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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 149reviewers.
Rated 2 out of 5 by Disappointed - Don't recommend I've bought this weed eater based upon the consumer reports recommendation. However, this weed eater did not come close to living up to it's review. First, the weed eater is extremely hard to start. After 6 months of use the rope broke (not under warranty). The performance is fair. Other weed eaters in this price range do a much better job. Edging is also very difficult. May 3, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Underpowered overall decent trimmer The air filter cover likes to fall off. Always starts easy but has to be ran flat out to keep trimming. Just doesn't have the power for part throttle work. May 2, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by This is the best weed eater I've ever had I've made way over the amount I paid for it. I weed eat for many people it has at least 300 hrs on it, I've put 18hrs on it in 4days its my go to weed eater I've done hard work with it and its never let me Down. Remember do you maintenance work regularly with what the owners manual says. Made my money back on it the first few jobs and still making lots with it. May 1, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Disappointing. I had worked landscaping years ago where we only used stihl blowers and chainsaws. I was under the impression stihl was the best. When buying landscaping tools for my home, I went with stihl products without other consideration due to the reputation I had for them. My stihl BG 55 blower is great, but the FS 38 string trimmer makes me second guess the positive reputation I had for stihl. It is horrible starting and the string housing setup is a pain. I wouldn't be sad if someone stole the FS 38 because I would know how frustrated they would be with it and it would force me to bite the bullet and buy a string trimmer that wouldn't waste my time and cause me anguish every time I needed to use it. April 25, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Starts hard Starts difficult. Runs good when you get it going. Goes through line quickly. Not real impressed with my first Stihl product April 23, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Terrible Supposed to be a good trimmer. I've had nothing but hate for this trimmer. Difficult to start. Line doesn't feed correctly. When you get thru using it you want to slam it against the house. Piece of junk. April 13, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Thought this would be an excellent purchase, it was not! Had another brand weed eater for 10+ years that I loved and was super easy to use. I went with the Stihl because I have just a small yard and I grew up on a farm where we used Stihl everything! The dealer tried to get 3 of them to start after I had paid for it and they wouldn't start. He got one to start and I went home with it. It wouldn't stay running though under a load. The manual didn't even match the model and I had to google how to load the string! It wouldn't stay running and then wouldn't start at all after a few minutes. I was told to take it to a repair shop after talking to the dealer. I wasted an entire day with this thing and took it back the next day and got another brand that has been awesome! Really too bad for a stihl product. April 13, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love it I seemed to go through gas string trimmers every 2-3 years, but I'm pretty confident this one will last much longer. Just started year two and it still starts quickly and has much more power, allowing me to finish much faster than I used to. April 4, 2016
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