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.
The Craftsman that would not die was replaced with the Stihl FS 45. Issues from day one. Can not ever, ever get a clean start with this machine. Emailed Stihl, who refused to acknowledge the produce garbage and attempted to blame me for the issues. I have had it to the shop twice. Did not use last year 2014 because I could not start this machine. Plugs replaced, winterized etc. Still won't start. Buy a product from this company at your own risk.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Just a regualr guy
from Indianapolis IN
Can't believe CR rated it as a Best Buy
Difficult to Start
Line does not feed
Weeds & Tall Grass
I bought this because Consumer Reports listed it as a Best Buy. It was the first ga pwoered trimmer I ever owned. It was always difficult to cold start if it started at all. Often I would give up. It took less tiem to drag out the extension cord and use the 20 year old 14 Toro than to get this thing started. I thought it was me but other peopel had trobule starting it too. When it did run, the line would never feed. I would stop it, refeed the line start it back up. No problem starting if it was warm. After four years of hardly ever using it, I bought an Echo SRM-225. It starts every time with a couple of pulss. I guess it wasn't me after all. Either I got a lemon or Consumer reprots got this one wrong.