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Thought I would just share in my purchase this weekend. Sorry, no pics at the moment. But, I finally bit the bullet and decided to buy the Stihl Kombi system. I went with the 111 Power Head and bought a few attachments that I could use right away: 1) string trimmer 2) Chainsaw trimmer 3) 145* Articulating Hedge Trimmer 4) 3 foot extension.

I currently have an Echo straight shaft trimmer - the SR230 (I believe its an SR - certain about the 230). My trimmer is about 15 years old and has been very, very good. Our new home has a ton of edging, trimming, brush cutting, so swapping back and forth from string trimmer to blade was getting really old. With the Kombi system, I plan to keep the old Echo for blade duty, hence buying the new string trimmer attachment.

We have a ton of wooded edges with ground cover around the property and the Articulating Hedge Trimmer is incredible for zipping along and cutting those huge weeds that can grow like a foot overnight...I have many, many trees, so the pruner is nice - I kept having to borrow my dad's pruner sticks, so this is much quicker.

First impressions of the 111 Power Head is torque - WOW!!! Granted, its 33cc versus my Echo's 23cc, nonetheless a HUGE improvement. Just string trimming, it makes easy work with much less scalping. I used to run the Echo at probably 3/4 throttle just to keep it from bogging on light grass trimming. The Stihl muscles through at what seems like a slower speed, which leads to less scalping.

If anyone has been on the fence about one, I would recommend it. I cross-shopped it with the Echo and dollar for dollar, they were very equal. I went with the Stihl since 1) powerhead is more powerful on the spec sheet and 2) I don't own any Stihl products. :D My chainsaw is a proper Husqvarna. :laugh:
 

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I LOVE my Kombi! I also have an old Ryobi that I use for the little tiller.

For the Kombi I currently have the trimmer with both string and the grass blade. I also bought the blower (WOW!!) and the pole saw. Thinking about getting the hedge trimmer and maybe also the tiller to replace the old Ryobi.
 

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I thought about picking up the blower as well. I have an old Echo Shred/Vac blower, which still runs very well (after a good 15 years), but it vibrates like mad. I have probably 450 feet of driveway plus a parking area that's like 30x30... plus patio, walkway, porch. So, lots of blowing.

I may opt for a new shred/vac, however. Simply because I like the leaf collection and mulching in the fall. Shred/Vac does great pulling stuff from around the house - window wells, in the flower/mulch areas, etc.

I could see the mini roto tiller and Bed Redefiner being high on the list.

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I bought a 111 earlier this year, nice piece of equipment compared to the Husqvarna it was replacing. The Stihl fires up with only a half pull when warmed up, easy pull effort too. Awesome torque!

I have a collection of trimmer/tiller/brush attachments for the Husqy and the long dead Troy-Bilt and was surprised that they are usable with the Stihl. The old attachments have an index button at 90 degrees from top, whereas the Stihl has a index guide at the top. Since the Stihl only uses pressure from the junction wingnut to retain the attachment, inserting the older attachments just mean they do not automatically align, but they slide right in. This allows me to load up the cart with multiple heads all stringed up. When the string runs out, I just swap the shaft. Only issue with using the non-Stihl attachments is they are about 2 inches shorter. so I end up stooping more when I have one of those on.
 
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I bought a 111 earlier this year, nice piece of equipment compared to the Husqvarna it was replacing. The Stihl fires up with only a half pull when warmed up, easy pull effort too. Awesome torque!

I have a collection of trimmer/tiller/brush attachments for the Husqy and the long dead Troy-Bilt and was surprised that they are usable with the Stihl. The old attachments have an index button at 90 degrees from top, whereas the Stihl has a index guide at the top. Since the Stihl only uses pressure from the junction wingnut to retain the attachment, inserting the older attachments just mean they do not automatically align, but they slide right in. This allows me to load up the cart with multiple heads all stringed up. When the string runs out, I just swap the shaft. Only issue with using the non-Stihl attachments is they are about 2 inches shorter. so I end up stooping more when I have one of those on.
How's your 111 Powerhead holding up on the bottom where it sits on the ground? That's the only real complain versus my old Echo. The Echo had a real nice piece of plastic on the bottom that it sits on and takes all the abuse if you set it on asphalt. The Stihl, well, not so much there to really sit it on. I can just see it getting pretty scuffed up over the years. Guess I'll just have to only lay it down on the grass.
 

