HL 56 K (0°)

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An extended length hedge trimmer with a convenient short shaft ideally suited for homeowner and entry-level landscaper use.

Product Description

Maintain hard-to-reach hedges with the STIHL HL 56 K (0°) extended length hedge trimmer. Designed for homeowners and beginning landscapers, this extended length hedge trimmer has a 26-inch short-shaft which makes it easy to handle. With its advanced, low-emission, powerful two-stroke engine, the HL 56 K (0°) is fuel efficient for a lower cost of ownership over time. It features a lighter gearbox than previous models, shifting weight to the powerhead for better balance and maneuverability. The fixed-angle 0° blade allows users to trim hard-to-reach areas smoothly and precisely.

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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  • Double-Sided Blades
    The dual-ground blade system provides a clean cut and is ideal for cutting through stronger, thicker branches.
  • Common Features for Hedge Trimmers
    View the features common to many STIHL hedge trimmers.


27.2 cc (1.66 cu. in.)
0.8 kW (1.07 bhp)
340 cc (11.5 oz.)
50 cm (20 in.)
76.0 cm (30 in.)
64 in.
20"/ 0° head
5.7 kg (12.6 lbs.)
*Dry weight.

Important Information

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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HL 56 K (0°) is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 15.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works great Bought this with my wife to trim bushes and over growth around our 2.5 acre pond, it has done a great job although we bought it just a few weeks ago
Date published: 2019-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great trimmer I purchased this unit to supplement the HS80 trimmer I own. I have a lot of landscaping to care for on my property and with the purchase of the HL 56K extended length trimmer I've reduced the time it takes to trim my property by 1/3. I could have used a little more length but for the money the unit will suffice. I'm not up and down the ladder as much. The unit itself has the power needed to get the job done. Blades were razor sharp and left a nice finish on the shrubs. I should note that the trimmer can handle branches up to 3/4" in diameter no problem. For the thicker branches i turn to my HS80. The thicker blades and wider spacing between teeth allows it to chew through branches over 1". The unit fires right up from a cold start no problem. The HL 56K trimmer is a winner!
Date published: 2019-07-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hedge trimmer HL56K I bought this hedge trimmer thinking I was purchasing a top shelf product. I'm very dissatisfied. After owning other brands, with very few problems. I regret spending the money to buy this product, it's extremely difficult to start, which was a complaint discussed in previous reviews, which I should have taken seriously, before making the purchase.
Date published: 2019-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Time Saver I have had my Stihl hedge trimmer for 3 seasons now and it still works like new. Every other week I trim my hedge (see pic) which is about 300 feet long and about 8 foot high at it's tallest point. I sharpen it at the beginning of each season and do regular maintenance like air and fuel filter and keep the spark arrestor clean and it always starts like it did when it was new. It's such a time saver too.
Date published: 2019-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply awesome trimmer. Light, powerful, easy to use Battled corded electrical trimmer for years and found this one to be 100% better. More power and well balanced making it lighter and easier in the back. Wide gap and sharp blades make for easy work for cutting bigger bushes. Couldn’t be happier with this new Addition to all my Stihl products for lawn care
Date published: 2019-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Carburetor didn't make it 1 year Carburetor need to be replaced 10 months after purchase. The good news is that it was under warranty. The bad news is that it needed service at the height of the commercial repair season (spring). It took 3 weeks to get it repaired due to volume of business this time of year. Only thing that I don't like about the machine is the small fuel tank. Everything else is fine. It should be for the price.
Date published: 2019-06-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from First use Just purchased this morning and finished trimming about 100ft of Yews that are 10ft wide. It took a few minutes to get the hang of good control to shape and not gouge my shrubs but by the time I was done I was satisfied with the benefit of the pole design. Didn't need to use a ladder this year. It almost seems the blade guard interferes with its cutting ability because the tip seems to cut better than were the orange blade guard is, not sure if its removable.Slightly disappointed with its overall cutting ability. struggled to cut some small 1/4 to 3/8 inch branches. Considering its a gas powered I expected a little better cutting. Overall happy with purchase and not having to use a ladder.Expect quality and dependability to be very good
Date published: 2019-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More than just hedges ! I bought this tool for cutting along 1000 feet of 20 foot hedges that were gradually over the years taking my property over. That's what I bought it for... ! What I didn't realize is that, the tool is also GREAT for cutting tall weeds, including Johnson Grass ! The worst enemy to our weed trimmers !Anyone that has put their weed trimmers into tall Johnson Grass KNOWS the outcome is stopping and pulling the grass out of the spinning head that gets clogged with the grass ! So.. Would I recommend it ? Absolutely !
Date published: 2019-05-29
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