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  • 5 Landscape Trends To Look For In 2017

    About a year ago, home design website Houzz surveyed its members about their outdoor landscaping projects. This included recently completed projects, in-progress projects, and upcoming projects. The 2016 survey showed many similar trends to the 2015 survey. It's a safe bet to assume last year's results can give us some idea of the outdoor projects homeowners might be starting in 2017.

    1) Water Conscious Renovations

    A high percentage of homeowners cited drainage problems as a major reason for their renovations. 40% of respondents in the south and 27% to 35% in other regions listed drainage as their top challenge. That could include excess surface water, high underground water tables, runoff leading to erosion, or other water-related issues. In contrast, 46% of homeowners in western states consider drought/water shortage their biggest challenge.

    In keeping with these nation-wide concerns about water, it's little wonder that the number of homeowners upgrading their water management systems is going up. Fully 40% of homeowners surveyed were updating their sprinkler or irrigation systems (compared to 29% the previous year). 18% planned to start harvesting rainwater, most of them using a rain barrel system.

    2) Creating Privacy

    Nation-wide, lack of privacy was listed #2 on the Top Challenges Addressed During Outdoor Projects. None of the survey questions directly asked how homeowners were increasing privacy, but we can take some guesses.

    The survey found more homeowners are planting perennials, shrubs, trees, and other plants than in previous years. Low-maintenance and flowering plants are the most popular, and I think we can assume some of these plantings are also used to screen the yard from prying eyes. 34% of respondents also talked about installing a fence or property border, so hardscaping plays a role in increasing privacy as well.

    3) Pets and Children

    Quite a large number of renovators are keeping children or grandchildren in mind when updating their outdoor spaces. Fully 33% planned to make kid-related updates. Those included spaces to run and play, planting edible landscape plants, adding a fence around the yard, avoiding toxic plants, and installing a play structure.

    Even more survey respondents, 42%, were making pet-related updates. For both dogs and cats, creating space to run and play topped the list. Toxin-free plants, fenced off areas, paths for exploring, and providing shelter were also top concerns.

    4) Making It Comfortable

    Survey results indicate homeowners prioritize style, comfort, and beauty in a landscape that is, above all, low-maintenance. After finishing their landscape project, they want to focus on enjoying the space rather than maintaining it.

    Another top concern is creating an outdoor living space that the entire family can enjoy on a regular basis and which makes entertaining easy. More than half the homeowners renovating outdoor spaces include outdoor furniture in the design, and 75% included outdoor comfort features like fire pits, seating, hammock, and storage.

    5) Landscape Pros Needed

    The good news for landscape professionals is that people planning renovations aren't focused exclusively on DIY projects. Fully 52% of survey respondents hired a landscaping professional to help with their projects. The five professionals most in-demand were landscape contractors/gardeners, landscape architects or designers, paving specialists, deck and patio specialists, and fencing and gate specialists.

    If your business can help homeowners address drainage problems, water conservation, and privacy you should be in a good place for the upcoming year. Catering to pet- and child-friendly yards, as well helping homeowners create a comfortable, low-maintenance space, will also help you stand out as a landscape professional. And as you support your customers, remember that we're here to support you with professional quality lawn equipment and a promise to always service what we sell.

  • Understanding Oil Ratings For Your 2-Cycle Engine

    Many people know a 2-cycle engine runs on a mixture of oil and gasoline. What you might not know is how important it is that you use the right type of oil. The vast majority of our handheld chainsaws, blowers, edgers, trimmers, etc. run on 2-cycle engines, so this is a question that affects many lawn equipment owners.

    Two-cycle oils are chemically altered to combust or burn. They're very different than 4-cycle lubricants and cannot be used interchangeably. Also, keep in mind is that not all 2-cycle lubricants are created equally. Different oils meet different quality ratings and you need to use the right rating for your equipment.

    Early Rating Systems

    There are several different rating systems for 2-cycle oil. The National Marine Manufactures Association (NMMA) set the earliest standards governing 2-cycle lubricants. Currently, oils meeting their requirements carry the label TC-W3. This is typically the minimum oil rating required for use in small engines.

