FS 38

FS 38
A lightweight, value-priced consumer trimmer with many quality design features.

Model Features

  • 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).
  • Adjustable front handle
    The front handle is easily adjustable (360-degree rotation) for comfort.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


27.2 cc (1.66 cu. in.)
0.65 kW (0.87 bhp)
4.2 kg (9.3 lbs.)
330 cc (11.2 oz.)
* Weight without cutting attachment or deflector.

Important Information

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 38 is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 220.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just fair. The head on my fs 38 and fs 55r don't feed the line very well. I just bought a echo speed head for my fs 55r and it works great, may buy one for my fs 38.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful product! Easy start up. Light weight. Excellent trimmer! Would recommend this trimmer for use around the house.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Has the power and don't burn fuel fast This was by for the best trimmer I have ever purchased, it surprised me on the cutting power and burn very little fuel . In the past I have purchased many different types of trimmers and nothing can compare to the STIHL FS38 trimmer. I highly recommend to everyone to stop buying trimmers that don't last and don't have the power that the STIHL has I'm in my 50's and this STIHL has my it easy on me.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product gets a lot of hate, but for the price it is amazing! I'm a professional Landscaper and I bought this product because I wanted to give it a try (I Normally run FS 90's). I use it on my own home and occasionally on jobs at least once a week. It has never failed me and has plenty of power. The best part about it is it always starts right away. When I got it out of my shed after a cold winter it started on the second pull! If you are looking for a cheap, well made, and dependable product get the FS 38!
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from hardest starting weed eater i've ever owned I have only used it 4 times so for, so it is to early to make a good review. I have not had time to break it in yet.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a good product I just started a little lawn care company And I just n weed eater yeah it's hard to start but it gets the job done I really recommend this product
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Worst trimmer I ever owned. Hard to start and keep running. My son uses it. He has never had problems with other trimmers but has had nothing but problems with this one.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from BAD HEAD Kind of hard to start but getting use to the procedure that I have developed. The head is something else. Got an electric trimmer and I don't have the line feed problem like I do with this trimmer. If they get a better design head to feed the line out it would probably be a good trimmer.
Date published: 2016-11-21
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Cutting Heads & Blades Selection Chart (PDF)
Download Instructions on How to Rewind Your Trimmer Head (PDF)
Product Instruction Manual (PDF)
Product Safety Manual (PDF)
STIHL Limited Warranty
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