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Stihl FS-90R weed trimmer update

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Our Stihl FS-90R weed trimmer is just over 4 years old and still runs great!

The trimmer head needs to be replaced. I was going to order an after market trimmer head on Amazon but changed my mind when I saw all the bad reviews.

Better to wait and pay a little more at a Stihl dealership. My new favorite place to take Stihl products is the feed store in Gate City.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I consider my Stihl brush cutter my number one tool as a small property owner.  It is a tool I can not do without.  I have worn out and had to rebuild TWO commercial grade Stihl brush cutters over the past 15 years and am beyond despair if I have to put it in the shop for work.  I maintain about 2000 feet of fence line (both my side and the neighbors) so I run the cutter  many hours per season.  Last year, my beloved mare developed a metabolic founder and I couldn't get a tractor in to mow her pasture low enough.  Yep,  I used my cutter to cut a two acre paddock to near bare dirt.  Absolutely indispensable tool  and it is the first purchase I recommend to anyone serious about country living.
Comment by Elise Tue Jul 7 16:50:43 2015

After having owned and used several other brand trimmers, chainsaws and other assorted equipment and suffering the associated failures of the same machines I started buying Stihl--(buy once cry once!). They start everytime, they perform better than expected and last forever--provided you do the maintenance. I was advised by my local Stihl dealer to not use automotive gas if at all possible and never store the equipment with automotive gas in it or run it empty to store. They advised using the premixed canned gas ($10.99 per quart--ouch!) all the time and at the very least to store it with the canned gas. So now when I'm ready to store my equipment until next season I run it until empty and then add the canned gas, run it again for 10 minutes and put it away. Next spring it starts right up. I have the same trimmer you have and it's a workhorse! Enjoy your blog. Keep up the good work! Regards, Ken and Robin

Comment by kpcreg1 Tue Jul 7 17:49:01 2015
Holy cow! That's not Giant Hogweed he's cutting down, is it?? Scary stuff.
Comment by Monica Wed Jul 8 13:27:58 2015

I'm on my 2nd or third weed eater from Stihl...can't be beat. I agree, do not buy an off brand cutter head. I know you like to experiment, as I do, but my experience convinced me that the engineers at Stihl know better than anyone what works. Also, do you use non-ethanol gas? And if not, do you use fuel stabilizer? I learned the hard way. Use it or your carburator will be toast in just a few short years. Keep up the good work.

Comment by Richard Tidyman Fri Jul 10 07:56:52 2015

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