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Homeowner Trimmers

Efficient trimmers made for work around the home

Weeds and grass, they think they own the place. Show them who’s boss with a...
Weeds and grass, they think they own the place. Show them who’s boss with a STIHL trimmer, made specifically for use around the home. These grass trimmers are lightweight, powerful and easy to use. Just start them up and watch as they make quick work of those hard-to-reach areas mowers leave behind. To help you identify model features, look for these corresponding symbols: C = Comfort feature, E = Easy2Start™, and R = loop handle.

STIHL trimmers for use around the home are available in either loop handle or bike handle styles. Both options come loaded with convenience features, such as upright, translucent fuel tanks, easy-to-access air filters and purge pump primers to help prevent flooding. These features save you time and effort, something you’ll appreciate even more when it’s 100 degrees outside in the shade.

Trimmers Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. 10 months ago
    Starts every time!
    I had two old trimmers, quality units but worn out. I got tired of pulling, and pulling, and pulling... I have a Stihl chainsaw, and use their equipment a lot with Samaritan’s Purse on disaster cleanup (hard use there!), so it was a no-brainer to buy a string trimmer from my local Stihl dealer. My only issue is with the handle at the balance point. It is loose, allowing the unit to turn upside down when carrying with one hand. A minor annoyance, and pretty easy to fix. The thing has plenty of ... read more power and the supplied string cuts great. Over-all, very happy with it.
  2. 10 months ago
    Best bang for the buck!
    I wanted a powerful trimmer but didn't want to break the bank. I went back and forth looking at many other trimmers but kept coming back to the FS 56 RC-E. I got it home and it was pretty powerful and easy to put new trimmer line on. It's the most ideal no nonsense trimmer for someone that just wants a powerful string trimmer that starts up with no problems every time! You can't go wrong with the Stihl FS 56 RC-E!
  3. 2 years ago
    powerful dependable excellent value
    super great trimmer easy to start. I have had many trimmers none compare to this stihl trimmer The only negative comment I have is that you have to remove the trimmer head to reload the string. The trimmer is very powerful and a pleasure to use.
  1. 6 years ago
    Great Trimmer
    My dad has been running Stihls longer than I've been around, and I can see why. I bought this trimmer with the shown head, and just plowed through the brush in my backyard. It's also great for finishing work around trees or landscaping features. It's got great balance, and with the shoulder strap it's essentially weightless. I'm 6'3"-6'4" and didn't have to be bending over to use this trimmer. The Easy Start is incredible--you just have to pull the chord, not at a fast speed, the spring kicks in ... read more and it fires right up, which is handy if you need to stop the machine because you don't need to take the strap off your shoulder to start it up. I love the tap-to-feed feature--no need to stop the machine or use any tools for more string. If you're a weekend-warrior, I'd highly recommend this trimmer.
  2. 7 years ago
    Excellent!!!
    I have used many trimmers over the last 15 years. I have found that Stihl's have always been the most reliable. This trimmer is fantastic! Light weight, great power, and completely dependable. The easy start is the way to go!. One half pull and the trimmer is at full speed ready to go! Best trimmer I have ever used! I recommended this trimmer to my friend who bought it the next wk. He said the same review to me as well.
  3. 9 months ago
    SUPERB TRIMMER STRONG MOTOR
    Greetings; I bought this item in early June 2019, I'm MOST Happy with the trimmers POWER and ability to mow down weeds in my yard over 3' high. Mainly dry brush is what I have here, even the fresh weeds the trimmer simply cuts them to shreds. The ergonomic bicycle handle is by far SUPERIOR to the the lil loop handle. I love having the power control right there on the handlebar > so convenient and with the lil padded harness it's a breeze using this product FC 56 C-E HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Going to ... read more replace some other power tools I have with STIHL Power tools.Thanks for an OUTSTANDING product. Fred G. Santa Fe,NM
  1. 5 years ago
    Nice machine.
    I like the machine,it starts easily and runs good,I have had some problems with the spool that holds the string. At first use I could not get it to advance any string, unless I shut it off and pulled it out by hand, I took it back and they looked at it,then I went home and used it to trim my yard and it seemed to work fine. I think the string was kinked up on the spool and thats why it wouldn't come out,so time will tell,but overall it is a nice piece of equipment.
  2. 6 years ago
    I love this trimmer!
    This trimmer is a dream to start. A couple or three pulls after cold start, and it is on. If the engine is already warm, one pull is all you need! The extra long shaft means less bending and less back strain; this model is not overly heavy, so it doesn't kill me to lift it and keep it moving. The 50:1 oil gas mixture makes the engine smoke less than other brands. The only knock I can find on this trimmer is that sometimes the line sticks to itself inside the trimmer and I have to re-thread the ... read more trimmer line. This is a very small knock as I have had other trimmer brands do this as well. Overall, this is by far the best trimmer I have ever owned. If you want a quality product, get a STIHL. You get so much more out of it than what you pay!
  3. 7 years ago
    this product has great features
    In the old days, Stihl trimmers were no problems for me. I have a Stihl chainsaw that was bought 15 or so years ago, and it is still awesome today. The trimmers of yesteryear worked very well. You didn't have to worry about the starter rope pulling out. I am not comfortable pulling the rope '' gently'' to start the trimmer. Also, I get maybe 15 to 20 min on fuel, then have to fill it up again. The string is too thin for my yard. Stihl has been my choice almost forever, I do recommend Stihl though.
  1. 2 years ago
    Easy to start
    I have read reviews that were not to good for this trimmer but I have had the FS 40 CE trimmer for approx a month now, use it every week and it has performed to my expectations. It starts easy, runs good and the trimmer line advances with no problems. I run 89 octane fuel with stihl oil mix and I couldn’t ask for a better starting and running trimmer.
  2. 3 years ago
    Great Trimmer
    So far, I am loving the trimmer. I'll give you the pro's and con's. Pro's: Great power upgrade from the electric trimmer I previously owned. It is super easy to start. It is super lightweight. It is fairly simple to work with for things like basic maintenance. Con's: The only real complaint I have with the trimmer is that the trimmer head is annoying when it doesn't auto feed. I had to take the head off and pull the string out 3 times when I was trimming, but I think this because it ... read more had cheap string that had melted together. I put a higher quality string on the trimmer, but I haven't used it yet.
  3. 3 years ago
    Trimmer head not to good
    I'm pleased with the trimmer starting and running but the trimmer head is horrible loading new string is next to impossible and a real pain in the butt. And the bump action is horrible as well. Just over all bad trimmer head I'm going to try to get a better head! I think that's what the company is planning on everyone that buys one getting an upgraded head !
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