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FS 240

A bike-handle trimmer ideal for challenging cutting locations, like in ditches or around ponds.

FS 240
FS 240 is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm in love! I'm a 30-year old, 150 pound woman, and I love this machine! I have multiple acres covered in brush, and this trimmer cuts through most anything like butter. It is easy to start (a huge plus!), easy to use, and is powerful enough to do most the work for you. At only 15 pounds, the machine is quite manageable, but the harness sling carries the weight comfortably, and the adjustable handle bars make the fit perfect to your build. In short, super easy to use, and effective!
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good product EXCEPT the how the shaft attaches to the head We have an inventory of dozens of these Stihl weed whackers. We have 250s (older model) and the newer 240s. We use the bike handlebar and also a commercial no-bump stationary head. The older trimmers were better in my opinion. The 240s have a design flaw. Where the shaft connects to the head is a bad design and weak material. We have 4 of the 250s which are not very old, that the head is spinning on the shaft. Pulled them apart to discover where the tightening bolt attaches to the head has snapped off, and the receiving end is now missing about 1/4 of the circumference. To get this piece off to replace it, requires taking apart the ENTIRE machine. It's a weak point in the construction with no easy access. I foresee huge repair bills for these. Very sad to say.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stout, reliable Get the harness set up before you begin to use the trimmer. It is not difficult but the harness may not stay in the best position during use. Could be locked down better once set.I am using the saw tooth blade mostly. Cuts as described. Removed the shroud for briars and vines. Whole lot easier.I wish it had a rotating head to get limbs that are about head high or a little higher.Weed eater works terrific. Don't blink. Using this to cut trails on a 40 acre plot that has never been cleared.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome cleaning s̶a̶w̶ trimmer! I’ve owned the FS460 for several years and its amazing around the farm. I’m in Shenandoah Valley, VA where there's lots of rocks in my hay fields, places a tractor and mower can’t go. Because of this, thistle and woody growth appear that is hard to cut. The FS460 destroys it, even cedars up to an inch in diameter, but its heavy for all day work. I bought the FS240 on a whim at my dealer and use it to cut heavy, tall grass, thistle, small autumn olive and the other woody weeds with ease using Stihl commercial square line. I soak the line overnight which makes a huge difference with line feeding. I can go all day with the FS240…its lightweight and powerful enough to get some serious work done. If you don’t need a blade, the FS240 is the clear choice. My only gripe are Stihl harnesses, which are not made for long torso/ tall people. On some terrain I have to stoop over which isn’t comfortable (I’m 6’ 2”). Given company headquarters are in Germany, where many tall people are, I would think harnesses would have a little more adjustment or trimmers could have adjustable length shafts to extend the head out a little farther. Some have said Husqvarna Pro harnesses are better due to more and thicker padding and additional adjustment that Stihl does not have. I hate to buy Husqvarna being a Stihl guy but comfort is important.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heavier but a little stronger than the discontinued fs250 It hasn't let me down.very robust,even with the .095 line.probably overkill for most applications.as described, it's strong on roadside ditches and heavy undergrowth.very torque-strong;it winds quick and hard.
Date published: 2016-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buy this trimmer!! This thing is a beast! I immediately put it to work in a 5 acre pasture and it has run flawlessly from day one! Always starts first pull, has plenty of power to cut through the thickest brush, and is easy on the back and arms. The Stihl harness that's includes really does eliminate most of the operator fatigue once you get it set up with a proper balance! I would recommend this trimmer to anyone who only wants to buy a trimmer one time in their life!
Date published: 2016-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Runs Great! Starts great and runs like a champ so far. My 16 year old son has run it the most and I have not had to help him with it at all.
Date published: 2016-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great power that starts easily with good gas efficiency. I debated hard on choosing between the FS 240 or 130. Can't comment on the 130, but very glad I purchased the FS 240. It has the power I need and has worked flawlessly. I spent many hours clearing new trails on my hunting land this spring, which was my primary criteria in selecting the FS 240, and it worked great. With sharp blades it will saw through saplings I assumed I would use my chainsaw on. You definitely want to use the harness to carry the weight, but with the harness I could do several hours of work nonstop. In addition to the power of the 240 it starts flawlessly and has surprising gas efficiency. Overall, just a fantastic tool. My only question is the harness. While it works OK, it does not have the same feel of quality and durability of the 240.
Date published: 2016-06-13
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