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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 4.4 out of 5 by 928.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is an excellent machine! This is the 2nd. FS-56 that I have bought. I have been using it for tall & heavy grass during my property clean up. Great machine & very happy with the results. Outstanding customer service from the Stihl mechanic & staff at Evans Ace Hardware - Hamilton, Montana! I keep coming back!
Date published: 2019-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Replacing a much more expensive CubCadet unit that only lasted 1 season Ok, let me start by saying that Sthil brand products have always been my first love when it comes to clearing trees and saplings on my property. (Using my farm boss and 029 as my go to saws) This unit is just adding to my list of favorite tools to grab for property maintenance. Like all straight shaft trimmers I have ever owned, it does turn counter-clockwise, which does take some getting use to, however, the power and ease of start compared to my 1 season old cubcadet trimmer of comparable size is unbelievable. This thing is a hoss, I cant wait to get my brush cutter head from the local dealer when it comes in, with all the power this unit has, I am sure underbrush is going to be a breeze.
Date published: 2019-08-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unfortunately, I agree with other 1-Star Raters Like many other homeowners, when my last big-box weed-eater bit the dust a year ago, I decided to pay a bit more and "step up" to a Stihl. Got the FS 56 RC last year and have had nothing but problems with the bump feed. I'm using Stihl line of the appropriate size and have made sure it has been clean and installed properly. It still routinely gets stuck, sucks back into the head, or lets out too much line after bumping and going through most of a spool on my 1-acre lot. Also agree that the straight bar is too long for the average-sized person (I'm 5'7" as well as my wife). She finds this machine so uncomfortable she will not use it again. The engine has worked well, but with the problems I'm having, the cheap big-box trimmer was a better deal.
Date published: 2019-08-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Plenty of power but the string is a problem This trimmer has plenty of power to handle the job and starts very easily. That has never been a problem. The issue that I have is the string advance. I have never been able to get it to work. I saw the other reviews and the answers from STIHL and have tried that several times. It just does not work for me. So disappointing to me because my chain saw, hedge trimmer and blower have zero issues. I wish I could say the same for this trimmer. So I take a screwdriver with me and have to stop and remove the cover to feed the string. A pain since I have a fence that likes to eat string when I cut.
Date published: 2019-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Recommended purchase I have had high end gas trimmers from other companies in the past, and this one is superior. It has the same Stihl performance as their chainsaws I have used. Starts easy, plenty of power for the tall grass and knee high weeds I cleared. I had no issue with line feed or breakage as some have posted.
Date published: 2019-08-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This product is great for homeowners but not commercial use I’ve had this weedeater since July 2018 and it is like when I give it full throttle it’s get power and then it looses it right away so I would not recommend this for commercial and I am running it with the guard so it’s not the string is too long but other than that it is a great weedeater
Date published: 2019-08-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from overpriced for the problems encountered returned to the store 3 times because the trimmer line kept breaking/not feeding.they suggested it was brittle because it was pre-loaded and plastic line degrades.the store finally offered a different head at no charge when i wanted to return/refund.new head with individual rubber pieces is better than the bump head with string.motor is hard to start requiring many pulls on the rope. gas tank is small and runs out of fuel before finishing 2500 sq ft yard.
Date published: 2019-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome It's every bit the workhorse that I knew it would be. Reliable and powerful. A joy to use
Date published: 2019-08-02
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