cheap. The one that felt good in my hands had no power. I told my wife let's go back to my stihl dealer and look. Should have done that in the first place. I told them what I wanted. He recommended the fs250 r and gassed it up for me. Man this baby sounds like a chain saw. It has more power than you will Ever need. I have never ran it wide open you don't have to. I have cut sapplings up to 2 inches. If you use premium fuel and synthetic stihl oil. This trimmer will start within three or five pulls. I push the primer button four times choke it. When it pops on the second pull take it off choke. And it will start every time. If not let your dealer have a look at it. If you are cutting heavy brush get a face shield. This trimmer will sling rocks sticks Like a category 5 tornado. If taken care of this trimmer will possibly be the last one you will Ever buy. Run premium fuel stihl synthetic oil and stay on top of maintenance. November 4, 2013