FS 56 RC-E - $199.95 DSRP

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FS 56 RC-E

DSRP: $199.95


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A straight-shaft grass trimmer with a fuel-efficient engine and STIHL Easy2Start™.

Designed with a low-emission engine, the versatile straight shaft FS 56 RC-E STIHL loop handled trimmer is smooth running to help reduce operator fatigue. With a simplified new starting procedure, and featuring a semiautomatic choke that helps prevent flooding, you get a trimmer that’s ideal for homeowners with heavy grass to trim in hard-to-reach places. Couple this with the Easy2Start™ syst...Read More
Print Spec Sheets
FS 56 RC-E Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 27.2 cc (1.66 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 0.8 kW (1.07 bhp)
WEIGHT* 4.8 kg (10.6 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 340 cc (11.5 oz.)
* Weight without cutting attachment or deflector.
Model Features
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    Adjustable front handle
    The front handle is easily adjustable (360-degree rotation) for comfort.
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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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    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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    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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    Loop Handle (R)
    Loop handle grass trimmers and brushcutters are ideal for trimming between bushes and shrubs and other areas where space is limited.
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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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    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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    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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Standard Features
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    Common Features for Trimmers
    View the features common to many STIHL trimmers.

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 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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FS 56 RC-E is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 710.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best bang for buck Best trimmer I have ever bought. Way more power than I expected for the price. Starts right up every time and takes down whatever is put in it's path. Great machine
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Stihl FS 56RC is powerful I just bought the Stihl FS 56RC and I took it home and tried it. I was amazed at the sheer power that this weed trimmer has! You have plenty of power in reserve to tackle some tough weeds and brush! I love the ergonomic design and craftsmanship that went into this!The fact that you can gently tap the line feed on the ground and have more line come out is a plus also!I would highly recommend this for any home owner that is looking for power and performance!
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why buy another brand? I always had in my mind that Stihls were more expensive. But, they aren't. They are similarly priced to much inferior competitors. I always had problems with other trimmers. They were constantly bogging down or randomly deciding not to start. I've never had one issue with my Stihl FS 56 RC-E. I'm three years in, didn't properly winterize it the second winter I owned it, and it still starts on the first time every time. It runs like a top. I will definitely never buy another brand, and I've now purchased a blower with the same excellent results.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just right for needs. Easy to start, easy to use. Just whacked down some tall brush with this trimmer and it powered through like a champ. Have a lot more to do but no doubt this will do exactly what I need.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FS56R CE Trimmer I had recently bough the FS56 with the loop handle. I like it a whole lot. Very lightweight and easy to maneuver when trimming. When i had purchased the trimmer it was an immediate 2 year warranty. I was then offered choice of fuel options which then extended another 2 years onto the warranty. Thats a total of 4 years just for buying a 50:1 6 pack of oil mix!!! The price was a bit high but i am happy with this purchase.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good trimmer I replaced my old stihl trimmer with this and I am happy.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overkill for anything under an acre. I have a corner lot, with fenced in back yard, sidewalks, landscaping and a few trees. I was sick of going through several batteries to trim my yard on my old Black and Decker. I went for much more power, and I got it. Good? Yes and no. The power is great, but it also grabs what it's hitting and pulls it around. It's harder to use and modulate the power than the finesse needed for typical home owners. I would highly recommend a step down unless you are trimming a LOT!
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beats the socks off "cheap" trimmers! I had purchased another brand and used it for the last 6 years. I said the next trimmer I bought would be a more dependable upgrade. I did my research online and also talked to folks who use trimmers on a regular basis. My search paid off with the purchase of Stihl. The easy start, easy line feed , and superior performance have me almost wishing for the grass to grow so I can use my trimmer. Purchasing the Stihl mixing oil to extend the warranty was an absolute no-brainer.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from After 2 months, I am impressed. After 40 years of using corded trimmers, this my first gas powered one. It does take some getting used to. It is heavier and there is a lot more vibration and noise. But, there is also a lot more power. Another thing is the ability to control the speed. The others just had an on/off switch.So far, I like it.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick start and reliable! Trimmer is a great tool! Starts very quickly and is a powerful tool!
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from horrible trimmer head I've already coughed up money for two updated trimmer heads. The new one doesn't work well either. After you've advanced the line a couple of times you notice you're not cutting. When you stop, the line has broken off INSIDE the head. Yes, I bought one of the fancy heads that you "simply" line up the arrows and run the line through and then crank to spool it. I keep wasting time with trips back to the dealer to have them respool it. I was told my line was bad and then I pointed out it was the line HE recently put on. I'm not going to buy new line every time I have to trim my yard. It takes me literally two hours to trim for what should be a one hour job. For every 10 minutes of trimming, i have 15 minutes of downtime. The trimmer otherwise works great, but this one feature renders it useless to me.
