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FS 38

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

FS 38
Rated 3.4 out of 5 by 183reviewers.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Will not start - New Same issues I have read elsewhere. Would not start at the store when they prepped it. They tried a SECOND one, and couldnt get it started either. Finally got this one going, so I bought it, got it home, and had very hard time starting it twice, AND keeping it running. Returning it for a different model. Love my Stihl saws and blower. What's the deal, folks? July 23, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Maybe Maybe not My old string trimmer decided to die on me after twelve years of hard use and Yesterday my wife went and bought me this Stihl FS 38. Last night I looked it over and read the instruction manual front to back to prepare for its break in starting today. With that purchase of the trimmer she also bought me the pre mix Stihl fuel to use for breaking it in. Today I filled the tank up and followed the starting instructions in the manual to a T and proceeded to pull my guts out to no avail. Had to remove plug three times and clear cylinder and after forty five minutes it finally started . After starting it seemed to have a flat spot in the rpm range and would bog down and die out so I let it sit and idle for several minutes and increased rpm's up and down a little with out running it full bore and shut it off and then restarted it a few times and proceeded to weed eat my yard. I hope the next time I have to use it it is easier to start than it was today and performs better than the dead spot that I hope now has went away. I will run three tanks of pre mix through it before mixing my own using the Stihl oil I have purchased as well. But if I still have a problem will be returning it and get something other. I may like the fit and finish on it compared to my old one but looks is not what it was bought for. I have had several Stihl chainsaws over the years and loved them but the jury is still out on this string trimmer. July 20, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by has good features lightweight easy to use dependable Great trimmer for great price always can depend on a stihl i used an older model that this model replaced this is a lot easier to use light weight easy to run i have no issues getting it to start on 2nd or 3rd pull depend on how u prime and choke it works great and cuts through everything it nice i can switch from string to the poly cut blades to cut down on string use age this is a great trimmer and i recommend it to people who wants a good reliable durable trimmer i will always use a stihl product and nothing else i have good luck with all brands of trimmers and saws this trimmer is everything i look for it has good power and works great have not had any problems with it can't beat the price i paid for this brand it good price and worth spending the money on i recommend this trimmer for daily use and for heavy weeding July 18, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by What a piece of junk. It would be a quality machine if it would ever start. I'm a pretty handy tool/yard person. I can run a lawnmower, pressure washer, drill, etc. This thing is impossible to start! Even my husband who is an avid outdoorsman struggles with this. Do not buy for the wife!! July 13, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Terrible Didn't run right on the first day and killed its self constantly. All happened on first day within a couple hours July 11, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by The one time I used the trimmer, it worked very well. So far I like the trimmer. It is lightweight and easy to start. It worked well the one time I have used it. July 5, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Is heavy for a women and the line feed is not easy or adequet Was told this was great for a women but it is heavy and the wire feed constantly need pulled out. which is not easy at all. Wish I didn't buy it. Expensive for not being happy with it. July 5, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Not on par with typical Stihl performance If you are looking for a string trimmer that sits waiting for you to use, starts by the third pull, and runs reliably, start to finish, through your project ... this one is not for you.If you are looking for something that the local techs will be able to keep in top working order ... this one is not for you.BUT, if you're looking for a tool that gives you good reason to hang out at the service desk ... well, then, you're looking at just the right piece.I told the GUYS down at the SAW CENTER that this was either the worst buying decision I have ever made, or the tool I bought is the worst Stihl has ever made. July 1, 2016
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