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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 196reviewers.
Rated 2 out of 5 by Short lifespan This trimmer is a new version of the FS 55. The start feature on this trimmer is a spring loaded action so that as you pull start a coil is wound and then spins rapidly to start the engine. This feature is supposed to make starting the trimmer easier but it is flimsy and unreliable. I have purchased two of these trimmers and have had engine compression issues with both. The pull start is flimsy. The handle has split on both of my trimmers. I have a hard time keeping the engine running at peak performance. Every little thing seems to affect the trimmers performance. On the previous model (FS 55) I would get 3 to 4 years of daily rigorous performance out of the trimmers. The newer model (FS 56 RC-E) has lasted one year with less than optimal performance. March 18, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Poorly made I purchased this trimmer at Christmas time- 2014. I did not attempt to use it until March of 15. The second time I pulled the rope the rope came detatched inside the unit. It didnt break the rope just came detatched. I would think that Stihl could make a prodeuct that would at least run more than 2 time---DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS PRODUCT March 11, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by all sthil products are awesome! Great product; easy to use and nothing preforms better! February 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great product low price I work at a Stihl dealer and recently became a gold certified master mechanic, When you go to Gold school they give you an assortment of products to test and ultimately try to destroy, I had bought an fs56 prior to going and got the opportunity to test one of these at school we put sand in the carb and it contined to run 3 full tanks of gas through it, we tore it down the next day and even with all the damage the sand did internally it continued to run and even start fairly easily. January 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent Trimmer Excellent trimmer. I have owned other trimmers but none are as reliable as this one.this trimmer does a fantastic job of trimming around all types of landscaping. Easy to change trimmer line. Easy to start on the second pull, very user friendly and impossible to flood. Will buy other still products January 16, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Easy2Start is trash Easy2Start turns an otherwise good trimmer into something I don't want...a solution looking for a problem. If you can't pull start a trimmer, then you probably don't have the strength to operate the trimmer anyway.Trimmer has good power and features...mine runs best when the air temp is cool. Not a lot of smoke. Idle is smooth once warmed up. There dual string head works well, as do the metal blades.Ended up buying a (Professional) FS 70 recoil start (cover) which the dealer installed on my FS 56 in a few minutes which makes the trimmer usable. I would have been better off buying the FS 70 to begin with. December 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great trimmer! Stihl makes some great products, and this is no exception. Light weight, starts easy, has plenty of power, and has a long enough shaft for taller people. The only issue we had was the line breaking immediately when we started using it. It seems that the line that they come with gets brittle. Had great service from our local dealer, Owenhouse Ace Hardware. December 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great value One of the best weed trimmers I've owned! Dependable, balanced, easy to use, auto feed, quieter than most, powerful, quick starting my list could go on and on.C&L in San Antonio was very helpful in helping me choose the right trimmer. They gave me the facts and allowed me to make the selection. I appreciated that approach and would buy from them again.Great warranty options and premixed fuel a real bargin for a long lasting unit. November 9, 2014
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