Clearing Saw Stihl FS460Updated: June 13th, 2018Created: July 11th, 2015
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Usage Diary | Update on Strimmer Head: Comment 3
On Monday the 6th July I called around making enquiries about a brush-cutter. I knew Bennett's in Tavistock, a Husqvarna dealer, as I bought a chainsaw there last year, but they didn't have a model close to the ones I had viewed on-line. I fancied Husqvarna as that was the only powered landscaping tool I've used. However I wasn't that happy with Bennett's and not finding a suitable number to to call Husqvarna directly, some 0843 number, I called Stihl's head office. Bennett's did recommend a Makita or something but that just put me off them more.
I had hoped to buy a battery powered brushcutter, but even with a battery pack costing some £800 the best of them didn't seem powerful enough and Stihl hadn't released the model in the UK yet.
Locally there's 'Cornwall Farmers' re-branded 'Patch and Acre' in Tavistock. I spoke to Alex there and he said the most powerful model they stocked is the Stihl FS100, 31cc and weighing 5.8Kg. I was thinking of a 45cc engine size as I'm familiar with that sort of power on the chain saw.
I had spoken to Bennett, Stihl and others to ask about a backpack version, in the 55cc range and weighing some 12kg. However most said such are difficult to handle and only recommend where other versions couldn't be used, as in narrow ditches etc. Alex gave my number to Ian Dennis, a mobile distributor for machines that Stihl insist should be introduced to new users for safety reasons. Contrary to Stihl's promise that someone would bring a demo back pack to Tavistock for me to try, Ian said he would only bring the model I actually order.
Ian talked of a range which had special anti vibration mountings and suggested the FS360 at 37cc and weighing 8.5Kg. He also said that the FS410 was a better buy, with a 41cc engine and only £40 more.
So feeling let down about what I could view and weight wise, get a feel of, I looked on-line and noticed that the FS 360, 410 and 460 all weighed the same. As the power to weight ratio was the best in the FS 460 (45.6cc at 8.5Kg) I settled on that. It was, after all, the engine size I felt comfortable with and there were only two more powerful with increased weights of (9.1Kg and 10.2Kg)
I then called around to see where I could see one before I order, and although there was a Penzance store that was easier to get to I ended up negotiating with Jan Rayner at the Helston store. This meant a two and a half hour journey by train and another hour bus ride with waiting times just to get there. Jan has been an amazing help. I was also speaking to another Stihl dealer in Ivybridge, which is much closer and the same machine was £110 cheaper.
However it was clear that Jan was far more knowledgeable and helpful than anyone at Ivybridge and she did manage to reduce the price by £50.
By now I was checking out the optional accessories. The first thing that struck me as odd was that this powerful tool came with a strimmer line cutter. Stihl grade their machines of this nature as 'Lightweight Strimmers and Brushcutters', 'Petrol Powerful Brushcutters' and' Clearing saws'; the FS460 being in the later group. I still can't quite get over the fact that only the FS460 with a shorter shaft and the largest model FS560 come with bladed cutter.
- Problems with circular saw fitting. Pages: part 7, all 8 and part 9
See also Page 13 for errors in supplied Paper Manual
- Issues around fuel usage and storage. Page 10
- Thrust Washer and Collar Nut. Page 11
- More on fitting the shredder blade. Page 12
- Problems with balancing. Page 14
- Problems with handle attaching after thread wear. Comment 4
- Wear and tear Comment 5
Now Page 2, where the fun begins in earnest:
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Wear and tear.
After three years of (14, 19, 15) hours use the rider plate has worn through and the handle fastening thread worn.
4th July 2018 Ordered two rider cups and two springs from Power Quip, Liskeard 01579 345307 £20.38. Arrived on 10th
13th June 2018 Replacing insert and spring
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Subject: FS460 Rider Cup/Plate
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2018 11:10:40 +0100
I would just like to comment on my use of the FS 460 that I bought about three years ago and have used it for about 75 hours total.
2018 April - June 26T
2017 April - September 32T (24Lt)
2016 May - August 19T (14.75Lt)
2015 July - August 18T (14Lt)
1. Rider cup/plate I have just had to replace the rider cup/plate that is used with the three bladed brush cutter and the two bladed grass cutter. I was aware of the instructions to change it when the writing became hard to read but carried on and the cup/plate wore on the outer edge.
This happened over the course of a couple of hours, so it must have been very thin before I started.
The question is: Why is the edge so thin? Surely as this is the part that will make the most contact it could be made thicker. I'm wondering if the reason is that it is cheap to press out a piece of steel and disproportionately expensive to make it better by having the edge, that contacts the brush and inevitable stones, thicker.
I would add that it is used in fields to make paths. I do use a shredder blade and the strimmer head around the garden.
2. Strimmer I also have a problem in that the strimmer cable keeps breaking at the hub, so I have as much as 4 inches often thrown out and have to manually take the unit apart and rethread it. This happens every time I use it and at least twice before a full tank is used. The aluminium grommets have been replace to no avail. I have bough new strimmer cable, to no avail.
I have been told to keep the head and spare strimmer cable in water, but it doesn't seem to make much difference, if any.
I have been told it must be the way I use it.
I use the strimmer around the garden and hits up against wooden boards on raised vegetable beds. The issue I was told may be the problem is that I don't run it at full speed. I tend to slow it down frequently as I'm in a lot of small spaces. The notion is that each time I speed it up it puts strain on the strimmer cable, though I can't see how that is less than the force of cutting.
3. Body insert for handle
Please be so kind as to read page http://calstock.org.uk/elf.php/2015/07/11/clearing-saw-stihl-fs460?disp=single&title=clearing-saw-stihl-fs460&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1&redir=no&c_paged=4#comments of my blog which relates to another issue I have had to resolve.
Would you please comment on the above issues, and let me know if this is the acceptable standards of the parts I've had problems with.
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