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Homeowner Trimmers

Efficient trimmers made for work around the home

Weeds and grass, they think they own the place. Show them who’s boss with a STIHL trimmer, made specifically for use around the home. These grass trimmers are lightweight, powerful and easy to use. Just start them up and watch as they make quick work of those hard-to-reach areas mowers leave behind. To help you identify model features, look for these corresponding symbols: C = Comfort feature, E = Easy2Start™, and R = loop handle.

STIHL trimmers for use around the home are available in either loop handle or bike handle styles. Both options come loaded with convenience features, such as upright, translucent fuel tanks, easy-to-access air filters and purge pump primers to help prevent flooding. These features save you time and effort, something you’ll appreciate even more when it’s 100 degrees outside in the shade.

Trimmers Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 2 years ago
    powerful dependable excellent value
    super great trimmer easy to start. I have had many trimmers none compare to this stihl trimmer The only negative comment I have is that you have to remove the trimmer head to reload the string. The trimmer is very powerful and a pleasure to use.
  2. 2 years ago
    Stihl FS 56 RC-E Trimmer
    After making the mistake of purchasing a trimmer from the local home center and it died after 10 minutes, I committed to paying a little extra for quality. I have had no problems starting this trimmer and it runs strong. the trimmer line is also heavier duty and doesn't break like the cheaper one I bought. Taking the bottom cap off for the trimmer line is very easy. I would HIGHLY recommend this trimmer.
  3. 10 months ago
    Starts every time!
    I had two old trimmers, quality units but worn out. I got tired of pulling, and pulling, and pulling... I have a Stihl chainsaw, and use their equipment a lot with Samaritan’s Purse on disaster cleanup (hard use there!), so it was a no-brainer to buy a string trimmer from my local Stihl dealer. My only issue is with the handle at the balance point. It is loose, allowing the unit to turn upside down when carrying with one hand. A minor annoyance, and pretty easy to fix. The thing has plenty of ... read more power and the supplied string cuts great. Over-all, very happy with it.
  1. 3 years ago
    Reqdy to work when you are
    Easy to start, even for that first start in the spring (reliable) . The power is great, it will cut at partial throttle where my old trimmer had to be wide open. After two seasons of use the string head needed to be replaced, must have gotten a defective part, but the dealer was great. I am 6'8" and although this trimmer is still too short it is much better than the other trimmers that I have tried.
  2. 7 years ago
    Great Trimmer
    I got tired of battling the cheap trimmers every time I had to do some yard work. I bought the trimmer and have been very happy. Easy to start, reliable, and the bump feed works great and is easy to load. The only thing I would change is the string size that it take. The little string does get eaten up pretty quickly.
  3. 6 years ago
    I love this trimmer!
    This trimmer is a dream to start. A couple or three pulls after cold start, and it is on. If the engine is already warm, one pull is all you need! The extra long shaft means less bending and less back strain; this model is not overly heavy, so it doesn't kill me to lift it and keep it moving. The 50:1 oil gas mixture makes the engine smoke less than other brands. The only knock I can find on this trimmer is that sometimes the line sticks to itself inside the trimmer and I have to re-thread the ... read more trimmer line. This is a very small knock as I have had other trimmer brands do this as well. Overall, this is by far the best trimmer I have ever owned. If you want a quality product, get a STIHL. You get so much more out of it than what you pay!
  1. 3 years ago
    Great for a rural community home
    This trimmer is great for trimming and edging around your home, fence line, and landscaping. It is not powerful enough for brush, but great for everything else. The easy start pull cord has it running in no more than three pulls. The trimmer is light enough to use without a strap, but it comes with one anyway. Definitely recommended!!
  2. 9 months ago
    SUPERB TRIMMER STRONG MOTOR
    Greetings; I bought this item in early June 2019, I'm MOST Happy with the trimmers POWER and ability to mow down weeds in my yard over 3' high. Mainly dry brush is what I have here, even the fresh weeds the trimmer simply cuts them to shreds. The ergonomic bicycle handle is by far SUPERIOR to the the lil loop handle. I love having the power control right there on the handlebar > so convenient and with the lil padded harness it's a breeze using this product FC 56 C-E HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Going to ... read more replace some other power tools I have with STIHL Power tools.Thanks for an OUTSTANDING product. Fred G. Santa Fe,NM
  3. 3 years ago
    My wife is a pioneering woman.
    She wanted the EasyStart and the bicycle handles for control. She started at the house with the string head, but getting closer to the woods, some brush was more durable. She switched to the star blade brush knife and took down another acre of heavy, more woody brush. Then she ran into actual trees. So she put on the chisel tooth circular saw blade, and at that RPM it takes out a 2 inch tree in less than a second, and close to the ground. Wow, I really like this machine.
  1. 3 years ago
    starts great
    the string does not hold up at all. This is the stihl string. I put a different brand into it and it did do better. Next I may go up in string size and see if that takes care of the problem. I have 2 of these and the green Stihl string is useless because it breaks too easy.Other than that the trimmer starts and runs better than most trimmers I have used. If the string would not break so easy it would be 5 star and fantastic..............Joe
  2. 2 years ago
    Easy to use and fairly powerful for what you get
    I work for the city I live in, and have had to trim around light poles and signs, as well as in culverts. The trimmer revs high and because of that, it is hard to stop this trimmer even when it's cutting thick grass and ditchweed (the line doesn't stand up to it though). No complaints other than a small fuel tank, but what do you expect? I run it a lot longer than homeowners would ever do so.
  3. 3 years ago
    Great Trimmer
    So far, I am loving the trimmer. I'll give you the pro's and con's. Pro's: Great power upgrade from the electric trimmer I previously owned. It is super easy to start. It is super lightweight. It is fairly simple to work with for things like basic maintenance. Con's: The only real complaint I have with the trimmer is that the trimmer head is annoying when it doesn't auto feed. I had to take the head off and pull the string out 3 times when I was trimming, but I think this because it ... read more had cheap string that had melted together. I put a higher quality string on the trimmer, but I haven't used it yet.
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