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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 62reviewers.
Rated 2 out of 5 by This product hs been disappointing Difficult to start, noisy and does not do a good job of trimming. Takes premium fuel.I am very sorry to have purchased this product. The old trimmer that was discarded did a better job of trimming than this new one. September 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Beautiful gas trimmer! This trimmer works amazing! It is not hard to start if you understand 2 stroke engines. I have no problem starting my fs38 ever! Once it warms up there is no other trimmer I would want. It has enough power to eat through anything in my yard and I have a lot of trees to go around plus my house. It handles it with ease. Like with any trimmer you have to replace the trimming cord. It's not hard. September 15, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Poor engine performance This trimmer will start okay, but when I try to accelerate the RPM, it "bogs down" every time. I've tried adjusting idle, low speed mixture, and high speed mixture in almost every combination, but nothing fixes it. I've used it once, and it took almost 2 hours to do what should have been a 15 minute job, because it kept bogging down and dying. I've gone back to my 14 year old Weed Eater Featherlight, which still runs just fine. Good thing I didn't throw it away. The STIHL is now a garage queen - if I can't get it adjusted in the next several weeks, I'll have to take it back. September 12, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by This product has not lived up to our expectation. We have had a lot of difficulty getting this unit running. Once it is running, it works okay. But when you finally give up trying to get it started and get out the hand clippers, that is very frustrating. We are very dissatisfied with the purchase of this product. We thought going to a gas trimmer rather than one on batteries was a good idea, but so far we are very upset with this purchase. We were never instructed on the use of the tool. We have followed the instructions in the use and care manual and are still unable to get the unit running. September 9, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by light weight 8 steps in starting, and was hard to start until i watched youtube video.string is too light weight does not last long and the spool does not hold much line, usually have to rewind after doing yard, if it would hold the larger orange line it would be a fantastic machine.wish i would have purchased the larger machine but i was concerned about the weight, they should make this machine to hold the larger line... September 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by FS 38 I have had this trimmer for a few months. I am no stranger to Stihl products. I have been around them for 25 years now. My dad has had his since 89 or 90. First one was stolen and he upgraded to biggest one back then.Any way I got the small one, as I don't use much due to back problems, but is a Stihl over all. My only complaint is the handle tends to move no matter how I tighten. No a big deal to me. For me all 2 strokes are hard to start, they all have a way they like, and I'm not quite this one down yet, but I haven't had a 2 stoke in my life that was EZ! This one likes a full choke, pull, 1/2 choke hold the throttle and hold cuz even being the little guy it's a powerhouse ! Love it... I wasn't sure how the cheap'o Chinese model would be but it's as good as there USA made. I'm happy for less than any other comparable. Did not rate dependability cuz of short time. I want to be fair here. August 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great for making my yard look clean. Stihl products have always been a great benefit for my family, this addition to my personal inventory will greatly used and appreciated. August 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great value This is my 3rd stihl product, and as usual great dependable value from a great dealer. Crescent ave. Gardens is the best dealer around. August 29, 2014
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