FS 56 RC-E - $219.95 DSRP


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FS 56 RC-E

DSRP: $219.95

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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 748.
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
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