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FS 38

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

FS 38
Rated 3.3 out of 5 by 194reviewers.
Rated 2 out of 5 by Not their best product Bought it based off name and family members owning similar products. This one must be ran wide open in order for it to trim. Bogs down all the time in places it shouldn't. Not very happy with purchase. Wish I could trade it out for a bigger model.Definitely save yourself the trouble and go up in size August 8, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great after it starts Trimmer does a great job even in heavy grass. It does seem to use a lot of the .08 string so I will probably go to the optional thicker string. Starting the machine can be a chore but once it starts it is very dependable. Overall for the money it is a great buy. August 8, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by This product is not good at all doesn't start This Fs38 is the worst trimmer I purchased! I'll never buy a Stihl product again. Why does it take 40-60 pills for it to start? It's brand new and when I took it to where I had purchased it, they couldn't get it started. I am one unsatisfied customer August 2, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Ok IF you can get it started. Maddening little two stroke. New gas and new sparks and your still lucky IF it starts. Very disappointed. Was my first and last purchase of Stihl equipment. August 2, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Stihl needs to bring this trimmer up to their standard Bought this trimmer because of light weight and Stihl name. Right out of the box it was hard to start, would not run at partial throttle, and the line on the head jammed. I brought it back to the store I bought it from and they were able to fix the part throttle issue, and gave me more detailed instructions on how to start it. I've used it three times since and have no problem starting it, but the line jams in the head. I have viewed the video's on how to install the line, and will change the line before I use it again. The line it came with also won't last a minute of edging along the foundation before the head needs to be bumped, so I will try other brands of line. My Stihl blower on the otherhand is 12 years old and still runs like it was new. August 2, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by So far so good Ok, I've read couple of bad reviews saying it is hard to start or has no power... Bought mine yesterday from a local authorized Stihl dealer store (it's a small motor repair shop near my chalet). The guy from the shop told me he would start it for me for the first run. He did filled it up with mix-gas ( NO REGULARD only super as here in Canada, regular gas has a small percentage of ethanol which is bad for small engine) and started it. He pressed the priming pump 6-8 times to make sure the carburetor is correctly filled, then he positioned the choke selector on full choke. Pulled the rope 2-3 times without any ignition heard. Then moved the choke handle to the middle. Then, while applying gas, he pulled the rope about 2 times. Motor is now running. Moved the choke to off possition after about 12 seconds. Now, he tried the trimmer while engine was running and told me: this should be factory adjusted but it is clearly running too lean on gas. It has no power. So he did adjust the engine as factory settings were clearly wrong. Now engine is running #1! He then showed me how to clean the filter and how to replace cutting wire. Really nice guy! Now I've used this machine yesterday and tried to start it today, so far so good. The mecanic told me to empty the gas reservoir and let the engine run until it stops by itself for the winter.All in all a fair good enough piece of equipment. As long as it is correctly adjusted! July 31, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by should have gone up a model or two Not enough power to really do what I need. Unit is hard to start and I have to keep it choke a little bit to keep it running. If I bump the choke it dies. I don't like the labeling for choke and off and on. If I don't remember which is what where I can't start the unit. Wish switch actually said on off. Had to write it on the unit myself to save myself trying to figure it out every time I use it. July 31, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great for house in town Impressed with the trimmer. My old one went out so i went to the store and the saleman took it off the shelf went and fired it right up. I went straight home and went to work with it. I have had zero trouble and been using it for about a month. Only downside to it is I wish i would have bought the next step up. My father has the better one and it has obviously more power. July 29, 2016
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