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FS 38

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

FS 38
Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 8 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect for large garden Bought an FS38 after 25 years keeping a Weedeater going. FS38 starts after a couple of pulls if you the follow the instructions. 4 pulls after hanging in garage over winter. Very powerful generally only use part throttle to cut long grass or weeds. You don't need anything bigger for domestic large garden. March 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Well worth it After a couple of seasons struggling to keep my Weedeater brand trimmer alive, by replacing the fuel lines and rebuilding the carb., I finally said enough is enough and decided to buy an new Stihl. I have a very small yard and wanted to get the most basic trimmer available. The FS 38 looked like just what I needed, but when I went to my closest Stihl dealer the sales person told me that they weren't even going to offer the FS 38 for sale because he felt this model was below their standards. I didn't let that discourage me however, so I went to the next closest dealer and there it was! After using the FS 38 for about 1/2 season, I couldn't be more happy with the product, It fires right up, runs strong and is effortless to operate. The only drawback for me is that it's a little awkward to hold during start up. The cord pulls to the right, so you sort of have to hold the trimmer with your left hand across you body. Not that big of a deal though. Overall... Great Product for a reasonable price! September 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Super trimmer! After my happiness with my Stihl chain saw I felt confident this trimmer would be a wise choice over the big box so-so trimmers. I was correct in thinking this. The price is no barrier as it is competitively priced with other trimmers of this size. Actually, as great as this machine works, it makes all the competitors overpriced. Starting is easy, does not flood out with too many primer pushes. Runs great and for the size, the FS 38 is a beast! I was really shocked at how powerful this lightweight trimmer is. From grass to brush and even small saplings up to about 1/2 inch, it powers right through. I am using the .080 line and get a lot of time between string advances. Could not be happier with this trimmer and I would not only recommend it, I would encourage anyone to buy this trimmer. Another great Stihl product! September 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Happy as a lark I bought this trimmer from Four Seasons Equipment in Tupelo, MS and couldn't be happier. I went in asking for general advice about trimmers and the crew there began asking what I wanted to do--rather than just pushing a trimmer on me. Then, they spent plenty of time helping me to feel comfortable that I've made the right choice. When I got back home and began trimming, i was blown away. This unit is just great! I've used Weedeater® products for the past 15-20 years, but this Stihl unit blows them all away. I'm so glad I spent a little bit more in order to get a product that is WAY better and will make my whole family happier because I finish my trimming faster and the end result looks far better. Would I make this same decision again? One word: absolutely ! September 6, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Good but not great. This trimmer is better than "weed-eater" brand and the other "cheap" brands, but it still isn't great. You had better read the directions on how to start it before you try to start it, or you'll be yanking for awhile, it's tricky. Stihl must put the cheapest/thinnest line they have in it, and I will be putting new line in it shortly. I've only had this trimmer a little over two months, so I'll see how the longevity is.Hopefully it'll last more than one season like the cheaper brands usually last. August 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great product! I love my weedeater! It is easy to use and handle. In addition, it does a great job on my yard. August 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Typical Stihl After some 15 hours over 5 days using the FS-38 with 8" string head and 105 Stihl Red Round String I deem this unit a true winner and another Quality Stihl Product. It is much lighter and easier to use than my Kombi. I have cut everything from waist high grass to stick weeds with this. Only Problems have been with 1/2 thick or larger Blackberry vines and stick weeds but these are very tough even for the Kombi without using blades. This unit is easier on the arms and shoulders and can be used for 30 min at a time with no stress. Truly another Fine Stihl Product. August 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wonderful machine and so easy to use. I stepped up and bought this unit and I'm so glad I did. It runs great; has lots of power; its light and easy to use. This unit is price competitive with the "big-box" store junk. The Stihl dealer was really helpful. June 22, 2013
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