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Awesome man. That 145 hedge head is basically impossible to find and is backordered everywhere. I grabbed a KM131 this string myself Love the thing. I borrowed a buddies before buying one myself. I tested the KM90, KM110 and the KM130. Used his edger to put a channel in my lawn 3" deep to install and electric fence. Worked great, dogs can vouch ;)
 

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Awesome man. That 145 hedge head is basically impossible to find and is backordered everywhere. I grabbed a KM131 this string myself Love the thing. I borrowed a buddies before buying one myself. I tested the KM90, KM110 and the KM130. Used his edger to put a channel in my lawn 3" deep to install and electric fence. Worked great, dogs can vouch ;)
Yeah, the guy I was working with at the shop said something about they were having difficulty getting them. He didn't have one on the display, but said, ya know - let me check in back, we just got a shipment yesterday. Sure enough....the new one!!! The new one is lighter by quarter pound or so - may not sound like much, but when its 6 feet away from you on a pole, that's like 50 pounds lighter....ok, I exaggerate. But nonetheless....

As a sidenote, it sure does pay to do your research and be informed. I mentioned about getting the new 145 degree model. He said that a few days prior he just sold the last one he had (well, thought he had). He would have sold me an old model, the 135 degree. I said that I wanted to walk out of there with a full kit since I wanted to use it that morning and get some work done. Little bit of leg work and he found everything in the stock room. If I wouldn't have known different, I would have ended up with the old model. Nothing wrong with the old one, but, why not have the newest?

Same for the KM111. He offered me the KM110 for about 30 bucks less....Nah...this type of equipment doesn't change much. If there is a new model, I want it. I'm hoping I did the right thing going with the KM111 and not the 131. Usually, I go big or go home. :) So far, the torque on the 111 is fantastic! I might wish for more if I get the bed redefiner someday, but that isn't something I'd use except once a year or so.
 

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I have a KM110 that's a few years old. Still runs like a champ. Other then spark plug, air and fuel filters the only other thing it needs is a valve adjustment. Really like the fact that it runs on regular 2 stroke fuel. No crankcase oil carry around & worry about. I'd totally recommend using the Stihl Ultra synthetic oil. Stihl was doubling the tools warranty if you buy Ultra oil at the same time. I only ever used synthetic since new. When I had the valve cover off the inside was clean as could be. From my research cheep oil will gunk up the inside quick.

One kind of mistake was buying the string and blade straight shaft attachments. Other than the cutting device the only difference is the guards. I ended up swapping the heads. Put the string on the one with the large deflector and the blade on the one with the smaller deflector.

I would really like to try the new KM94 2 stroke power head. Just to see the difference between the power and weight. The other possible drawback to a 2 stroke is fuel consumption. The 4 Mix sips fuel as far as I'm concerned. My 110 has always had more than enough power for any tasks I throw at it.

I also have a SH86CE shredder vacuum & blower. Was looking at the blower that fits on the power heads. Unfortunately I already had the blower. So I didn't bother with it. I prefer a hand held blower vs a backpack because of my spine/nerve problems.
 

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That KM94 was nice and light; also has a throttle lock, which is cool. I considered it, but the price for that 1 pound weight savings was too much...I spent a bit more and went with the 111 for the higher power. I'm young enough to not care about the 1lb difference at this point - in another 15 years, probably a different story. And then it'll be time for a new one.

I've been thinking about picking up a new Stihl Shred/vac SH86 as well in the next few weeks for leaf season...My old Echo shred/vac still works, but we have so much area to keep after, having 2 machines will be very handy ... this year seems to be the year for new equipment.
 
