Well, my Homelite string trimmer is getting long in the tooth after 10 years of service. I need to have a back up in the event she finally gives up the ghost. I was initially inclined toward the FS110R since it was a 4 stroke trimmer but it required periodic valve adjustments and some other minor periodic services. I have an FS450K Brush clearing saw which is basicly the big brother on sterioids of the FS85R. NEVER had a moments trouble out of it. The FS85R is a little cheaper and weighs about a half pound less. It is also a tried and true 2 stroke. Pretty much no maintenance required. I am kinda leaning towards the FS85R for these reasons. A good 2 stroke will last a life time. The FS110R is still fairly new.
I have a Stihl HT101 4-stroke pole sow and I love the smooth running and quiet 4-stroke engine and the fact that it still takes a 2-stroke mix for lubrication. The only downside is that it requires 89 octane minimum fuel and around here regular is 87 octane. Do the 2-strokes take regular gas?
I have never ran a FS-110r.But I have put many hard hours on a FS85 and FS-80.There like the little pink rabbit they just keep going and going.We use them daily through the growing season.They get tossed around in the back of a pickup truck.Just down right abussed by are helpers and they keep on going and going.
I have no experience with Husky or Stihl or any other brand of trimmer except for the one and only trimer I have ever owned which is a Jonsered 400 angled gear head trimmer. It has never missed a beat, starts one pull when in use and warmed up and usually only needs a primer button hit and one or twopulls to start if left setting for weeks on end. I have cut saplings and small trees up to 4" diam with a blade on the end, and use .090" to .105" trimmer line. It cuts a 10 to 18 inch swath. Not overlay large or heavy and is comparable to most trimmers made today in the 40 to 50cc range. I bought i new back in 1985 and its used extremely hard. Never cost me a penny except to replace the primer button. Original spark plug even. Never seen anything but premium gas at a 50:1 ratio since new. So if you get a chance to see a Jonsered check it out. Its copmparable to the major manufacturers in features and power and price.
This post has been checked for spelling and gramar.....I just elected not to make any corrections!
Electrolux owns and markets Husqvarna,Jonsereds,Poulan-Weedeater,American Yard Products (sears lawn equipment as well as brands listed) here in the US. They own more brand names for Europe (Partner for instance).
The product lines are blended with each brand getting their own style,paint job etc. Look closely.......the trimmer you're looking at is also sold as a Husqvarna. Lower end of product lines are Poulan Eater product.
Not knocking it.......Just trying to keep you informed. Consolidation has come to our industry.
btw........Stihl FS110 has been flawless for us since its introduction almost two years ago. Landscape tools will change dramatically in 2005 when tougher emissions laws take effect. Many units will be discontinued by all manufacturers.
Cub-Cadet,Snapper,Toro,Stihl and Woods serving N Florida/So Georgia