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FS 38

A lightweight, value-priced consumer trimmer with many quality design features.

FS 38
Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 81reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Nice Trimmer for the Price I've had this trimmer for a month now after owning a different brand for over 12 years. It's lightweight, nimble, starts well, and has plenty of power for my 1/2 acre. However, I still have trouble getting the proper angle for cutting a nice edge around multiple landscape beds and tree mulch rings. As several other reviewers have noted, this brings the motor housing in touch with the forearm, and can get pretty hot. I'm wearing long sleeves now. April 20, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Good power but a few problems weed eating capability is fine, but Two problems stand out. The second time I started it, the plastic housing came apart. I took it back to the retailer and they had no fix for it. So, the housing does not fully fit together and when I grip the handle, it pinches my fingers. I'll probably wear gloves anywhere, but that doesn't excuse the problem. I could also put dutch tape to cover the seam, but I shouldn't have to. Second, issue is after I took it to the retailer now the main body/engine piece is wobbly and doesn't stay firm with the shaft. disappointing. I will try to take it back to the retailer again and see if they can fix it or replace it. It's disappointing because I've only used it twice. April 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by fs 38 A great trimmer. All the power a average home owner will ever need and easy to use. It starts every time with one pull. Doesn't use much gas and puts the string out as good as any.great product, light and I enjoy using it. April 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fs 38 Trimmer Great little trimmer for the home owner. duel line easy to rewind and uses little gas. Starts all the time as long as you follow Stihl"s starting instructions! April 3, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great for the money Starts quick, nicely balanced machine. Doesn't bog down under the occasional clump of grass in the wrong place. Nice line feed and easy tap for maximum cutting swath. The centrifugal clutch is much safer to use around pets and children as nothing turns at idle as opposed to my old Weed eater. Stihl quality from past experience was the deciding factor as well. March 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dependability and value I purchased this trimmer because my wife wanted to be able to do some trimming and my existing Ryobi trimmer was too heavy for her to handle. After reviewing the various trimmers available from Stihl, we settled on the FS 38. It is light weight enough that my wife can handle it with ease but it has all the power you need for routine trimming around the house. An added plus it that is relatively easy to start so I do not have to be around to start the trimmer for her. Very satisfied with the product and the performance. March 12, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by All or nothing I have your average suburban yard w some areas of tough weed trimming. Ive only used this product one season and it is my first Stihl. Bump and feed requires hard hits on the ground and the plastic head doesnt seem like it will be around for the long haul. I bought a second head for quick changes while trimming. I ran a John Deer the last 10 years that trimmed good at low RPM's where this weedeater seems to need about 75% throttle, which is much noisier and consequently, tiring. We'll have to see. January 25, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Disappointed I purchased this to use at my mother's house 150 miles from me. I wanted something reliable and ready to use when I visit there. On the first time I used it, within 15 minutes I received blisters and burns on the underside of my forearm. I contacted the Stihl website and got very little, if any response. The local rep said he had not heard of it. I have used many others brands for hours and never been burned like this. He was a waste of time and failed to do anything about it. I have contemplated contacting a lawyer to see if he could and would help me with my problem. Why make a product that burns people and not do nothing about it. Do you think I would recommend your product to anyone after the lack of response I got? Sure glad I didn't just leave it and my mother get what I got. I know there would have been problems then. I want the problem fixed to spare others the pain and feelings I did. I want Stihl to do something about their problem or I may still take further action. November 13, 2014
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