FS 460 C-EM

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Professional brushcutter/clearing saw with the STIHL M-Tronic™ system for optimum engine performance at all times.

Product Description

Superior cutting takes a sharp blade and equally sharp technology. The FS 460 C-EM is the first STIHL brushcutter available featuring the STIHL M-Tronic™ system – an intelligent engine management system designed to deliver optimum engine power at all times. The STIHL M-Tronic™ engine automatically adjusts to changes in elevation, temperature, air filter cleanliness, fuel quality and octane levels, eliminating the need for manual carburetor adjustments. And that’s just the beginning. With a 29% increase in engine power over the FS 360 C-E, yet many of the same hardworking features like STIHL Easy2Start™, a fuel-efficient, low exhaust emission engine, vertically pleated paper air filter element for extended service life and a four-point anti-vibration system for improved comfort, the FS 460 C-EM definitely ranks high for superior performance.

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.
  • STIHL M-Tronic™ System
    The STIHL M-Tronic™ system intelligently manages the operating performance of the engine. Equipment performance can be affected by a dirty air filter, changes in elevation or poor fuel quality. The STIHL M-Tronic™ system compensates for these factors by eliminating the low and high-speed carburetor adjustment screws and electronically monitoring the engine and digitally controlling the fuel/air mixture. This new technology also provides a simplified warm start procedure.
  • 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.
  • Electronic ignition
    Electronic ignition provides easier starting and smoother running.
  • 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.


45.6 cc (2.8 cu. in.)
2.2 kW (3.0 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 engine products with the Caring for Nature logo are cleaner than EPA Standards for exhaust emissions.

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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FS 460 C-EM is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 31.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More than what I expected I bought this because I needed a little bit more power than a weed eater I can get at Lowe’s.The string adapter performed as expected from a stihl, but the blade attachment is absolutely amazing! It runs through brush like I’ve never experienced. Saplings as round as my wrist I thought I’d need a chainsaw for this thing worked straight through.
Date published: 2019-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Power to get the big jobs done I am very impressed with the ability to clear large areas of undergrowth and brush. It is a back saver compared to using a chainsaw. Price seems high but you have to use one to understand the value.
Date published: 2019-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Workhorse I purchased this unit to clear new growth poplar and autumn olive from the trails on my hunting property. It has performed very well. My only concern is that the unit does not come with a blade guard to protect the blade and personnel when not in use.
Date published: 2018-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Disappointed in Stihl Customer Service So, I'm 6'8" tall, and this tool, the FS 460c-em is available in the "L" (longer by 5cm ) configuration in at least "UK, Germany, and Australia". It isn't available in the United States, I'm told, due to "demand". This is a totally flakey and dishonest response that I got from the technical help line when I called Stihl. That is what I was told by the technical assistant on the phone. The only difference between this "Long" version and the shorter version is the driveshaft and the lined tube are 5cm longer than the standard units are. Stihl has so far told me that I can't even buy this driveshaft and lined tube in the USA. If I could buy just the driveshaft and the lined tube, I could convert a readily available FS 460c-em to the L version and have a longer brushcutter for my 128 acres of land. The fact that they (Stihl) cannot make available to me, a longer tube and shaft, for my FS 460, is practically inexcusable. I write this review only as impetus so that maybe someday soon, they can cut through their completely ridiculous red-tape, and make the longer drive shaft and tube available to me. Being 6'8" can be a handicap in many instances, and it's only made worse when companies have policies such a Stihl do, that they only sell these long versions in countries that they say that they have a demand for them. So if that is the case, why can't I buy a longer driveshaft and tube and put them on my standard FS 460? That would be too easy, I guess.Come on Stihl. This is red tape and you can provide better service that this!
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product, but I overbought. This thing is a beast. I bought the brush knife/guard and the string trimmer head/guard. It comes with the circular saw blade and limit stop. Tons of power. Too much power for all but the tallest grass and thickest brush. By that I mean don't make this do double duty as a yard trimmer. You barely give it gas and the throttle does not modulate well. It likes to be wide open with a load, and normal grass and light brush doesn't make it do that. I could have gotten an fs 311 and put blades on it. It would be better served with mulching blade and guard than the string trmer and brush knife. Then you can shred the brush not just cut it. I cut all the brush I had in several weeks, and brush doesn't grow like grass!
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The BEST unit in the Clearing Saw line! I have owned FS 250/450/550 Clearing Saws. Currently, the FS 460 C-EM is the best choice from the line. It will handle nearly anything the heavier 550/560 will, without the additional weight which can be a factor when working on steep terrain. The 360 lacks the power needed for the tougher brush when it is allowed to grow 3 or more years without cutting. I use my 460 to cut brush such as ninebark, serviceberry, scotchbroom, & vinemaple growing with grasses beneath a conifer-forested canopy on sloping-to-steep terrain where fire suppression is a necessity. This is the only viable option I have found where the use of herbicides or wheeled machinery is not practical. I bought the Short Shaft (K) model of this FS 460 C-EM in Canada because the (K) model is not currently available in the U.S. I have found the (K) model much easier to use on sloping-to-steep terrain when cutting going up the fall line because of the decreased distance to the ground. The longer shaft models may be used in my application, but are a bit clumsier & slightly unsafer to use.I recommend the 350mm, 3-tooth Brush Knife for all the clearing in the above applications. I have logged over 4,000 hrs. of use with this particular blade installed on the 450/460/550 units. The ability to flip it over & keep cutting is a time-saver in the field, and it is easier to sharpen with a longer service life than the other options. I have cut green material up to 3" in diameter with one high-rpm pass!The Forestry Advanced-Plus Harness assembly has an improved attachment to the unit for increased operator safety and less chance of failure than the old style attachment. This harness is comfortable and the weight distribution is superior.Dealer parts support can result in some delays due to back-order status, so I suggest stocking up prior to the cutting season.
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Well like all the reviews say...this is no toy! Makes short work of brush and small trees, actually the only downsides are it is a bit cool blooded and you can really quickly drop enough stuff to give yourself a heart attack pulling it out of the way. Seriously this thing is a beast and has been worth every penny so far. If I could make a petty wish...it would be awesome if it came with 2 blades.
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just the ticket Perfect for brush and small trees up to about 4". After that, a chainsaw is best.
Date published: 2017-12-13
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Optional Accessories

  • Straps and Harnesses
    They distribute the load from your hands to your shoulders. They also help reduce operator fatigue and make it easier to use trimmers, brushcutters and clearing saws for extended periods.

Standard Features

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