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FS 56 RC-E

A straight-shaft grass trimmer with a fuel-efficient engine and STIHL Easy2Start™.

FS 56 RC-E
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 153reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by High quality, easy to use and rugged Very well constructed and easy to use. Makes quick work. August 14, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Not impressed So far unimpressed. Bought it 3 months ago and already replaced the cutting head and today the pull string snapped. For the money paid, these issues should have occurred 3 years from purchase, not 3 months. First Stihl I've purchased and maybe the last?? August 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome Overall Performance I wanted a straight shaft trimmer and my mower dealer carries Stihl products, I am glad they did and I ended up with the FS56. Overall great performance. There is a noticeable "break-in" period and after a few tanks it runs smoother and the power is awesome. It will sail through anything green. The head is a bit complicated as others said but follow the instructions and it works fine. I even attached the hedge trimmer attachment and it worked flawlessly. August 6, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by New is not necessarily better Bought a Stihl trimmer FS 40, hedge trimmer and blower about 20 yrs. ago and all are still running like new today except the FS 40 trimmer which died about a month ago. I went straight to are local Stihl dealer and bought the FS 56 RC -E. What a mistake. Two uses and fuel is leaking all over the place, engine sounds like a rattle, trimming head is making strange sounds. Forget about trying to edge with this product, the string grabs and drags into the grass. Never buy a straight shaft, your back will pay the price. I love Stihl products, I have had great products, but this FS 56RC trimmer is a nightmare. Please give me back my curved shaft 20 yr. old FS 40 and I will be happy again. Can I trade this product in for a different Stihl trimmer? August 4, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great power and start up I've had a FS-76 for 25+ years and it finally gave up the ghost,,, I wanted something as strong as what i had and bought the 56 RC,,, so far it's very easy to start and smoothed right out after about 5 minutes ,, I used what string was on it from the factory and for just grass it was ok ,,, but I ended up putting some better Commercial line on it and it cuts and runs like it should ,,, it has plenty of power and i keep about 5 acres up with it ,,, most of the time about 3 hours ,,twice a month ,,, very pleased so far ,,, I'll let ya know in another 25+ years for long lasting ! August 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by I like it! I mowed yards throughout college and was always an Echo fan because that's what the place sold that took care of my equipment. When it was time to purchase one for my home use, I was looking at Echo but because of some reviews and the fact that I like the local Stihl dealer, I thought I would give Stihl a try. Boy am I glad i did! I have been very please with the performance of this trimmer and, so far, it seems to do everything that i need it to do and more. The price was right as well! I would HIGHLY recommend using the premixed fuel. These things run flawless with it. I'm sure that's why they double the warranty when you purchase a case. August 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Easy start plenty of power This thing is awesome out performed any weedeater I've ever used I can trim my yard in half the time and uses half the gas! Great product August 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by good product recommend all stihl products has used for many years and will use for many more August 2, 2014
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