    The American Petroleum Institute (API) also developed a rating system. This system is rarely used today and the only classification still in use is TC. Most oils available today surpass this rating. You may see some oils described as API TC+.

    Modern Oil Ratings

    In 1994, the Japanese Automotive Standards Organization (JASO) developed a new standard oil rating that they revised in 2004 as JASO M345. This modern rating has three levels:

    • FB level oils meet strict requirements regarding lubricity, detergency, exhaust smoke, and exhaust system blocking.
    • FC levels oils have higher requirements for detergency, exhaust smoke, and exhaust system blocking.
    • FD oils meet the same requirements as FC but with a higher detergency requirement.

    The International Standards Organization (ISO) also developed new standards during the mid-90s. Oils with these ratings meet a corresponding JASO level and on top of that they have to pass a 3 hour Honda test run.

    • ISO-L-EGB oils meet the same requirements as JASO FB and pass a test for piston cleanliness.
    • ISO-L-EGC oils meet the same requirements as JASO FC and pass a test for piston cleanliness.
    • ISO-L-EGD oils meet the same requirements as JASO FD and pass tests for piston cleanliness and detergent effect.

    Which Oil Is For You?

    The owner's manual that came with your lawn equipment tells you which type of oil to use. If you've misplaced your owner's manual, then you can typically find a copy on the manufacturer's website. Using the wrong oil rating can cause engine damage, so stick with what the manufacturer recommends. There's no need to use a higher oil rating than your owner's manual calls for.

    If you have any trouble figuring out which oil to use, you can ask us for help. Here at Richardson Saw & Lawnmower, we excel in delivering a quality service experience for all of our customers and we're happy to answer questions like this. And if you'd rather not mix the oil and gasoline yourself, many equipment manufacturers offer pre-mixed fuels specially designed for their engines. These include STIHL MotoMix and Echo Power Blend premixed fuels.

  • Redefine Edges With Stihl's New Tools

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    Whether it's redefining the borders of a garden or maintaining a neat edge along the pavement, Stihl has you covered. And with their improved edgers and new bed redefiner, they're keeping on the cutting-edge (if you'll pardon the pun) of new technology.

    New Edgers

    The new products Stihl introduced at the end of 2016 included three updated edgers. The FC 91, 96, and 111 replaced the FC 90, 95, and 110 models. One difference you'll notice is that the new edgers are lighter weight. The FC 91 is only 0.2 pounds lighter than the previous model, but the FC 96 and FC 111 are both 1.7 pounds lighter.

    An open-style deflector minimizes clogging so there's less downtime for cleaning. The new deflector also features a mudflap design that's split so you can follow the contours of lawn and paved surfaces more easily. Add to that an adjustable depth wheel and you've got all you need to create a precise edge.

    Bed Redefiner

    Previously only available as an attachment for the KombiSystem, Stihl's stand-alone bed redefiner offers something new for the professional landscaper. This powerful tool delivers a precise edge at exactly the depth you need with an easily adjusted depth-wheel.

    This bed redefiner is designed with ease of use and simple maintenance as a priority. Cost-effective replacement blades deliver high-quality performance. There's also a line of sight indicator to give you more control. And the durable, solid steel drive shaft comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

    Shared Features

    The updated edgers and the new bed redefiner share several key features. All have large 710 cc fuel tanks and low-emission engines. This enables longer run times so you can work longer without stopping to refuel. For the edgers, this provides you with 30 percent longer run times compared to the previous models.

    That's not where the resemblance stops. The new edgers and bed redefiner also share a new interlocked choke for simplified starting. This enables a 3-step start that's as simple as purging primer bulb, setting the choke, and pulling the starter handle.

    The edgers and redefiner also feature a vertical pleated paper air filter. It doesn't need changed as often as previous filters and also offers better filtration to extended service life. On top of that, the new IntelliCarb carburetor automatically compensates for reduced air flow when the filter begins to clog.

