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FS 38

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

FS 38
Rated 3.4 out of 5 by 175reviewers.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Won't advance line. Hard to start and won't advance line. I've used grass trimmers pretty much since they got popular in the 70's. Trimmed our huge farm yard, my grandparent's, the cottage and a couple businesses. The one thing that makes a trimmer not worth a dime is if they won't advance the line.Loved every Stihl product I've owned. Chainsaws, commercial grade trimmers and such.Lets see what the dealer can do. June 17, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great value I was skeptical of buying the cheapest stihl trimmer but I know I made the right choice after using it for a while. It's light and easy to use. June 16, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by perfect for small tasks After using fs90's at work for several years I thought going to a bent shaft would be difficult. Definitely not the case, the fs38 has a good amount of power for being a light weight homeowners model. Makes quick work of small yards. My only wish is that the heads were like the 90's June 14, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by worse trimmer i ever used never starts under 6 pulls brought it back to where I purchase it from, they said they adjust the carb . but its the same old thing still hard to start run poorly at low rpm. I would be happy to sell it back to stihl. let me know. June 12, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Would be a great trimmer, but... I've owned many makes and models of trimmers over the years, and this one is hands down, by far, the most difficult to start. It generally requires a trip to the shop to get it going each time I use it. I'm no stranger to small engines and go through the normal routine each time. Check the fuel, check the plug, check the spark arrestor, etc. But it stubbornly refuses to fire. This is a shame, because if I can ever get it running, it runs well and is extremely light and easy to use. But after two years of being too exhausted after finally getting it started to use it, I'm ready to replace it with something more reliable. June 12, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Lightweight/powerful....but hard to start Trimmer is light, powerful but can be difficult to start. Warm or cold starting are both an issue.I used an Shindaiwa home pro for the last 10 years, never had any starting issues.I have used the FS 38 twice, I am going to give it one more try maybe I can figure out the tricks for starting. One thing is if I restart within 10 minutes or so all I have to do is turn on switch and pull the cord giving no throttle. It seems after that 10 minutes, sometimes you got to use the cold start procedure with a half a dozen pulls. Or maybe just throttle no chockAmerican made top brand name product, disappointed! June 12, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by curvedvshaft weed eaters are better to use then straightshaft weedeaters curved shaft weedeaters are better then straightshafts weedeaters because there are not heavy and there better to munver around the yard June 8, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great tool Had a stihl trimmer before I bought a new one, dependable, lightweight easy to start and like the new motomix. Like the new cut off switch and the easy choke control. June 7, 2016
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