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FS 38

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

FS 38
Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 131reviewers.
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
Rated 1 out of 5 by Hard to start, runs rough I've had my FS38 for about 6 months now and it's become increasing hard to start, and once started to get to run smoothly. I'm using the proper mix and Stihl oil. At this point I detest it and would like ot get my money back. August 22, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Worst weed eater I ever used I bought my FS-38 about a year ago, it ran fine for the first couple of times I used it. After that it started bogging down and would die as I excelerated to weed eat. within the year I took it back three times to have it worked on. I never could keep it running. I personally believe that the FS-38 has a flawed carburater because after I returned it and got a full refund I found out from others that had bought them as far back as three years ago had the same problems. I highly recommend investing the $100 more and buying the FS-56 August 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Does what I bought it for Purchased this trimmer because of weight of machine, have used it on my lawn and another place that was grown up a good bit, does a great job, no doubt this is the best trimmer I've used, no complaints, August 18, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by You'll need a pair of pliers I purchased a Stihl FS 38 a little over two years ago. Having used Stihls professionally in the past when a condo maintenance supervisor, I was familiar with the brand. I read an article in Consumer Reports which listed this model as a top buy.The unit came with a AutoCut 5-2 EasySpool using 0.80 inch trimmer line. I immediately experienced problems with the line releasing but found if I used pliers I could pull the line out and continue cutting but it would not release line half the time. I returned to the vendor and discussed the problem and ended up purchasing a bump feed spool. Same problem. I then decided to open the spool the next time this occurred and found that the line had fussed to itself and therefore would not release without tugging it with the pliers. I actually found the line fussed to the spool once. Apparently heat was building up in the spool from use and causing this to happen. So that is the way I have used this machine for two years. Another problem was that the line was not strong enough when I trimmed around concrete edgers and would break off in chunks when I tried trimming around them and sometimes the line would snap off inside requiring me to take the spool off and rethread the line. I'm using new Stihl line. I began using a pair of manual hand trimmers for those areas. I have a lot of those areas. Edging with this machine in a vertical position? Forget edging. Without a wheel to hold it straight the unit will grab when it hits the sod and pull the unit into the lawn causing a large gouge. This happens repeatedly. Lately it has taken 20-30 minutes to start the trimmer making trimming my lawn a now much dreaded chore (well the dread has been building for some time).I'm not a first time user or unfamiliar with power tools. I've been mowing lawns since high school for money and worked my way through college as a carpenter. My chains saws come from Sweden, my gas engines for mowers, pressure washers, etc come from Japan, my carpentry equipment comes from high quality manufacturers and my trimmers, blowers, etc used to come from Stihl. I have just replaced this trimmer with a 40Volt Ryobi Electric Trimmer using 0.80 a friend told me about. Wow, what a difference. Works great and took me less time to do my entire lawn then it did to start the Stihl including around the concrete edgers. I'm just hoping I can sell the one to some unsuspecting person for a few bucks in a yard sale. I'll even throw in the pliers. August 15, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Won't start hard to start in the store I knew I shouldn't take it home and sure enough it's been hard to start ever since and then finally wouldn't start at all August 13, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Starting is a problem I relly havent got to use the trimmer, because I have a devil of a time starting the trimmer. I have been to the dealer two times to get instructions; however when i get rfeady to use it, I can";t get it started;. I go back and use my old edho. Also, the string will get so short and not advance correctly tha i have to stop and re-string the feed. August 13, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by it's awful Bought my trimmer today from The dealer. He told me this was the porshe of trimmers...well if it is I will stay far away from German automobiles. After I decided to make the purchase he took it back to gas it up and make sure it started up nice, he came back gave some warranty papers and sent me on my way and I left a happy man. Once I got home I changed my shoes and was ready for business. After testing the pull string over and over it finally fires up, I let it idle for a few minutes and start trimming my driveway, this thing opens up with some serious rpms but as soon as it hits the grass it almost stalls on me so I feather the throttle and the rpms pick back up so I try again. Same thing,I thought that maybe it would get better but it didn't I had to keep feathering the throttle just to make it around the house and the driveway forget about the garage and landscaping. Halfway through my trimming I was ready to throw in front of a fast moving porshe. Needless to say I am disappointed and I am taking it back tomarrow. August 8, 2015
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