    Easier Maintenance

    Several new features for the edgers simplify maintenance and save you money, and they're also included on the new redefiner. Take the new skid plate, for example. It protects the gearbox and is easily replace if it gets damaged so you can avoid costly gearbox repairs.

    The new designs make it easier to access the spark plug and valve train – just remove a single screw from the service cover. Three-screw access to the starter assembly makes for easy on-the-job replacement. It's now also easier to quickly adjust the throttle cable.

    Want to see Stihl's new power equipment in-person? Stop in at our Richardson, Texas location and check them out. Our Stihl-certified experts will answer all your questions and help you decide which tool's the best-fit for you.

  • 5 Tips For Winter Yard Work

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    Cold weather doesn't mean an end to outdoor work. You can still trim trees and shrubs, work on cleaning up flower beds, and cut firewood. Here are five tips for what to do while working around your yard this winter.

    1) Trim Dormant Shrubs and Trees

    Winter is the perfect time to trim most trees and shrubs. Just don't prune spring-flowering shrubs or trees. Most of them flower on old wood, so it's best to trim them after they're done flowering. Also, if you want to avoid gumming up your pruning tools, wait until summer to prune sap-producing trees like birch, maple, and walnut.

    In areas with mild winters, you can trim any time the plant is dormant. If you're expecting harsher winter weather, wait to prune until late winter right before the buds break in the spring. When pruning, focus on removing weak, twiggy, and dead branches and shaping young plants.

    2) Define Flower Beds

    You can start working to clean up and mulch flower beds at the beginning of winter or wait until late winter/early spring. Winter provides a chance to work in the flower beds without so many plants in the way. It's a good time to remove old growth, add mulch, and edge the garden.

    Start by cleaning out old leaves, taking care not to disturb the roots of perennial plants. Next, use an edger to clean up around the garden bed. You can then mulch planting beds to a depth of 1-1/2 to 2 inches. Just make sure not to mulch right up against the trunks of trees and bases of shrubs – they need a little breathing room.

    3) Store Equipment Properly

    If you won't be using your lawn equipment over winter, take the time to clean and winterize it for storage. Remove dirt, dead grass, and other debris. Add a fuel stabilizer or drain the fuel tank. Clean and/or replace filters and sharpen blades.

    Store the equipment in a dry place. If you put a cover over it, don't use plastic. Plastic sheets and tarps can trap moisture and cause rust. In the spring, all you'll have to do is get the equipment out, refuel it, and you should be ready to go. If you have any troubles, you can bring it into our service department for a tune-up or repairs.

    4) Take Care With Chainsaws

    Winter wood cutting calls for some additional considerations than cutting during warmer months. You'll need to take extra care with safety because snow and ice make things slippery. Take time to clean the chainsaw more often than usual so ice doesn't build up around the throttle trigger, cooling air intake, sprocket cover, and chain brake

    Frozen wood is harder than unfrozen wood. To compensate, experts at Stihl suggest decreasing the saw chain’s filing angle by five degrees. This improves cutting performance in frozen wood and helps reduce wear on your guide bar and chain.

    5) Wear Winter Clothing

    If you're trimming trees or working in flower beds, you can wear pretty much anything you're comfortable in. But when you're working with power equipment in the winter it's important to take a few extra precautions. Don't wear loose clothing, like unsecured scarfs, that could get caught in moving equipment. Also, remember to wear safety gear when cutting wood. Frozen wood is more likely to splinter, so it's extra important that you wear head, face and eye protection.

    If you have any questions or need to pick up some new yard care equipment, come visit us at Richardson Saw & Lawnmower this winter. Our friendly power equipment experts will help you figure out the best tools get the job done right.

  • 3 Great Reasons To Buy Stihl's New KombiMotors

    Don't you hate it when new technology comes along and makes your system obsolete? Well, that's not happening with Stihl's new KombiMotors. If you already have a KombiSystem, these updated motors are still compatible with all the old attachments so you can upgrade without breaking the bank.

