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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2021 8:43 am    Post subject: Saw on a Stihl trimmer? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Can a Stihl FS85 string trimmer be equipped with a saw blade (maybe carbide tipped) so I can cut off small trees at ground level
and then I can lawn mow over it to discourage any new growth?
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2021 8:48 am    Post subject: Re: Saw on a Stihl trimmer? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I did that with a Homelite string trimmer. Mixed results. Can get away from you real quick. I used it on bull thistle plants in the pasture. I
probably should have clamped some sort of a bar on the shank for the saw to work against. That said it is probably not something OSHA would approve.
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2021 8:51 am    Post subject: Re: Saw on a Stihl trimmer? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Be safe..check with your Stihl dealer. Not done properly could cost you a limb, or someone else
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2021 8:58 am    Post subject: Re: Saw on a Stihl trimmer? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have the kit for a fs-110 works
pretty good. Have even bored out
regular skill saw blade holes to fit.
Much cheaper than the stihl blades
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2021 9:42 am    Post subject: Re: Saw on a Stihl trimmer? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I tried it, didn't like the results. Very difficult to control, grab and stall.

FS85 is a cable drive isn't it? It might work better on a shaft drive. They make a special brush cutter blade that looks like it would be less grabby, never tried one though.

As for mowing the stobs, yes, a mower will do a number on them! Just have to use good judgment, but it will take down some fairly good size ones if you're careful and brave.
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2021 10:45 am    Post subject: Re: Saw on a Stihl trimmer? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have this option on my Tanaka trimmer works fair. I like a nice cordless sawzaw with a pruning blade. You
can cut below grade and the blade stays sharp. Hand and knees but it goes really fast with a good blade. As
quick as loppers
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2021 12:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Saw on a Stihl trimmer? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I bought a Stihl saw blade for my shaft drive Stihl trimmer, but I did
not like it. If I remember right, it was too grabby, too hard to
control. I've got a 4 sided Stihl blade that I use for heavy weeds and
I like it, and I have knocked down a few very small saplings with it,
but it's really not right either for trees. Mark.
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2021 1:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Saw on a Stihl trimmer? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Stihl and other brands recommend using the wide two hand handlebar controls with a circular cutter for better blade control. That does make a big difference, I won't try to use a blade cutter without the wide handles again.

I do agree with using a sawzall to cut below ground level is the best way to go. Inch high stumps are still a pain.
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2021 1:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Saw on a Stihl trimmer? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

As ss55 says, bike handles with a harness is the safest way to use a saw blade on a STRAIGHT-SHAFT trimmer only. I have mine set up that way, and can easily cut 2-3" diameter trees and other unwanted brush. Have to feed slowly; can't just hog the blade in. zuhnc
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2021 3:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Saw on a Stihl trimmer? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It doesn't look like the FS85 is designed for a saw, you need to have the big handles like in the photo and the proper hub to mount a saw
blade on. I don't know what model we have, it's at the farm, but it came with all the attachments. My father bought it about 35 years ago,
and it still works just fine, I used it last week. I do have a carbide skill saw blade on it, the original blade works great when it is
sharp, but we have a lot of rocks. I can buy carbide blades at Menards for about $2 sometimes, it costs a lot more than that to have the
original professionally sharpened. The hub is 25 mm, if you knock the diamond insert out of the Menards blade it just took a little filing to
make it fit.

 
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2021 4:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Saw on a Stihl trimmer? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Sorry you can't see the details! It has a solid 1/3 blade cover, behind the tree, and there is a strap over my shoulder to carry
the weight of the cutter.
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2021 5:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Saw on a Stihl trimmer? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a saw blade for my FS-85, but I never use it. I have a brushcutter blade that is good up to about one inch diameter; for anything bigger I break out the chainsaw
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2021 5:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Saw on a Stihl trimmer? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

When I first got one for the old FS 86 I worried about the gear box when hitting the 1 or so. I hope the FS130 4 stroke is as good, I bought a new tri-blade for it. Like you anything bigger I grab the Stihl 200T.
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2021 7:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Saw on a Stihl trimmer? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have cut thousands of trees up to almost three inch diameter with a FS110 and the saw blades. I don't even have the wide handles. Not something I
would send a kid out to do though, or a lot of people for that matter, but it works fine for me. I do have to sharpen the blades after a few hours of
use.
 
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PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2021 5:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Saw on a Stihl trimmer? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

where is your mask? lol
 
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