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: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.p65warnings.ca.gov
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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 787.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Full gas tank is empty in about 45 minutes I purchased the 56 RC. The tank ran out of gas after an hour due to the size of the tank. Also had a problem with the bump feed. I took it back to the store and they informed me that the factory put the string in wrong. The dealer struggled with the string and finally got the bump feed working. I used the trimmer again the next day and the string stopped coming out of one side of the feed head. I pulled the string out and it seems to be working. I also noticed the trimmer uses a lot of string. I have a small yard, less than a 1/4 acre with a fairly small amount of weeds that need trimming each time after I cut the lawn. I don’t think a full roll of string is going to last me two full trimmings of my yard.The only thing that impressed me is the power. I thought this would be a good solid product since it is an American made product. The only reason I’m keeping it is because I purchased the oil and gas mix which doubled my warranty to 4 years. I thought about returning the trimmer for a refund but decided against it due to being able to have it serviced at my local dealer.
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What homeowner weed eaters should be I bought this trimmer several months ago now and I use it to do my entire lawn that totals about 1/3 an acre and has some heavy grass around fence lines. I was tired of buying the junky cheap ones that don't last so I got the FS 56. My dad has and FS 56 that has been running for about 5 summers now solid without a single issue. Amazing product with plenty of power. Spend the extra money and buy a STIHL, you wont regret it.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best weed Wacker Should have bought one years ago. Also bought a leaf blower, both are top notch and they start every time.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Buy! Its a Stihl so quality is good. Light weight and starts easy. Price was OK some competitors in the same class were cheaper but i like staying with the same equipment line. My dealer is fantastic so that is worth something.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for multi acre rural yard I worried that I might be too short to handle this well, but i needed the power. I'm a 5'3" woman. It's light enough & doesn't feel at all awkward like my previous trimmer. Powers through tall grass along my fence line. Love it! Haven't had it long enough to speak for reliability, but so far so good.
Date published: 2018-07-09
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
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