    Stihl's recent product updates include three new KombiMotors. The KM 91 R replaces the KM 90 R, the KM 111 R replaces the KM 110 R, and the KM 131 R replaces the KM 130 R. This means three out of Stihl Kombimotor Dallasfour professional KombiMotors got an upgrade, while the KM 56 homeowner model and the KM 94 professional model stay the same.

    Compatible Accessories

    Stihl's product manager Marv Mathwig has this to stay about the new motors: “The new additions to the STIHL KombiMotor line offer professionals a way to use one of three motors to power up to 14 hardworking accessories, saving big on fuel and servicing costs. ... Having one motor like this can make yard work much more efficient.”

    Every one of Stihl's Kombi system attachments still works with these new motors. If you already have Kombi attachments, you can upgrade your motor without worrying about replacing any attachments you already have. And if you're looking for more attachments, what we have available will work with older motors and the upgraded motors.

    Improved Features

    Like all Stihl's recently updated products, the KombiMotors got a more efficient engine. In addition, a new interlocked choke makes starting simple. You just purge the pump primer, place the product in choke, and pull the starter handle. Engaging the throttle automatically moves the motor from coke to run. And when you're ready to turn it off, one-touch stop works with a simple press of a button then returns the trimmer to start position automatically.

    These new KombiMotors are also equipped with a larger fuel tank for longer run times. Previous models only held 17.9 ounces and the new ones hold 24 ounces. These motors are a few tenths of a pound lighter weight than the previous versions, which helps a bit in offsetting the greater weight of more fuel.

    Easier Service

    Several new features simplify maintenance to keep your KombiMotor running longer. Three-screw access to the starter assembly makes on-the-job replacement simple. A new one-screw service cover simplifies access to the spark plug and valve train. In addition, the motors feature unloaded overspeed protection to reduce engine damage and lower maintenance frequency.

    The new ignition module records information such as RPM ranges the machine was used at, engine hours, and number of starts. It also stores the serial number so it's easier to identify stolen equipment and to work on machines where the number has worn off from use. This helps technicians during diagnosis, troubleshooting and when performing routine maintenance if you take your motor in for service.

  • Increasing Curb Appeal

    Whether you are trying to market your home to potential buyers, impress the neighbors, or make a better first impression on guests, increasing your home's curb appeal is a good first step. A healthy manicured lawn provides an instant curb appeal boost. Well-maintained landscaping is an added bonus. And, as this article demonstrates, improving curb appeal need not break your budget.

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    Manicured Lawn

    One of the simplest things you can do to increase the curb appeal of your home is to maintain a healthy lawn. A regular mowing schedule, about once a week during peak growing season, will keep the yard looking well-maintained. Hiring a professional lawn service can eliminate the weekly hassle of mowing the lawn yourself and ensure that the yard continues to look nice.

    Weed-removal quickly increases the visual appeal of your yard. If there are only a few weeds, hand-pulling is probably the best option. For more extensive weed problems, weeds can be treated with herbicides or a natural weed-killer. Be careful when selecting herbicides to ensure that they will kill the type weeds you want to target and not damage lawn grass. If you are re-seeding any areas of your lawn, be aware that preemergence herbicides can prevent grass seed from germinating.

    To ensure that your grass grows well throughout the year, fertilizer should be applied when your grass is growing most vigorously. For cool-season grasses, those typically grown in places with warm summers and cold winters, the best times to fertilize are in the spring and fall. Warm-season grass is usually grown in the south and thrives through summer heat. These grasses should be fertilized when the grass is growing in the early and late summer.

    The fertilizer won't do any good if it can't get to the grass roots, and this is where aeration comes in. Before one of the two yearly fertilizer applications, a mechanical core aerator should be used to remove plugs of sod from the lawn. The removed cores can be left on the lawn to dry, then raked into the grass.

    Landscaping

    Your manicured lawn will look even better if complemented by well-maintained landscaping. Existing trees and bushes should be neatly trimmed, and flower beds should be weeded and cleared of dead plant material. This article has some more ideas for giving your garden a facelift.

