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I just picked up a Stihl km130R, with a pole saw, extension, FS head, and a brush cutter kit. All totaled, close to 1K. The whole reason I bought it was to try out the Brush Knife that Brian was talking about, then the purchase grew from there.:hide:, I really got to stay out of the JD dealership for awhile.:mocking: So all was great, but they shorted me the nut and thrust washer for attaching the blade:gaah:. By the time I was done playing with the pole saw and the string trimmer, the JD dealer was closed. That will have to wait til monday:thumbsdown:. The pole saw works great:thumbup1gif:, I should have got one of those years ago. :good2: I'm trying to figure out how to start it without digging the chain in the dirt. Putting it on the pallet forks works, but I don't always have the tractor handy.
How do the rest of you like the Kombi units?
 

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I just picked up a Stihl km130R, with a pole saw, extension, FS head, and a brush cutter kit. All totaled, close to 1K. The whole reason I bought it was to try out the Brush Knife that Brian was talking about, then the purchase grew from there.:hide:, I really got to stay out of the JD dealership for awhile.:mocking: So all was great, but they shorted me the nut and thrust washer for attaching the blade:gaah:. By the time I was done playing with the pole saw and the string trimmer, the JD dealer was closed. That will have to wait til monday:thumbsdown:. The pole saw works great:thumbup1gif:, I should have got one of those years ago. :good2: I'm trying to figure out how to start it without digging the chain in the dirt. Putting it on the pallet forks works, but I don't always have the tractor handy.
How do the rest of you like the Kombi units?
Don't have one yet but it's been on the list for a while now. To top that off I received in the mail today a Implement and Accessories guide from good old JD. I think I need one of everything in the damn thing! :mocking:
 

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I also have the 130R, but I only have the tiller attachment. It always starts right up for me and idles nicely. Some of these small engines don't like idling, but the 130R seems like it will idle forever (or at least as long as I have ever left it set there idling). I think I'm going to pick up the blower attachment for it. I asked around and everyone who has one of the blowers seems to like it. It looks like a darn jet engine. :lol:
 

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I have the KM 130R, and for attachments the FS string trimmer and FH scythe. The new 4-mix engines idle really well and have a lot of power, but I did have to get used to the different sound it makes vs a regular 2-stroke. Most amazing thing I found was that once warm the engine starts at idle with 1 or 2 pulls, no throttle needed, and the engine doesn't load up and bog when accelerating from idle after idling for a while like my old 2 strokes sometimes do.

I bought the Kombi after I bought the Stihl extendable 130 pole saw. If I had to do it again, I'd get the pole saw attachment for the KM like you did. It has the same motor, and works just as well.

You should be happy with the 130R.
 

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I have the KM 130R, and for attachments the FS string trimmer and FH scythe. The new 4-mix engines idle really well and have a lot of power, but I did have to get used to the different sound it makes vs a regular 2-stroke. Most amazing thing I found was that once warm the engine starts at idle with 1 or 2 pulls, no throttle needed, and the engine doesn't load up and bog when accelerating from idle after idling for a while like my old 2 strokes sometimes do.

I bought the Kombi after I bought the Stihl extendable 130 pole saw. If I had to do it again, I'd get the pole saw attachment for the KM like you did. It has the same motor, and works just as well.

You should be happy with the 130R.
I didn't know about the 4 stroke engine till I bought it. I hope they turn out to be a good thing. I did notice the sound right away.
Does the scythe work pretty good? I was considering getting one. What is the "killer app" for that attachment?
 

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I didn't know about the 4 stroke engine till I bought it. I hope they turn out to be a good thing. I did notice the sound right away.
Does the scythe work pretty good? I was considering getting one. What is the "killer app" for that attachment?
Remember it's not a true 4-stroke, and still requires gas/oil mix. I've had no problems with the new engines, and didn't really notice it until recently when I saw someone trimming with a regular 2-stroke trimmer, there was a cloud of smoke behind him. The 4-mix is supposed to burn cleaner, and it does, never noticed a cloud with the new engines.

I bought the scythe for more precise trimming. The string trimmer keeps wrapping itself around the mesh fencing we put up to keep the deer and rabbits out of our different gardens. It's much slower in use, but I can control the cut better, but I have to be careful, it will cut through the wire fencing very easily. It does cut through thick weeds more easily than a string, and it does not "spray" all those green bits everywhere, so when I'm done, I'm not that green monster. I have poison ivy around the yard, and I was always worried about hitting it by accident with a string trimmer. I'm much less worried with the scythe. In addition, I can use it as a small (really short :laugh:) hedge trimmer. But would I buy one again... not sure, I've only used it a few times, and still learning technique to go faster.
 

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I love mine. Have the straight head trimmer, extension, pole saw and just bought the mini tiller but havent used it yet.

I would like to get the blower attachment as well.

Would would have thought they would have made a 4 cycle engine that didnt have crankcase oil and rain on 2 stroke fuel? Really cool idea once you start using it.
 

