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FS 560 C-EM

Professional grade, powerful clearing saw with Easy2Start™ system and STIHL M-Tronic™ feature.

FS 560 C-EM
FS 560 C-EM is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 26.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Can't keep this thing out of the repair shop! I've had this machine for 3 years and have not been able to get more than 12 hours of operation before it breaks down.It works great when it's working . But sooner or later the engine works fine only to have the head disengage and just slowly spin uselessly Company that I took it to honored the warranty the initial time. But refused to honor the warranty after that telling me it my obligation to get with Stihl for a solution. Yeah.right!
Date published: 2019-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A real beast This machine is a real cutting machine for anything up to 3 or 4 inches. I have been cutting for 5 days with it so far in oak and cherry up to 3” DBH. Not much slows it down. It is also fairly easy to handle for a day with the harness. Only problem I have had is that I fowled a plug right away. I have been running it harder since with no trouble.
Date published: 2019-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best on the market! I am in the brushcutting business. We use the 560 for precutting scrub alder areas before our mulchers and blade cutters go in. We like the larger shafts and gear that last a lot longer in severe service areas. We use the saw blades and also have one set up with a blender blade. Easy to maintain! Starts every time! We do use non ethonol gas and Stihl mix religiously!
Date published: 2018-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most powerful brush cutter on the market. I’m going to compare this brush cutter to the 555fx in this review.Performance- The FS560c-em out performs the 555FX if both are equipped with 14” (350mm) cutter heads, if using a 12” or a 10” you wont notice much difference. I prefer the Airecut or Stihl 350mm 3 point head for my stihl and a 300mm 3 point stihl cutter head on my 555fx. When cutting through brush if you see a 2-3” diameter tree you can knock it once or twice and it cuts it off..the larger 14” head will cause you more knock back though....I know its not what they are made for but its a fast way to keep clearing. Performance goes to the Stihl though Id say its 15%-20% more powerful to run that larger head through thick vines.Ergonomics- Due to being lighter the 555fx can be used on a steeper incline easier. 555fx Harness is more adaptable to better angle usages too. The 3 pound difference in weight is noticeable especially when going up an incline. Not saying I dont like the stihl harness...I believe the Stihl Harness will distribute the weight better on your shoulders when not needing to maneuver as freely like in an open area. But I have to give the nod to 555fx on ergonomics.Durability- Both these clearing saws are durably overbuilt. The gearheads are very large (bigger than the ones on the SRM520ES) and easily greasable. Definitely do so every 50 hours use or atleast bi monthly if you use it off and on. The plate on the bottom of the 555FX adds more protection to the bottom side of the engine but Ive abused my Stihl and never had a problem. The trigger on the 555fx Handle seems more flimsy though but no problems with it either. Durability is a tie.Storage- The 555fx handles turn sideways easily instead if just up n down. So it takes up less space on the floor or truck bed. Nod for 555fxLittle things- fuel caps on stihl are easier to open with gloves on, Stihl easier to start when its hot.If I could only have one Id pick the Stihl because I can work faster with it in most situations and if I needed a lighter cutter on a hill I could put a 10” on my fs240r. But I like having the 555fx for doin larger less thick areas and I use it more because its lighter...but I always have my 560c when thd goin gets tough.(Stihl gave me a hard time submitting a review comparing these two saws...I’m quite annoyed by this because these comparison reviews are very important...Stihl fix this)
Date published: 2018-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from stihl the best by far i have seven stihl chain saws and a pole saw fs 560
Date published: 2018-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seriously Professional Brush Cutter After much research, I purchased the FS 560 C-EM with the Chisel Tooth Saw Blade configuration, but I am using the AutoCut 56-2 string head with .130 line that I ordered along with it for maintaining the fence rows on my parent`s property.I am blown away by the performance - nothing slows this beast down - it takes whatever you put before it. I trust the reliability with this brush cutter is just as impressive and from what I`ve read, it should be. If it`s anything like the Stihl 036 chainsaw I bought about 25 years ago that is still an awesome piece of equipment, it will not disappoint. I purchased the FS 560 C-EM specifically to clean fence rows and it`s right at home with the heavy brush growth around them. The AutoCut 56-2 string head with .130 line does a great job on the thick brush, however, I just ordered the Brush Knife and Deflector Kit for it as well for use in the larger brush that I am coming across while cleaning the fence rows that have had a couple of years growth around them where the Brush Knife would be more suited to use.I`ve used the FS 560 a couple of hours (1.5 fuel tankfuls) so far and I love how it gets it done. The AV system works really well - believe me, if it didn`t, my hands would tell me about it later. I`ve had no issues (so far) with my hands or arms after using it and that is saying something.Very happy with this purchase!
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The BEST heavy-duty Clearing Saw/Brushcutter on the market! I bought the FS-560 to replace my FS-550. I hope this is encouragement to those who may have been unimpressed with the previous model. The 550 had a driveshaft prone to fail, had an air filter which sometimes had to be cleaned between fuel fillings, had a tendency to run hot, had me running downhill way too often for a fill-up, & a harness which I couldn't keep tight. The folks at Stihl listened! Every problem above was identified by me & a local comm'l Christmas Tree grower who also uses a 550. Our local dealer listened & we shared our input with the folks at StihlUSA. As a result, the formerly hollow driveshaft was replaced with a solid one. The screen-style air filter was replaced with the latest-generation paper element, plus the M-Tronic carburetor adjusts for air filter cleanliness. The fuel tank has been enlarged while the engine was made more fuel-efficient. Air flow was improved. Harness improvements were made with more coming! These improvements gave birth to the FS-560 C-EM!!!The 560 is essential for areas where I do extensive fire-suppression clearing between my home, outbuildings, & adjoining native forest. It takes a big machine when you can't cut everything on an annual basis. I cut scotchbroom, vinemaple, serviceberry, ninebark, mahonia, & other brushes and grasses to keep "ladder fuels" to a minimum. I have sloping-to-steep terrain where herbicides, wheeled machinery, &/or goats are not an option. My set-up is with a 350mm, 3-tooth Brush Knife. I've mauled green wood just over 3" in diameter.Yes, the 560 is heavy, but it must be so to withstand the punishment it takes. Look, I'll be 65 in 2-months & I'm not complaining. I still can spend about 5-hours with it in 90-degree weather on slopes from 6-to-40%! The exhaust protector might need a little re-design to strengthen it from breaking in the event you back into heavy brush or a tree. Since that is all I have to complain about, I consider myself lucky! GET TO WORK!!!Finally, I'd like to give a "shout-out" to my supporting Stihl dealers in Bonners Ferry & Ponderay, Idaho; Libby, Montana; & Cranbrook, B.C., Canada. Thanks!!!
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This clearing saw is very heavy duty and also very heavy. I have not used it enough to give it 5 stars, so that is the reason for the 4 stars across the board.This is a heavy tool. If you are looking to spend long hours clearing, I would suggest trying it on for "size" before buying. No one had one in stock, so I had to buy it without trying it on for "size". I probably would have opted for a lighter option if I had been able to try it on before buying.Its size and weight make this tool a little difficult to use for extended clearing sessions.
Date published: 2018-02-05
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