    Adding flowers to your landscaping can increase the curb appeal of your entire home. In existing garden beds, planting annuals will add instant color. If you don't have flower beds or if the entrance to your home looks a bit drab, container gardening is an excellent idea. Containers can be purchased pre-planted from home and garden centers, or you can plant them yourself.

    Adding or cleaning paving stones and edging flower beds also contributes to the overall curb appeal of your house and yard. Another simple landscaping task is to add some landscape lights around walkways if they are not lit by a house light.

    Taking steps to improve the look of your yard increases the curb appeal of your entire home. A healthy lawn, trimmed shrubs and trees, and colorful flowers will provide a better first impression to guests and potential buyers. Boosting your curb appeal is a good move whether trying to sell your house or just improve the overall look of your home.

  • Winterizing Your Lawn and Equipment

    Texas is finally getting into the swing of winter.  Time to get that lawn mower and other power equipment put away for the season.

    Winterizing Your Lawn and Equipment GrapevineWinter can be harsh on more than just people. It can be harsh on your lawn and your equipment as well. Whether it’s cold temperatures or actual snow and sleet, your lawn and equipment need to be protected in order to have a long life span of functioning well. Lawn equipment, especially a lawn mower, is a big investment. If not taken care of, they might not start back up when spring rolls around. Here are some tips that will help you give your lawn and tools the protection they need.

    Prepping Your Lawn for Winter 

    1. Remove debris. Take time to rake up the rest of those fall leaves. A think layer can actually smother your lawn, locking out light and air.
    2. Mow one last time. As a general rule, cut warm-season grasses to a height of one inch and cool-season grasses to a height of two inches. Anything higher can trap unhealthy moisture.
    3. Aerate. Your lawn can become impacted during the busy warm months, so to help it breath, aerate it in the late fall. You can either rent an aerating tool or hire a lawn maintenance service to do it for you.
    4. Seed bare patches. If you do it early enough, your lawn should fill in nicely before the ground freezes. To help improve germination, aerate.
    5. Add fertilizer. A sleeping lawn, still needs to eat, so don’t forget the fertilizer. Look for sustained-release products, which will ensure your lawn gets the nitrogen, potassium, phosphorous, and partially blended sulfate.
    6. Water. Before the cold sets in, be sure to give your lawn one last drink. This will help activate the fertilizer.
    7. Drain sprinkler lines and shut off your system. Excess water can lead to frozen, and even broken, water pipes. If you need to water during a dry winter, resort to the hose.
    8. Weed. Sometimes weeds have a way of popping up even when your grass is dormant. Grab weeds when you see them or apply product as needed. 

    Taking Care of Your Lawn Equipment 

    1. Drain the oil. Oil that sits gets sludgy, making it hard for the engine to run efficiently. Lawn mowers, as well as other tools, need to have the oil drained. Drop the old oil off at your town’s hazardous waste facility, or seek out a recycling center.
    2. Preserve the gas. Smaller tools, like trimmers, should have the gas drained completely. Larger equipment like your mower, however, can have its gas preserved. If the fuel sits untreated, it will degrade. To keep this from happening, pour some fuel stabilizer into the tank. This will keep gas fresh for about 6 months.
    3. Replace worn parts. Parts that are cracked and brittle can leave equipment vulnerable to absorbing dust or moisture. Check for missing screws and nuts. Make sure the gas cap has an intact O-ring. Look at your local hardware store or contact the manufacturer for replacements.
    4. Change out fuel and air filters. Dirty filters make a tool’s engine work much harder than they should have to. The fuel filter can be found at the end of the fuel line (a hangar can help you fish it out). Simply pull it off and install a new one. Air filters that are torn should be replaced. If you still have one that’s intact, be sure to remove trapped debris regularly to extend its life.
    5. Clean the spark plugs. Spark plugs ignite the air-fuel mixture that starts the engine. With repeated use they get dirty, but they are relatively easy to clean. Remove them with a socket wrench, spray them with brake cleaner and scrape off the carbonized black bits with a wire brush. Plugs that are too difficult to clean can be replaced at minimal cost (usually under $5 apiece).
    6. Get rid of dirt and rust. Remember, safety first. Disconnect the spark plug before removing the blade. Use a brush and water if needed, to scrape off dirt. A wire brush will also work when scraping off rust. Before replacing the blade, spray it with rust-inhibiting enamel.
    7. Lubricate. Hinges and moving parts need to be sprayed with lubricant, otherwise they can rust into place. After lubricating, wipe tung oil on wooden handles to prevent drying and cracking.
  • Preventing and Repairing Salt Damage

