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.)
CUTTING SWATH 16.5"
POWER SOURCE Gas
* 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.

STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL Dealers are for distribution in the United States only.
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    Sleek Line Glasses
    A lightweight frame made of nylon offers the ideal combination of durability and comfort. Rubber temple tips and nosepiece offer a pressure-free fit behind the ears and protection from slippage on the nose bridge area. Protective lenses filter 99% of harmful UV rays.
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FS 56 RC-E is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 710.
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
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