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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
FS 56 RC-E is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 693.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick start and reliable! Trimmer is a great tool! Starts very quickly and is a powerful tool!
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from horrible trimmer head I've already coughed up money for two updated trimmer heads. The new one doesn't work well either. After you've advanced the line a couple of times you notice you're not cutting. When you stop, the line has broken off INSIDE the head. Yes, I bought one of the fancy heads that you "simply" line up the arrows and run the line through and then crank to spool it. I keep wasting time with trips back to the dealer to have them respool it. I was told my line was bad and then I pointed out it was the line HE recently put on. I'm not going to buy new line every time I have to trim my yard. It takes me literally two hours to trim for what should be a one hour job. For every 10 minutes of trimming, i have 15 minutes of downtime. The trimmer otherwise works great, but this one feature renders it useless to me.
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice trimmer My old trimmer had been brought back to life last year so when it died this year it was time to let it go. I decided to go with a Stihl after my experience with my Stihl chain saw. I have a creek bank to maintain at the back of my property and it got a little tall when my other trimmer quit. My new trimmer did not disappoint it handled the brush very well.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from easy to start I upgraded to a Stihl trimmer because I was tired of struggling to start my old trimmer. Like my chainsaw and leaf blower I now have all Stihl tools and never have trouble getting any of them started.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The right size for my small yard. The FX-56 is fine for what I needed. I could possibly have used the next size, but this one is lightweight and doesn't tire you out to carry it . I also like the adjustable shaft feature on this one. It takes about me about 30 to 45 minutes to edge my yard and that is about what the battery is lasting. I may purchase another battery to have that I can change if the first one quits before I finish. Overall I think it is a good my and is reasonably priced.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Trimmer, Great Power I bought this trimmer which I will admit is probably to much for my .25 acher lot; and it has preformed admirably. Starts on the first pull and runs great, a little loud though. The only complaint I have is the string reload is a bit of a chore, but with a little patience the task is completed quickly.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Line Trimmer Easy to start and operate. Has plenty of power and well balanced. It replaced a FS48 which ran flawlessly for 29 years until the crankcase seal failed and parts are no longer available. I expect this unit to perform as well. The only issue is the line feed which I expect will improve with continued use.
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from God Tool I recently purchased a FS 56 Trimmer. Several years ago I had an electric trimmer. The quality was very good! I used it for at least 15 years before converting over a gasoline trimmer. When I purchased another trimmer, I went back to Stihl. This time a gasoline engine. This is a very good product. My only compliant is the same one I had with the electric model, that is the line feed. For me it does not work very well. The line is constantly breaking off inside the head which requires me to stop and re-thread the line. I use this too as my edger as well, so I am sure that contributes to the line breaking. It would seem that after 25+ years there should be a better design. The only option seems to be the purchase of a different style head.
Date published: 2017-09-27
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