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Stihl grass trimmers guide

By Adele Dyer

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Stihl is well known for its petrol grass trimmers, but it has a full range of electric and cordless trimmers, too. Read our expert view on how well they perform. 

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Stihl petrol tools are widely used by professional gardeners, but the brand also makes a wide range of tools for the home gardener. We've reviewed its grass trimmers, hedge trimmers, leaf blowers and chainsaws. It also makes lawn mowers, which used to be sold under the Viking brand, but are now marketed with the Stihl name.

There are electric, cordless and petrol grass trimmers in the Stihl range, for both professional and home gardeners. 

We've collated all our test results of Stihl grass trimmers, plus our unique brand and reliability ratings to bring you an at-a-glance guide to Stihl grass trimmers.  

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Table correct as at July 2018. Range of test scores and average test score based on results of all models tested April 2015-July 2018. The customer score and brand reliability ratings are based on a survey of more than 1,700 Which? members conducted in January 2018. The customer score is based on whether members would recommend the brand to a friend, and reliability is based on members' experience of that brand. 


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How much to Stihl grass trimmers cost? 

Stihl grass trimmers are not cheap. Its least expensive electric model costs £70 for a model without an adjustable shaft; something most of its competitors produce for less than half the price. The most expensive model is £195. 

Similarly, Stihl's cordless models start at £99 for a simple grass trimmer for light garden tasks and go up to around £460 for models that work as an alternative to a petrol grass trimmer for large areas of long grass and rough vegetation. 

Finally, its petrol grass trimmers aimed at home users start at £165, compared with the more usual £100-120 from other brands. 

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Choosing the best Stihl grass trimmer 

Stihl's electric grass trimmer range starts with the FSE 31, a basic model with a fixed shaft and pivoting head for around £70. The next two in the range, the FSE 52 (£90) and FSE 60 (£140) are the most versatile. They have rotating heads and are suitable for most tasks around the garden. The largest grass trimmer in the range, the  FSE 81 (£185), is more geared towards cutting long grass and weeds as the head doesn't rotate but it does have an anti-vibration system to make it more comfortable to use for long periods. 

All of Stihl's cordless models are suitable for cutting long grass and weeds, and trimming grass. They are for the home user or professional who needs to work in places where loud noise would be a problem if they're using a petrol grass trimmer. There's one low-cost strimmer, the FSA 45, which costs just £99. The FSA 65 costs around £200 and going up to around £300 for the FSA 90 R, but this doesn't include the battery or charger.  

The petrol models are broken down into lightweight and powerful categories. Most of the lower-cost models have 27cc two-stroke engines and cost in excess of around £160.