Stihl FSA 120 R Brushcutter

stihl fsa 120 r brushcutter

Even though Stihl is something of an icon in the world of gas equipment, they’ve been doing an excellent job of producing battery-powered gear. Of course, this should come as no surprise to anyone. Overall, their standards are impeccable, as are their tools’ features and performance. A case in point is the Stihl FSA 120 R brushcutter.

Let’s take a look at what this commercial-grade beast has got. Afterward, you can decide whether it measures up to our claims.

Stihl FSA 120 R Features

Admittedly, it doesn’t take much to get us excited about Stihl’s products. However, we must say that they had a heck of a booth at this year’s Equip Expo. Indeed, we have plenty of coverage on what we saw in the works. In the meantime, we currently have the FSA 120 R in our shop. And while you await our forthcoming hands-on review, we think a quick tour is in order.

stihl 36v fsa 120 r string trimmer

Starting with the heart of this brushcutter, Stihl stayed true to form by giving the FSA 120 R a high-performance brushless motor fed by a 36V AP System battery.


  • Model: Stihl FSA 120 R
  • Battery: 36V AP 300 S Lithium-ion
  • Brushless motor
  • Cutting swath: 15 in
  • Variable speed trigger
  • Weight: 14.99 lbs (w/ AP 300 S)

Now, we’ve taken plenty of their cordless gear into the field, including the FSAs. The AP packs are clean and quiet. Whether you like it or not, a number of states and municipalities have already kicked gas engines to the curb. If you’re looking for a commercial-grade replacement, this brushcutter warrants your attention.

According to Stihl, this model is 40% more powerful than its predecessor, the FSA 90 R, and they’ve designed it to get more done. For example, the 120 R is compatible with line head and grass cutting blades. Furthermore, you can expect to get runtimes of up to 40 minutes, which is impressive considering the power.

Stihl FSA 120 R Brushcutter Design

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The 120 R’s design has pluses of its own.

For one, we like Stihl’s trigger lockout. In fact, we specifically highlighted this function in our review of the FS 70 R brushcutter. When you wrap your hand around the grip, the lockout engages naturally, compared to thumb-operated sliding designs that sometimes hang up or jam.

Moreover, Stihl kept visibility in mind with a deflector that blocks debris instead of your sight line.

Stihl 36V Brushcutter Price

This brushcutter sells bare for $350.

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