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FS 38

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

FS 38
Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 122reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by This is the best product I have used i have used this product for over five years without a major problem, unfortunately I did not read the manual on retreading the cutting head, but a visit to my local dealer put me right the other drawback is that it is using too much string. Going on from my experience in Europe with unit I recommend it to my son in Florida but he decided to go for the battery operated version and that where the trouble started first with the string and then the drive broke all in six months of purchasing fortunately Stihl took it back and replaced it with the gasoline version which I am happy to say function as described in their brochure. I would gladly recommend this product. July 26, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by STIHL is a great product. Purchased off the shelf a a couple weeks ago and haven been using it non-stop. Had one use where it wouldn't start. Took it in and it just needed the spark plug replaced. It was the floor model so I'm sure it was started often.Salesmen did not try to get me to buy anything bigger as this is just what I needed. i also purchased the head where the string just slide it and I can pull them out when done. He told me to soak them in water and the string get stronger. TRUE STORY! I I just filled the tube up with water and leave them in it.I have used it pretty aggressively against the weeds growing in my sidewalk and street and the string is still there. July 26, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by STIHL is the "BEST", but... I've have always recommended STIHL because of their rock solid warranty and my lifetime ownership of their "stellar" chain saws.The cutter head this trimmer ships with is ...junk. #with a capital "J"# My STIHL dealer is 95 miles from here. ...190 mi.Round trip = $36 fuel cost. To get this machine dialed in and cutting weeds took 4 more trips PLUS two new cutter heads PLUS blades and string @ $95. Sadly, I had $390 invested in it before I whacked more than 20' of weeds from my 860' alley.I am happy with it now, but, someone at STIHL should "rethink" the shipped cutter head configuration on this unit. #Perhaps STIHL should offer an "alternate" head mail in rebate (MIR# or discount !The quality and dependability of all the other STIHL equipment I own or have owned makes it the kind of thing you "will" pass down to your kids and grandkids.Yes, I RECOMMEND this unit with the caveat: Upgrade the head BEFORE you leave the store. It will save you a whole lot of frustration, grief and gasmoney...AND... make sure the salesman TEACHES you how to start the thing and make minor carb adjustments ...[ B E F O R E ] you leave the store ! ! !My two cents ! ! ! July 23, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by My arm about fell off but it FINALLY cranked! It took WAY too long to get it cranked. I bought this for my father-in-law because it was supposed to be easy to start & operate. Boy was I mistaken! I hate it too because this is the 4th piece of STIHL equipment that I've bought in the past year. I'm VERY happy with my other products so I had no reason to believe that this would be any different. July 22, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by This product is junk Hard to start, floods easily, too heavy. poor quality, would not recommend it to anyone. July 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by The power and speed of this trimmer makes short work of the trimming. I just used it again today. And as it has each time since I bought it, it worked perfectly. I use the Stihl premix gas and it starts easily and works hard. I have owned several other brands in both two and 4 cycle and none compare to the Stihl. If I ever wear this one out I will buy another Stihl. July 18, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by changing the cord is a nightmare, it snags, doesnt feed, and is hard to put in, not what I had in mind. I would bring it back but ha e used it twice tried to put it on craigslist but no body want it even at a discounted price or well live and learn. July 17, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Stihl is a great product My stihl works every time on first pull, they sell great products and are easy to maintain. July 16, 2015
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