FS 56 RC-E - $219.95 DSRP


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FS 56 RC-E

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.

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FS 56 RC-E is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 811.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Power plus I have always had a curved shaft trimmer so this straight shaft is taking a little adjustment. I DO like that this trimmer has all the power needed and then some. So far I am very impressed with the product.
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More power than you will need make sure you wear long pants and safety glasses, because this thing snorts.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! Power and Performance This trimmer is a beast! Not heavy and cuts like a pro!
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best This is what a line trimmer should be. This is by far the best weed eater that I have ever owned.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from new,does not start Bought this trimmer and have taken it back twice,wont start. dealer first time told me not to prime it. did that still would not start,took it back again and this time they told me not to set it to cold start. Both times I followed the instruction booklet and they are telling me not to do that.Wanted just to trade it out for another one,but dealer says stihl makes them prove what part is defective. dealer is pleasant I thing that stihl policy towards their dealers is poor.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good... but... My 12 year old trimmer finally gave out, so I decided to give Stihl a try this time. This review is after my second weekend of use. I did a lot of reading to narrow down to the 56RC-E.The trimmer performs great. After priming with the fuel bulb, then choking, the trimmer starts on the first pull most every time. It has plenty of power to take care of my 4.5 acres. The string dispenses as it should with no problems. Overall... this is a great performing trimmer after 2 weekends of use.Now for what’s wrong with the trimmer. The large engine housing is designed and located too close to the operators hand/arm. It sets right underneath my right arm almost up against my wrist. As a result, when I finish trimming, my neck & right shoulder hurt. Also, the housing gets hot and touches my arm frequently during operation. With this positioning of the engine housing, it makes it difficult to turn the trimmer to make different cuts, like edging my concrete.Overall.... the trimmer performs well. The poor design & location of the large engine housing is a bit disappointing and keeps me from giving my review 5 stars... it also would likely cause me to purchase a different trimmer if I could go back.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Glad to see Stihl quality has not dropped I bought this string trimmer to supplement my aging FS44 (20 years old now), and to replace my frustratingly useless and string hungry Snapper S28BC. So far this trimmer has performed well, and is very efficient in regards to string consumption. It seems to help that it has a well designed throttle control, allowing me to use the speed necessary to trim the weeds rather than full blast (Snapper S28BC). The quality of the trimmer seems to be par with their older models, and I am looking forward to getting 20+ years out of this trimmer.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wish I could afford another one. Wish I could afford another one.My credit score is not that good so I really can't buy exactly what I need really for my small lawn care business.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Purchased 6 hours ago and like it a great deal. Does a top-notch job. Sales associate at Stihl dealership recommended the 56R to me over the more costly 75R that I was planning to purchase. Supposedly easier to start and almost as powerful. Used it already for about two hours and I am more than pleased. Both trim lines did disappear in the head once, but it was no big deal fixing it with my bare hands right in the field. The only negative aspect, it appears to be noisier than two competitive models that I already own and had carburetor problems with. Was able to buy the Stihl trimmer with a four year warranty. See reason for recommendation for the most important advantage perceived by me.
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great trimmer for the price This trimmer is an excellent choice for almost anyone.Light, starts easy, and doesn't have a lot of vibration.It has plenty of power for tall weeds and wet grass.Does a good job at edging as well.The only negative thing I've found with it is the head.Firstly, it's really stiff to press the tabs in to get it apart.Second is that you need to wrap the line in a uniform manner.Other wise the line can jammed in the head.I've found it helps if you do not over lap the line more than necessary . Wrap it evenly. Going from one side to the other then back. Don't wrap it too tight. This is an excellent trimmer. I'm likely going to get another one for my mother as it so easy to use. Good job Stihl.
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far a great product, I have only used it one time so far. My FS-56-RC is extremely easy to start and it has more than enough power for very high grass.
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Gas cap poorly designed, falls off and gas all over I have a Stihl weed trimmer and the organization I work for has another one. BOTH have had the same problem, of the black-and-white gas cap being almost impossible sometimes to get screwed on solidly. It's the most peculiar design I've ever seen. Feels tight but in fact is slightly cocked and falls off. My wife got gas all over her clothes. I replaced both the caps after they fell off and were lost, and the new ones have the same exact problem.I'll never buy a Stihl trimmer again.
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product I am happy with my purchase. I have been debating on purchasing a new trimmer after constantly having to work on my old one. I have had this now for over a month and have used it around 6 times. It sure is nice having a piece of equipment that you can depend on to run well every time.
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely love it Works awesome and is very easy to start and operate. It is tough on the weeds. I liked the fact we could put the blade on it for better cutting in the tough weeds.
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Line Feed is Terrible After about 5-10 seconds of use, the line disappears into the spool. Rewound the line several times, didn’t help, then read that the line becomes “dried out” and needs replaced. Seemed sketchy but I replaced with new Stihl line and the issue remains. Extremely disappointing product. Gave it 1 star because 1 is the minimum, should be zero.
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use product. Easy start, easy to use. I recommend this trimmer.
Date published: 2018-07-16
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
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
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