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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. 8 months ago
    Best bang for the buck!
    I wanted a powerful trimmer but didn't want to break the bank. I went back and forth looking at many other trimmers but kept coming back to the FS 56 RC-E. I got it home and it was pretty powerful and easy to put new trimmer line on. It's the most ideal no nonsense trimmer for someone that just wants a powerful string trimmer that starts up with no problems every time! You can't go wrong with the Stihl FS 56 RC-E!
  2. 2 years ago
    Plenty of Power/feeder head needs to reworked
    Trimmer has great power and starts right up, only issue I’ve had is string and feeder head. I looked at reviews before my purchase and knew this was an issue so I also purchased the heavier string. I used the factory string that was already in trimmer and had the normal not feeding issues non stop. Then I switched to the heavier string and that eased the issue with the string not feeding, but it still stopped feeding and I had to take the head apart several times to re feed the line. I think ... read more once I get the line on the head a little straighter it may feed better. I’ve used it on both normal yard grass edging and thorns around the permitted of my 5 acres in some heavy thorns and brush. This trimmer is strong and works great just need a different type of feeder head. Overall it’s a good string trimmer.
  3. 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.
  1. 2 years ago
    Outstanding product
    Very easy to start. Reliable which is also important. Well balanced with comfortable shoulder strap. Ease of use and great control with handlebars. When doing extended trimming it doesn't wear out my guiding arm. String advance head works well to this point although my personal preference leans toward the ease of a straight line insertion type head. Overall I would highly recommend this trimmer.
  2. 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!!
  3. 9 months ago
    You get what you pay for.
    After years of buying inexpensive gas string trimmers ever 2 years I decided to give myself a break and get a quality machine. It came down to two highly recommended brands. However, the Sthl had a much more professional look. This SF-56 is the first straight shaft trimmer I have ever used so it took a few sessions to get comfortable with it, but I appreciate the longer shaft; reduces back strain. The ease of starting is one of the most appreciated features. My previous trimmers would start ... read more easily the first 6 months but most would become more difficult as time went on. This Sthl SF-56 has the feel of quality and I expect to get many years of satisfying service out of it.
  1. 7 years ago
    FS 50 C-E
    First of all, I absolutely HATE doing yard work. But I liked the idea of the extended shaft since I'm a big tall guy. Makes it a little easier to trim without breaking my back! Wish this trimmer had the heavier line, it does seem to break quicker than my real, real old Stihl that used the heavy line. Does a nice job overall. Did I mention that I HATE cutting grass and doing yard work? So anything that's going to make it easier I like -- and this trimmer is easy to operate and that makes the yard ... read more work bearable. My last Stihl trimmer lasted over twenty five (25) years -- if this one comes even close I'll be happy, even though -- and I'm not sure I made it clear -- I HATE yard work!! Have had it a month now and it seems to be a good, solid, reliable product, just as all my Stihl equipment is.
  2. 2 years ago
    Great product with lots of power
    Best trimmer I've ever owned. Starts right up every time. Before I purchased this trimmer I read the reviews. I was very hesitant about this buying this trimmer because of the bad reviews about the line not advancing. I would have to agree in the beginning until I spoke with my local dealer. Unlike other trimmers I've owned where you rev the motor and then bump the head, this is not the proper procedure with this one. The right way of doing it is to run the motor about three quarter throttle and ... read more bump the head while still running the motor at power. Its when you let off the throttle as your bumping the head will cause the line to tangle inside the head. As long as the engine is at speed it will work every time. No complaints here. Great trimmer.
  3. 4 years ago
    Nice machine.
    I like the machine,it starts easily and runs good,I have had some problems with the spool that holds the string. At first use I could not get it to advance any string, unless I shut it off and pulled it out by hand, I took it back and they looked at it,then I went home and used it to trim my yard and it seemed to work fine. I think the string was kinked up on the spool and thats why it wouldn't come out,so time will tell,but overall it is a nice piece of equipment.
  1. 2 years ago
    This Product is a awesome machine at a reasonable price.
    This lightweight and durable string trimmer is excellent for not only use around the home but also keeps up with everyday use as in small businesses. Overall an excellent product. Only downfall is the new head on the string trimmer with the two equal pieces of string. I really don't care for it.
  2. 2 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.
  3. 3 years ago
    Trimmer head not to good
    I'm pleased with the trimmer starting and running but the trimmer head is horrible loading new string is next to impossible and a real pain in the butt. And the bump action is horrible as well. Just over all bad trimmer head I'm going to try to get a better head! I think that's what the company is planning on everyone that buys one getting an upgraded head !
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