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.
I use my trimmer to edge, trim hedges, trim ivy, and maintain mulch boundaries. The Stihl is easy to use, well balanced, and powerful. Not sure why some write it is hard to start. I've owned for three years and it always starts easily. If the engine is cold just push the bulb 3-5 times until the bulb shows gas. If the engine is warm just pull the cord.<br /><br />I do find reloading the string spool when empty a pain but doable. Overall a very good product!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Osoyoos BC CANADA
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
FS 45 Won't Start?
Easy to Handle
Difficult to Start
Trimming Around Rocks
Weeds & Tall Grass
After immense frustration trying to get it to start, I was told by our local Stihl dealer to try and remove the spark arrester as they get plugged with carbon from the exhaust. Took it out and it started immediately and ran better than when I first got it!<br />Now I can finally recommend..