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Hi, my work is mainly grass cutting and often get work that requires several days of strimming, as well as the usual lawns with neat edges etc. I’ll be replacing mine soon as it’s no longer as reliable as I’d like and want to see what people would recommend.  Main use will be grass, but often the grass is very overgrown and in boggy areas with plenty of brambles, so I want something powerful that will also take a lot of hammering. Would also have to be easy to control revs, for edging and cutting around plants and shrubs.  Was looking at the top end Stihl strimmers, but they’re very expensive and wonder if I can get something just as good for much less money?

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    Hi Bob. I always used a Stihl FS90, it would run all day and handle anything.    Doing  very similar stuff as you mention.  Sadly it was stolen so I replaced it with an FS94. I assumed it was an upgrade model although it doesnt seem quite as powerful. Workwise though, it is plenty up to it. For crucial kit such as strimmers/brushcutters, I wouldn't skimp. Buy cheap, buy twice.

    • Thanks Tony. I wonder if they’ve stopped making them, as can’t seem to find one online. Plenty of others in the same ball park, but many have the 4 mix engine, which I’m wary of.... any experience with 4 mix? 

      • 4 mix are crap. Get 2 mix.


        • PRO

          Interesting the differing opinions on 4 mix, I have had a BR600 magnum for about 4 years. It has had heavy use the whole time and been completely reliable. Is it just the 4mix strimmers  which are the problem?

          • PRO

            Not experienced many problems with Kombi Km90/100/130 4mix units. Guys like the 130 for grunt.

            We have 4 BR600s which are great with only major problems being fuel pipe issues and back plates, which reeks of manufacturing issues.

            We do have a couple of km94 2mix unit’s which are popular for lighter jobs.

            I’d say it’s more how you treat / maintain them and your expectations .....

      • PRO

        The FS91 is basically identical. I believe the engines are still the same.


      • PRO

        Yes. I've got a KM130 Kombi. I understand why people moan about 4mix, but personally I've not had any trouble. It has it's own peculiarities starting which would baffle a different operator(s),  but I've always got it started. It's a beast whichever attachment is on it. I've used it for 3 days solid with the hedgecutting attachment, never missed a beat, (although I was flagging a bit!!!). 

        For strmming though I was always plenty satisfied with the 2 mix FS90.


  • PRO

    Echo 2620 high torque for me. Plenty of power quite light and good on fuel.

    • Thanks Seth, could be a shortlist, but the guard looks a bit bulky in the pictures. I had a stiga with bulky guard and I kept knocking into the ground with it when at an angle, which drove me nuts! 

      • PRO

        That is a good point. I use the USA guard, which was £15 from my dealer. Very narrow then but still works fine.


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