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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 5.0 out of 5 by 21.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Well Start on the third pull with not problem. Have put over two gallon of fuel through the trimmer without any problems restarting or using it on very rough land will thick vegetation, lot of rocks and cactus. Other than going through a ton on string it's works without a problem. Started using three pronged metal blade for cutting small trees and brush which work great with adequate power.Worth the money but it did take a few minutes to get used to the bicycle handles, harness and the additional weigh over by 20 year old city version Stihl trimmer which has been used on the same property for past 5 years.
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great and Powerful Product I have alway like Stihl. But my new Stihl 131 gave me a new appreciation for Stihl. The quality and the power it has, makes my job easier. It takes less time to complete the job. The Stihl 131 trimmer was one of the best birthday present my family purchased for me. I love my yard and love work in it. Thanks Stihl for a great and powerful product.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent weed eater/brush cutter I have last years model, the FS 130. You can't go wrong with paying extra for the bike handles. Easy to operate and easy to maintain. The one thing I learned during the summer months is to not choke it if it's hot outside. It will flood it. To restart after using it for a while you may have to hold the trigger. I have used the FS 130 for many hours in the past year clearing 14 acres of fence line and also clearing brush up to 1-1/2". Product provides plenty of power and easy to switch from weed eater to brush cutter.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect fit for my needs Replaced my old Echo SRM with this unit, with the intent of using blades. It works extremely well with the berries and salal that cover our new property. Starts easily, runs smooth, plenty of power. A sound investment as far as I am concerned.
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works longer than I can! I bought this to help get my back part of the property under control as the blackberries and bamboo have taken on permanent residence. I have other brands of trimmers, and this FS131 is in it's own class. I have several brush blades, which will eventually shut down my other trimmers after 15 to 20 minutes of continuous use, so trying to break down the patch has been time consuming and frustrating. The FS 131 has so much power, and much less vibration than my other trimmers, it just wants to run forever. I have it run for hour plus straight - tank full to empty, and it doesn't skip a beat.My only first hiccup was learning how to unflood the engine which due to the pressurized fuel system, is different from how I would normally unflood. Luckily this is shown on the website, and now works perfectly. The benefit of the pressurized system though that I never worry about fuel starvation if I have to reach high with the unit, and even sideways or in strange angles to get into some areas. Wonderful!
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am slowly switching to Stihl I was once 100% Echo with saws, trimmers, blowers, etc... Then I was helping a friend with an unrelated favor. He gave me a new Stihl chain saw for his appreciation. I became hooked felling my first tree. I promised myself that my next trimmer would be a Stihl. So, I did a little research and decided to buy the FS 131. I was a little nervous at first if I should have went bigger. When I got it home and tried it out, I was impressed and very satisfied with my purchase. I am clearing an acre area for a new house. The power this model has is more than adequate. It works a little to well because I have more brush to clean up after I am done using the FS 131.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty nice! I like most of the features of this machine, however the engine seems to run just a little low on RPMs. If it were running just a bit faster, one would think it could deliver even more power. Starts beautifully, and is balanced nicely.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from powerful enough for the toughest of jobs yet lightweight enough to go all day. I wanted to write this review because I had a tough time making a decision on which Stihl product to purchase. We recently purchased some farm land which hadn't been maintained for several years. The fence lines had become overtaken with undergrowth and the pastures have been slowly taken over as well. Having already owned Stihl products including a FS55R trimmer, MS291 chain saw, & BG50 blower, I set out to purchase a professional grade trimmer/brush cutter to do what I needed. After much research and a somewhat limited budget, I narrowed it down to the FS131 and the FS240. Each of which would have no problem taking down tall weeds/grass, thorns, small saplings, & etc.My main concern was power and not so much weight. I knew the FS240 produced more HP (2.3 compared to 1.9 of the FS131) and weighed slightly more. However, I knew the 4mix engine would probably provide a good amount of low end torque. My local dealer had great prices on each of these models and I ultimately went with the FS131 (complete with bicycle handle and 2 pt. shoulder strap) due to the reviews on the 4mix engine. I also purchased the brush knife and circular saw blade because that was what I planned on using the most. So far I have used it for several hours and it has exceeded my expectations in every way. I have not found anything to bog it down. I have cut tall wet fescue, johnson grass, thorn bushes, honeysuckle, and small saplings all with the brush knife. I have tried the chisel tooth blade on saplings 1-2 inches in diameter and it has no problem with them either. I think its safe to say that if you bog this thing down, then it probably doesn't need to be cut using a machine of its kind. Most of the time, I run this machine at or less than half throttle with no issue at all.I absolutely love the low end torque of the 4mix engine and the much reduced noise and emissions. After several hours of use, my clothes did not smell like pre-mix and I felt like I could keep right on clearing tall weeds and brush for hours to come.I'm sure the FS240 is an absolute beast and I cannot speak to it, but rest assured power will not be an issue with the FS131. The only thing I can comment on that might be better with a 2-stroke such as the FS240 is the ability to "feather" the throttle for those areas where you might need to blend in the grass or work around delicate areas. I'm sure the FS131 can do just fine, but I would much rather trim around my house with the FS55R for that reason.
Date published: 2017-07-17
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