FS 360 C-E

FS 360 C-E
Versatile, rugged brushcutter for all-around professional applications.

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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  • Cutting Heads & Blades Selection Chart
    Need help selecting a cutting head or blade for your STIHL trimmer or brushcutter?

    Click here to view the Cutting Heads & Blades Selection Chart (PDF Format).
  • Bike Handle
    When used in conjunction with a harness, the bike handle allows the machine to be easily guided, enabling a smooth horizontal mowing action to cover large areas quickly and efficiently. With soft grips for increased comfort, the bike handle provides greater control and helps reduce operator fatigue.

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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 easier. 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.

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  • Shoulder Strap / Carrying System
    Using a shoulder strap or carrying system helps distribute the weight of the equipment for increased operator comfort and improved maneuverability.
  • Multi-Function Control Handle
    Having easy access to all of the controls on one comfortable handle makes it easy to complete tasks so the operator’s hand never has to leave the handle.
  • IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor
    The IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor measures the air pressure on the clean side of the air filter and adjusts the metering diaphragm in the carburetor. This keeps the RPM at a consistent level, even when the air filter begins to clog.
  • Tool-Free Handle Adjustment
    The central wing nut enables easy adjustment without the use of tools. For transportation and space-saving storage, the handle can be rotated 90°.
  • Purge Pump Primer
    By pressing the bulb, this small fuel pump delivers fuel to the carburetor, reducing the number of starting pulls needed after an extended break between uses.
  • 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.
  • Upright Translucent Fuel Tank
    Allows operator to easily check fuel level before starting work. Upright position makes it easier to refill.
  • Protected Spark Arrestor Muffler
    Has large baffles which reduce noise level and contains a screen designed to reduce the emission of sparks.
  • Protected Spark Plug
    Protected yet easy to change.
  • Simplified Starting Procedure
    To get started, simply pump the fuel primer, set the choke and pull the starter cord. The built-in stop switch allows the user to turn off the engine with a simple press of the button. When the engine is off, the throttle lock automatically returns to the “start” setting. Your power tool will be ready to be started when you’re ready to get back to work.

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  • Heavy-Duty Steel-On-Steel Clutch
    Centrifugal clutch is designed to reduce slippage.
  • Protected or Enclosed Control Cables
    Eliminate dangling and loose wires.
  • Air Filter Cover
    Easily removed for fast and easy filter cleaning or replacement.
  • Throttle Trigger Interlock
    Must be depressed before the trigger can be activated.
  • Start/Run/Stop Controls on Handle
  • Protected Choke Lever/Knob
    Helps prevent damage.
  • High Tech Polymer Housing
    Housings are lightweight, withstand greater impact and are corrosion-resistant.
  • Fully Lined Drive Shaft
    Provides smooth operation and less vibration.


37.7 cc (2.3 cu. in.)
1.7 kW (2.3 bhp)
8.5 kg (18.7 lbs.)
750 cc (25.4 oz.)
*Weight without cutting attachment or deflector.

Important Information

WARNING! Improper use of any trimmer/brushcutter can cause serious or fatal injury. Read, understand and follow all safety instructions in your instruction manual. To reduce the risk of injury from blade contact, circular saw blades may be used on FS brushcutters that have a limitstop, a bicycle handle and double shoulder harness and not on FS brushcutters with a "J" handle or loop handle. Other rigid blades may be used on FS brushcutters having a bicycle handle, a "J" handle or a loop handle equipped with a barrier bar. To reduce the risk of eye injury always wear proper eye protection. Always use the appropriate deflector for the type of cutting attachment, as explained in your instruction manual.

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.


