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HS 56

HS 56
This lightweight hedge trimmer features professional-grade cutting power.

Product Description

The STIHL HS 56 hedge trimmer is the ideal balance of power and portability for professional users. Its 24” cutting blade is supported by a remarkably lightweight design, adding comfort and control to those extended cutting and pruning jobs. This hedge trimmer features an optimized gearbox, providing long machine life even in heavy use. The HS 56 is not only easy to service thanks to its data port, but also due to a modified grease opening on the gearbox. It comes with a blade tip guard that protects the blades, helping to keep them sharper for longer while making it easier to trim low-growing ground cover plants.

Model Features

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

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  • Anti-Vibration System
    STIHL has a system for minimizing the vibration levels of handheld outdoor power equipment. The STIHL anti-vibration system helps reduce operator fatigue and provides a more comfortable working experience.
  • Double-Sided Blades
    The dual-ground blade system provides a clean cut and is ideal for cutting through stronger, thicker branches.

Specifications

DISPLACEMENT
21.4 cc (1.31 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER
0.65 kW (0.87 bhp)
FUEL CAPACITY
280 cc (9.5 oz.)
BLADE LENGTH
24"
STROKES PER MINUTE
3,640
POWER SOURCE
Gas
WEIGHT*
4.5 kg (9.9 lbs.)
*Dry weight.

Important Information

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

HS 56 is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I am a home owner and this hedge trimmer does a nice job. The trimmer had no problem trimming hedges and cedar tree limbs up to 3/4 diameter. I was able to easily shape plants in circular and flat dimensions. The trimmer starts easily and runs smooth. It will burn through a tank of gas pretty quickly. Bought a case of oil with it and the warranty was extended from 2 to 4 years.The only bummer is the pull start mechanism. After about 5 starts the internal spring became sprung and the cord would not retract. Luckily it was an easy fix to reposition the spring into the original location. I suspect there was some type of assembly issue and hope it is not a design issue. Time will tell.
Date published: 2019-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Hedge Trimmer I use this trimmer at our cabin to control overgrowth on our access road. It’s light weight and great power make it easy to clear the way. The best Trimmer ever!!
Date published: 2019-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best trimmer I've used I have always used gas trimmers. However, this is by far the best ride for you. You do not feel any vibrations. It cuts like butter. Honestly I don't see myself going back to the offbrands. I was using a ryobi 20 inch blade and it croaked on me. I went and bought this and went back to finish the job and this cuts 3-4x faster than the ryobi ever did. Great buy.
Date published: 2019-03-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sucks I've been using stihl products for many years. And have used many of these trimmers over the years.Earlier versions of this trimmer were better. This one is very loud, and produces a lot of smoke, compared to other models. Always feel sick after using it from inhaling all the smoke.And has continuous engine problem. Very Disappointed. Note that half the reviews shown for this model are for a electric trimmer, not this model.
Date published: 2019-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very well balanced Love the hedge trimmer. It does a great job cutting down all of my perennials for the winter, and I do have a lot of them and this thing made very short work of thew whole ordeal. Worked very well on trimming the few boxwoods that I have. I do wish the throttle response was just a little bit better on it though. It seems to have quite a delay before it revs up to cutting speed. But other than that, it starts very easily. It seems to operate very well on synthetic fuel, with no worries of gumming up the carberator. All in all was a great purchase and will probably last for the rest of my time on this planet.
Date published: 2018-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buy a Stihl the first time! Starts easy and durable. I cut mostly blackberry and light brush to keep my fence lines clear. I used a Poulan Pro hedge clipper prior to my Stihl purchase, it is sub standard compared to the Stihl. The Poulan blade assembly is prone to breakage because it is too hard, and/or not sharpened at the correct angle. The Stihl blade assembly is sharpend at a better angle so it cuts and doesn't shear like the Poulan. I replaced the blades on the poulan many times at great expense. Do yourself and your bank account better than that, buy a Stihl the first time.
Date published: 2018-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Trimmer. Really pleased in the HS 56 so far. Plenty of power for my needs. Glad not to be married to a cord anymore when trimming. I was always worried about cutting the cord when trimming with my other corded hedge trimmer. Cut my trimming time down about 40%. I also got a good deal by getting an extra battery along with the purchase of the HS 56 trimmer. Thank You STIHL for making my yard work a little easier.
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice piece of equipment The product is very easy to use. It is fairly lightweight and being that it is battery operated makes it very convenient. No more unrolling a cord, that has multiple cuts in it, ad constantly moving it so that you don't cut it. But, never fails, it ends up getting cut sooner than later. With this hedge trimmer you just charge the battery and start clipping. I saved so much time by not dragging a cord around. If there was one drawback it would be the battery life. Based on some reviews I read, which persuaded me to buy it, it was claimed to have a couple of bars left after 50 minutes of use. I barely got 35 minutes before the battery went out.
Date published: 2018-08-03
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