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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 138reviewers.
Rated 3 out of 5 by A really affordable price for a Stihl product. After shopping around for a new weed eater, I was offered a Stihl FS38 at a discounted price. I have always wanted a Stihl product, but wasn't prepared to pay the price. The sales person explained its use and starting procedure and then took it out to the back of the store to fuel it and test it. When I got it home, I couldn't wait to get get into the lawn and trim the edges with my new toy. Well it started with no problems, but trying to cut any weeds or edges was really difficult as it stalled continuously unless it was screaming like a banshee. I consulted the owner manual and tried to understand the part about carburetor adjustment which didn't appear to make sense the way it was printed in the manual. It turns out the manual contains several "typos" Anyway, I took it back to the store and explained the problem. The first explanation I was given was that as it was a 2 stroke, it had to run at full throttle all the time. Well that didn't impress me one bit, and I asked for it to be "just fixed". 7 days later I got my weedeater back and so far it appears to running and starting satisfactorily although I'm a little concerned on the line feed head. The plastic bump feed knob looks very cheap and it looks like it will have a very short life due to the heavy bump action required to advance the line. I have since manufactured a knob from alloy to replace the plastic one and it works fine. January 25, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by 3yrs old I got mine for fathers day 3 yrs ago. I change the plug ever year, and it works fine. I've replaced the line feeder a couple of times because of normal wear and tare, the string can start to stick. November 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Good for light work First let me say, I hate curved shaft trimmers! Every time I pick one up I'd like to find the nearest tree and wrap it around that tree. They are cumbersome and awkward to use but, that me. If you like em, by all means, have at it :)Got this trimmer for my wife. (She thought she could handle trimming around the yard) After a few times using it tho the arthritis in here wrists make it hard for her to use. It is heavier than the one we used in the past but, for light work its good. I use it when I'm done mowing with the tractor, around the house, flower beds, etc.It starts easily and is very light. Great machine for light duty. November 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nice light easy to start trimmer, great price I got this FS38 trimmer for Fathers day and it is great. Easy to start whne following the instructions and light weight so it doesnt hurt my hand and arm when using it for long periods of time. I would recommend this trimmer to any home owner that does trimming with this type of trimmer. November 10, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Hard to start/String advance doesnt work I bought the FS 38 last summer. It started and ran fine but this year Its Impossible to start. I thought by spending a little more on a Stihl I would avoid these problems.I probably only ran it for a total of 10-15 hrs total.And yes,I did use properly mixed fuel and its fresh fuel Next time,going electric.I hate gas oil mix engines. October 11, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by light but would not recomend I purchased this weed eater used it 20 minutes died got hot would not start September 9, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 This product keeps eating the twine, NOT RECOMMENDED I have had this for about a year it worked good at the beginning but then it start to become slow the carburetor had problems. And it kept wasting twine. THIS PRODUCT IS HIGHLY NOT RECOMMENDED. September 6, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by very hard to start This unit I a nightmare to start warm or cold. Had it back just after I bought it and it's going back again tomorrow. Not happy with my choice. August 23, 2015
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