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FS 38

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

FS 38
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 157reviewers.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Very hard to start ! I do not recommend this product.I bought this new in March 2015. Very hard to start - probably have to pull 15 times to get it running. After 3 starts I can't get to start at all. I had bought this trimmer twice before, never had this problem. Will take it in for repair. I think I might be putting good money after bad. May 18, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Little Weed Wacker I purchase my FS38 at the beginning of last mowing season (Spring 2015). I also purchase the Stihl oil to extend the warranty to 4 years which seemed like a no brainer to me. I have been very impressed with this until and loved the price. I wanted to write this review to kind of rebut the other reviews stating that the FS38 is hard to start. For me it has been easy to start. I know for most of us guys we don't like reading the instruction manuals and just try to do things on our own. I was guilty of this when I purchased it and was upset that it wasn't starting properly. After reading the manual and following the starting instructions, it has fired up perfectly every since; even after being in storage over the winter. Here is the proper starting sequence that works every time for me:-Pump the primer 5 times. (make sure you only do 5 pumps.)-Move the choke to the choked position.-Engage the throttle lock-Ensure the on/off switch is to the "I" or run position-Pull the cord once and it will try to start but will fail to do so.-Turn the choke off-Pull the cord again and it will start right up. I will take the throttle lock off and apply only light pressure to the throttle to allow it to warm up but also not spin to the moon.This sequence has always worked for me.Thanks Stihl. Great product and I have already purchased another unit for my father in law for his birthday! May 18, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great product at a great value When i was looking at stihl for a trimmer i almost bought a more expensive one but the salesman told me the fs 38 would work for what i needed. He was right this little trimmer is powerful starts very well (as long as you dont flood it) it is light weight and i love it. I owned a husqavarna before this trimmer and the stihl is better hands down. May 17, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Buy Something Else! I bought this new in March 2016. Very hard to start - probably have to pull 15 times to get it running - but that wasn't the worst thing. After using the product three times, the trimmer line would not feed out. I had to stop, remove the head, and manually pull out more line every time I needed more. Then, the cap fell off the trimmer head and wouldn't reattach. Finally took it to the store I purchased from and they charged me to fix it. Remember, this was still basically a new product. Three uses and back to the shop. In summary, do not buy this trimmer. I had a cheap electric trimmer that I had used for about 10 years before I bought this one. I wish I had it back and STIHL had their piece of junk they sold me. May 16, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Really hard to start Bought based on good reviews, but have been disappointed since day one. Have brought it back twice. Gas is fresh and mixed perfectly, using stihl oil. Once it starts it runs great. Never have any confidence week to week that it will even start. I know the rope is going to break after a season or two. Shouldn't need to be pulled that much. Also poorly designed position of the throttle makes my wrist sore after using it for 10 minutes. All in all disappointed. Thinking of selling it and getting another brand. Was thinking of getting a stihl chainsaw, but now rethinking that as well. May 14, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Most reliable gas trimmer I've ever owned I've owned many trimmers over the years. Most have not lasted more than one season. I've just begun my second season with this one and it is performing exactly like the day I brought it home. May 13, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Best Trimmer I've Owned This is a top notch Trimmer. My only complaint is the price, and for someone 6'9, I should've paid extra for a straight shaft model. Overall, very good product. May 4, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Broke after one "season" 5 trimmings Bought for my house instead of using one of the commercial ones from the crews, thought I would try the cheaper one for my house.....big mistake.Used it like 5 times maybe six last year and carburetor totally ruined would cost nearly half of the original price of this piece of junk. Their commercial equipment seems okay my company owns a lot of them but stay away from homeowner poor quality equipment from Stihl May 4, 2016
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