Hi all,

I would be grateful for some feedback on pro level strimmers, mostly for mowing/edging tidy type of work rather than heavy clearing. The Husqvarna 525LK looks good but is this overkill for the type of work mentioned? The Stihl FS56 may be a good choice too. 

Thanks very much for the help.

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  • My own opinion you cant go wrong with sthil strimmers
  • I used a Shindaiwa in NZ for 4 years and it's stillgoing strong here after another 2 years of use.

    I find it a lot lighter to use than my back up Sthil

    • I also use Shindaiwa. I have their strimmer and also have a hedge cutting attachment for it, and then have a 30" hedge cutter of theirs too. Had them all for coming up to 4 years, service them annually and not had a single issue. It surprises me that I see so few other gardeners using them. Maybe not quite as heavy duty as the very top Stihl etc but plenty good enough for my full round.

  • PRO
    Fs 70 upwards get a straight shaft so it could do some heavier work if needed
    • PRO

      Although the FS 70 has a flexi shaft. Yes even though it's straight they still use the flexi shafts. Above the 70 are all solid shafts though.

      • PRO
        True enough but the chap wants something that does not really exist I think?
        Pro grade yet not heavy duty so mid range is a good compromise I think.
        • PRO
          Thanks all for the advice<br />
          So far.<br />
          <br />
          To clarify on Richard's comment I am meaning would the heavy duty pro end of the Stihl or Husqvarna range be suitable too or just too powerful for edging after mowing for a lawn care business. I would like the option to use it for clearance work too but most day to day use would be lighter use. Sorry if this is an obvious point to those well in the know :). Thanks.
          • PRO

            I run a small trimmer which is excellent for edging lawns (Tanaka TBC230S) and a bigger cow horn Husky 143R with the blade on for clearing. I recently got the strimmer head for my KM130R, and it's quite formidable, but I wouldn't use it near houses, as it fired a rock the size of a tennis ball about 20ft the other day on one of my commercial sites.

            I agree with others though. If I had to buy just one trimmer it would be an FS70 or 90.

  • PRO

    We've been using the sthil FS90'S for a few years now and they've managed to cover all of our needs ie trimming round after domestic mowing or heavier clearing work.

  • PRO

    Stihl FS70 is a good all rounder, light and delicate enough for finishing, but able to take on heavy-ish clearances.  I broke a shaft last year after over doing it on a big job, but it was cheap enough to replace.

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