FC 96

FC 96
A professional, straight-shaft edger powered by a proven low-emission engine.

Product Description

The STIHL FC 96 professional edger doesn’t just clean up edges in your landscape, it cuts you a new one. The FC 96 has all the hardworking features of the FC 95 but has more power. Featuring a low-emission engine, it has a larger fuel tank providing 30% longer run times than the previous model. So whether you’re touching up existing walkways or creating new lines in dense, compacted soil, this edger helps you achieve a clean, finished appearance. It even features a vertical pleated paper air filter for extended service intervals, one touch stop and an easy three-step start procedure enabled by the semi-automatic choke lever. When you need a powerful edger, the FC 96 will give you the edge you’re looking for.

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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  • 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.
  • 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.

Specifications

DISPLACEMENT
28.4 cc (1.73 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER
0.95 kW (1.27 bhp)
FUEL CAPACITY
710 cc (24.0 oz.)
BLADE SIZE
20.3 cm (8.0 in.)
ARBOR SIZE
25.4 mm (1.0 in.)
GEAR RATIO AND BLADE SPEED
1:2.09 4,800 rpm
POWER SOURCE
gas
WEIGHT*
6.2 kg (13.7 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.

STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL Dealers are for distribution in the United States only.

Reviews

FC 96 is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My 3rd Stihl tool I was going to purchase the less expensive edger but found that the professional FC96 was the best way to go. The straight shaft equals less maintenance later on. Also I likely will not need to replace this tool in the next 20 years. This edger is only for my home, but if needed, could perform well for a property manager. I have used the edger once, and did not bog down through the overgrown grass. I purchased the Stihl mixed fuel since this tool will only be used once or twice a month, helping with the overall maintenance of this tool. After about 1 hr the tool was feeling heavy. If using all day, would recommend a shoulder strap.
Date published: 2019-05-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from battery very poor product - only 10 min. per charge. cannot do 5 football fields in that time has advertise
Date published: 2018-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEAST Finally decided to replace my old Mantis edger that has served me well for about 20 years. I've had Stihl blowers so am familiar with the brand. Starts on the third pull, just like my blower. I am most surprised with how torquey this thing is, it has a neat sound to it, deep and kinda growly. I do a couple properties with it and by the end, it does get a little heavy. Nicely balanced though, and I have to say I am very happy with this purchase!
Date published: 2018-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Value I purchased a different less expensive brand a year and half ago that just did not hold up at all. Bought it at a big hardware store where they replaced it with a new one the first time it broke. It was one of those that you can use several different attachments for. The replacement lasted longer and gave out on me as well. I have about a quarter of an acre corner lot with sidewalks. A decent amount of edge work that needs to get done. I like a clean professional looking lawn and prefer to do it myself. I decided to replace my old edger with this one because it was a fixed shaft vs one that allowed several attachments. I don't think it was the motor that gave me the trouble but I believe the attachment piece you have to use just isn't sturdy enough. After researching different edgers I decided to invest in a quality STIHL 2 cycle edger with a straight fixed shaft(one piece). My old edger was a 4 cycle which was a lot heavier. I can tell the difference in cutting power right away and precision. It is very smooth and guides you through the edging. The weight reduction from a 2 cycle and using a straight shaft has been a back saver. I have used the STIHL five times and I am loving it so far. Bigger investment this time around I am hoping it will last longer.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Edger to Buy This edger starts easily and does an excellent job. I highly recommend.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight, powerful and reliable. Another great Stihl product! Lightweight and easy to handle. Another well built Stihl product
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As a landscaper, this has worked great I just bought this to replace an older edger I had and I am very happy with it. It has more than enough power to get most jobs done. I would definitely recommend this edger to anyone.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from first stihl Just bought this piece of equipment, so still trying out,. good so far
Date published: 2017-07-25
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Standard Features

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