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Stihl FS 45
 
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$5.00 - $74.89
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Summary: This Stihl 27-cc, gasoline-powered string trimmer has a curved shaft and weighs 10.5 lbs. It uses dual .080-inch cutting lines.
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Type: Gas string trimmers
About - Stihl FS 45
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
info Weight (lbs.) 10.5
info Engine size 27-cc
info Shaft Curved
info Four-cycle engine No
info Dual line Yes
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User Reviews - Stihl FS 45
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Never starts easily, if at all
8/3/2014
Pros
Cons
Difficult to Start
Best Uses
Comment:
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.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Nice, if you can get it started
7/19/2014
Pros
Powerful
Cons
Difficult to Start
Heat From Engineexhaust
Uses Lots of Line
Best Uses
Weeds & Tall Grass
Comment:
Always hard to start! Fresh fuel, new air filter, and new spark plug didn't help. By the time I'd get it started, i'd be too worn out to do the trimming. Its very powerful, which probably is why it goes thru line very fast. I'm looking for something different now.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Fussy and unreliable
6/23/2014
Pros
Powerful
Cons
Difficult to Start
Best Uses
Practicing Frustration
Weeds & Tall Grass
Comment:
I have spent more time fussing with this appliance in the years that I have owned it than I have spent using it to trim. <br />It seldom starts in the first few minute of trying - and I have been following the multi-step procedure in manual and the directions given me by my dealer. Neither works. Perhaps the directions in the most liked positive review would work. But those instructions require a very precise procedure - available only from that post and not from Stihl. I don't want to go through that careful song and dance to go out and trim some weeds. <br />Speaking of not working, the bump-feed is inconsistent and often fails. Reloading the string is a chore. <br />This string trimmer does a terrific job - when it works, but this is not, I think, a worthwhile tool for a homeowner who just wants to go out and trim some weeds when necessary. The disconnect between the way is thing works and the way I expect to use a tool was so great that I have since been skeptical of most CR reviews.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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