FS 250 - $599.95 DSRP

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All the heavy-duty features of the FS 250 R – with a bike handle.

If you need a powerful and tough trimmer or brushcutter, this is it. With a high power-to-weight ratio and superior torque, the FS 250 bike handle trimmer will cut its way out of saw grass, Bahia grass and heavy brush—without bogging down in tough conditions.

NOTE: Barrier bar and large deflector must be attached when using a grass blade with loop handle.

Print Spec Sheets
FS 250 Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 40.2 cc (2.45 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 1.6 kW (2.15 bhp)
WEIGHT* 6.3 kg (13.9 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 640 cc (21.6 oz.)
*Weight without cutting attachment or deflector.
Model Features
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    Electronic Ignition Module
    The electronic ignition provides reliable starting and because it is fully enclosed, it is protected from moisture and debris for longer service life.
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    Bike Handle
    When used in conjunction with a harness, the bike handle allows the machine to be easily guided, enabling a smooth horizontal mowing action to cover large areas quickly and efficiently. With soft grips for increased comfort, the bike handle provides greater control and helps reduce operator fatigue.

    See it in action!
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    Multi-Function Control Handle
    Having easy access to all of the controls on one comfortable handle makes it easy to complete tasks so the operator’s hand never has to leave the handle.
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    IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor
    The IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor measures the air pressure on the clean side of the air filter and adjusts the metering diaphragm in the carburetor. This keeps the RPM at a consistent level, even when the air filter begins to clog.
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    Tool-Free Handle Adjustment
    The central wing nut enables easy adjustment without the use of tools. For transportation and space-saving storage, the handle can be rotated 90°.
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    Purge Pump Primer
    By pressing the bulb, this small fuel pump delivers fuel to the carburetor, reducing the number of starting pulls needed after an extended break between uses.
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    STIHL ElastoStart™
    The ElastoStart™ starter handle is a feature of STIHL. It is a starting grip with a built-in shock absorber that helps reduce the effort when pulling on the starter cord. The ElastoStart™ starter grip noticeably reduces the sudden peak forces (compression) normally felt during cranking. The forces which occur at the grip after the first compression stroke are smoothed out.
Standard Features
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    Common Features for Trimmers
    View the features common to many STIHL trimmers.

You Will Also Need
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    HP Ultra 2-Cycle Engine Oil
    No matter how you slice it (or trim it or shred it), there’s no better protection for your high performance 2-stroke engine than STIHL HP Ultra. This 2-cycle engine oil has outstanding engine cleaning characteristics, plus “ultra” lubricating qualities that’s superior to other 2-cycle engine oils. This fully synthetic oil is also highly biodegradable, degrading by 80% in 21 days. We’re so confident this oil will protect your engine, we’ll double your STIHL limited warranty* when you use it. It’s that good.

    *Double your warranty when you include 6 bottles of STIHL HP Ultra Oil or 6 cans of STIHL MotoMix® Premixed Fuel with your STIHL product purchase. Double limited warranty protection applies to STIHL gasoline-powered products purchased and registered for personal non-income producing, family and household purposes only. Other restrictions apply. See dealer for details.
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    No-Spill® Fuel Containers
    No-Spill® fuel containers advance convenience and quality in gasoline-can design by reducing emissions of hydrocarbons from evaporation, permeation and spillage. This helps protect the environment as well as saves you on fuel costs due to waste. Each container is molded from fluorinated, high molecular weight material for low permeation. The thumb-button flow control allows filling even smaller-sized tanks reducing the risk of spilling and is designed to stop the flow automatically when the tank becomes full to prevent overflowing. Built on a wide and stable base for less likelihood of upsets and equipped with child-resistant closures, all No-Spill® containers comply with both EPA and CARB requirements. With 1¼-gallon, 2 ½-gallon and 5-gallon sizes available, you’re sure to find one that fits your needs.
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    Commercial Round Line
    Heavy-duty work calls for a heavy-duty line, and the STIHL commercial line meets the demands of the job and is specially formulated to prevent fraying and welding. It delivers fast, efficient cuts time after time.

    Available in a variety of sizes and configurations. See Dealer for details.
For Your Safety
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    Landscaper Series Gloves
    For landscapers who work extensively with their hands, the Landscaper Series Gloves from STIHL are made from strong-yet-supple deerhide leather. They provide fantastic wear properties and an excellent sense of touch and feel. The naturally soft leather provides all-day working comfort.

    Materials: Deerhide leather
    Available sizes: S, M, L, XL
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    White Ice Glasses
    Protection and comfort is no sweat with the White Ice Protective Glasses from STIHL. They feature rubber temples that prevent slippage, a comfort-fit style that accommodates almost all face sizes and polycarbonate lenses that block out 99% of harmful UV rays. It’s stylish, hassle-free protection for the workplace or at home.

    Meets ANSI Z87.1 Standard
    Available lens colors: Silver Mirror, Blue Mirror, Orange Mirror
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    STIHL® Basic Hearing Protector - NRR 23
    When it has the STIHL name, it’s made to work as hard as you do. Our Hearing Protectors feature a padded stainless steel spring wire headband. They help maintain constant pressure, staying firmly in place while you work. They’re also easy to adjust, so you can set the ideal fit with minimal effort.

