FS 56 C-E


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This straight-shaft grass trimmer features bike-style handles, ideal for large or difficult areas.

Ideal for homeowners with large or difficult areas to trim, the straight shaft FS 56 C-E STIHL trimmer has low emissions and a fuel efficient engine, so you have fewer fuel stops during the workday. This trimmer also has the Easy2Start™ system, an ergonomic bike handle, and is smooth running — all features designed for comfortable use. A new starting system, which helps prevent flooding, als...Read More
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FS 56 C-E Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 27.2 cc (1.66 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 0.8 kW (1.07 bhp)
WEIGHT* 5.2 kg (11.5 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 340 cc (11.5 oz.)
CUTTING SWATH 16.5"
POWER SOURCE Gas
* Weight without cutting attachment or deflector.
Model Features
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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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 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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FS 56 C-E is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 46.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 3 years and Stihl going strong!! I bought this trimmer 3 years ago and this bad boy is as strong as ever. I've not had any problems other than wearing the head out but that's going to happen if you use it a lot. TIP: ONLY use Stihl oil and ONLY use non-ethanol gas 89 octane or 91 octane. I've done this for 3 years now and my trimmer will start on the first pull every time. TAKE CARE OF YOUR STUFF! Keep good spark plugs and Stihl oil and non-ethanol gas and your Stihl will run for many, many years. I also have the BG 56c blower and it runs like a BOSS!! If you buy anything other than Stihl, then you're wasting your money! I know I sound like a spokesperson for Stihl but I honestly just love their products and think they are the best.
Date published: 2016-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unbelievably light.almost as strong as the fs90. For a homeowner with hundreds of feet of linear trimming, this is it.Buy the full harness and you cant lose.almost no fatigue because of the super light weight.
Date published: 2016-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very easy to crank. easy to operate , most comfortable ive ever used. and very powerful ive been using Stihl products for years and will not buy any others because of the dependability and performance of these well built machines cannot be out done by the competitors.. you get what you pay for buy a cheap weedeater then expect only one season from it . buy a Stihl and it will out last you ..
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I needed This trimmer is very sturdy for a homeowner model and I have put it through its paces. It is comfortable to use and has plenty of power for my needs. Like the easy start and the bike handles. I have 5 acres and this trimmer suits my needs very well.
Date published: 2016-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent quality This was a very good purchase trimmer starts easily runs very well has plenty of power has a solid feel to it not flimsy I changed the bump feed head to a fixed line head bought the dual harness can trim for several hours.
Date published: 2016-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would give this an A+ grade. I used this to cut a large area of 8 foot high giant rag weed, and an area that was impossible to reach with any other type of cutter because of the rough and uneven terrain. I used a steel, 4 blade cutter attachment which worked very well under these circumstances.
Date published: 2016-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great for the price i have used the bigger 560 for years at my job. when i wanted a trimmer for my home i wanted something that was going to last and easy to work on. this product brings both comfort and durability. easy on the back.
Date published: 2016-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far so good Love the bars its back a saver, At six foot I wish the shaft were a bit longer but didn't need the commercial model.
Date published: 2016-08-30
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