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 790.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst line feed EVER!! I was so excited to finally get a really nice trimmer because we just moved and have lots and lots of weeds to deal with until we can put in a yard but I have spent more time messing with the stupid line feed then I’ve actually spent working on the yard. This is the worst product. I watched the videos, read and re-read the instructions and still no good. I’ve used much cheaper trimmers that have never struggled with the line feed. It’s a shame because when the line is out and ready, it works great and I love it but having to stop every few minutes to open it, rewind it and get the line out again, is NOT worth it.
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hard to start I bought this trimmer because it had a good reputation as a Stihl product but I'm disappointed with the difficulty getting it started, I was told this is the easy start model, which is why I bought it to replace my old trimmer which was getting hard to start, I hope it just needs to get broken in or I'll get my old trimmer back from my neighbor.
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!!!!! Runs like a wildman with plenty of power to spare. Has cut grass out of my chain link fence. Still getting used to the straight shaft. Having some slight issue with string breaking inside the head. Will probably get better as I get more familiar with loading it. Bought the poly blades for weeds and hope to use them shortly. If they cut as well as the normal string, weeds will not be a problem.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from String Trimmer Easy to start and balanced weight makes it easy to handle
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product I have owned several different string trimmed and they all bogged down in high grass, jammed up and we’re under power. I bought this one and used it today and it didn’t let me down. It has plenty of power, bump feed works well and is easy to start.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great power I bought this product because our last weed wacker blew up and we only had it for a year. We have owned many stihl products and we were always very satisfied so i bought a stihl for its quality. I got it home and i started it with one pull. Then i was cutting through really thick brush with it just like butter.
Date published: 2018-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great trimmer. Handles very well. Use the trim for trimming and edging. Ace Hardware has a great group of people.
Date published: 2018-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stihl FS 56 RC-E Trimmer After making the mistake of purchasing a trimmer from the local home center and it died after 10 minutes, I committed to paying a little extra for quality. I have had no problems starting this trimmer and it runs strong. the trimmer line is also heavier duty and doesn't break like the cheaper one I bought. Taking the bottom cap off for the trimmer line is very easy. I would HIGHLY recommend this trimmer.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Trimmer! This is the easiest starting trimmer I have ever owned. Plenty of power! The only drawback is making sure you have it at full throttle to advance the line.
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I has bought trimmer that cost more from box stores that cost more and less quality and comfort. I love that I can barely throttle to go slow and cut near flower bed or close to my motorcycle hauler and not have to worry. It has plenty of power for my trimming and edging needs. large local dealer is awesome when I go in with questions. They helped me wind new line after I ran out of line and showed me a few tricks to spooling the new line. Can not get that at a big box store.
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid, and dependable. I have used other manufacturer's products, and was ultimately dissatisfied with them. My first Stihl tool was a chainsaw, purchased in 2003 and still running strong with normal maintenance. Since then I have added a brush trimmer, pole saw, and a year ago the FS 56RC. I have had zero problems and am on my third 200' roll of .095 line. It starts easily every time, idles smoothly without stopping, and runs longer than I care to swing it on a tank of fuel. It easily wacks down tall grass and weeds.
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome stop buying other garbage, save your money and just get a Stihl. You'll wonder why you didnt start with this. starts with 1 pull, more power than you'll most likely need. it even sounds like it means business.
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This product has great features I have really liked this trimmer for a start into my business it has given me the power that I need, but I think it could use a little bit more on the low end just so thick grass doesn't get as bound up near the trimmer head. Still this is a Stihl product and it kicks butt, so worth the money for a good all around trimmer.
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good engine- lousy line feeder Terrible line feed on this model. It does not advance when head is tapped. Very unhappy about this.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile heads The head of the trimmer can be changed. This is a great thing. The main reason I kept buying another brand was because they allowed me to use my .155 trimmer line. I bought the FixCut 31-2 head that takes lines up to .157 thick. I LOVE IT. There are 2 other heads you can buy for the FS56 RC. So you can use your trimmer for any job in the yard, until you need to get out your chainsaw (I have a Stihl MS251C). I learned, from another review, that storing your spool of trimmer line in water keeps it from getting brittle. That review was a guy complaining about his line constantly breaking off. The Stihl response to that review was AWESOME. I've used my FS56RC only 3 times so far. The strap really helps. The vibration is way less than my other trimmers. The Stihl is also quieter than my other trimmers. The ease of starting is great. I love that it is very hard to flood it, and it's an easy fix if you do. I plan on storing it with no gas in it as often as possible, especially over the winter months.
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great trimmer, great value. This trimmer starts every time. Light enough for a large yard, but has plenty of power to get the job done. I have a metal blade for the tough stuff and brush clearing.
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Effective Trimmer This is a very effective trimmer and works well in thicker mountain grasses.
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from TOUGH AS STIHL BABY Bought this product a year ago and I love it. Starts no problem every time and has tons of power. Buy this straight shaft trimmer and you will be happy. It’s not as cheap as a echo but you pay for what you get.
Date published: 2018-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great trimmer at a good price This is the first straight shaft trimmer I've ever purchased and I've been impressed with how much further I can reach with it. Easy to start and simple to add line, I'm happy with the trimmer.
Date published: 2018-06-10
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Southern States-Fantastic job! Awesome gas trimmer! I want to first say how pleased we are with purchasing our new gas trimmer from Southern States in Rock Hill, S.C. Everyone there was extremely friendly. They had a gentleman help me immediately upon request. We reviewed our needs based on our yard (1 acre with a lot of fencing and trees) and came up with a trimmer model that best suited my wife and I. He then went to the back, pulled out a brand new unit from the box, filled it with gas and tested it to make sure it was operating properly. After this he proceeded in making sure that we had all necessary string and oil for my future needs. They also offer service after the sale! You cannot beat that!Another great attribute to Southern States is discussing with me the extension of warranty for up to 4 years total coverage with the purchase of a 6 pack of Stihi oil. So we did it.I came home with our new Stihl gas trimmer and immediately went to work on the yard. Our brand new Stihl machine started right up and it noticeably cuts threw the grass like butter. After completing my task I am extremely pleased with the performance of this Stihl gas trimmer. Another noticeable difference in the design of this trimmer is the way it helps keep flying grass away from my legs. (Unlike the other brands).I have owned other brands for the past 20 years. After this exceptional experience I will never go to another brand other than Stihl.P.S. My wife after seeing the trimmer in action today, see wants to go back and buy a Stihl chain saw.Keep up the great work!
Date published: 2018-06-09
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
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