FS 56 RC-E - $199.95 DSRP

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FS 56 RC-E

DSRP: $199.95


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

Designed with a low-emission engine, the versatile straight shaft FS 56 RC-E STIHL loop handled trimmer is smooth running to help reduce operator fatigue. With a simplified new starting procedure, and featuring a semiautomatic choke that helps prevent flooding, you get a trimmer that’s ideal for homeowners with heavy grass to trim in hard-to-reach places. Couple this with the Easy2Start™ syst...Read More
Print Spec Sheets
FS 56 RC-E Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 27.2 cc (1.66 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 0.8 kW (1.07 bhp)
WEIGHT* 4.8 kg (10.6 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 340 cc (11.5 oz.)
* Weight without cutting attachment or deflector.
Model Features
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    Adjustable front handle
    The front handle is easily adjustable (360-degree rotation) for comfort.
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    Shoulder Strap / Carrying System
    Using a shoulder strap or carrying system helps distribute the weight of the equipment for increased operator comfort and improved maneuverability.
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    Support strap (4130 007 1020)
    Support strap provides additional support while working.
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    Fully Lined Drive Shaft
    Provides smooth operation and less vibration.
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    High Tech Polymer Housing
    Housings are lightweight, withstand greater impact and are corrosion-resistant.
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    Start/Run/Stop Controls on Handle
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    Protected Choke Lever/Knob
    Helps prevent damage.
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    Throttle Trigger Interlock
    Must be depressed before the trigger can be activated.
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    Air Filter Cover
    Easily removed for fast and easy filter cleaning or replacement.
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    Protected or Enclosed Control Cables
    Eliminate dangling and loose wires.
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    Heavy-Duty Steel-On-Steel Clutch
    Centrifugal clutch is designed to reduce slippage.
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    Protected Spark Plug
    Protected yet easy to change.
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    Protected Spark Arrestor Muffler
    Has large baffles which reduce noise level and contains a screen designed to reduce the emission of sparks.
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    Upright Translucent Fuel Tank
    Allows operator to easily check fuel level before starting work. Upright position makes it easier to refill.
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    Purge Pump Primer
    By pressing the bulb, this small fuel pump delivers fuel to the carburetor, reducing the number of starting pulls needed after an extended break between uses.
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    Loop Handle (R)
    Loop handle grass trimmers and brushcutters are ideal for trimming between bushes and shrubs and other areas where space is limited.
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    Cutting Heads & Blades Selection Chart
    Need help selecting a cutting head or blade for your STIHL trimmer or brushcutter?

    Click here to view the Cutting Heads & Blades Selection Chart (PDF Format).
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    Built in the USA
    Indicates products that are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.

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    Reduced-Emission Engine Technology - Caring for Nature
    The STIHL Inc. “Caring for Nature” seal identifies its powered products that are more environmentally conscious, producing zero or low exhaust emissions. STIHL Inc. defines “low exhaust emissions” as being cleaner than EPA and/or CARB exhaust emission standards.

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    STIHL Easy2Start™
    The STIHL Easy2Start™ system makes starting STIHL outdoor power tools almost effortless, eliminating the need for a strong pull of the starting cord. This advanced starting system is designed to make starting STIHL products easier. The specific system may vary by model, but in each case, a quick pull overcomes the engine’s compression to minimize the strength and effort required to start. Available on selected products.

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    Simplified Starting Procedure
    To get started, simply pump the fuel primer, set the choke and pull the starter cord. The built-in stop switch allows the user to turn off the engine with a simple press of the button. When the engine is off, the throttle lock automatically returns to the “start” setting. Your power tool will be ready to be started when you’re ready to get back to work.

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Standard Features
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    Common Features for Trimmers
    View the features common to many STIHL trimmers.

Important Information
WARNING! Improper use of any trimmer/brushcutter can cause serious or fatal injury. Read, understand and follow all safety instructions in your instruction manual. To reduce the risk of injury from blade contact, circular saw blades may be used on FS brushcutters that have a limitstop, a bicycle handle and double shoulder harness and not on FS brushcutters with a "J" handle or loop handle. Other rigid blades may be used on FS brushcutters having a bicycle handle, a "J" handle or a loop handle equipped with a barrier bar. To reduce the risk of eye injury always wear proper eye protection. Always use the appropriate deflector for the type of cutting attachment, as explained in your instruction manual.
Note: STIHL engine products with the Caring for Nature logo are cleaner than EPA Standards for exhaust emissions.
Note: STIHL recommends use of fuel with no more than 10% Ethanol content. Using fuel with greater than 10% Ethanol content may cause damage to your equipment and may void your STIHL warranty. Learn More…
WARNING! Improper use of any power tool may cause serious or fatal injury. Read, understand and follow carefully the operating and safety instructions in your instruction manual before using such products.

