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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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
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 4.4 out of 5 by 355.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay but not great. I bought this trimmer after a lot of research and talking to friends. Everyone, including the people at the store, recommended Stihl over other similarly highly rated brands. I was replacing a low priced popular model that I had bought 3 years ago. That trimmer never ran well; it had issues with starting and then staying on without choke. It lacked power and despite only occasional use, it stopped working. In comparison, Stihl trimmer is much better. Its weight is balanced and it started without a fuss. I also like that its head does not spin during idling. It cuts well and effortlessly. However, my only problem after one use is that it DOES NOT advance the line upon tapping. To think that an advanced company like Stihl would not have figured out a simple archaic mechanism of line feed is disappointing. Now, I am having the same fear of picking up this trimmer to do my yard work. I had to stop trimmer after 3/4th of my work and it is sitting in the garage. I may try to work on it again but honestly I am annoyed.
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall a good product Replacing the trim line on a dual line feed is time consuming.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from works hard, starts easy , dependable. Bought this trimmer several years ago. Have a 3/4 acre property that I keep free of weeds,so this machine gets a work out. I generally run it until its out of gas and usually have little problem starting it while its hot. I some times put in a heaver line than recommended to cut around rocks and cement.I have many power tools and I don't want to collect any more so I like the idea of optional attachments. Good product in the right hands.
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Trimmer is too short I was disappointed after my purchase that I could not return it, I am a 5ft 6in tall female and the trimmer length is way too short for my height, Also was disappointed in the diameter of the cutting field. I know my husband will never be able to use this piece of equipment. At 6'8" he will not come close to the ground, little lone grass or weeds.I hope that in the future you will consider your customer's physical characteristics in any sale.
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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 had cheap string that had melted together. I put a higher quality string on the trimmer, but I haven't used it yet.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Product is a awesome machine at a reasonable price. This lightweight and durable string trimmer is excellent for not only use around the home but also keeps up with everyday use as in small businesses. Overall an excellent product. Only downfall is the new head on the string trimmer with the two equal pieces of string. I really don't care for it.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light Weight Light weight for a gas powered trimmer, easy start feature is true to its word
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor construction Had this trimmer for almost three years. After the first year the pull code shredded and was not under warranty. Bump cord release, either took multiple bumps or got jammed up, used correct cord(per manual), supplied by dealer. Then later this year, now will not start, I opened it up to inspect air filter and carb, noticed a tube coming from the "Air filter housing" going to the body just above the fuel tank was disconnected and will not snap back on.
Date published: 2017-09-15
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Optional Accessories

  • Trimmer Heads & Blades
    Many trimmer heads and blades are available. Find out which ones to use with this model in this chart.  
  • Trimmer Line
    There's high-performance STIHL trimmer line for every operating condition. 
  • Deflectors
    Protect yourself from flying debris while trimming. Check out our selection of deflectors and find the one that will help protect you.
  • 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.

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How to Start Your FS 40 C-E Trimmer - Video
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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