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    With winter comes snow and ice and with that comes salt that can damage your lawn and landscape plants. While we don't deal with these types of challenges in Texas often, snow, ice, and salt are a part of winter life for all but the most southern states. Salt damage to a yard comes from two places – salt trucks keeping the roads clear and salt based ice-melt homeowners use on sidewalks and driveways. While salt helps keep roads safe for drivers and your sidewalk from getting too slippery, salt also poses a risk to your lawn and landscaping. Though it is well-nigh impossible to keep salt from affecting your yard, there are some steps you can take to prevent and repair damage.

    Prevention

    It is hard to prevent salt damage from commercial salt used on roads and streets, but there are some steps you can take to help protect your yard. To protect landscape plants, keep your garden beds away from roads and driveways that might be salted, or grow more salt-tolerant plants closer to the road.

    Another way to protect your yard is to use salt-free ice-melt products around your home. Products like Safe Paw are unlikely to damage plants. Products containing potassium chloride instead of sodium chloride do not burn plants as badly.

    Lawns are harder to protect because they are at greater risk for being exposed to salt from roadways. One solution is to plant salt-tolerant varieties of grass. Kentucky bluegrass, a popular turf grass in the Midwest, has a low tolerance for salt. It is often mixed with ryegrass to increase traffic resistance, and this will also help it it resist salt damage. Other varieties of cool-season grass that have a high tolerance for salt are tall fescue, red fescue, and alkaligrass. Alkaligrass, particularly the 'Fults' variety, has the highest tolerance for salt and mixes well with other turf grasses.

    Repairing Damage

    Not all salt damage can be prevented. When salt affects your lawn or garden, the pH of the soil is raised. Lowering the pH of soil is difficult, so if your lawn is exposed to a lot of salt, your best bet is to grow some of the salt-tolerant grasses mentioned above. Compost will naturally balance soil pH, but it works slowly. Here are some other tips for amending soil with a high pH.

    Another way to combat salt damage is with several heavy waterings in the spring to wash the salt away and let is disperse into the soil. If any grass has been killed by the salt, replant with a more salt-tolerant variety. Early fall is the recommended time to plant grass seed, but if you can supply enough water, grass can be planted in the spring to give it a head-start before facing winter salt damage.

    Winter can be tough on your lawn and landscape plants, but with some planning and care, you can help your lawn and gardens survive the winter without succumbing to salt damage. Preventative measures, coupled with attention to water and composting, will help keep you maintain a healthy lawn even after an encounter with winter salt.

  • Meet Stihl's New Trimmers

    America's number one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment just got even better. With Stihl's newest updates and additions to their product line, they're improving on several professional trimmer and brushcutter models.

    Stihl FS 91 R Weed Trimmer Price Fort WorthThe improved features, which you can read about below, make Stihl's new trimmers your best option when looking for a cutting-edge professional trimmer. But first, here's a list of which models were updated:

     

    Easy Starting Engines

    The new Stihl trimmers offer a time-saving three-step start procedure. To start these trimmers, simply purge the primer bulb, set the choke and pull the starter handle. When you engage the throttle, the semi-automatic choke lever moves from choke to the run position

    Stopping is just as easy. The one-touch stop system lets you turn off the engine just by pressing a button. This stop switch automatically returns to start position, which saves time and helps prevent flooding the engine. In addition, the new engines are powerful, low-emission, and provide 30 percent longer run times than the previous models.

    More New Features

    It's not just the engines and starting system that got an update. These new trimmers are packed with features to make your life easier.

