FS 56 C-E - $249.95 DSRP


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FS 56 C-E

DSRP: $249.95

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This straight-shaft grass trimmer features bike-style handles, ideal for large or difficult areas.

Ideal for homeowners with large or difficult areas to trim, the straight shaft FS 56 C-E STIHL trimmer has low emissions and a fuel efficient engine, so you have fewer fuel stops during the workday. This trimmer also has the Easy2Start™ system, an ergonomic bike handle, and is smooth running — all features designed for comfortable use. A new starting system, which helps prevent flooding, als...Read More
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FS 56 C-E Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 27.2 cc (1.66 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 0.8 kW (1.07 bhp)
WEIGHT* 5.2 kg (11.5 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 340 cc (11.5 oz.)
CUTTING SWATH 16.5"
POWER SOURCE Gas
* Weight without cutting attachment or deflector.
Model Features
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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 easier. 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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    Shoulder Strap / Carrying System
    Using a shoulder strap or carrying system helps distribute the weight of the equipment for increased operator comfort and improved maneuverability.
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    Simplified Starting Procedure
    To get started, simply pump the fuel primer, set the choke and pull the starter cord. The built-in stop switch allows the user to turn off the engine with a simple press of the button. When the engine is off, the throttle lock automatically returns to the “start” setting. Your power tool will be ready to be started when you’re ready to get back to work.

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    Support strap (4130 007 1020)
    Support strap provides additional support while working.
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    Fully Lined Drive Shaft
    Provides smooth operation and less vibration.
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    High Tech Polymer Housing
    Housings are lightweight, withstand greater impact and are corrosion-resistant.
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    Start/Run/Stop Controls on Handle
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    Protected Choke Lever/Knob
    Helps prevent damage.
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    Throttle Trigger Interlock
    Must be depressed before the trigger can be activated.
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    Air Filter Cover
    Easily removed for fast and easy filter cleaning or replacement.
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    Protected or Enclosed Control Cables
    Eliminate dangling and loose wires.
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    Heavy-Duty Steel-On-Steel Clutch
    Centrifugal clutch is designed to reduce slippage.
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    Protected Spark Plug
    Protected yet easy to change.
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    Protected Spark Arrestor Muffler
    Has large baffles which reduce noise level and contains a screen designed to reduce the emission of sparks.
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    Upright Translucent Fuel Tank
    Allows operator to easily check fuel level before starting work. Upright position makes it easier to refill.
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    Bike Handle
    When used in conjunction with a harness, the bike handle allows the machine to be easily guided, enabling a smooth horizontal mowing action to cover large areas quickly and efficiently. With soft grips for increased comfort, the bike handle provides greater control and helps reduce operator fatigue.

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    Multi-Function Control Handle
    Having easy access to all of the controls on one comfortable handle makes it easy to complete tasks so the operator’s hand never has to leave the handle.
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    Purge Pump Primer
    By pressing the bulb, this small fuel pump delivers fuel to the carburetor, reducing the number of starting pulls needed after an extended break between uses.
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    Cutting Heads & Blades Selection Chart
    Need help selecting a cutting head or blade for your STIHL trimmer or brushcutter?

    Click here to view the Cutting Heads & Blades Selection Chart (PDF Format).
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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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Standard Features
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    Common Features for Trimmers
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Important Information
WARNING! Improper use of any trimmer/brushcutter can cause serious or fatal injury. Read, understand and follow all safety instructions in your instruction manual. To reduce the risk of injury from blade contact, circular saw blades may be used on FS brushcutters that have a limitstop, a bicycle handle and double shoulder harness and not on FS brushcutters with a "J" handle or loop handle. Other rigid blades may be used on FS brushcutters having a bicycle handle, a "J" handle or a loop handle equipped with a barrier bar. To reduce the risk of eye injury always wear proper eye protection. Always use the appropriate deflector for the type of cutting attachment, as explained in your instruction manual.
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.

STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL Dealers are for distribution in the United States only.
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    Padded stainless steel spring wire headband maintains constant pressure. Easy to adjust. Noise Reduction Rating (NRR): 29. Meets ANSI S3.19-1974 standard.