    Meets ANSI S3.19-1974 standard. Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 23 dB(A).
    Available color: Grey
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    Reflective Safety Vest
    The Reflective Safety Vest from STIHL meets the standard for use along highways and other high-traffic areas. It features a longer tail in back for maximum reflective exposure – great for workers using backpack blowers. Two front pockets and one chest pocket provide great utility for carrying job necessities.

    Meets ANSI/ISEA 107-2004 standard
    Available color: High-Visibility Yellow
    Available sizes: M, L, XL, XXL

Important Information
WARNING! Improper use of any trimmer/brushcutter can cause serious or fatal injury. Read, understand and follow all safety instructions in your instruction manual. To reduce the risk of injury from blade contact, circular saw blades may be used on FS brushcutters that have a limitstop, a bicycle handle and double shoulder harness and not on FS brushcutters with a "J" handle or loop handle. Other rigid blades may be used on FS brushcutters having a bicycle handle, a "J" handle or a loop handle equipped with a barrier bar. To reduce the risk of eye injury always wear proper eye protection. Always use the appropriate deflector for the type of cutting attachment, as explained in your instruction manual.
Note: STIHL recommends use of fuel with no more than 10% Ethanol content. Using fuel with greater than 10% Ethanol content may cause damage to your equipment and may void your STIHL warranty. Learn More…
WARNING! Improper use of any power tool may cause serious or fatal injury. Read, understand and follow carefully the operating and safety instructions in your instruction manual before using such products.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by 9 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by very reliable, easy to start Weed trimmer works well and starts easy. Tool has good balance and can be handled with little effort. April 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by The best line trimmer we've ever had. We cut several miles of fence line on both sides 6-8 times a year with our 8 year old FS250 and have never replaced anything but a few spark plugs,air filters and,miles of line.Tons of power for clearing multiflora rose bushes with the cross blade and saplings that pop up in the pasture. Not one of the many other trimmers we have owned comes close to it. February 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by just wow I use a lot of weed Trimmer and this one is The best i every had. Powerfull powerfull and powerfull. September 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by very powerful i have owned this 250 for about 3 years and can't say enough about it . I have a hill of about an acre that has to be kept clear for a view and has heavy brush. This machine does the trick. (the right tool for the right job!!!). I have loaned this to a couple of friends to clear some brush on thier land and each have gone out and bought one. August 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Amazing power, light weight and great balance. If you've ever used a trimmer from a big box store or small hardware store throw all those experiences out of your mind. I haven't had a string trimmer for over a decade because of those harsh memories. Heads falling apart, motors bogging down, motors not starting, parts of the trimmer falling off, string guards spinning around the shaft, loose handles, etc... I came to a point in my landscaping side work that I no longer could do without a trimmer! Begrudgingly I started my research. I have all Stihl power equipment, chain saws 066, MS441, 019 blower 600. So I knew I was going with a Stihl trimmer. I first noticed that all the Stihl trimmers have been recently redesigned save the FS250. The 250 is a holdover from years past. The engine is a veteran of many Stihl products like the post hole digger and the ice auger. I read many reviews and watched many Youtube videos. All were very complementary. As amazing as it sounds I found no negative feedback on the 250 at all! The reason I was drawn to the 250 was I needed a brush cutter as well as a trimmer and the 250 seemed to fit that bill. It's Stihl's most powerful trimmer so I knew trimming would be no problem and from the videos I watched brush cutting would be no problem either. I bought the 250 with the bike handles. ***.** bucks!! OUCH!! But you get what you pay for! It came with the hardware to mount saw blades and a four point harness, In all the spec's I read I never could find what harness it came with until I bought it? I guess as far as the harness goes "you have to buy it to find out what's in it"? The 250 does not disappoint!! Tons of power to spare. The balance is amazing. You feel no weight on the handles. All the weight is on the harness and you can't even feel it. I was surprised at this. I've never run a trimmer that felt weightless? The 250 feels weightless!! You wont be disappointed with the 250. Buy it!! July 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent trimmer I had used my 15 year old FS 200 to mow the rows in my 2 acre vineyard. I was almost half finished when I couldn't start it again. I took it to the dealer and after a discussion about how old it was, I purchased the FS 250. I wish I had bought it before I started mowing. It was much faster and used less fuel. It is an excellent trimmer. And the line lasts longer. July 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Definitely a professional tool. Not grampa's little string trimmer. I have the FS 250 and an FS 200 trimmer. The 200's power and durability convinced me that the big brother was the way to go, when I decided to have one set up for full time brush cutting. Once you spend 5 minutes operating one, you will be amazed at the smoothness and power it has. Nothing seems to bog it down. March 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great product, resonably priced. I have spent a lot of time working with this trimmer. I used the same trimmer 8 hours a day 5 days a week for 6 months straight. These trimmers are durable and run forever. Suprisingly comfortable for the weight (which isn't bad). You can cut tree limbs close to the size of your thumb with just string. After using a trimmer like this you won't want to use another. If you want to run circles around everyone else this is the trimmer you need. March 10, 2013
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