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FS 560 C-EM

FS 560 C-EM
Professional grade, powerful clearing saw with Easy2Start™ system and STIHL M-Tronic™ feature.

Product Description

The most powerful STIHL clearing saw in its class – the FS 560 C-EM cuts through wild growth, hedges and thickets with a rugged design ideal for heavy landscape and forest cutting. Powered by a low-emission engine that is 12% more fuel-efficient than the previous model, the STIHL FS 560 C-EM clearing saw features the STIHL M-Tronic™ engine management system, which provides optimum engine power at all times and automatically adjusts to changes in elevation, temperature and air filter cleanliness. A large 33.5 oz. translucent fuel tank – 31% larger than the previous model – offers longer run times and less refueling.

This clearing saw also comes standard with the Easy2Start™ system, which requires minimal pulling force to start the engine. The 4-point anti-vibration system allows optimal control while reducing fatigue, and an easy-to-adjust, soft-grip bike handle swivels for easy transport and storage.

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.
  • 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.

Specifications

DISPLACEMENT
57.1 cc (3.48 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER
2.8 kW (3.75 bhp)
WEIGHT*
10.2 kg (22.5 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY
990 cc (33.5 oz.)
POWER SOURCE
Gas
*Weight without cutting attachment or deflector.

Important Information

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.

Reviews

FS 560 C-EM is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This product has poor dealers Had to wait 2 months to get the 560. Used it one time on brush. Bought it for thick grass in the first place. Been waiting on a autocut string head for 3 months. Dealer said they had it, go down to get it and it's the wrong one. Summer is about to come to a end and my trimming is so far behind. Had people wanting me to cut brush for them now I've lost all my jobs. The 560 might be nice but I haven't been able to use it. Overall it's just very very POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE from STIHL THEMSELVES. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Land Clearing Operations I found this product to be excellent for land clearing operations. With the 60 tooth saw blade already attached, I was able to cut 4-5 inch trees at about 40 trees per hour. 1-3 inch trees at about 100 trees per hour. Brush actually clogs the machine, and you will need to attach 3 bladed cutter. Must use the double shoulder harness for highest efficiency. Use helmet with ear protect and face shield for safety. Wow. Does this product work great.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful, reliable, well built I’ve been using the 560 for a couple of years for controlling large undergrowth and small trees which have grown on our 10acres of property. It has the power to take out anything if you use the right cutter head. If found the 3 bladed brush knife to be most useful, esp if you file the blades sharp periodically. I use the saw and the autocut trimmer too. The brush knife works great on anything up to about an inch without forcing it. Larger dia I’ll put on the saw blade and cut off. Above 2” I’ll use my chainsaws. With the power comes weight and I have found the larger harness works well to support the 560. Nicely balanced while working. Highly recommend the screen mask and goggles, as well as the anti-vibration gloves. You grow to love those gloves after running the 560 for a day. I’ve got the 560, a Kombi 131, BR600 blower, MS460 chainsaw, and an older Stihl chainsaw I’ve been using for about 30 years and still runs like a champ. All my Stihl tools are well maintained, used with care, and remain entirely dependable for the job at hand.
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great features Light weight, does not vibrate, with additional purchase of the shoulder harness weight is balanced evenly adding to the ease of use.
Date published: 2016-09-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Sucks I took it back, it was a pace of junk do not buy this junk,
Date published: 2016-08-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Stihl trimmer is good, but still cannot do the job The trimmer I purchased is well-made and runs well.However, it cannot trim mature weeds like pig weed and burdock, two of the most aggressive invasive weeds on my land. I purchased it with weed control in mind, so I am disappointed that it won't cut the weeds that grow to mid-summer height and thickness.
Date published: 2016-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Flexibility and Power for tough terrain I have owned this FS 560 CEM for 5 months. I bought this piece of equipment to help clear some overgrown fields & underbrush on forest/hunting land and it has not disappointed. The best thing about it is you can take it anywhere in the back of your SUV without having to have a trailer to pull or buy a walk behind brush cutter. The saw blade easily cuts through small saplings and 2 to 3" trees with an easy swing. And, the brush cutter attachment slices through any briar patch and takes care of small saplings. The gas tank is also surprisingly large allowing you to run it for much longer than a normal trimmer. Most importantly though, the shoulder harness distributes the weight very evenly reducing you from getting too tired. I will be using this for selective thinning of gum & other undesireable trees on my forest/hunting land (101 acres). I highly recommend this if you need something to help you clear on rougher land.
Date published: 2016-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FS560 This thing is a beast....get out of its way because it's going to tackle anything you throw at it and make short order out of anything in its way!Starts right up, warms up quick and gets to business of clearing a path.Pretty heavy to use for an extended period....the moment I feel like I'm going into cardiac arrest is about 60 seconds before it runs out of gas at wide open throttle....Great job in engineering the gas tank size to keep me out of the hospital !!A little disappointed in my dealership, they assembled it with the Grass Blade installed with the wrong thrust plates for the blade.Also bought the Poly-Cut head....A lot of trouble with keeping it screwed on, there's no tool to tighten it on the shaft, need to use a socket wrench and felt like I was tightening it to the point it would break....it flew off a couple of times before I just cranked it so tight that I thought it would break.....Lastly, this tool is WAY TOO heavy to use with anything other than a blade....simple line cutting use will wear you out by replacing line or poly blades....best to keep a blade on it and use it for the heavy grass or clearing out the blackberry bushes.
Date published: 2016-03-22
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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

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

Support

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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