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Yeah, the guy I was working with at the shop said something about they were having difficulty getting them. He didn't have one on the display, but said, ya know - let me check in back, we just got a shipment yesterday. Sure enough....the new one!!! The new one is lighter by quarter pound or so - may not sound like much, but when its 6 feet away from you on a pole, that's like 50 pounds lighter....ok, I exaggerate. But nonetheless....

As a sidenote, it sure does pay to do your research and be informed. I mentioned about getting the new 145 degree model. He said that a few days prior he just sold the last one he had (well, thought he had). He would have sold me an old model, the 135 degree. I said that I wanted to walk out of there with a full kit since I wanted to use it that morning and get some work done. Little bit of leg work and he found everything in the stock room. If I wouldn't have known different, I would have ended up with the old model. Nothing wrong with the old one, but, why not have the newest?

Same for the KM111. He offered me the KM110 for about 30 bucks less....Nah...this type of equipment doesn't change much. If there is a new model, I want it. I'm hoping I did the right thing going with the KM111 and not the 131. Usually, I go big or go home. :) So far, the torque on the 111 is fantastic! I might wish for more if I get the bed redefiner someday, but that isn't something I'd use except once a year or so.
Pays off to do your research. From what I've red the 145 has some nice improvements. I don't have much for bushes so I wouldn't use it to the full extent. +$30 for the latest gen is well worth it.

The KM130 and 131 are definitely powerful units. As a homeowner on 1/3 acre I definitely don't need the 130/131 unit for string trimming. Someday I'll add the 145 hedge unit or the pole saw and it will all make sense. There is some weight difference however after using all 3 previous models to put the electric fence in I could no doubt see and feel the power difference. Buy it right, buy it once. Probably why I bought the x758 :thumbup1gif:
 
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I've been running the kombi systems for about 10 years. Very happy with it on all fronts. Have the little tiller, the blower, the string trimmer (and used the metal triangle blade for lots of thick weeds), and the edger.

A really great tool. Very worthwhile.

-J.
 

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Finally took the plunge and bought a Stihl Kombi. 111r power head and straight shaft trimmer. Will add power paddle in spring to help rake rocks from plowing. So far love it.
 

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Finally took the plunge and bought a Stihl Kombi. 111r power head and straight shaft trimmer. Will add power paddle in spring to help rake rocks from plowing. So far love it.
You will LOVE this machine. One power head and a bunch of attachments and super easy to swap attachments.

I have the Echo version of this machine and I have the following "heads";

Grass string trimmer, Sidewalk edger, Pole Saw, Hedge Trimmer, Articulating hedge trimmer, Roto tiller, Bed re-definer, Paddle thingy for moving rocks, thatching, etc., 3 foot drive extension pole for making the pole saw really long.......

I only use the Bed redefiner and the Rototiller once each year, for about 20 minutes each, but the manual labor they save and the great job they do make it money well spent.

If you have a lot of mulch or bark landscape bed areas, seriously consider the bed re-definer. The look it provides is very professional. Check out this video....

Once you have re defined the edge, if you make a second pass inside the bed and lean the tool at about a 45 degee angle, it creates a very nicely defined bed edge. One of the homes I am mowing for, has me use this tool on their mulch beds and with the second pass, it creates a professional look.


https://www.echo-usa.com/Videos/Bed-Redefiner/Bed-Redefiner
 

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I also have the 111 Power head and love it. I've got the Articulating Hedge Trimmer, string trimmer, extension pole, pole saw.

Earlier this spring, I rented the Bed Redefiner. I'm so glad I rented instead of purchased...as much as I love this machine, the redefiner attachment proved worthless on my edges. It is such a tiny contour and just didn't dig away and "redefine" the edges. I ended up using the old fashioned hand tool: its a half-circle thing on a wooden handle. You just push it into the ground with your foot. Similar to using a shovel, except it's flat, not concave like a spade shovel.

Anyway, love the tool, but for my edges, I can't recommend the redefiner tool. The other tools I have work very, very well. I love the hedge trimmer...I use it like a scythe and cut down knee-high brush along our wooded property edges and whatnot...works very well...and it doesn't splatter you with green gunk like the string trimmer!
 
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