KM 56 RC-E - $219.95 DSRP


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This low-emission KombiMotor features Easy2Start™ technology.

One engine with many tools to handle a variety of tasks is one way to describe the STIHL KombiSystem. Powered by a STIHL low emissions engine, this unit and its optional attachments are great for use around the home to perform a variety of tasks, from edging to trimming to sweeping and even blowing. The KM 56 RC-E features the STIHL Easy2Start™ system that eliminates the need for a strong, fast ...Read More
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KM 56 RC-E Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 27.2 cc (1.66 cu in)
ENGINE POWER 0.8 kW (1.07 bhp)
WEIGHT 4.3 kg (9.5 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 340 cc (11.5 oz.)
POWER SOURCE Gas
Weights shown are for powerheads only.
Model Features
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    13 optional attachments available 
    Create a custom yard care system with up to 13 optional attachments – trim, edge, cultivate, prune, clean up and more!
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    Built in the USA
    Indicates products that are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.

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    Reduced-Emission Engine Technology - Caring for Nature
    The STIHL Inc. “Caring for Nature” seal identifies its powered products that are more environmentally conscious, producing zero or low exhaust emissions. STIHL Inc. defines “low exhaust emissions” as being cleaner than EPA and/or CARB exhaust emission standards.

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    STIHL Easy2Start™
    The STIHL Easy2Start™ system makes starting STIHL outdoor power tools almost effortless, eliminating the need for a strong pull of the starting cord. This advanced starting system is designed to make starting STIHL products fast and easy. The specific system may vary by model, but in each case, a quick pull overcomes the engine’s compression to minimize the strength and effort required to start. Available on selected products.
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    Quick-Release Coupling
    The quick-release coupling system makes it easy to switch between Kombi attachments. In addition, this feature allows KombiSystem equipment to be dismantled into two parts for easy transport and storage and then re-assembled quickly without tools.

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    Split Shaft
    A split shaft and special toolless quick-release coupling lets you easily switch between attachments, making the KombiSystem highly versatile as well as easy to transport and store.
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    Electronic Ignition Module
    The electronic ignition provides reliable starting and because it is fully enclosed, it is protected from moisture and debris for longer service life.
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    Multi-Function Control Handle
    Having easy access to all of the controls on one comfortable handle help makes it easier to complete tasks so the operator’s hand never has to leave the handle.
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    Purge Pump Primer
    A small fuel pump delivers fuel to the carburetor when pushed, reducing the number of starting strokes required following extended breaks in operation.

Important Information
Note: STIHL engine products with the Caring for Nature logo are cleaner than EPA Standards for exhaust emissions.
Note: STIHL recommends use of fuel with no more than 10% Ethanol content. Using fuel with greater than 10% Ethanol content may cause damage to your equipment and may void your STIHL warranty. Learn More…
WARNING! Improper use of any power tool may cause serious or fatal injury. Read, understand and follow carefully the operating and safety instructions in your instruction manual before using such products.

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Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 76reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Better than I thought I run KM 130R all day long. Just wanted an light one for the fast jobs. And a backup power head. Wow not bad. Powerful and light. Good tool for the money home use. September 17, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by I highly recommend. See my comments and suggestions. I bought the previous version many years ago.It was great. A friend of mine borrowed it and tried to adjuist the fuel mixture to make it run faster and burned my engine up. My advice, don't do that. Not Stihl's fault, his. Leave that at factory spec or let the Stihl service guy check it. Don't be a shade tree mechanic like my buddy. The newer version is easier to start that the previous. I love that. It has plenty of power to do my edger (get the stihl edging system with the nylon blades) They last a long time and you dont have to fool with the trimmer feed liners. I also have the tiller and the sidewalk edger. What is nice is that I only pay for one motor. I also recommend buying the Stihl premixed fuel. It has no ethanol so it will not clog up the carburator during the winter when you are not using it. Yes it is more, but I have no problems with starting up, especially since I am using the same motor for each attachment. Fuel does not sit in it long like other devices. It is a great product and I highly recommend it. I got mine from an Ace Hardware store which has a Stihl certified mechanic should I have any problems.. I hope this is helpful information. August 18, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Safety Glasses REQUIRED I really like everything about this trimmer, except for the guard around the trimmer head. It is way to small, I can't tell you how many times I've been struck in the face by flying debris. August 1, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Spool line ran out within 1/2 tank of gas I've used many weed trimmers before, and this one ran out of line before I used 1/2 tank of gas. Worst weed trimmer I've ever owned. July 2, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by I have owned it for about 3 months and have just replaced the trimmer string. I have owned it for about 3 months and have just replaced the trimmer string. Starts easily just as the manual states. June 24, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent Machine!! I bought a 'cheaper' weedwhacker a while back, lasted two whole seasons. The first year, it was ok - the next year, starting problems galore.I've had my Stihl Kombi for a year now - and it still starts better than the 'cheaper' one did the first time. Excellent product to say the least. June 7, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best product for personal use. I have had mine kombi for about coming to 6yrs now and I absolutely love it. Mine took a beating because my wife ran over it but that was 5yrs ago and still going strong.. I just have the edger,blower and weed eater. Really easy to use and really powerful. I highly recommend it. Definately for a homeowner. can't say about commercial. Was trying to see if they have a heavy duty one but not sure if they don't make it anymore. But you definately won't be dissapointed... June 4, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best investment in outdoor power equipment Last fall I purchased the Homeowner Kombi system to replace a home improvement store system. The Stihl system has done nothing but exceed my expectations. I initially purchased the motor, Brush Cutter, string trimmer head and Pole Pruner to maintain my ~ 1 acre yard. To start with, the motor has plenty of power to handle all my jobs. I was able to quickly trim branches on my trees, dispatch with some tough brush and the string trimmer makes easy work of trimming my yard. This spring, I added to my attachments with the Blower attachment. The blower is amazingly powerful. I even purchased the gutter kit to blow out my gutters.As the old saying goes, you really do get what you pay for. However, buying separate items at the home improvement store would have cost me just as much.To top it all off, these products are made in the USA. June 3, 2016
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