Stihl machinery and Viking equipment user group

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Extension pole advice

Started by Ben Cox. Last reply by Ben Cox Sep 21. 3 Replies

Hi all,I have just bought the KM 130R and HL-KL 135 Hedgecutter and was looking at the extension pole sections. My question is this do I go for the 50cm or the carbon 100cm one?Any preferences guys…Continue

New Viking 756 lawn mower

Started by Paolo De Roia Sep 20. 0 Replies

Hi guys i discovered in internet that Viking is going to introduce soon on the market a new generation of the 7 series for professional contractor. On you tube there is a video shot in France at…Continue


Started by Paolo De Roia Sep 20. 0 Replies


What's the next best alternative to the Stihl brand?

Started by Phil Voice. Last reply by Mike Goodman Jul 9. 23 Replies

Buying machinery is always a dilemma - especially if you are a start-up or in the first three years of business.Do you buy a cheaper less reliable brand and hope that the machine lasts or do you dig…Continue

Tags: value, longevity, price, worst, reviewmake

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Comment by Georgina Barratt on February 10, 2011 at 18:10
I only have a  Stihl blower/vac, but its brilliant for those autumn tidy up jobs...quite fancy a pole trimmer, but need more jobs that justify it...
Comment by Jason Felstead on February 10, 2011 at 18:29
I have a Stihl blower, o2ot 036 and 024 chainsaws. All execellent bits of kit.
Comment by Eric Barker on February 10, 2011 at 18:35
I have 2 x  12" Stihl angle grinders (petrol)  and 4 small to medium Stihl chainsaws. Sometimes they are left in the shed for months at a time, but never fail to start and run perfectly every time.  Unbeatable reliability and durability that I could not be without.
Comment by Gareth Davies on February 10, 2011 at 18:35
Got Fs 450 & 460, Bg 85 & 86, Hs 86 T, Hl 100 and Ms 211
Comment by Bob Jones-Bierton on February 10, 2011 at 19:03

Apart from the Honda mowers, all our other equipment is Stihl. Blower/Vac, Chainsaw, Handlebar strimmer, Long reach hedge trimmer. Even got a Stihl baseball cap and pen (freebies from Stihl).

All excellent kit, probably wouldn't use anything else. Just costly to replace.

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Comment by Phil Voice on February 10, 2011 at 19:20
Is the higher cost of Stihl equipment justifiable?
Comment by Bigyin on February 10, 2011 at 19:24
Don't have any Stihl at the moment (limited budget) but would seriously consider as replacements.  It would be interesting to know if they are going to come up with a copy of the Oregon PowerSharp.  Brilliant bit of kit but only available for 3/8" pitch. :-(
Comment by James Hyde on February 10, 2011 at 19:43
I generally only use Stihl now having found the hard way that a lot of other makes just don't meet the mark, where I do have a problem is in the servicing, prices seem to be different from place to place with some offering a Stihl 'Gold service' or a 'silver service' and others just a service and all under the Stihl agent banner, has anyone any thoughts about this?

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Comment by Helen Gazeley on February 10, 2011 at 19:50

Interested to see your remark about the Honda mowers, Bob. Went to the Garden Press Event last week, where Honda were stressing their reliability and the fact that they sort of shoot themselves in the foot as no one needs to come back and buy another mower once they've got one of theirs. Could the same be said of Stihl? How often does one have to replace something of theirs, in comparison with other brands?

Comment by AndyCharles-EnborneGardeningCo on February 10, 2011 at 19:53
Just about to go Stihl shopping for a hedge trimmer to keep my Stihl chainsaw and helmet company. This is despite my chainsaw being a bu**ger to start for the first two years I owned it due to a flooding issue - which finally (if today is anything to go by) has almost been resolved. I hope. Love the kit, but I do wish it was just a wee bit cheaper.

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