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Variable speed cordless strimmer

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Looking for recommendations for a professional cordless battery strimmer. But want one with a trigger related variable speed (what's the technical term?! So it'll run slower/faster depending on how hard you squeeze the trigger). Been looking at the Stihl models so happy to hear what else is about. Thanks!







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    We have a couple of battery Stihl with vary speed, used on nipping around after mowing, have used on long stuff as well but clearly there's a limit on use.... think they were about 400 excluding batteries (a few years ago). Would buy again

  • very few models of any brand actually lack variable trigger speed... some are better graduated than others... depending on what kind of strimming I am doing I will use different ones, mostly the Stihl FSA85 and FSA135 though

    • I have a cheap domestic Bosch one which is either full speed or off, so I'm ready now to get a more professional model I can graduate. I'll probably have to check out some YouTube reviews but want a shortlist really 

      • absolutely, the basic household ones can be single speed of course, with an "all or nothing" switch, but the medium to high end ones are all variable speed these days. I have noticed on some, the lowest speed it will run at can be too fast for some applications, eg. when you just want a gentle tickle on a sensitive border edge, the minimum speed can be too enthusiastic for my liking. But I am a bit fussy about these things. Also the bigger, more powerful but heavier type of battery machine is a lot harder to use for a neat yet rapid finish, I use a smaller Stihl one 90% of the time and only get the hard core one out when required. The battery run time is better too,but that is not my motivation for preferring the lighter unit as I have a lot of batteries

  • I looked at Stihl and Ego, and ended up buying the Ego ST1401. Really impressed with the ruggedness, ease of use,ability to alter length of shaft. It's also got the power load, although that is handy, it wasn't my main driver. Battery life is good, even on the 2.5Ahr battery and charging is fast. Oh - very good price as well.

    • nice one, I have a Honda badged Ego clone from the original Honda cordless range (their offering is different now) Several years old and still running like clock work. I only use the small capacity batteries with it, I have larger ones that I use with my Ego blower but are unwieldy and upset the balance of the strimmer

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