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…
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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 769.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smokin trimmer! This is powerful, starts on one or two pulls, and just works great. Use 89 octane gas and everything works like a charm.
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good trimmer Recently got one of these. Works great even on tall grass which is what I needed it for. Unfortunately after using it for a couple hours in tall grass repeatedly bumping the head for new line to come out caused the recoil spring in the pull start housing to become unseated and jam up which then caused the pull cord to snap after re-fueling and attempting to fire it up again not knowing about the spring.
Date published: 2018-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good power for grass trimming. This is my fourth gas powered trimmer I’ve owned in my lifetime. I’m 64 years old and hope this is the last I’ll have to buy. I live on 3.5 acres with a pond. I am rather tall and this trimmer has the length I need to reach areas around the pond. Although it is heavier than I like, the shoulder strap makes it bearable. Plenty of power and starts right up. So far so good!
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great upgrade I’m bought this to replace my older Stihl that I used for 17 years. So far seems like a great upgrade. Powerful and starts great
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from fs 56 with handlebars one problem I have is with the handlebars slipping when bumping to feed more line. This is still a problem, but is less after I used some thin rubber washers between the clamps and fully tightened the screws with blue loctite. It would be nice to have a real solution to this problem.
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy To Start I purchased this Stihl 56 RC E Trimmer because a friend highly recommended it.I used it today for the first time and it was so easy to start.Cuts grass and weeds like butter. Bump mechanism for string advance worked every time.The 56 RC E has power to spare!
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbeleivable power with professional grade performance I live in a rural area on 1 acre of property. Much of it is grass or weed than can be mowed but I needed something a lot better than the ole Poulan Pro 31 I had. This machine fits the bill. I didn't know what a good weed eater would do till I bought this thing. It tore through some of the thickest and wettest weed growths I had seen in awhile. We were getting daily rains for two weeks straight and I had grasses and weeds over my knees. this 56 didn't even grunt. The string head was easy to reload which I had to do right at the very end of about 3 hours of non-stop destruction and that is only because of chain link and hog wire fencing surrounding the entire acre and lots of sharp rocks in the driveway. An acquantance of mine has a landscaping business and uses his daily in the summer and has for the last 3 years or so. Never any issue but some slight tuning. You get thiis machine, you cannot go wrong IMHO.
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Trimmer Love this weed eater. Plenty of power to handle heavy weeds, grass and even small brush. Starts easily and handles well. Look forward to years of worry free use much like the other Stihl tools I own.
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is well made and set up great. I’ve used this model before and find it to be durable After using this model before from a friend I am confident in its durability and performance. I decided to make this purchase on his recommendation and personal use. So far I’ve been really pleased with the way it handles and works. I had a slight string feeding problem but once I took it apart and restrung it all was well.
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great quality but... Still getting to know this trimmer. Only been able to use it a couple of times. Starts up fairly easy and stays running no matter what I throw at it. Only catch for me is comfort. Does not feel well balanced and the strap really doesn’t help. Have ordered a body brace to see if that helps. I’m 6’3” so maybe I’m not who this is designed for.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from They are not prepped to do that from the factory to get in and work right away When I brought mine home I got it started and the string broke 30 seconds into it. It will not let more string out. I tried to fix it and found I have to completely respool it. I was so mad I put it in my shed and haven't taken it back out. My drive was 45 min to the closest store...They gave me no help what so ever and so when I buy it and bring it home the darn thing breaks right away. Also read you can only go 1/2 throttle for the first tank or two. To me it should be ready to go full bore right out of the box. Actually the first Stihl I have ever bought brand new. I am very disappointed.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great! easy to use, grass and debris don't hit you in the legs.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great trimmer Over all a great trimmer for the homeowner. It came a great price as well. This unit has great power and starts at first pull. If your looking for s quality trimmer look no further.
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First Stihl Product This is the first Stihl product I have purchased. I must say, it lives up to the Stihl reputation. It is easy to start and has a lot of power. I was able to do all my trimming in half the time!
