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FS 38

A lightweight, value-priced consumer trimmer with many quality design features.

FS 38
FS 38 is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 233.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Used it once worked great. Tried to use a second time. Won't start fuel is coming out of exhaust. Used it once worked great. And second use aweek later it would not start fuel is leaking out exhaust.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Stihl should discontinue this product My first Stihl was a model 45 which worked well for years. I had problems with my first F38 before it was stolen. I bought another F38 and had the same problems. It loses power if turned (rolled) at an angle greater than ten or fifteen degrees. If it doesn't completely stall out, RPM's can be recovered, but it's a general pain to use. The first dealer didn't care and offered no credit toward an upgrade. I sold it at a loss and upgraded to the FS56 (from a different dealer). I'm happy with the FS56. It runs well at any angle of engagement. I would add that the second dealer told me the F38 engine was made by a "foreign" company -- evidently not the standard power supplier of other Stihl products.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent weed trimmer. After having to buy a weed trimmer every spring, for the past four years. My husband decided to buy a Stihl weed trimmer, so far so good. He really likes it.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Popeye Bought this because I thought Stihl products were dependable and durable. Joke was on me I guess. Every time I want to use it I have to plan for about 20 minutes of just trying to get the thing started.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from FS 38 good for the money brought because it was a good price and knew it would do what i needed
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This thing is so hard to start I almost wish I had bought something else. When the warranty expires I plan to fix it to where it can be started with a drill. Spin it till it cranks.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hard to start, burns gas quickly, not enough compatible attachments I bought this Stihl FS38 in 2015 to replace my cheap little 'other brand' electric trimmer. The Stihl did a much better job than the old trimmer, but I noticed it kept stalling out. I noticed that the 'choke' start button (I guess that's what you call it) kept catching on to the side of my pants pocket and the button would move and cause the weed cutter to stall out. This thing goes through gas like crazy, and auto-cut line head that came with it never worked properly. I reviewed that one as well. I bought a Dura-Cut line head for my FS38, but that only worked slightly better than the Auto-Cut. So, I gave the FS38 a "Fair" rating for Quality, Power, and Value, but a "Poor" rating for Dependability due to the stalling out and hard start issues.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good when you can get it started I have always loved stihl products had had a least 5 over the years and I believe that the fs 38 would be good as well but it is so hard to start
Date published: 2017-04-05
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