FS 360 C-E is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 years: no issues single pull start acres and acres cleared and very little vibration. Thumbs UP! First question I always ask. Can I justify the cost? I had allot to do and I was teetering on just hiring out. Doing the math now it has paid for it self 10 time plus. No trimmer/brush cutter has lasted past 2 years. The competition's either break, or wear out to soon. Nothing is more frustrating than having to pull and pull and pull a well maintained machine and it just will not start. The FS360 always starts with the first pull. My hands are sensitive to prolong vibrations. I can and have run the FS360 all day with the total absence of tingling in my hands. Power is solid waning only when tackling brush not recommended in the manual. The AutoCutting trim line head also works well. Keep it maintained and it keep it for years. Thumbs Up! Definitely worth the money.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as powerful as hoped. Stihl is a great brand. We should have gotten a size larger.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from E X C E L L E N T ! I couldn't be happier with the performance! Great tool. Love the 3-blade cutter for old tangled grass, saplings, hard weeds and reeds - all of it doesn't stand a chance.
Date published: 2016-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this product might be a little more expensive but you won't regret your purchase. just some FYI for you guys wanting to purchase a Stihl product. I own a Stihl weed eater that I purchased at least 27 years ago, mine is a Stihl FS 76. the weed eater has the original blade that came with it, I've had to replace the string head 9 or 10 times. I have spent very little as far as maintenance, priming bulbs and other minor things like a couple of tune-ups. I am still using it to weed eat around my house which is now in the city, I originally bought it to use on my 9-1/2 mini farm and believe me I have used it showing it no mercy. I guarantee I can pick it upright now and pull the cord no more then 4 times to start it. so I guess what i'm trying to tell you fella's is don't hesitate buying a Stihl product, you won't be sorry. Stihl is by far the best hands down. OMT, I told my wife I needed an edger for my sidewalks and she said she would go to Lowe's and get me one for my birthday, I told her if she didn't buy me a Stihl edger don't bother buying me one, she made me proud when she brought me a brand new Stihl FC56C edger home, and as expected it has the same great quality.
Date published: 2016-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I would recommend this product Good overall machine seems well built and balanced easy to start seems that the guard is a little bit big and tends to dig in the ground at certain angles also I found the autocut head didn't cut low enough so I changed the head to a supercut 40-2. Much better I'm new to stihl but this machine is ok very low vibration witch is a must for every day use and it's a proper 2 stroke
Date published: 2015-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best trimmer/brush cutter I've ever owned I use the FS-360 with the blade attachment for clearing fence rows and clearing briars from around tree trunks. I then switch to the line attachment for trimming around the house. The FS-360 is by far the best power tool that I've owned. Others warned me about the weight and vibration of this tool but the harness and built in vibration dampening system take care of this. I have on several occasions operated this tool all day (8-10hours) with little fatigue. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2015-05-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from very poor product One of the most disappointing products of any kind that I have purchased. I returned it to the dealer where I purchased it five different times within the first three months and they were unable to keep it running. It would not start with less than fifty pulls and would not start after filling the gas again. I always used Stihl two cycle oil and fresh 93 octane gas. Dealer was very unsupportive, stating, "Looks like you got a lemon" charging me each time and finally telling me to take the brushcutter elsewhere. After 3 months and less than 8 hours of work, it went into the trash. My first and last Stihl... never again
Date published: 2014-08-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This product needs several problems fixed. Let me first off say our maintenance division has around 300 pieces of Stihl equipment that we use on a regular bases,from chain saws, pole saws, hedge clippers, edgers,weed eaters and blowers. We have generally been happy in the past with Stihl's performance. This year we have purchased around 35 of the new style FS 360 weedeaters and have had nothing but trouble from these new units. I feel Stihl needs to work the bugs out of this unit. We run our units around 8 hours a day in some pretty harsh environments and have always had the older Stihl units hold up to this type of use. The new units within the first week will have the shaft come free from the head because of a poor designed locking collar. The unit requires constant tightening of screws and bolts that hold it together or it will fall apart in your hands. I would recommend to everyone, stay away from this one until they correct these issues.
Date published: 2014-07-09
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Standard Features

  • Common Features for Trimmers
    View the features common to many STIHL trimmers.

You Will Also Need

For Your Safety


Cutting Heads & Blades Selection Chart (PDF)
Download Instructions on How to Rewind Your Trimmer Head or Sharpen Metal Blades (PDF)
Product Instruction Manual (PDF)
Product Safety Manual (PDF)
STIHL Limited Warranty
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