Trimming: Denotes how quickly and neatly trimmers cut grass around walls, trees, and foundations.
Edging: Denotes the speed and neatness of trimming a vertical line along walkway.
Tall grass & weeds: Reflects cutting power and speed in two foot growth.
Handling: Responsiveness and balance while cutting.
Ease of use: Includes ease of starting the engine, feeding out new line, use of controls, and handle comfort.
About This Brand
Stihl is a leading manufacturer and marketer of gas string trimmers. These premium-priced products are for consumers and pros. Stihl string trimmers are available with both two- and four-cycle engines. One model in the line is electric, and many have split-shaft designs for attachments. Some models claim features that reduce noise, emissions, weight, and vibration. Consumers can find You'll find Stihl string trimmers at dealer stores; prices range from $130 to $400.
Features & Specs - Stihl FS 45
Weight (lbs.) Weight is rounded to the nearest tenth of a pound and doesn't include fuel, which can add 1/2 pound.
Engine size Engine cubic centimeters (cc), motor amperes (amp), and motor electrical voltage (volt) are from the manufacturer.
Shaft The shaft transfers power from the engine or motor to the lines that do the cutting. Models with straight shafts offer longer reach, while those with curved shafts tend to be lighter and easier to handle.
Four-cycle engine Uses straight gasoline and doesn't require an oil/gasoline mixture, as do the two-cycle engines found in most trimmers.
Dual line Trimmers with two lines cut more quickly and can handle heavier growth than those with just one line, since they do twice the work with each pass.
Had to take it back 4 times to let them start it don'buy
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Fort Wayne, IN
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Never starts easily, if at all
Difficult to Start
This product is the fourth Stihl tool I have purchased. The first 3 (chainsaw, hedge trimmer, blower) are good tools in that I have owned them for years, they do their job well, and have not needed much repair. They all take a few pulls to start like most 2 cycle engines, but this thing is nearly impossible to start. I have been using 2 cycle motors in different applications for decades and realize that they all have different 'personalities' when it comes to starting. I bought the trimmer from a local Stihl dealer last year and have been sorry ever since. I took it back 3 times for service. Each time, I was asked the obvious (and insulting) questions. Are you using good fuel? Have you made adjustments to the mixture and idle settings? The fuel was new at the beginning of the season, has the correct oil/fuel ratio (50:1), and was stabilized at the time of purchase. I did not make any fuel mixture adjustments. Why would I if the machine was operating correctly? Each time, they put in new fuel and experimented with the mixture settings until, after about 3 dozen pulls, it finally started. They sent me home and said that I should not expect a 2 cycle engine to start easily. The third time I asked for a replacement under the warranty and they declined. I left the trimmer with them along with the assurance that I will never do business with Stihl or them again. I think consumer reports is all wet on this one. There are many reports here and elsewhere about difficulty starting. I now own an Echo, which was the brand that the Stihl replaced after 15 years of dependable service. It always started easily and so does this one.