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FS 38

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

FS 38
Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 77reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great for the money Starts quick, nicely balanced machine. Doesn't bog down under the occasional clump of grass in the wrong place. Nice line feed and easy tap for maximum cutting swath. The centrifugal clutch is much safer to use around pets and children as nothing turns at idle as opposed to my old Weed eater. Stihl quality from past experience was the deciding factor as well. March 25, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dependability and value I purchased this trimmer because my wife wanted to be able to do some trimming and my existing Ryobi trimmer was too heavy for her to handle. After reviewing the various trimmers available from Stihl, we settled on the FS 38. It is light weight enough that my wife can handle it with ease but it has all the power you need for routine trimming around the house. An added plus it that is relatively easy to start so I do not have to be around to start the trimmer for her. Very satisfied with the product and the performance. March 12, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by All or nothing I have your average suburban yard w some areas of tough weed trimming. Ive only used this product one season and it is my first Stihl. Bump and feed requires hard hits on the ground and the plastic head doesnt seem like it will be around for the long haul. I bought a second head for quick changes while trimming. I ran a John Deer the last 10 years that trimmed good at low RPM's where this weedeater seems to need about 75% throttle, which is much noisier and consequently, tiring. We'll have to see. January 25, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Disappointed I purchased this to use at my mother's house 150 miles from me. I wanted something reliable and ready to use when I visit there. On the first time I used it, within 15 minutes I received blisters and burns on the underside of my forearm. I contacted the Stihl website and got very little, if any response. The local rep said he had not heard of it. I have used many others brands for hours and never been burned like this. He was a waste of time and failed to do anything about it. I have contemplated contacting a lawyer to see if he could and would help me with my problem. Why make a product that burns people and not do nothing about it. Do you think I would recommend your product to anyone after the lack of response I got? Sure glad I didn't just leave it and my mother get what I got. I know there would have been problems then. I want the problem fixed to spare others the pain and feelings I did. I want Stihl to do something about their problem or I may still take further action. November 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by impressed with the quality After owning this trimmer for about 3 weeks, the quality and power are impressive. So far, it has started with ease on every try. Whether it will hold up over a long period of use remains to be seen, but I expect it to do well for years to come.The dealer set up the trimmer and got it running for the first time. They also insist that if anything doesn't appear to be right to bring it back to them. I feel that support for this Stihl product will be better than any other equipment I own.I should have purchased this one several trimmers ago. November 5, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Product is hard starting, but then works great after it warms up. My product is hard starting. I must pull starting rope 8-10 times to get it to fire. After starting I have to play with the throttle lever to keep it running for a few seconds, then it kicks in and runs good. October 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wife loves it I have and two STHIL chainsaws and now this weed eater and love them October 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by This trimmer is dependable! I'd ended up with three trimmers and not one would start. I've owned a Stihl chainsaw for 25 years and it always starts. This trimmer is the same way. It's cheaper to buy a quality product and save the aggravation! October 17, 2014
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