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FS 38

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

FS 38
Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 44reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Good value for the price Was surprised at first as I've owned Stihl chainsaws for years that this wasn't easier to start. It had the dealers mix in it and was a pain to start at first. Maybe it was just me because after the first 5 uses or so it is very easy to start or maybe I've found out what works. Cuts well and feeds line well. Looks like another long term Stihl product in m garage. July 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great curved shaft unit! I was looking for a new "low priced" trimmer when i found this model and was excited to see the Stihl name on a unit at this price. I also knew of the disadvantages with a curved shaft trimmer. It happens that our yard/situation is perfect for this type of trimmer.Went home, read the reviews, formed my own opinion and decided on this unit. I have sold outdoor power equipment in the past, and know of the importance of fresh, properly mixed fuel in small engine applications, so I was very pleased when the salesman let me know that the 6 pack of Stihl oil I wanted would extend my warranty from 2 years to 4! This thing runs and works perfect. Starts predictably and has plenty of power for my homeowner needs. I very seldom run it past 3/4 throttle. Looking to see how long this unit performs with proper maintenance. VERY satisfied so far! July 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best trimmer I have ever owned This is hands down the best trimmer I have ever owned. I don't know why I waited so long to buy one. It's got power it starts quick and runs like a scalded ape. July 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great price, right trimmer I have used many different models of trimmers, from top of the line (high dollar) and to the very bottom (cheap). This trimmer give me all I need to do the around the house work, easy to start, easy to load, light-weight, and best of all well worth the low price. Stihl, the right way to cut and trim the green. :) July 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by great product I would recomend this product to anyon. Its easy to use and was a great value. July 14, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by gets the job done Has plenty of power and does a good job for the most part. I'm 6'3" tho and it's Def too short for someone my size and you have to hold at some awkward angles to get the cut you want. Very light weight, the start procedure is a little cumbersome but you get used to it. The line advance doesn't work very well you have to smack it a couple times and give it a bit of gas to get it out. I think it would be great for a smaller person but I Def wouldn't recommend it for anyone my size. July 11, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by FS 38 Review from MO My husband bought me this weedeater last month & it runs great & performs well. He has a heavy duty Stihl weedeater that he uses, this is much lighter & fits a 5'3" small frame women perfect! I would highly recommend replacing the string with heavier duty string right out of the box. I notice quite a bit of vibration, that would be my only complaint. Our yard is huge & we have a lot of rocks & this weedeater holds up very well! Very impressive for the price! July 9, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by The tap to advance works poorly, if at all. The tap to advance the line does not work well. There is a constant need to remove the spool and adjust the line. This is not easily done. A user's arm will tend to rest near where the exhaust has been placed. Finally, for a small machine, it is very loud. Ear protectors recommended, of course. I think Consumer Reports got this one wrong. July 3, 2014
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