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FS 56 RC-E

A straight-shaft grass trimmer with a fuel-efficient engine and STIHL Easy2Start™.

FS 56 RC-E
Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 442reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great trimmer! Makes cutting tall weeds a quick and hassle free job. September 23, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great machine Were a Stihl family have trimmers saws even a shop vac. We got the 56 rce to replace our old 55. After several years with the 55 doing both home and light commercial work changing to the new 56 is a total pleasure. The power is great noise is low and it has much less vibration. September 22, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by This trimmer makes quick work of your trimming needs. Lot's of power and very dependable tool.It starts very easy like all Stihl products tend to do. I highly recommend it. September 20, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Easy on the back I have a small yard, so I know this trimmer may seem like overkill. But the balance and the fact I don't feel all bent over is worth it. I had a small curved shaft from a box store and always had to run wide open to do anything. This trimmer I can stand straight and run 1/2 to 3/4 power and still get done in half the time. Everybody has different thoughts on string, I bought a spool of orange round line at the dealer and it works fine for me.I trim every week so it doesn't get too tall to start with. Haven't had any problems out of the head. The line is very easy to replace. Also very easy to start, even when you run it out of gas. September 19, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by great home unit Compared to some of the other units in the home level, this is by far one of the best I have owned. Could use it for small commercial unit! September 19, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by My first time purchasing a STIHL product After going through four other brands, I was in the market for a new line trimmer and one that could hang tough. My brother along with a couple of good friends recommended a STIHL, so I bought the FS 56 RC-E model Line Trimmer. Needless to say, I'm very pleased with my purchase. It's light weight, easy to start, smooth running and has all the power you need to get the job done quickly. September 15, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Was great until...... I have this unit and its three years old. I've stored it in my basement every winter. Use only premium gas with the correct mix. I use this unit maybe once every two weeks (during the cutting season) to trim up the property. I figure I have a grand total of about 10-20 hours on it. The other day I was using it. I stopped it and then tried to restart it. Nothing. The engine is not even trying. Replaced the spark plug. Still nothing. Did all the obvious engine 101 checks. I'm getting fuel and air. I don't think I'm getting spark which leads me to believe that ignition coil is gone.I have two other Stihl products and they have no issues so I'm pretty surprised I'd have any issue like this after such little use.I'm pretty disappointed as I'm out of my warranty and I have this still beautiful machine that I can't do anything with. September 15, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Leaks fuel from carb I have had this trimmer in the shop just one week after purchase. Carb was replaced. It is still leaking fuel out of the carb choke. Fuel leaks on the black filter cover. So back it goes to the shop. Hope it gets fixed this time. September 14, 2016
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