19 July 2002

Backpack strimmer takes the strain

DONT hold a strimmer, wear it – thats the advice from Stihl, which now offers a backpack-style strimmer – the FR450 – powered by a two-stroke 44cc engine.

Secured by shoulder straps and a belt, the strimmer is said to provide a comfortable and fatigue-free fit. Such a carrying position also relieves the burden on the operators arms and gives better weight distributuion when working on slopes.

Other features of the FR450 inlude a manual fuel primer, decompression valve and Stihls ElastoStart grip for easier, jerk-free starting. Price of the FR450 backpack strimmer is £595 (0800-137574 www.stihl.co.uk).