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice trimmer My old trimmer had been brought back to life last year so when it died this year it was time to let it go. I decided to go with a Stihl after my experience with my Stihl chain saw. I have a creek bank to maintain at the back of my property and it got a little tall when my other trimmer quit. My new trimmer did not disappoint it handled the brush very well.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from easy to start I upgraded to a Stihl trimmer because I was tired of struggling to start my old trimmer. Like my chainsaw and leaf blower I now have all Stihl tools and never have trouble getting any of them started.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The right size for my small yard. The FX-56 is fine for what I needed. I could possibly have used the next size, but this one is lightweight and doesn't tire you out to carry it . I also like the adjustable shaft feature on this one. It takes about me about 30 to 45 minutes to edge my yard and that is about what the battery is lasting. I may purchase another battery to have that I can change if the first one quits before I finish. Overall I think it is a good my and is reasonably priced.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Trimmer, Great Power I bought this trimmer which I will admit is probably to much for my .25 acher lot; and it has preformed admirably. Starts on the first pull and runs great, a little loud though. The only complaint I have is the string reload is a bit of a chore, but with a little patience the task is completed quickly.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Line Trimmer Easy to start and operate. Has plenty of power and well balanced. It replaced a FS48 which ran flawlessly for 29 years until the crankcase seal failed and parts are no longer available. I expect this unit to perform as well. The only issue is the line feed which I expect will improve with continued use.
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from God Tool I recently purchased a FS 56 Trimmer. Several years ago I had an electric trimmer. The quality was very good! I used it for at least 15 years before converting over a gasoline trimmer. When I purchased another trimmer, I went back to Stihl. This time a gasoline engine. This is a very good product. My only compliant is the same one I had with the electric model, that is the line feed. For me it does not work very well. The line is constantly breaking off inside the head which requires me to stop and re-thread the line. I use this too as my edger as well, so I am sure that contributes to the line breaking. It would seem that after 25+ years there should be a better design. The only option seems to be the purchase of a different style head.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best lawn product I own Absolutely love my trimmer .... starts every time and easily. If they made mowers I would be one happy man. Price is a little high but u get what u pay for.
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I was looking for. I have a stihl blower vac and wanted the same reliability in a string trimmer. Still in the break in period so only running at partial power. Even then, it has what is needed to get my trimming work done including that professional manicured look along the concrete edges (sidewalks and driveways). I read other online reviews and string advancement seemed to be an issue with some who posted comments and reviews. I have not had any problems at all with this product since purchase. McFarland True Value in McFarland, Wisconsin has a professional and very knowledgeable staff. I gave these guys my business based on a reputation that is top quality and second to none!
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ditch the head for perfection The machine is a thing of beauty. It does all you could ever ask of a homeowner level trimmer but you have got to replace the head. I installed a Durocut 20-2 and couldn’t be happier. Best trimmer I’ve ever owned by a long shot.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A lot of weed eater for a little price This is a very reliable trimmer. It has tons of power that you'd expect from a commercial grade trimmer, but the price is just right. Worth every penny!
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good trimmer After having a competitors unit that was hard to start and poorly built I am very pleased with this unit. Easy to start and plenty of power. A little more ease with line feed would make this a five star for me but definitely would recommend this to others
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good product it works great it could have more power for the thicker grass but so far so good
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light weight easy to use. My wife loves it. Great weed eater I love it. You will too. I love anything stihl makes. Top quality products. Ouality Solutions ya'll are the best. Joey Dominick Hammond Lousiana.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is very powerful The salesman where I purchased this was excellent! (Twins Ace Hardware in Fairfax City Virginia). He was very knowledgeable and answered my many questions. He even took my wife and I outside and started our new trimmer up and made sure we knew how to use it. The machine works better than I expected- it takes a little bit to get used to the size but the shoulder strap helps. Buying the premixed fuel is the only way to go. I plan on getting a Stihl blower for my next power tool when I can afford it.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Entry Level Trimmer This is a great light duty trimmer and fits my needs perfectly. The only disappointment that I experienced purchasing this trimmer is that the salesman failed to inform me that the warranty could be extended 1 year with a purchase of a six pack of oil.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's only been a few weeks since I purchased it, but I love it I floats over the grass. I feel less wear and tear on my back than from my previous 2 trimmers. I did move from a curved shaft to a straight shaft to be fair. I will rate against n in 5 years for durability.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product This is my second Stihl product bought my first chan saw from them 8 years ago and she is still holding up to my abuse . So I decided to pick up this weed eator last month and love it so far and ready for my next stihl
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable trimmer for someone who is tall I bought this trimmer to replace a different brand that was 20+ years old. This trimmer starts great, runs great and will rip through anything I've thrown at it. I use it to trim around house, sidewalk, driveway and fence of a .4 acre suburban corner lot. I bought this instead of a curved shaft trimmer because the salesman said it would be better for someone who is tall, he was absolutely right! It is 1000x more comfortable to use than my old curved shaft trimmer!I've had it about 30 days and have had to wind string on it once, it is pretty straight forward if you follow the diagrams that are molded into the plastic head. When using it takes a tap on the ground a few times to get the string back out to its maximum length.
Date published: 2017-09-13
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