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FS 40 C-E

FS 40 C-E
A lightweight, reliable grass trimmer, featuring STIHL Easy2Start™ technology, a low exhaust emission engine and lightweight curved shaft.

Product Description

This entry-level trimmer feels like first class. The STIHL FS 40 C-E trimmer is lightweight, balanced in hand and features a curved shaft for exceptional handling. And that’s just the outside of the trimmer. Inside, the low exhaust emission and fuel-efficient engine is ideal for home use – putting grass and weeds to rest with good cutting power. This grass trimmer also features our innovative Easy2Start™ technology, so you can get started with just a simple pull of the starter cord. Together it makes for one fantastic deal, unless you’re a weed.

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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  • Built in the USA
    Indicates products that are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.

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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).
  • Loop Handle (R)
    Loop handle grass trimmers and brushcutters are ideal for trimming between bushes and shrubs and other areas where space is limited.
  • 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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  • 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.
  • Convenient throttle/start/run/stop controls built into the handle for easy operation.
  • 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.
  • 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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  • 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.
  • 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
27.2 cc (1.66 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER
0.7 kW (0.94 bhp)
WEIGHT*
4.5 kg (9.9 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY
340 cc (11.5 oz.)
CUTTING SWATH
15"
POWER SOURCE
Gas
* 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.

STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL Dealers are for distribution in the United States only.

Reviews

FS 40 C-E is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 516.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bells and whistles The easy. start and power head are the two great features of this trimmers. The loading of the string is the easiest of any trimmer I have ever owned and I have 3 other Stihl trimmers. The extra warranty is a plus simply by buying the factory approved oil. It doesn't get hot with extended use so it doesn't cut off and become difficult to start. Great product and we plan on getting another one soon.
Date published: 2019-07-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent trimmer IF you can get it to start Stihl trimmers work well, IF you can finally get them to start. Ever since I purchased the trimmer, on any given day, there’s only an 80% chance it will start. The other times (seemingly when you need it most), the trimmer is worthless. So overall, the trimmer works well, but is entirely unreliable.
Date published: 2019-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value, quality and dependability. Stihl products last a long time and have the capacity to get the job done. Great value, quality and dependability. Stihl products last a long time and have the capacity to get the job done.
Date published: 2019-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product! Easy to start, good idles, light weight, well-balanced. Great price. I really like it.
Date published: 2019-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FS 40 C I had bought the FS 45 C several years ago probally 12 year ago not sure it had always served me well just gota new FS 40C has plenty of power starts easy great product
Date published: 2019-06-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Trimmer is good. Line feed is junk!!! The trimmer starts and runs fine. The bump feed is named wrong. It should be named manual feed!! Almost every time you bump it the line will not feed out. You have to take the spool out and pull the line out. This started the first time it was used. I have had it one year and had it back to the dealer's shop every time I used it!!!! i bought the blade head and wore out the blades in 30 minutes. I am very temped to return it and buy the cheapest weed eater like I had 40 years ago!!!!!!!!! When I read the reveiws I should have belived them when they said the bump feed was junk!! I thought they just didn't know how to us it properly. I have been a mechanic for over 50 years and couldn't find anything wrong with the bump feed, and neither could the Stihl trained technicians at the Stihl dealer's shop. It needs to be redesigned.
Date published: 2019-06-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolute trash - don't buy Absolute trash don't even consider this trimmer .... EVER! Bought the trimmer used it once then throttle stopped working, still operated but no throttle control. Next time I tried to use it I could not get it started without using starting fluid. Took it to the local dealer here in Calgary to have it tuned up - after 12 days they told me the carburetor needed to be replaced - parts plus labor cost was high enough that they recommended buying a new trimmer. This after using it less than 4 times. This is the last time I buy a Stihl product. And ever go back to Brothers two small engines in Calgary.
Date published: 2019-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Starting Procedure How about a new Starting Procedure Video online for this product.? Your current one goes so fast it is useless.
Date published: 2019-06-22
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