Stihl FS100

If you can’t hear it, it can’t be working. That’s what we tend to think. But that’s not the case with the FS100. This 31.4cc machine may sound “flat”, but it has oodles of power.
“This one amazes me,” a tester admits. “It’s remarkably quiet but has the power to do the job.” He has to adjust the brushcutter on the comfort harness several times in order to find the perfect action and ensure the cutting head isn’t dragging on the ground, but once it is right he finds the machine easy to use. “The controls are very positive and the on/off switch is nice and accessible,” he comments.
Stihl has equipped the FS100 with its 4-MIX engine. This combines the benefits of two- and four-stroke machines, so it has high torque and powerful performance but low emissions and vibration. What’s more, there’s no oil service needed. Fuelling up is conventional — a 50:1 mix of petrol and oil — so there’s no separate oil tank, pump or filter. More importantly, there’s no need to keep a check on oil levels and no worry about changing or disposing of the oil.
You might think the four-stroke technology would mean less freedom of movement and a heavier unit, but that is not the case. The FS100 retains the all-round lubrication of a two-stroke, while the lower number of components keep the engine compact. The machine weighs 0.5kg less than Stihl’s 30.8cc brushcutter with conventional engine.
The FS100 is kinder to the user and the environment. It has a host of features that make it easy to use. There’s an automatic decompression system to help starting, even after extended breaks in operation. The engine delivers high torque over a wide speed range and there is a choice of bike- or loop-handled models. And so you know you have the right tools for the job, the FS100 is supplied as standard with both grass blade and nylon-line head.

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