FS 460 C-EM


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Professional brushcutter/clearing saw with the STIHL M-Tronic™ system for optimum engine performance at all times.

The new STIHL FS 460 C-EM brushcutter features the new STIHL M-Tronic™ intelligent engine management system which compensates for fuel quality and varying octane levels, as well as automatically adjusts to changes in elevation, temperature and air filter cleanliness, to deliver optimum engine power at all times. Designed with operator comfort in mind, the STIHL FS 460 C-EM features a simplified st...Read More
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FS 460 C-EM Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 45.6 cc (2.8 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 2.2 kW (3.0 bhp)
WEIGHT* 8.5 kg (18.7 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 750 cc (25.4 oz.)
POWER SOURCE Gas
*Weight without cutting attachment or deflector.
Model Features
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Protected Choke Lever/Knob
    Helps prevent damage.
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    Start/Run/Stop Controls on Handle
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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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    STIHL M-Tronic™ System
    The STIHL M-Tronic™ system intelligently manages the operating performance of the engine. Equipment performance can be affected by a dirty air filter, changes in elevation or poor fuel quality. The STIHL M-Tronic™ system compensates for these factors by eliminating the low and high-speed carburetor adjustment screws and electronically monitoring the engine and digitally controlling the fuel/air mixture. This new technology also provides a simplified warm start procedure.
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    Multi-Function Control Handle
    Having easy access to all of the controls on one comfortable handle makes it easy to complete tasks so the operator’s hand never has to leave the handle.
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    IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor
    The IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor measures the air pressure on the clean side of the air filter and adjusts the metering diaphragm in the carburetor. This keeps the RPM at a consistent level, even when the air filter begins to clog.
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    Tool-Free Handle Adjustment
    The central wing nut enables easy adjustment without the use of tools. For transportation and space-saving storage, the handle can be rotated 90°.
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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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    Anti-Vibration System
    STIHL has a system for minimizing the vibration levels of handheld outdoor power equipment. The STIHL anti-vibration system helps reduce operator fatigue and provides a more comfortable working experience.
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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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    Bike Handle
    When used in conjunction with a harness, the bike handle allows the machine to be easily guided, enabling a smooth horizontal mowing action to cover large areas quickly and efficiently. With soft grips for increased comfort, the bike handle provides greater control and helps reduce operator fatigue.

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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.

STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL Dealers are for distribution in the United States only.
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    Available color: Black/Grey

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FS 460 C-EM is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 18.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Replacements are hard to get in Mexico. The clutch went out in 4 months and is not covered in warranty.. It's heavy and uses more gasoline.. Do not buy this model..
Date published: 2016-10-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from String doesn't extend by bumping, gets wedged and have to yank out String doesn't extend by bumping, gets wedged and have to yank out
Date published: 2016-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from light, balanced, reliable. very well balanced and I can get more done without tiring out.
Date published: 2016-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is a work horse Starts and runs great, and We can change heads to meet our needs
Date published: 2016-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Brushcutter This brushcutter is easy to start and can handle all the brush on my farm, from thorny thickets to small trees. It is well-built and dependable, and is light enough for a smaller person like me to use.
Date published: 2016-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Money Ever Spent I thought I would have buyers remorse when I was making this purchase, but after getting it home I couldn't be any happier! I am an average Joe home owner with about 5 acres of over grown woods. After making the purchase I used it a few times in a small area just to get the feel for it. This past weekend I spent about 7 hrs strapped to it. I was pleasantly surprised that after that many hours of running it I wasn't extremely sore. The double harness is a must have. The harness takes all of the strain off of your arms and shoulders. I was averaging about a tank of gas every 45 to 60 minutes and after 7 hrs of run time the chisel tooth blade is still cutting just as good as when I begin. I have been cutting everything from grass to small trees up to 3-inch's in diameter.I am going to purchase a string head for it next to do my everyday trimming. This machine does weight a lot but with the harness it doesn't where me out nearly as bad as my small straight shaft trimmer. If I had to do it again I wouldn't hesitate for one minute! Best Purchase Ever!!
Date published: 2016-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brush cutting beast Very powerful and but fuel efficient machine. Cleared 5x the area and used less gas than my FS 130. It used different blades than the smaller units. Overall best clearing saw I have ever used. Starts on first pull 95% of the time. i have the double harness and it works flawlessly using it all day.
Date published: 2016-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Power I have about 20 acres overgrown with various saplings and multi-florals. This machine eats through about anything it comes into contact with. I was going back and forth between this and the 560. I can clear an area 10x the size I would with a chainsaw and machete over the same time period.Great on Gas, starts right up every time. Buy the sharpening kit when you purchase the machine and you will be running uninterrupted. Don't let the weight intimidate you, the double shoulder harness make operating this machine effortless.Once the machine is at RPM, the vibrations go away. Ear and Eye protection are mandatory running this machine. Make sure you have a good set of safety glasses and over the ear protection(I use my shooting muffs).
Date published: 2016-04-12
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