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FS 131

An improved and powerful bike-handle trimmer made for professional use, featuring great power and efficiency.

FS 131
FS 131 is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 65.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far so good I have only had this trimmer for two weeks. But it has been great so far. Can’t wait to get an attachment to tackle the heavy stuff!
Date published: 2019-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This won the battle of the Bermuda grass! My home is in rural Texas and all of our properties have septic tank systems. With lots of rain, Bermuda grass grows like an elevator with individual stalks that are as big as a finger in diameter! That grass defeated many high Dollar trimmers and I actually gave away a cart load of excellent trimmers that failed to make the grade. My local dealer hooked me up with the optional cutting head that uses plastic/nylon cutters and one strand of .095 line for the FS 131 trimmer. This has a solid drive shaft and I have broken flexible shafts by driving blades on other brands. This machine DEMOLISHED that Bermuda grass and I'm still using the original cutter blades. The trimmer is easy to start if you follow directions, the harness supplied works perfectly and fuel consumption is moderate. I can trim at fairly low engine speed and it has a very smooth idle. Was it worth the extra money to get a Commercial grade unit? Absolutely!
Date published: 2019-08-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from This product waste too much time Very disappointed in the his product and wish I had not wasted my money. The string in constantly breaking off inside the spool and thus you have to stop and take it apart and restring it.
Date published: 2019-08-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not enough power Use these for work and while effecient, it's under powered for tall weeds. A 250 would be better suited. Also, they vibrate excessively and can be hard to start.
Date published: 2019-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product I've had this about 2 weeks and used it quite a bit already. Bought the other heads such as Poly Cut & Dura Cut and a blade to use. The Poly Cut is my favorite so far.
Date published: 2019-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plenty of Power Good piece of gear that I'm sure will be dependable and will provide the power needed to tackle most any weed and brush cutting job, My only complaint is the difficulty loading the spool with line. Once Stihl solves that engineering feat then they will have a product that truly dominates the industry.
Date published: 2019-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Detest the new choke system I regret buying an FS 131. The gearbox on my FS 110 failed. It was the second one and the trimmer was 13 years old, so I decided to buy a new 110. However, after I got to the store I thought that maybe I should opt for a larger trimmer. With the wet weather of the past few years the grass and brush is much heavier, and I’m doing a lot more mowing with the trimmer, in areas that have remained too wet for a lawn mower. The new choke system was explained to me and it seemed simple enough. Big mistake on my part. I loathe and detest that system. The manual says to press the fuel pump bulb at least 5 times. Don’t I wish that 5 times were enough. I have now run through 28 tanks of gas, and have found that for semi-reliable starting I need to press the bulb 12 times. I timed the process, 50-60 seconds in 80 degree weather. How long will it take when the bulb is stiff in 40 degree weather? There have been a few times when I the bulb never filled with fuel (noticeable because the bulb is easier to press and rebounds quickly), even with 12 presses. Yet the engine started. Every time I go to start the engine I feel that I should emulate Dorothy, i.e. click the heels of my RedWing boots 3 times and say something like “Please start.” I have not had a successful warm start. Normally when I go out to trim I plan on working for a few hours, especially when I’m at a distance from the house. Twice I have gone through a tank of gas, shut down long enough to refill the tank, and then tried to re-start the engine. Because I had run the fuel tank dry I pressed the bulb 5 times after fuel appeared in the bulb. I hated to do the 12 I do for a cold start. The choke was set to the warm start position. If I did as the manual suggested, cranking until the engine runs, I would still be out in the field. I eventually gave up and returned to the house. The second time I tried this I left the choke knob in the open position but did the bulb presses. Again, the engine would not start. With the FS 110 this was not a problem. I would simply leave the choke open, lock the throttle, and pull the cord. At the moment the warm start is not a big problem because as warm and humid as it has been I really wasn’t eager to continue with a second tank. But that will change as the weather cools. It’s not like I don’t know anything about trimmers. I bought my first Stihl, an FS 90, in 1989. I replaced that with the FS 110 in 2006. So I have been using Stihl trimmers for many years. With all kinds of attachments—the string head, the polycut head, grass blade, brush blade, and power scythe. Until I got this 131 I never had reason to gripe. But I am really dissatisfied with the 131, at least with the starting process. What was so difficult about locking the throttle and setting the chock lever to start, and then opening the chock when the engine started. It was simple and reliable. Maybe I got a bum unit, but I am stuck with it now. I certainly would not recommend buying a trimmer with this starting system unless there was an agreement for a no questions asked return if necessary after the buyer had the opportunity to use it for several tanks of gas. All that being said, please note that I am not unhappy with the performance of the trimmer. My trimmer gets used a lot. And as noted above, with the wet weather it is getting used more often, and under much more difficult cutting conditions. Once the trimmer starts, something I am never sure of happening, it works and works hard. Other than the initial 3 tanks of fuel, the break-in period, the trimmer has usually been operated at full throttle on thick, heavy, generally wet grass and brush. I can’t say that I’ve seen an increase in efficiency of fuel use. The 110 would run through a tank of gas in about 1 hour. I’m getting anywhere from 1 hour to 1 hour and 20 minutes with the 131. The longer run times were in the beginning when I wasn’t running full throttle. I suspect that I haven’t seen much increase in run time because this trimmer is running at full throttle for longer periods of time. As for the anti-vibration system, is there one on the 131? The manual states that the anti-vibration elements should be checked before starting work, but there is nothing in the manual to indicate where these anti-vibration elements can be found. My hands would get tingly when running the 110, but that would usually happen with the 2nd or 3rd tank of gas. That is something that I have not been able to do with the 131.
Date published: 2019-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First impressions: very positive Potent little machine that has thus far exceeded my expectations. glad that I went with this model (as opposed to lessor or competitive models). Harness and handlebars are a plus.
Date published: 2019-07-10
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