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FS 40 C-E

A lightweight, reliable grass trimmer, featuring STIHL Easy2Start™ technology, a low exhaust emission engine and lightweight curved shaft.

FS 40 C-E
FS 40 C-E is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 272.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light weight and easy to use I bought your product initially because of the low price but I got more than just a bargain for my money. I got a very dependable machine for a low price.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This product has ample power. I am very happy with how much power this product has. I am able to trim the thick grass that is in my yard with ease.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great trimmer for home owner! Good quality trimmer I use probley every other week. Starts easy, great power.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Owner Perfect tool for the home owner, large or small yard!
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Does not cut grass against the house/fence After 20 years my string trimmer finally died and as I had great success with the Stihl hand held blower I thought it was a no brainer to purchase the Stihl FS40c. two years ago. It cuts high grass great; but when I was trimming the grass next to my lawn edging & my brick home it knocks the grass over instead cutting it. For over a year I thought I was doing something wrong. So I brought it back to the dealer and we went to the back of his lot and he tried trimming some grass against the wall. It knock it over instead of cutting it.. He said he would look into it and see if a new head would make a difference; never heard from the dealer. My brother gave me his string trimmer over the weekend and it worked great. I just think i got a defective trimmer and the dealer didn't want to deal with the issue.
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LINE FEED PROBLEMS Encountered problems with auto line feed operation. Looks like the factory provided spool was not properly wound resulting in overlaps that prevent the line from feeding properly. Kind of like an old fishing reel with backlash problems. Replacement spool seemed to have same problem. Recommend going back to old style where the line was wrapped without the center barrier separating the two lines.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Curved Shaft too light weight Material The material the shaft is made from is so thin that even with gentle tapping on the ground to advance string will bend it. With less than two hours on this machine the shaft hand began to bend and eventually the vibration caused the bend to begin to crack. the only way to continue using it was to stop and advance the string by hand. Eventually the shaft will break completely in two.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy start I bought this trimmer 2 weeks ago and right out of the box two pulls and started right up. And every time after that 2 pulls and fires right up. Not to many companies trimmers do that. Ill never buy anything else.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for it's intended use When used as designed, this USA made version is great. A basic tool, but has plenty of power for average household usage. A breeze to start, and simple to operate. Less vibration than comparable brands. Trimmer head and guard may not hold up to abuse, but this is an entry level model. A step above the made over seas model below it, in terms of weight and power.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything I expected from STIHL Nice and quiet, easy to start, lightweight, very good on fuel consumption. Plenty of power for the homeowner. Would buy again. Only have used it four times; but so far it is great.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good trimmee Great product. Starts easy and every time. I love it.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use Very impressed with this trimmer it starts easy and is very smooth and well balanced, I tried to find a major flaw, i wasted my time.I'll stay with Stihl products from here on out.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best replacement Trimmer I purchased the FS 40 C as a replacement for a ten year old non Stihl gas Trimmer. I wanted similar features to my old Trimmer, easy start and pre cut line. The FS 40 C had these features plus better dependability. The FS 40 came with a bump and feed head and I purchased a Stihl Durocut head that using precut lines which I prefer. The Trimmer starts easily, is well balanced and lighter than my previous Trimmer.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2 finger pull start Just got yesterday but very impressed. Starts the first time you try and it really only takes 2 fingers to start. I have never had a weed eater that would actually start without some serious effort. I absolutely love this thing. Perfect for my height 5'5 and it is not too heavy to use for extended period of time. Plus it does not vibrate so bad when you stop that your arms are still shaking. I definitely recommend this to anyone and everyone.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight and dependable This small trimmer is light and has plenty of power for the average homeowner. It starts easily and is a dependable machine.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ez to start When I talked to the Stihl rep I told him I wanted something I could start and was not heavy.I have 40 acres and needed something dependable. This was his recommendation and I am pleased so far. It has been updated and is so ez to start. Love it.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Piece of Equipment!! A+ This weedwacker starts easily and runs great. I love it for around my home.