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My wife and I are moving onto an acreage later this spring (More excuse for tractors and gas powered toys). I went to a local small engine repair place today and bought a new to me chainsaw to help clean up around the place. While there I saw they had a Stihl FS250 commercial grade trimmer. Does anyone have any insight on this trimmer? Its an older discontinued unit clearly but looks to be in pretty darn good shape.
 

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It was 1100 bucks new...being a Stihl it was made well...how it is now depends on how hard it was used and how well it was maintained...If the price is right...then it's a good deal...if I could get it for $200 I would grab it as long as I could see it start...more than $200 I would have to give it some thought
 

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If it's in good shape, I would say go for it but I would google it and see what they are going for.

I have an FS44 I think, I've had it for some time and runs great as long as I use Stihl or True premix fuel in it. Crap gas has taking it's toll on many a small engines.

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Dad had a Stihl growing up (don't remember the model) that finally died on him last summer. It was every bit as old as me (27). I'm pretty loyal to them. They are asking $120. The chainsaw I bought there today they let me take outside start and cut with it before the purchase so I'm sure a trial run of the trimmer will be fine.
 

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ProfoundAg,

Just where in Iowa are you, I can dang near see it from here, Missouri kinda gets in the way!

I picked up a Stihl 029 Super off a guy in Davenport last weekend, he listed it on Craigslist for $150.00 or BO. I offered $125.00 and he took it, I have been doing a little cleaning on it, started it up this afternoon, runs so I feel good about it.

If it is in decent shape then I would jump on it, put in some Stihl Motomix or Trufuel and don't look back.

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ProfoundAg,

Just where in Iowa are you, I can dang near see it from here, Missouri kinda gets in the way!

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We're actually in Missouri now, far Northeast corner basically right on top of the IA/MO line. About a half hour or so from Keokuk IA
 

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The FS250 was one of Stihl's most popular commercial trimers, in good condition it is a steal at $120.
 

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I'd be all over that for $120. That's a heck of a trimmer. They don't make any big 2 strokes like that any more because of emissions.

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I'm pretty much due east of the Missouri / Iowa state line once it straightens out.

I don't think you can go wrong on the FS 250 for that price.

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As it turns out it was previously owned by the Iowa DNR Parks Dept. Probably saw extensive every day use all summer long for years. Still think its worth a shot picking up? I'm needing a trimmer anyway and this would be great around the new place (the acreage has been sitting empty for 10 years and in desperate need of serious cleaning up) but.... if I buy this and a month later its a goner my wife will likely skin me :dunno:
 

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That all depends on your comfort level with working on things if they break down. Lots of people avoid used equipment simply because they do not know how to or do not want to fix anything. For them, new with a warranty works best. If you have no fixit skills or time to do it, walk from the deal. Shop rates nowsays quickly make taking things in a non-starter.
 

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I did a quick eBay search for "stihl fs 250 trimmer" and parts seem readily available.

If it was used heavily on a regular basis, it would show the wear, probably even more not being owned by the user.

I would give it a good look over, show up unannounced so you can see if it starts easily or, then you don't want it.

I can't stress enough what good fuel does to these two strokes, it may cost a little more but the equipment runs like it should and when you want it to.

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I think I'll try to get into the shop this weekend and take it for a test drive, if it starts easily and seems like it functions correctly it'll probably come home with me. I am fairly handy with a set of wrenches so I'm not super scared of repairs if parts are still available. My father in law is a full time mechanic in his own shop, typical rural small area shop that works on everything from lawn equipment to semis and tractors, whatever I can't handle I'm sure he can assist me on.

Thanks for the input guys, I'll let you know if I bring it home!
 

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Well I brought it home today. Went to take a look and the dealer let me take it outside, said it hadn't been started since last fall when they got it on trade. Started on the 2nd pull. He wasn't as pleased with it as I was and had me turn it off. He sniffed the gas, went inside dumped the fuel out, added fresh and made an adjustment to the choke and handed it back. Started first pull and I went and hacked down last years grass 2' tall grass and weeds in the ditch. I'm impressed, Ive run many trimmers, Dad always had a Stihl when I was growing up and the resort I used to work at in college had an assortment of big box trimmers because most employees didn't know how to take care of things. This 250 is a frickin Indy Car compared to any other trimmer I've ever run. I feel like I need to get one for my Mother in Law with a fan blade on the end and she can replace that old style broom she's been riding with all 784 hp this things got
 

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Good! That is a good trimmer. How's it look? Post up a pic!

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Looks a bit rough, can definitely tell it saw regular use, but runs, starts, and devours everything in its path flawlessly and for about the same money as the "best" thing they've got on shelf at Lowes. Only pic I have at the moment (excuse the grungy mess all around, this is the barn of our new place, was not cared for prior to us and I haven't had a chance to put up shelving or storage of any kind)
 

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