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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    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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    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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FS 56 RC-E is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 676.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Entry Level Trimmer This is a great light duty trimmer and fits my needs perfectly. The only disappointment that I experienced purchasing this trimmer is that the salesman failed to inform me that the warranty could be extended 1 year with a purchase of a six pack of oil.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's only been a few weeks since I purchased it, but I love it I floats over the grass. I feel less wear and tear on my back than from my previous 2 trimmers. I did move from a curved shaft to a straight shaft to be fair. I will rate against n in 5 years for durability.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product This is my second Stihl product bought my first chan saw from them 8 years ago and she is still holding up to my abuse . So I decided to pick up this weed eator last month and love it so far and ready for my next stihl
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable trimmer for someone who is tall I bought this trimmer to replace a different brand that was 20+ years old. This trimmer starts great, runs great and will rip through anything I've thrown at it. I use it to trim around house, sidewalk, driveway and fence of a .4 acre suburban corner lot. I bought this instead of a curved shaft trimmer because the salesman said it would be better for someone who is tall, he was absolutely right! It is 1000x more comfortable to use than my old curved shaft trimmer!I've had it about 30 days and have had to wind string on it once, it is pretty straight forward if you follow the diagrams that are molded into the plastic head. When using it takes a tap on the ground a few times to get the string back out to its maximum length.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Pain To Use I bought this trimmer to replace an inexpensive model from another brand. Big Mistake. This cost $50 more and is a huge pain to use. The line breaks repeatedly and will not feed. I even had a worker at the store try to wind it (since he said I was doing it all wrong) and it wouldn't feed unless he slammed it down on concrete in the parking lot while the head spun at max power and RPMs. What a waste. Then the dealer would not take it back. It did not work from day one, and now collects dust in my garage until I can give it away.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy Very happy with this trimmer so far. Have had no problems with it.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Little Trimmer Purchased the FS 56 to replace a much older Stihl trimmer. I wanted to stay with a straight shaft model, but can no longer use the bike handle/strap style trimmers due to having a pacemaker implanted. I'm about 6'-3", and although it works fine, there are times where it feels a little bit short. The bike handle style trimmers allow you a little bit more flexibility to set a comfortable working height by adjusting the strap.This little trimmer works well, cuts grass, and is lighter than my old trimmer. It' gets the job done for the little it runs in the summer time.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This trimmer rocks! After going through a few other lower quality trimmers, it was time to step up the real deal. Starts easily. Trims powerfully. Easy peasy. Stihl only from now on.
Date published: 2017-09-12
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