Updated 3 Oct 2017

Stihl

FSA 65

Snapshot: The Stihl FSA 65 battery-electric line trimmer has 2 cutting lines and weighs 4.3kg. But how effective and easy to use is it?

FSA 65
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$685

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Test results

Overall score
77
Cutting & trimming
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Good run time of 32 minutes.
  • Good vertical cutting.
  • Good horizontal cutting.
  • OK long-grass cutting.
  • Very easy to use.
  • Excellent line feed.
  • Very easy to re-spool.
  • Extremely easy to start.
  • Very well balanced.
  • Light weight.

But

  • no edging guide.

How we test

Overall score comprises performance (50%) and ease of use (50%).

Performance is based on horizontal and vertical trimming and long-grass cutting.

Ease of use is assessed on handle comfort, shaft length, weight, balance, cutting visibility, controls, vibration, starting, line-feed effectiveness and ease of re-spooling.

Price is from a September 2017 survey.

Our recommendation
We recommend petrol trimmers scoring above 85% overall. While the performance and ease-of-use of the best petrol trimmers in our tests has hovered at or above this level for a few years, battery-electric models continue to improve year on year.

We raised the bar for the performance of battery-powered trimmers to 80% after a batch of 7 cordless models returned impressive performance in our 2017 test.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$685

Specifications

Depth range (cm)
n/a
Motor location
Bottom
Shaft type
Curved
Motor type
Battery
Noise (dBA)
77
Weight (kg)
4.3
Depth positions
n/a
Telescopic handle
×
Length (cm)
158
Cutting diameter (cm)
32
Line-feed method
Bump
Run time (mins)
32
Charge time (mins)
210
Voltage (V)
36
Battery size tested (Ah)
4.2

More Info

Battery cost ($)
$175 (4.3Ah)
Availability
-
Notes
Price includes battery and charger, which are sold separately. The trimmer can be purchased by itself for $345.

Features

Cutting lines
2
Clutch
n/a
Edging guide
×
Shoulder harness
No

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