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wellington womble



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 14 12:00 pm    Post subject: Stihl FS 95 C-E brushcutter  Reply with quote    

I am just about to buy one of these, unless anyone has heard awful things about it. The local dealer is a Stihl dealer, so I will have support and they have a good reputation for reliability. It is more than I wanted to spend, but I hear you get what you pay for.

Any views?

vegplot



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 14 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Stihl are good quality. However, I would look at the Honda fours strokes as they're quieter, require less maintenance, last longer, and don't need a petrol/oil mix.

If you do get a 2 stroke (or 4-Mix as they call it) buy the best quality oil.

Nick



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 14 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've had both brands, and both are great.

My Stihl died in the fire, and I replaced it with an ancient Honda that had done nothing in my fil's shed for years. It started first time and runs without me having to mix fuel.

I'd take either, but the Honda is better (it's bigger, too).

Behemoth



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 14 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The FS94 is a which best buy, not sure how they differ.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 14 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

By 1.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 14 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

vegplot wrote:
If you do get a 2 stroke (or 4-Mix as they call it) buy the best quality oil.


Or buy ready mixed long life 2-stroke petrol for it. Expensive but might be worth it.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 14 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

By 1 idiot. I do in fact mean an FS94.

I'd have to pay even more to get a Honda of equivalent power (they only do 1 hp or 1.6 hp. Nothing in between). I'd budgeted about £200, and am now up to £400, without helmet, harness, whatever it drinks and blades. I shouldn't need loads of power, as there should be limited initial clearance. I hope it won't need re-doing!

They do Honda as well, so I will look at those when I go to buy (Monday, weather permitting)

vegplot



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 14 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wellington womble wrote:
By 1 idiot. I do in fact mean an FS94.

I'd have to pay even more to get a Honda of equivalent power (they only do 1 hp or 1.6 hp. Nothing in between). I'd budgeted about £200, and am now up to £400, without helmet, harness, whatever it drinks and blades. I shouldn't need loads of power, as there should be limited initial clearance. I hope it won't need re-doing!

They do Honda as well, so I will look at those when I go to buy (Monday, weather permitting)


I've the Honda 425 1HP model. Had it for years. No problem with power and has dealt with everything that's been thrown at it. It has good torque which is more important than max power.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 14 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have the Stihl.

It is fine. No problems with it, and 14 years old, still going strong.

onemanband



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 14 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wellington womble wrote:
........ I'd budgeted about £200, and am now up to £400..........


You know you could get that model £100 cheaper on-line ?
I appreciate that a local dealer will/has given you advice, but still, that's £100 you could save.
See if your local dealer will throw in some accessories or try to use accessories as a bargaining tool.

Behemoth



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 14 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I thought Stihl didnt allow on-line sales. I'm after an fs40 so if I'm wrong would appreciate saving a few pennies.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 14 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Looks like there are cheaper versions. Although they could never arrive for all I know.

Also, I believe there have been problems with fake Stihls online? No idea how you could tell.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 14 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ah, they require a safety handover. So you need to pick them up or live within a stones throw of the cheaper dealer.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 14 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

But prices do vary between dealers. Swadlincote has it for almost £100 cheaper, and is only 13 miles away. Admittedly ibstock is only about 2 miles away, but I'll happily drive 30 miles to save £100!

mousjoos



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 14 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I bought my Stihl 12 years ago...still runs like new...little maintenance...don't leave them "dry" over winter, that's the advice I got when buying it, & that's all I do

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