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Stihl strimmer

Hi all , hope everyone's enjoying this heat and keeping busy 

I use stihl strimmers and always edge each lawn by tipping them on the side to edge,  I know there not designed for this,  but I've never had problems before 

But now with the latest stihl fs 94 it's struggling to start and  looking near the exhaust it's starting to show signs of some fluid,  does anyone else use this lazy method?

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  • I use my fs94 like that  to give a clean edge to a lawn where it meets a hard surface like a path....... works great    You might find the problem is the breather at the top of the tank......... its supposed to just operate inone direction only to let air into the tank as the fuel goes down.  If it becomes faulty, when the machine is tilted in a certain direction, fuel will come out the breather and through a small pipe to the back of the air filter where it floods the engine. I had a similar problem with an FS130............. if the machine was tilted in the back of the van, the air filter would fill up with fuel and be impossible to start.   I'd take the airfilter out, tilt the  machine and see if fuel is leaking into the filter housing.   The breather is fairly easy to replace.......... screw a woodscrew into the centre of it and pull.  

  • I would disagree the idea of a 2 stroke engine is that you can use it at any angle, i use mine the same way as you i would think that like me you don't run it at full throttle fear off doing damage to something i.e windows, i do try and run mine at full throttle when i can for a couple of minutes to clear the exhaust they do need it.

    Regarding starting i don't know if anybody else has this problem but i do find with Stihl that they don't like the hot weather and the sun beating down on them i find that they are awkward to start i rest them in the shade. 

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      Dont overlook the fact that todays fuel goes off , had an issue with a stihl blower remaining fuel in can around 3 weeks old , 50 to 1 mix around 2 litres left had gone off .

      made up a fresh 50 to 1 mix and blower started first time . . 

       

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    I have an FS94 and its been a variable starter since it was new.  Needs anywhere from 1 to 50 pulls to start.  Hot or cold.  Can't say it is bad or good just variable.

    Enough of the 'lazy method' by the way efficiency is king😉

    Got a battery machine now, they start first time every time....

    • there does seem a certain knack to starting the fs94 I've found.  Press the primer about 10 times and then count to ten slowly......... choke on............ usually starts on first or second pull.  If it doesn't, then hold the throttle open.... the choke comes off automatically............. and it should then start on the first or second pull. 

      • Similar with mine. About 5 primes and it will go, unless it is hot when if this does not work I sometimes hold the throttle open and it fires up. Overall though, I've had 2 of these over 10 years (the first was stolen) and would buy another should it become necessary. 

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    Always... but used the battery ones FSA55 and 56

    • Stihl FSA85 battery strimmer for me, the machine I have been using this season is 7 years old and still going strong. Can't imagine using anything else for lawn edges, so light,rapid and precise, almost like an extension of your arm, not thirsty on batteries unlike my bigger Stihl battery strimmers. Which have their uses of course. 2mm line the best for a crisp finish. Spool ran out on a job this week and only had 2.4mm in the truck, which fitted but just wasn't the same for edging, way too clumsy. When I got back to the yard I ripped it out pronto and refilled with the correct diameter. Never any danger of smashing windows etc as can regulate the head speed to a tee, yet extremely quick to do the gardens to a text book standard. I want to get the jobs done lightning fast yet leave a "stately home" type finish with no detail or blade of grass missed. Almost O.C.D. about it. Only running costs are a few pence of electric, strimmer line, and once in a blue moon a new spool plus the metal blade thingy that fits the splatter guard and cuts the line to length if too much comes out

  • 2-stroke should work at any angle.  It might just need a service and maybe some seals replacing.

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