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FS 56 C-E is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 72.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Operates as advertised Much lighter than the four cycle trimmers I had. I have ran about 2 tankfuls of gas so far. I use ethanol free with Stihl oil. Starts easily every time. One annoying thing is that when It encounters a thick obstruction the trimmer line breaks at the head and I have to open the head to bring the line out. I attached a stubby screwdriver to the handle I can open the head quickly.
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Was very impressed with my new weed wacker. When I purchased this FS 56 trimmer I really didn’t know if it would have enough power to do the job. But I was very impressed with how it performed. I especially love the handlebar controls. I will buy the full shoulder strap. I had no problem with the strap that came with it, but just believe I’d like it better. Bottom line is that I really really like this weed wacker and would recommend it to everyone.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Runs for ever on one tank of fuel Very powerful, easy to start, bump feed works well. I haven't had to re-string this yet but the you tube video I found was helpful and should make the process a bit easier.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good machine I use this for cutting slopes and the curved shaft is great.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great trimmer This trimmer starts easy, has a good run time on a tank of fuel, and has plenty of power.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product for the price We love our weedeater we also bought the saw blade attachments and the poly attachment great product
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Outstanding product Very easy to start. Reliable which is also important.Well balanced with comfortable shoulder strap. Ease of use and great control with handlebars. When doing extended trimming it doesn't wear out my guiding arm.String advance head works well to this point although my personal preference leans toward the ease of a straight line insertion type head. Overall I would highly recommend this trimmer.
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My wife is a pioneering woman. She wanted the EasyStart and the bicycle handles for control. She started at the house with the string head, but getting closer to the woods, some brush was more durable. She switched to the star blade brush knife and took down another acre of heavy, more woody brush. Then she ran into actual trees. So she put on the chisel tooth circular saw blade, and at that RPM it takes out a 2 inch tree in less than a second, and close to the ground. Wow, I really like this machine.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Should have bought one years ago I have used Stihl construction equipment but never lawn products, This trimmer lives up to the hype.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent trimmer I am very pleased with this trimmer, can't beat the price on this trimmer with the bicycle handle. In the past had to buy the professional series trimmer to get the bicycle handle. It works better than my old FS85T does. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from quick starting and powerfull my first Stihl purchase was not a let down. It was serviced and ready to start and run when I purchased it. It is quick starting reliable and serviced locally, and that is huge!
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it. Starts, cuts, PRO feel! Bought the backpack straps @ same time. Love them both. My bad lower back can weed whack for hours, and still move the next day! 2+ acres in the CA foothills.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for a rural community home This trimmer is great for trimming and edging around your home, fence line, and landscaping. It is not powerful enough for brush, but great for everything else. The easy start pull cord has it running in no more than three pulls. The trimmer is light enough to use without a strap, but it comes with one anyway. Definitely recommended!!
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely the BEST !!! I purchased my Trimmer with the Handel bars . The machine is tremendous. The Handel bars slows for much better handling than my old Trimmer. I purchased my machine @ Scott Meclendons in Belfair and let me tell you they are so good it hurts. I recommen tem above all Dealers... FIVE. STARS !!!
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fs56c This trimmer brush cutter is far superior to any other trimmer out there if you are looking to buy a stihl do it don't waste your money on any other brand bye it I guaranty you won't want anything else #lovemystihl
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good value and quality I like Stihl products and had good luck with my blower and hope to have the same experience with the trimmer.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product for the price Great trimmer for the price, my only issue is after choking and priming still takes 8 to 10 pulls to start!
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best trimmer I've owned. Finally it works every time I need it! Simple to start and operate. Power is no problem! both string and blade attachments work great.I still hate changing string, but not that difficult with this one.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 3 years and Stihl going strong!! I bought this trimmer 3 years ago and this bad boy is as strong as ever. I've not had any problems other than wearing the head out but that's going to happen if you use it a lot. TIP: ONLY use Stihl oil and ONLY use non-ethanol gas 89 octane or 91 octane. I've done this for 3 years now and my trimmer will start on the first pull every time. TAKE CARE OF YOUR STUFF! Keep good spark plugs and Stihl oil and non-ethanol gas and your Stihl will run for many, many years. I also have the BG 56c blower and it runs like a BOSS!! If you buy anything other than Stihl, then you're wasting your money! I know I sound like a spokesperson for Stihl but I honestly just love their products and think they are the best.
Date published: 2016-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unbelievably light.almost as strong as the fs90. For a homeowner with hundreds of feet of linear trimming, this is it.Buy the full harness and you cant lose.almost no fatigue because of the super light weight.
Date published: 2016-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very easy to crank. easy to operate , most comfortable ive ever used. and very powerful ive been using Stihl products for years and will not buy any others because of the dependability and performance of these well built machines cannot be out done by the competitors.. you get what you pay for buy a cheap weedeater then expect only one season from it . buy a Stihl and it will out last you ..
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I needed This trimmer is very sturdy for a homeowner model and I have put it through its paces. It is comfortable to use and has plenty of power for my needs. Like the easy start and the bike handles. I have 5 acres and this trimmer suits my needs very well.
Date published: 2016-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent quality This was a very good purchase trimmer starts easily runs very well has plenty of power has a solid feel to it not flimsy I changed the bump feed head to a fixed line head bought the dual harness can trim for several hours.
Date published: 2016-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would give this an A+ grade. I used this to cut a large area of 8 foot high giant rag weed, and an area that was impossible to reach with any other type of cutter because of the rough and uneven terrain. I used a steel, 4 blade cutter attachment which worked very well under these circumstances.
Date published: 2016-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great for the price i have used the bigger 560 for years at my job. when i wanted a trimmer for my home i wanted something that was going to last and easy to work on. this product brings both comfort and durability. easy on the back.
Date published: 2016-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far so good Love the bars its back a saver, At six foot I wish the shaft were a bit longer but didn't need the commercial model.
Date published: 2016-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best trimmer I have owned easy to start, plenty of power for what I trim. I use it aprox. an Hr per week
Date published: 2016-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great machine,review process is silly Very nice, great machine, great sales service! Review process is silly and redundant !
Date published: 2016-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very good trimmer. I like the overall quality of this trimmer. It has a good balance and excellent power. I am very happy with my purchase of FS 56RC-E.
Date published: 2016-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well rounded product This brushcutter/trimmer was more than I expected. Has alot of power for what purchased it for. Only small flaw is the shoulder strap is uncomfortable and digs into your neck.
Date published: 2016-07-04
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