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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 18.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful clearing saw This brush saw is second to none! My crew has been running a pair of these saws for four years, they have been very reliable and have more than enough power. We use them for trail maintenance and clearing fuel breaks in heavy brush and small trees. With the saw blade (and proper sharpening) the 560 takes out trees up to 4" no problem (and we have cut up to 8" trees with a few whacks), the three-sided blade is great on smaller regrowth and herbaceous vegetation. The large fuel tank is key and it can run flat out for a little more than an hour on one fill-up. Also the vibration dampening system is awesome, it's well balanced and running 5 or 6 tanks doesn't bother anyone.That being said, maintenance is necessary, blades have to sharpened a lot to perform well. We replace the nut, washer and parts for mounting blades every year (Stihl sells a parts kit). When we have decreased performance, it's because the spark arrestor is clogged - we just pop it out and burn it out with a butane torch. Overall, impressive machine.
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This product has poor dealers Had to wait 2 months to get the 560. Used it one time on brush. Bought it for thick grass in the first place. Been waiting on a autocut string head for 3 months. Dealer said they had it, go down to get it and it's the wrong one. Summer is about to come to a end and my trimming is so far behind. Had people wanting me to cut brush for them now I've lost all my jobs. The 560 might be nice but I haven't been able to use it. Overall it's just very very POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE from STIHL THEMSELVES. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Land Clearing Operations I found this product to be excellent for land clearing operations. With the 60 tooth saw blade already attached, I was able to cut 4-5 inch trees at about 40 trees per hour. 1-3 inch trees at about 100 trees per hour. Brush actually clogs the machine, and you will need to attach 3 bladed cutter. Must use the double shoulder harness for highest efficiency. Use helmet with ear protect and face shield for safety. Wow. Does this product work great.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful, reliable, well built I’ve been using the 560 for a couple of years for controlling large undergrowth and small trees which have grown on our 10acres of property. It has the power to take out anything if you use the right cutter head. If found the 3 bladed brush knife to be most useful, esp if you file the blades sharp periodically. I use the saw and the autocut trimmer too. The brush knife works great on anything up to about an inch without forcing it. Larger dia I’ll put on the saw blade and cut off. Above 2” I’ll use my chainsaws. With the power comes weight and I have found the larger harness works well to support the 560. Nicely balanced while working. Highly recommend the screen mask and goggles, as well as the anti-vibration gloves. You grow to love those gloves after running the 560 for a day. I’ve got the 560, a Kombi 131, BR600 blower, MS460 chainsaw, and an older Stihl chainsaw I’ve been using for about 30 years and still runs like a champ. All my Stihl tools are well maintained, used with care, and remain entirely dependable for the job at hand.
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great features Light weight, does not vibrate, with additional purchase of the shoulder harness weight is balanced evenly adding to the ease of use.
Date published: 2016-09-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Sucks I took it back, it was a pace of junk do not buy this junk,
Date published: 2016-08-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Stihl trimmer is good, but still cannot do the job The trimmer I purchased is well-made and runs well.However, it cannot trim mature weeds like pig weed and burdock, two of the most aggressive invasive weeds on my land. I purchased it with weed control in mind, so I am disappointed that it won't cut the weeds that grow to mid-summer height and thickness.
Date published: 2016-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Flexibility and Power for tough terrain I have owned this FS 560 CEM for 5 months. I bought this piece of equipment to help clear some overgrown fields & underbrush on forest/hunting land and it has not disappointed. The best thing about it is you can take it anywhere in the back of your SUV without having to have a trailer to pull or buy a walk behind brush cutter. The saw blade easily cuts through small saplings and 2 to 3" trees with an easy swing. And, the brush cutter attachment slices through any briar patch and takes care of small saplings. The gas tank is also surprisingly large allowing you to run it for much longer than a normal trimmer. Most importantly though, the shoulder harness distributes the weight very evenly reducing you from getting too tired. I will be using this for selective thinning of gum & other undesireable trees on my forest/hunting land (101 acres). I highly recommend this if you need something to help you clear on rougher land.
Date published: 2016-04-10
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