HS 56

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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.


21.4 cc (1.31 cu. in.)
0.65 kW (0.87 bhp)
280 cc (9.5 oz.)
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.


HS 56 is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 22.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from caint keep them running have 3 pair ben in shop 4-6 times.Always having to adjust carburetors.
Date published: 2019-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes the job easy I have a lot of landscape on my property and this hedger makes light work of all my needs. Fast, easy to use and CUTS THE HEDGES OF ALL KINDS LIKE BUTTER. Straight and flawlessly making sculpting a breeze. I enjoy doing my yard work now!!
Date published: 2019-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light weight and cuts great The HS 56 is a great light weight hedge trimmer that cuts great. It cuts large branches with no problems. I have lots of hedges to cut holding it at shoulder height and its light weight design doesn't tire my shoulders out. I have no problems starting the machine. Just follow the directions. Great trimmer.
Date published: 2019-08-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Wouldn't recommend this model I own a lawn care company and thru the summer we trim hundreds of shrubs and my experience with the hs 56 is less than pleasing. The trimmer is way louder that even the bigger units and the engine fouls spark plugs like crazy no matter how you adjust the carburetor resulting in lots of $in down time. A parallel problem is the smoke it bellows. It's enough to make you not feel well. Love stihl products just don't recommend this model.
Date published: 2019-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pricey, but works very well This trimmer has plenty of cutting power and appears very well made. It cuts like a monster, but gets very heavy after prolonged use. It seems especially heavy when I have to extend my arms to reach a wide or tall hedge. I recommend they find a way to make it a bit lighter. Other than that, I highly recommend this product and would buy it again myself.
Date published: 2019-07-26
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
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