HT 56 C-E

HT 56 C-E
A fuel-efficient pole pruner with a lightweight gearbox and Easy2Start™ technology.

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.
  • Unique Two-Piece Shaft Design
    This unique shaft design provides easy storage and transport.


27.2 cc (1.66 cu. in.)
0.8 kW (1.07 bhp)
5.8 kg (12.8 lbs.) w/ cutting attachment
340 cc (11.5 oz.)
220 cc (7.4 oz.)
OILOMATIC® Chain/Guide Bar Size
71 PM3 / 25 cm, (10 in. Bar)
The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on.

Important Information

WARNING! Risk of Electrocution: These tools are not insulated. Approaching or contacting electric power lines with tools may cause serious injury or death from electrocution. Electricity can jump from one point to another by means of arcing and/or may be conducted through damp branches. Maintain a clearance of at least 50 feet (15 meters) between the tools and any electrical line carrying live current. To reduce the risk of injury from falling objects, do not cut vertically above your head. Always wear a helmet and eye protection. Keep bystanders away. Use only STIHL authorized cutting attachments.

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.


HT 56 C-E is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 46.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from pole trimmer 56 C Love the trimmer, easy to use, but after using one time cutting 2 small limbs I put it in my garage and when I came out the following day I had a puddle of chain lube on the garage floor. It did not turn over it just leaked out. Not happy about that! I have 4 other Stihl products and no problems!
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to maneuver in close brush Found a super deal at my local Stihl Dealer. Have about 10 miles of lanes to keepup and this item fits the bill.Really like the easy start.And balanced so that a guy whose is 75 can swing it around without getting tired.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overall good saw, I just have a word of warning about the chains The overall quality of the product is amazing. It starts easy and pleasant to use, but I wish I knew how hard it is to find replacement chains before buying it. I don't want to call a dealer to order then drive all the way there every time I need a chain. On top of all that they cost 3x as much as chains for competing saws. Baileysonline has them in stock but charge a fortune for shipping.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw Wow......this pole saw is awesome and for a great price....never had a power tool start so easy....I have other Stihl saws, but this is by far the easiest to start....a child could start it, so lock it up.It is well balanced and makes short work of any job.Its also easy and safe to cut any limbs on the ground as your hands and body are 6 or 7 feet from the actual chain saw.This saw is a winner. My Stihl dealer Chappell tractor in Milford NH had it all set up and gassed up when I picked it up...not going to find that service in a big box store
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good saw. Starts easily,plenty of power.Lots to do with it. Have several other Sthil products,always top notch.
Date published: 2016-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tool good value All my products will be stihl from now on best quality at a fair price
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product at an awesome price After the first time I used the pole saw I wondered why it took me so long to purchase one. Great power makes cutting the edges of shooting lanes quick and easy. Being able to break the unit down into two pieces makes it easy to transport on a UTV or ATV. I can't say enough to good things about this pole saw! Thanks STIHL!
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Pull strign breaks frequently. Pull string has broken twice with maybe 20 hours on the saw. No odd stresses or anything. Starts pretty easy when the string is good. Can't remove the cover with my standard size tools so will have to look for the right size. 10 hours and a trip to a dealer is truly dismal quality and performance for an expensive saw. It is likely I could get better reliability out of a much cheaper piece of equipment. Great saw when working. Poor reliability.
Date published: 2016-10-02
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Standard Features

  • Common Features for Pole Pruners
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