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from nothing good to say the string in the trimmer is very difficult to replace and doesn't last long I ended up buying the blades. Lots of problems starting have had it in repair 3 times. The cheap old one was easier to maintain, easy to reload string, had interchangeable parts for the cutter and was 1/2 the price. Last one I'll ever buy.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Junk I have owned this for three years. Within the first month, the head broke. On the third month the head broke again, and I had to replace the shaft. On year two, the carburetor became very fussy, and unless the ethanol-free gas I was using was less than two weeks old, it would not run for more than a few seconds. Now, in year three, even with fresh ethanol-free gas, it will not run for more than a few seconds. I always treat my tools with care, only used ethanol-free fuel with good quality oil-mix, and empty the fuel tank during the winter season. I will never buy a Stihl product again and will recommend to my family and friends to stay away from this over-priced junk.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful, yet manageable string trimmer. So easy to use this thing. The easy2start is amazing, and has all the power you could ever need. The main thing I liked was that after using it my hands weren't shaky. My old string trimmer( poulan pro) was garbage compared to this. And not to mention I payed less for this trimmer and getting their fuel mix than I did my previous sting trimmer. You cant go wrong with STIHL.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product has great features I love it it has been easy to use. It seems to be reliable and starts easy. It has very good power .
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very powerful small trimmer. I've had this trimmer or actually the old version, fs45 for 4 years now and its still going strong. I've used it around my 1 acre lot and on heavy applications trimming high grass and weeds. Its surprisingly powerful and with the right line this trimmer is more than enough for most yards. If there is a downside, I would say it can be slightly difficult to start. More than 5 pulls.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, dependable machine for the price I use this for my home on an acre lot. It works well and is easy to use. I am satisfied with this purchase and would again if I had to do it over again.
Date published: 2016-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome product I did do research on the product. Sthil was rated well. It has done everything I needed it to do and more. A wounderful product.
Date published: 2016-10-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Always have had Stihl chainsaws and weed whackers but this is not one of my favorite. The trigger should be made of a different material with grooves or something so that it is not so slippery that your finger slides off or possibly more of a curve or different angle. It is somewhat top heavy and difficult to maintain a level trim.It does cut well but the manual is for several models and not clear on changing the string.
Date published: 2016-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great trimmer for the average yard I recently went from a heavy duty professional grade Stihl trimmer to the FS-40 which is more appropriate for my yard size The trimmer is lightweight and has plenty of power for the average home lot.
Date published: 2016-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to start and use. I had a battery powered trimmer that just wasn't cutting it. I went to consumer reports and saw where this model was highly rated and went to local store to check it out. After purchasing the trimmer works great and starts great. I know it is not a commercial model but my teenage son uses it also for some side jobs in neighborhood to trim with. Great product.
Date published: 2016-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So much better than the lower priced models Great for shorter people like me. It helps to keep the back straight so back pain is almost eliminated if there is a great deal of trimming to do. The only feature that might be improved is some sort of barrier to protect the right arm from the heat of the engine while holding down the throttle trigger lockout and the throttle trigger. Otherwise, it is well designed and easy to use.
Date published: 2016-10-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worthless if you have to trim along fences and streets Having just bought this today I was excited to get to work with in in my yard. However it did not even come close to my expectations. Motor is plenty strong, easy to start but that is all I can say for it. the following are the issues.1. Head design is horrible - line is 2" above the bottom of the head and you have to tilt it so far over that the line angle starts to gouge your yard.2. Max line size is ok for grass but going up against fences or down a curb you have to bump the line every 3 feet because it is so flimsy.3.Upgraded to the self winding line head and that is a joke! Unless you are a gorilla it is very hard to wind.Could not even finish the yard with it because it was so bad.
Date published: 2016-09-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hard starting Replaced a 20 year oldstraight shaft from somebody else. It always started on one pull. easily. A fuel line broke and to save time, I bought the Stihl. 12 pulls to get it going, with harsh recoil from the pull cord mechanism. Once it is going, it's brilliant! Plenty of power. Hopefully break in will solve the issue.
Date published: 2016-09-28
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