How to Choose the Right Trimmer or Brushcutter

How to Select the Right Stihl Trimmer or Brushcutter

Are you considering purchasing a new trimmer or brush cutter for your property?

Choosing a lawn and garden trimmer or brushcutter is easy with this video guide

With the Stihl product line up there are several models to choose from that can help you get the job done.

Here are a few tips that will help you get started and making the choice that’s best for you.

To begin there are three basic questions that you should ask yourself. First what material or materials do I need to cut or trim, second how large is the area that I will be working in and lastly are there any noise restrictions that I need to take into consideration.

stihl-trimmer-fs40ceIf you answer these questions and have a small area to trim and you will only be trimming grass such as an urban setting with maybe a flower bed, a few trees, your sidewalk or driveway then a curved shaft trimmer may be a good choice for you. These Stihl curved shaft units are very light and are easy to use in small or confined areas but they have more than enough power to get the job done.

We have our opening price point with the FS 38 up to the FS 50 CE. I prefer the FS 40 C E. Its light easy to use as a simplified starting system as well as the easy start feature and its the perfect size for me.

With the simplified starting system the on/off switch always default to the on position so you won’t need to worry about setting the switch when you’re ready to start the engine and you only need to set the choke once.

When the engine starts and you flip the throttle trigger the choke will automatically switch to the run position and you’ll be ready to go. The easy to start feature enables the user to start the engine with an almost effortless pull on the cord.

For taller people say six feet or more you may want to step up to the FS 50 C E. It’s also equipped with a simplified starting system as well as the easy to start feature and its eight inches longer than the FS 40 making it very comfortable to operate for taller people.

Now after answering our questions if the area will be working in its larger such as a rural setting or if you’re cutting heavy grasses and weeds a straight chap unit would probably be best for you.

In settings like this you may only need to trim grass and the FS 56 R would be an ideal unit for this. Equipped with a steel fuel-efficient engine, simplified starting system, easy to start feature, loop handle and the popular steel auto pothead it can handle your job with ease.

If your needs call for a unit with a little more power maximum versatility you might consider the FS 90 series. The R designation in the FS 90R indicates that it’s a loop handle unit. It comes standard with the auto cut head but you can also attach the four and eight tooth metal blades as well as a brush knife for clearing tough tangled weeds and undergrowth, or you can attach the steel circular saw blades for this Nora bushes and saplings. Along with these attachments you are also required to have the proper handle assembly such as a barrier bar or bike handle, deflector kit and harness.

If you’re working in a large farm or ranch you may want to consider stepping up to the FS 130 series with lots of power it’s a very durable unit for those really big jobs.

And finally, if the area you will be working in is a noise sensitive area like hospitals in for example Stihl has a full range of corded and cordless electric units that can fulfill your needs. Regardless of your requirements Stihl has a trimmer that’s right for you.

Make sure you review the steel hand tags, steel literature or visit our website at to find the unit that has the style, power and features that best fit your needs to help you get the job done efficiently and quickly.

So don’t forget to ask yourself these three basic questions what will I be trimming, how large is the area that I need to trim or cut and lastly are there any noise restrictions that I need to take into consideration. Then you’ll be ready to go with the perfect brush cutter or trimmer that’s right for your needs.

Stop by Martens True Value Hardware Store in Reedsburg for your new lawn and garden trimmer or brushcutter. We are an authorized Stihl Dealer and carry a large selection of outdoor power equipment and accessories.

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