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst I've ever owned! I've used a few whackers in my life, this one's a nightmare! Eats string for lunch and dinner and never has enough! Constantly reloading. Have 2 fully charged batteries ready to go and can't finish trimming a yard less then 1/2 acre, which may be good, because by then my arms are so numb from its out of balanced weight, I'm ready for a break. Overpriced junk.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far so good! I just bought my 1st home and with that needed a weed trimmer to keep up with my lawn. I was raised to buy quality once and not waste money buying junk over and over again. I have only used this product 2x so far but I believe it will keep trucking for many years to come. I love the straight pole design on this and it was the reason I went with the more expensive model. Very comfy and well made.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is unreal. Power , consistently starting , ease of use, you name it ! I switched from brand X, and this STIHL is unreal ! So easy to use, light weight , consistency on string length. Easy to reload and use. Couldn’t ask for a better upgrade to my string trimmer Just got my brother in law one since I liked mine so much!! A must have for homeowners looking for consistent string trimmer w lots of power and torque !
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clean edges and a manicured yard Nothing quite like a yard that has been mowed, edged, trimmed and blown clean to make your weekend a joy. Love the new string trimmer and looking forward to many years of a beautiful yard.
Date published: 2018-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Counter clockwise rotation The counter clockwise rotation is very difficult to get use to. I'd prefer the debris to not be directed back at me. Other then that it is a great machine.
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Easy to start,easy to operate and maintain. Reliable and Durable.
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best of the Best Sthil FS 56 C-E is a powerful weed eater starts up with little or no effort 1 or 2 cranks and its going and ready to cut.
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it It's the best weed whipper I've ever used. Starts easy and has plenty of power. I've only used it once so far so durability is not factored into this review.
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Out of the box it's good. I just got mine recently. Out of the box it's awesome. Powerful, works like a charm. Trims everything I need it to which isn't much on my 1/4 acre lot. We'll see how dependability goes but if it's like my other Stihl products I'm not worried about it.
Date published: 2018-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great in all categories mentioned. While this trimmer is excellent in all mentioned categories, it is simply too heavy for the way I use it. I am sure that it will outlast my ability to manhandle it sufficiently for my purposes. I have never had a trimmer this heavy so did not take that into account when I purchased it. Other than wearing me out it works excellent in every other way.
Date published: 2018-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still trying to figure it out I just bought it this spring. This is the first weedeater that I have ever owned that the head spins counter clockwise. As a right handed person it spits everything back at me so I am still getting used to it. It starts very easy and runs like a champ.
Date published: 2018-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight like a curve shaft trimmer, the motor is pretty powerful for being lightweight. Beats out my Echo trimmer. Great midline trimmer. All the power of the upper end, without the weight.
Date published: 2018-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easiest by far to start! I bought this line trimmer for the name and assumed reliability first. Total cost was about double the cheaper ones. This trimmer has surpassed all of my expectations and I own 2 Stihl chainsaws plus a couple orange ones. My advice to anyone that wants to keep theirs running well into the future: Run all the fuel out every time you use it. Today’s fuel is the enemy! One more thing, but the square green line. It cuts better than round line!
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good trimmer for home use Starts quickly with Stihl pre-mixed fuel. Line advances easily with a tap of the head. Uses a reasonable amount of line for an average lawn (I "bumped" the head for additional line 4 times when doing my lawn).
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Replace the line I love my new FS 56 RC E. Starts right up and has lots of power. I would recommend that you change out the line that comes with the trimmer. I had the line break off at the spool 3 time before I figured out that the quality of the line provided was poor. No problems since changing out the old line!
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Punishes growth that mowers can't reach! After using Stihl trimmers at my work, and seeing how much abuse those trimmers took and kept trucking, I bought one for home. I couldn't be happier. I've been through many lesser brands and they aren't 1/2 the trimmer this is. Easily starts with power to slay the most stubborn growth. I've had mine for 3 years, and haven't had the first sign of issue. I would (and have) recommend this trimmer for anyone looking for a tool that will pay for itself.
Date published: 2018-05-08
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