    • A vertical pleated paper air filter comes standard on all models. It needs replacement less often than the previous filters and provides better filtration and a longer service life.
    • When the filter does start to clog, the IntelliCarb compensating carburetor automatically compensates for reduced air flow to maintain the desired RPM while trimming.
    • The rubberized, multi-function control handle keeps all the controls within easy reach.
    • Straight, steel drive shaft offers professional-grade durability. It also comes with a limited lifetime warranty

    Updated Gear Head And Deflector

    For the FS 91, 111, and 131 trimmers, Stihl updated the gear head and deflector to reduce weight on the working end without compromising durability. The new deflector opens up the line of sight for better visibility without compromising deflection capabilities.

    These changes also make switching cutting attachments easy. Previously, you had to hold the stop pin in place with the trimmer up-side-down while removing the nut. Now, you can insert the stop pin while you change attachments. This new design also integrates the thrust washer and rider plate into one piece, making it easier to ensure the cutting attachment is correctly mounted.

    Simplified Maintenance

    Stihl also updated or added several features to simplify maintenance. A new one-screw service cover offers easier access to the spark plug and valve train. These trimmers also feature quicker, easier throttle cable adjustment and three-screw access to the starter assembly. Also, the ignition module now records information about how you use your trimmer. This helps technicians during diagnosis, troubleshooting and when performing routine maintenance.

    Want to check out Stihl's new products in-person? Then come visit us at Richardson Saw & Lawnmower. We're a Stihl Platinum certified dealer and can answer all your questions about these new products and help you choose which would be right for your trimming needs.

  • Introducing The New Stihl Products

    Since its founding in 1926, Stihl has earned a reputation as a leader in lawn care equipment. Their first innovative electric chainsaw paved the way for nearly 100 years of high-quality equipment on the cutting edge of technological advancement.

    Dallas Stihl Equipment Dealer Introducing The New Stihl Products

    In keeping with that tradition, Stihl is introducing new products in their trimmer, brushcutter, KombiMotor, and edger lines. These Series 4180 products are updates to replace older designs with more efficient and reliable equipment. There are seven updated brushcutters/trimmers, a clearing saw, three edgers, and the three professional KombiMotors models. In addition, there's also a brand new stand alone bed redefiner.

    New Features

    The new Series 4180 products all have updated engines. They also feature larger fuel tanks, paper air filters, and a variety of other updates. These include

    • New control handles with one touch stop
    • New interlocked choke for simplified starting. This choke automatically returns to the run position when you squeeze the throttle trigger
    • New gearhead and deflector
    • New rider plate, which simplifies mounting metal blades on the new gearhead
    • Simplified access for valve adjustment
    • Diagnostic port for reading operating data with the MDG 1
    • Single point throttle cable adjustment via adjusting screw on throttle trigger

    More Details

    The technical data for Stihl's new models is very similar to the previous models. In the new models, all fuel tanks can hold 24 ounces. Most of the previous models could only hold 17.9 ounces. The increased fuel capacity lets you work longer without refueling.

    The weight has only changed in a few of the updated models:

    • FS 111 RX trimmer is 0.2 pounds heavier than the previous FS 110 RX model
    • FS 131 R trimmer, KombiMotor 91 R and KombiMotor 11R are all 0.2 pounds lighter than the previous models
    • KombiMotor 131 R is 0.4 pounds lighter than the previous KM130 R
    • FC 91 edger is 0.5 pounds lighter than the FC 90
    • FC 96 and FC 111 edgers are now 1.7 pounds lighter

    What This Means For You

    If you're in the market for a new trimmer, brush clearer, multitool, edger, or bed redefiner, these new products are the best Stihl has to offer. And that means they're among the very best in the lawn equipment industry.

    Do you have any questions about the new Stihl equipment? Want to check some of these new products out in-person? Then come visit us at Richardson Saw & Lawnmower. As a Stihl Platinum certified dealer, we're experts in Stihl equipment and can offer you the best recommendations on what will work for you.

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