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Homeowner Trimmers

Homeowner Trimmers

Weeds and grass, they think they own the place. Show them who’s boss with a STIHL trimmer, made specifically for use around the home. These grass trimmers are lightweight, powerful and easy to use. Just start them up and watch as they make quick work of those hard-to-reach areas mowers leave behind. To help you identify model features, look for these corresponding symbols: C = Comfort feature, E = Easy2Start™, and R = loop handle.

STIHL trimmers for use around the home are available in either loop handle or bike handle styles. Both options come loaded with convenience features, such as upright, translucent fuel tanks, easy-to-access air filters and purge pump primers to help prevent flooding. These features save you time and effort, something you’ll appreciate even more when it’s 100 degrees outside in the shade.

Trimmers Frequently Asked Questions
Compare Model Displacement Engine Power Weight* Fuel Capacity
FS 38 27.2 cc (1.66 cu. in.) 0.65 kW (0.87 bhp) 4.2 kg (9.3 lbs.) 330 cc (11.2 oz.)
FS 40 C-E 27.2 cc (1.66 cu. in.) 0.7 kW (0.94 bhp) 4.5 kg (9.9 lbs.) 340 cc (11.5 oz.)
FS 50 C-E 27.2 cc (1.66 cu. in.) 0.8 kW (1.07 bhp) 4.6 kg (10.1 lbs.) 340 cc (11.5 oz.)
FS 56 C-E 27.2 cc (1.66 cu. in.) 0.8 kW (1.07 bhp) 5.2 kg (11.5 lbs.) 340 cc (11.5 oz.)
FS 56 RC-E 27.2 cc (1.66 cu. in.) 0.8 kW (1.07 bhp) 4.8 kg (10.6 lbs.) 340 cc (11.5 oz.)
FSA 65 -- -- 4.3 kg (9.5 lbs.) --
FSE 60 -- -- 4.0 kg (8.8 lbs.) --
Average rating for Homeowner Trimmer Reviews
(4.2 / 5)
745 Reviews
  1. 6 months ago
    Typical Stihl Quality
    Owning a few Stihl products I know what to expect from them and this FS50 has not dissapointed whatsoever. The extra shaft length works much better for someone that is over 6ft tall as compared to the FS40. The power of the 50 is perfect for any homeowner and will cut through just about anything with ease! Knowing how to start the machine properly and using the correct 50:1 premix will net you excellent long term reliable results!!! Go Stihl or go home!!!
  2. 4 weeks ago
    Goid except one feature.
    Happy with trimmer. Have only owned for a few weeks and it works well with the plastic blade attachment that I had to use since the trimmer spool did not work very well, as it would constantly jam and get tangled. Weight, balance, engine power are all good, but very disappointed with the spool feature.
  3. 2 years ago
    this product has great features
    In the old days, Stihl trimmers were no problems for me. I have a Stihl chainsaw that was bought 15 or so years ago, and it is still awesome today. The trimmers of yesteryear worked very well. You didn't have to worry about the starter rope pulling out. I am not comfortable pulling the rope '' gently'' to start the trimmer. Also, I get maybe 15 to 20 min on fuel, then have to fill it up again. The string is too thin for my yard. Stihl has been my choice almost forever, I do recommend Stihl though.
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  1. 5 months ago
    Great Stihl USA made quality!
    This trimmer has plenty of power for homeowner use. It starts easily and runs flawlessly. Stihl dealers also provide old school "service and support after the sale" unlike many of the big box stores. I myself have been through too many of the "cheap" trimmers and realized I should have bought a Stihl long ago. You can get other trimmers a little cheaper but it's worth paying just a little more and having the equipment last a lot longer. Remember the old adage: YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!
  2. 3 months ago
    Love the Fast Start (Easy) to use also recommended to my son he got one.
    I would recommend highly. Made in the USA also . My son also got one he liked mine so much.
  3. 4 months ago
    Will last forever with proper fuel and maintenance
    I'm the equipment manager at a golf course. We have three FS 45s been running them for six years other then A plugged up exhaust that is all the problems I've ever had we have recently bought an FS 40.. Been using it all summer long, expect it to be as good a machine as the 45 FS. These are home machines in a commercial setting. Each machine gets ran 20 hours a week. Would recommend for home or commercial use excellent machine!
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  1. 1 year ago
    Solid yard tool!
    I've gone to the extent to replace all of the power yard tools with top of the line equipment. Simple logic is that I've spent too much time and money with the big box equip. Stepped up and bought the best equipment so that when I start a project it get done. I should be the one quitting before my equipment does.
  2. 1 year ago
    Gets the job done fast and easy
    I live in Alaska and the willow trees grow faster then the grass, so I set out to find a brush cutter. And I trashed several other cutters, but this one by Sthil is awesome , tough, reliable, and starts easy! Great piece of equipment.
  3. 2 years ago
    I have used many trimmers over the last 15 years. I have found that Stihl's have always been the most reliable. This trimmer is fantastic! Light weight, great power, and completely dependable. The easy start is the way to go!. One half pull and the trimmer is at full speed ready to go! Best trimmer I have ever used! I recommended this trimmer to my friend who bought it the next wk. He said the same review to me as well.
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  1. 2 years ago
    Wonderful product
    This replaced an electric start trimmer which was very heavy and impossible for me to start and my husband had trouble starting it also. Just putting in a battery and getting right to trimming is a wonderful change. It is pretty well balanced and I feel safe using it and it goes for a very long time. It seems to cut through just about anything except larger branches which is what I use it for.
  2. 5 months ago
    1 of my smarter investments!
    I've owned this trimmer for 3years. I've been very happy with it. I had a gas trimmer before this one that was always persnickety about starting. No problems with starting for this one! The 85 battery lasts about 30min. which gets my project done every time. Only problem I've had is from time to time the string doesn't feed out...which I feel is expected of any line trimmer.
  3. 5 months ago
    FSA 65
    I bought this for basic yard trimming.I like that it has more power than gas models...but I don't like the way it is hard to get the right angel when wife won't use it cause it is heavy and it hurts her arm to try and get the right angel to trim around trees and landscaping.
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  1. 5 months ago
    A great homeowner trimmer with lots of power.
    I've always had a big box store trimmer. So this is my first professional brand trimmer. My first two uses were plagued with line issues jamming and difficulty loading the line. I did some research via the Internet and YouTube and decided to try a different head. I bought the Autocut C 25 Easy Spool and swapped out the heads. It is a night and day difference. No jamming and easy loading. I would recommend this trimmer to anyone wanting a straight shaft trimmer. I'm 5' 10" and it's very ... read more comfortable for me to use.
  2. 5 months ago
    A great value
    I purchased this trimmer to help control the overgrowth of weeds after logging the property. It cuts through Canadian Thistle, small maple starts, elderberry starts with ease. Light, easy to use and dependable are the things I like about it as we are on a steep hillside. At first I thought the gas tank was a bit on the small side but I've come to understand that when it's out of gas so am I and the rest while refilling is appreciated. I would recommend this trimmer to anyone.
  3. 6 months ago
    Can't be beat!
    I have purchased two of these trimmers, one for my husband and myself. We previously owned another brand that were okay. Last year we purchased the other brand trimmer and within one month I had to exchange two and third was returned for refund. Talked my husband into going to a local Stihl dealer to check out the trimmers. The rest is history. I am thrilled with the ease of one pull starting and how easy to maneuver, change line and fuel. Year later I purchased the second Stihl trimmer for my ... read more husband. In fact, last week I purchased a Stihl chainsaw for my husband. We would highly recommend Stilh products.
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