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I didn't know about the 4 stroke engine till I bought it. I hope they turn out to be a good thing.
When I got my FS90R I wasn't sure what to expect. Well,quiet for sure,and power out the you know what.
This thing cuts with such unbelieveable power at low rpm,it should be a crime.:thumbup1gif:

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All good feedback. That helps me recover from the trauma of the price:empathy3:
Thanks for sharing.
 

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I've never met a Stihl I didn't like

Stihl isn't cheap, but it isn't cheap. :lol: You get what you pay for.
 

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I've had a KM110 for about 6 years, and couldn't be happier with it. Starts very nicely after sitting for months on end.

I have a tiller, string wacker with a blade, a blower, an edger, and my neighbors hedge trimmer fits on it too!!

You're very right when you say "they're not cheap, but they're not cheap", but I would say "they're not inexpensive, but they're not cheap". Ever see the Nissan commercial about that?? "You cut your own hair, now that's cheap".

Being cheap is often expensive.

-J.
 

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Sorry to bring this thread back from the dead but I have a KM 130 and absolutely love everything about it except for starting it. Has anyone on here had a hard time getting theirs running when starting cold? I follow the manual and lock the start switch press the bulb 5 times put on full choke and it never starts. I always have to pull the plug dry it clear thr chamber and then it fires right up. Once it's running this thing is a monster lol!!! I have messed with it a lot of different ways starting it but it is the same story. Thanks a lot for your help!
 

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Sorry to bring this thread back from the dead but I have a KM 130 and absolutely love everything about it except for starting it. Has anyone on here had a hard time getting theirs running when starting cold? I follow the manual and lock the start switch press the bulb 5 times put on full choke and it never starts. I always have to pull the plug dry it clear thr chamber and then it fires right up. Once it's running this thing is a monster lol!!! I have messed with it a lot of different ways starting it but it is the same story. Thanks a lot for your help!
I think 5 presses of the bulb is too much, I go 1 or 2. It sounds like you are flooding it. Maybe they should put a diesel in it.:laugh: Mine seems to start good, but I have to feather the choke for a minute or so to keep it running during while it warms up.
 

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I think 5 presses of the bulb is too much, I go 1 or 2. It sounds like you are flooding it. Maybe they should put a diesel in it.:laugh: Mine seems to start good, but I have to feather the choke for a minute or so to keep it running during while it warms up.
I agree arlen there is no doubt I'm flooding it. I have tried starting it from full choke with no press of the bulbs too. I think I just need to keep trying different ways of starting it cold and possibly put a fresh plug in it although the plug is almost new. Every other Stihl I've owned you only primed it when you run it dry but the manual says minimum 5 presses so I figured I'd see what you guys all thought. Thanks a lot for the reply!
 

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Just to add my 2 cents...
On one of my stihls,the pick up tube was cracked and would make it hard to start. It was fairly new . On the other one, the primer bulb developed a pin hole leak and was also hard to start.
 

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Just to add my 2 cents...
On one of my stihls,the pick up tube was cracked and would make it hard to start. It was fairly new . On the other one, the primer bulb developed a pin hole leak and was also hard to start.
Thanks I will check those on mine. It is only a few months old and has been like this since I got it.
 

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With any Stihl engine w/primer bulb: As you pump it you can feel the moment when the fuel is picked up and is pushing into the carb. Stop! Then choke as needed and start. I'm guessing 5 pumps just "might" be for a carb that's run out of fuel on a dead cold winter start. I've never needed more than 2.5-3 pumps on my Kombi 110 or BG85 blower summer or winter.

Some starting variables. Altitude, carb factory setting, dealer prep, air filter, crappy gas (ALWAYS use 89+ octane for Stihl engines. My 2 stroke gasoline supply is the only place I splurge on 92 octane and maybe that's what made my Ryobi last so many years...
 

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With any Stihl engine w/primer bulb: As you pump it you can feel the moment when the fuel is picked up and is pushing into the carb. Stop! Then choke as needed and start. I'm guessing 5 pumps just "might" be for a carb that's run out of fuel on a dead cold winter start. I've never needed more than 2.5-3 pumps on my Kombi 110 or BG85 blower summer or winter.

Some starting variables. Altitude, carb factory setting, dealer prep, air filter, crappy gas (ALWAYS use 89+ octane for Stihl engines. My 2 stroke gasoline supply is the only place I splurge on 92 octane and maybe that's what made my Ryobi last so many years...

Harold, I believe you are right on. Every other Stihl I've owned that's the only time I ever use the bulb. I cleaned the plug and put fresh gas in it and the past three times I've used it I started it on choke without pressing the bulb like all my other Stihls and it's already starting much better. Guess I was just being a dumbass and actually trying to use the manual for once in my life lol!!! Thanks for all the help everybody.

P.S. just picked up the straight hedge trimmer and like everything else with the 130 it is a BEAST! This damn thing is worse than my 2720 for buying attachments.
 

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Just to add my 2 cents...
On one of my stihls,the pick up tube was cracked and would make it hard to start. It was fairly new . On the other one, the primer bulb developed a pin hole leak and was also hard to start.
Funny. Right after I bought my FS90, the pickup tube actually fell off down in the tank. It wouldn't run at all unless the tank was filled right to the top. Once the fuel got below the little piece that the pickup tube fits on it would die.
 
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