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FS 56 RC-E

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

FS 56 RC-E
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 393reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best Trimmer I've Ever Had!! I used to go out every year and buy the cheap junk disposable weed eaters. You know what I'm talking about. Buy a Murray or whatever use it for the season or sometimes less and then it won't run again and keep trying to repair it. Well I've only had my stihl for about a month now and it has a lot of power and starts like a dream. I know a lot of people with stihls and has had them for years with no problems so I hope I have the same luck. Don't be afraid to buy one it will probably save you money each year and last for years to come. July 20, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great value Great price on a great product.I haven't experienced any of the problems other reviews have described.It worked great right from the store,but really performed when i traded out the factory line for something more aggressive.What a difference!Takes it down to bare earth.Love it.Also I am amazed at the fuel economy,this is like the Prius of weedeaters. July 20, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Unsatisfying experience. It leaked oil/gas around the choke switch from the get -go. Cheap pull string came apart after 9 uses! Pretty cheap for supposedly 'quality' equipment. July 19, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Expected more I have not been able to start this trimmer properly since I bought it 2 years ago. It has been brought back to the dealer 3-4 times, works well for a couple weeks then back to the starting issue. The string breaks and the clutch slips. Not been a good deal. July 19, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great product !! After being disappointed by name brand electric trimmers I decided to give a gas operated trimmer a try. From years of reading reviews and personal experience the only manufacturer I considered was STIHL.After reading the catalog and doing comparisons I decided the FS 56 RC-E would work best for me. I was not disappointed! In the past I always dreaded anything with a pull start and gas mixtures. The mixture was one container of oil to one gallon of gas. SIMPLE. The easy start feature is fantastic !! This unit starts the first time with the slightest pull. I am amazed at the fuel efficiency and the longevity of the line. I am still on the first reel after several uses. I am in northern PA where the grass and weeds are abundant and requires constant trimming.I love this trimmer and have already considered trading up. July 19, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by This is a great product! Very satisfied with our weed eater. We love Stihl!!!! July 19, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Well built line trimmer, best I've bought in years. This product is well built and very easy to use. The E start system is a great addition to this unit. The trimmer feels good in your hands meaning it's well balanced. July 18, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Poor Weed Eater One of the worst weed whackers I've owned. I constantly need to fix the line on the head as it gets jammed. The head doesn't screw onto the shaft easy - and very hot after a little use. A tank of gas doesn't get far in my yard either. I'm ready for a new product. July 10, 2016
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