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FS 56 RC-E is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 724.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This trimmer will not release cutting line. Have used this trimmer only one afternoon and had to take the cutter head off to fix the cutting line. (Many times) . The cutting line would not release or would jam together in the cutter head. Extremely disappointed in this trimmer. Would like to take it back.
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great Machine Have had this machine 2 seasons now still starts up like the day I bought it
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The price is right. This trimmer is great for home and semi commercial use. Great product at a reasonable price point
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from None better I've gone through a lot of gas weed trimmers in my time and most never lasted more than 2 years. Several other brands, you name em. Decided to give Stihl a shot and it's the best move I've ever made. It's been 3 years now and it never fails to start and is as powerful today as the first day I got it. I run it till it stops and then try cranking it a couple times at the end of year to store it. Wish I would have tried it a long time ago, would have saved a lot of money.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from STAYED WITH STIHL I retired my FS 80 yesterday after 18 years and a bazillion hours with ZERO PROBLEMS. Picked up this 56 and was extremely impressed this morning. Having moved back to the city, the 80 was overkill and still running strong. Turns out the 56 is overkill, too. Love the lack of weight. Love the immediate start. Line advance is flawless. Not impressed with their line durability but I have a big roll of great line on hand. I've bought six Stihl products since 1993. None have ever been in the shop and all still run great.
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product...quality Purchased my stihl 2 years ago best trimmer I’ve owned. After sitting all winter long it fired right up after 3rd pull. Strong, light with plenty of power.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This machine is a great investment This is a excellent machine runs great easy to service and fired up third pull after it sat all winter long with old gas in it
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best string trimmer out there This is my 3rd Stihl string trimmer and I could not be happier. I bought the FS56RC model so it does not have the easy start feature, but it does not need it. It fires right up on the first or 2nd pull every time, even after sitting for a month or so. I am running Stihl synthetic oil and mixing it myself to our local pump gas. I recently put my new Stihl to the test: I had to clear a 1 acre lot completely grown over with tall weeds with thick stems which were more the consistency of wood, not green weeds. I thought that I would have to put a blade on the trimmer to clear this mess but decided to have a go with just the stock string head. This machine ate right through the nastiest lot of tough weeds I've ever seen with ease. Way more than enough power and it took a surprisingly low amount of trim line in the process. I cannot say enough positive about the great power of the motor, ease of start-up and overall build quality, and the quality of our local Stihl dealer, Walla Walla Saw and Knife. I fully expect that this trimmer will be the last I will ever need. My first two are still running strong with no breakdowns in over 10 years. Of course, I've re-strung the heads many times and that is not a tough chore once you read the manual and just wade in. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great trimmer I bought this trimmer last April before the season started because i could not get my older 4 stroke started and decided to buy a new trimmer rather than monkey around with the old one. This trimmer is fairly light weight and feels good in the hands. It has great power , I used it in an overgrown ditch of a customers lawn i do and it performed great. The only complaint i have is that the head is sometimes a pain to spool.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grass Shredder This was my first weed eater purchase and it is nothing shy of perfect for around the house. I've used bigger commercial STIHL weed eaters in my previous landscaping job but I wanted one a little lighter. It's really easy to start and can take on jobs bigger than just normal lawn grass. I've cut through some thick weeds around my fence line with it with no problem. Love how easy it is to re-string too.
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from to replace string is ridiculous Starts easy but string is a pain, only a few years old and dealer doesnt have any accessories for itreally disappointment I didnt buy a cheapo instead of buying twice as much for nothing
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great product great product for homeowner starts great and easy to maintain
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT product Blows away EVERYTHING else worth the few extra bucks easy. I've been through 3 gas and 1 electric trimmer over the last 3-4 years none held up. This one is far superior in every way. Could have saved a tin had I just gotten this one first.
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love my StihlTrimmer This is my second Stihl trimmer. The first one last for over 25 years. Hopefully this one will do the same. I have used it a couple times and it works great. Easy to handle and plenty of power to do what I need done.
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best bang for buck Best trimmer I have ever bought. Way more power than I expected for the price. Starts right up every time and takes down whatever is put in it's path. Great machine
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Stihl FS 56RC is powerful I just bought the Stihl FS 56RC and I took it home and tried it. I was amazed at the sheer power that this weed trimmer has! You have plenty of power in reserve to tackle some tough weeds and brush! I love the ergonomic design and craftsmanship that went into this!The fact that you can gently tap the line feed on the ground and have more line come out is a plus also!I would highly recommend this for any home owner that is looking for power and performance!
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why buy another brand? I always had in my mind that Stihls were more expensive. But, they aren't. They are similarly priced to much inferior competitors. I always had problems with other trimmers. They were constantly bogging down or randomly deciding not to start. I've never had one issue with my Stihl FS 56 RC-E. I'm three years in, didn't properly winterize it the second winter I owned it, and it still starts on the first time every time. It runs like a top. I will definitely never buy another brand, and I've now purchased a blower with the same excellent results.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just right for needs. Easy to start, easy to use. Just whacked down some tall brush with this trimmer and it powered through like a champ. Have a lot more to do but no doubt this will do exactly what I need.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FS56R CE Trimmer I had recently bough the FS56 with the loop handle. I like it a whole lot. Very lightweight and easy to maneuver when trimming. When i had purchased the trimmer it was an immediate 2 year warranty. I was then offered choice of fuel options which then extended another 2 years onto the warranty. Thats a total of 4 years just for buying a 50:1 6 pack of oil mix!!! The price was a bit high but i am happy with this purchase.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good trimmer I replaced my old stihl trimmer with this and I am happy.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overkill for anything under an acre. I have a corner lot, with fenced in back yard, sidewalks, landscaping and a few trees. I was sick of going through several batteries to trim my yard on my old Black and Decker. I went for much more power, and I got it. Good? Yes and no. The power is great, but it also grabs what it's hitting and pulls it around. It's harder to use and modulate the power than the finesse needed for typical home owners. I would highly recommend a step down unless you are trimming a LOT!
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beats the socks off "cheap" trimmers! I had purchased another brand and used it for the last 6 years. I said the next trimmer I bought would be a more dependable upgrade. I did my research online and also talked to folks who use trimmers on a regular basis. My search paid off with the purchase of Stihl. The easy start, easy line feed , and superior performance have me almost wishing for the grass to grow so I can use my trimmer. Purchasing the Stihl mixing oil to extend the warranty was an absolute no-brainer.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from After 2 months, I am impressed. After 40 years of using corded trimmers, this my first gas powered one. It does take some getting used to. It is heavier and there is a lot more vibration and noise. But, there is also a lot more power. Another thing is the ability to control the speed. The others just had an on/off switch.So far, I like it.
Date published: 2017-10-16
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
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