FC 56 C-E

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This lightweight edger is ideal for use around the home and features Easy2Start™ technology.

Product Description

Give your home that professionally landscaped look with the STIHL FC 56 C-E edger. With its fuel-efficient, low-emission STIHL engine, this edger powers through curbside annoyances like overgrown grass, thick weeds and compacted soil. And thanks to its semi-automatic choke lever and Easy2Start™ system, starting the edger is easy – gently pull the cord and start defining your outdoor spaces. Its adjustable depth wheel even lets you select different cutting depths, so you can give your walkways, driveways and areas of your property the perfect amount of definition.

Model Features

  • 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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  • Built in the USA
    Indicates products that are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.

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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 fast and easy. 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.
  • Stop Switch
    With the Stop Switch, the equipment’s ignition is always ready for starting. Products with this feature shut off easily by pressing and holding down the switch. When the switch is released, it returns to the start position automatically, reducing the number of steps needed to start the product.
  • Adjustable Depth Wheel
    The feature allows the user to easily adjust the wheel to the desired cutting depth for creating precision cuts.
  • Skid Plate
    All STIHL edgers come equipped with a skid plate to protect the gearbox during use.
  • "Open" Guard Design
    The professional “open” guard design helps minimize clogging, allowing for more efficient cutting.


27.2 cc (1.66 cu. in.)
0.8 kW (1.07 bhp)
340 cc (11.5 oz.)
20.3 cm (8.0 in.)
25.4 mm (1.0 in.)
1:1.24 8,300 rpm
6.1 kg (13.5 lbs.)
*Dry weight.

Important Information

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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FC 56 C-E is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 132.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent for home use Some reviews have suggested that this edger is underpowered....I disagree. I have a ⅓ acre corner lot and it does just fine. I typically edge about once a month so it is usually a little overgrown. Have had to buy replacement blades as now on year two of use....the Stihl blades are a little thin. Found a thicker blade on ebay, works fine and lasts a little longer.Very easily manueverable, even around curves.
Date published: 2019-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect compliment to my other Stihl products I currently own multiple Stihl Products. All I run is Stihl products. They start immediately and have never let me down. Maintenance is simple and fairly inexpensive. This edger is a great addition to my home lawn care. Helps me keep my yard in tip top shape.
Date published: 2019-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use I bought my FC-56 to replace a wheeled edger. It's much easier to start and easier to use than my old edger. I've only used it twice so far, but I am very pleased with my purchase so far.
Date published: 2019-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great tool. This edger is really nice. It starts easily every time and makes a nice clean edge. I use it once or twice a week during the growing season. I recommend keeping at least one spare blade because the concrete wears them down. I go through at least one per season.
Date published: 2019-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Pleased For the first time in years, I was able to start my edger with ease, edge my whole yard (1/2 acre) without stopping to fix the head or restring the spool. It was great! I finished my yard in record time without any temptations to throw the edger in the garbage. LOL.... The only draw backs I have found are due to my stature. Being only 5'5" tall with small hands, I'm finding the length of the shaft to be a tad cumbersome. I feel with time, I'll be able to acclimate to this. I am not, however, able to acclimate to the diameter of the cutting head that requires you to press on both sides and pull the cap off at the same time in order to refill the string. My hand is simply too small to span the diameter of the spool head to press both buttons while using the other hand to pull the cap off. I ended up replacing the head with an easier design. So all in all, a great purchase. One that I'm sure I'll be pleased with for years to come.
Date published: 2019-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Product well built and easy to start. First Stihl product I have purchased. Easy to start and cuts well. Like the clutch feature. My past trimmer was always rotating and sometimes cut flowers instead of grass. No hard to handle almost same weight as my Homelite.
Date published: 2019-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far, so good I've only used it twice. So, I am not sure how durable it will be. I still have to introduce it to my 2 teenage boys. So far, it starts easy, seems good enough power for residential lawn care...possibly underpowered if you have rocky, hard pan yard.I bought this because the battery operated trimmers were dying before I could finish my trimming. I live on corner lot with lots of sidewalk to edge. I would drain 2 batteries and still not finish edging.Overall, I would recommend based on my limited experience. It made edging so much faster than a line fed trimmer. And gives much better results.
Date published: 2019-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from makes edging easy Like all the of rest of the Stihl products, awesome.
Date published: 2019-08-11
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