FS 40 C-E

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

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 245.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful, yet manageable string trimmer. So easy to use this thing. The easy2start is amazing, and has all the power you could ever need. The main thing I liked was that after using it my hands weren't shaky. My old string trimmer( poulan pro) was garbage compared to this. And not to mention I payed less for this trimmer and getting their fuel mix than I did my previous sting trimmer. You cant go wrong with STIHL.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product has great features I love it it has been easy to use. It seems to be reliable and starts easy. It has very good power .
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very powerful small trimmer. I've had this trimmer or actually the old version, fs45 for 4 years now and its still going strong. I've used it around my 1 acre lot and on heavy applications trimming high grass and weeds. Its surprisingly powerful and with the right line this trimmer is more than enough for most yards. If there is a downside, I would say it can be slightly difficult to start. More than 5 pulls.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, dependable machine for the price I use this for my home on an acre lot. It works well and is easy to use. I am satisfied with this purchase and would again if I had to do it over again.
Date published: 2016-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome product I did do research on the product. Sthil was rated well. It has done everything I needed it to do and more. A wounderful product.
Date published: 2016-10-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Always have had Stihl chainsaws and weed whackers but this is not one of my favorite. The trigger should be made of a different material with grooves or something so that it is not so slippery that your finger slides off or possibly more of a curve or different angle. It is somewhat top heavy and difficult to maintain a level trim.It does cut well but the manual is for several models and not clear on changing the string.
Date published: 2016-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great trimmer for the average yard I recently went from a heavy duty professional grade Stihl trimmer to the FS-40 which is more appropriate for my yard size The trimmer is lightweight and has plenty of power for the average home lot.
Date published: 2016-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to start and use. I had a battery powered trimmer that just wasn't cutting it. I went to consumer reports and saw where this model was highly rated and went to local store to check it out. After purchasing the trimmer works great and starts great. I know it is not a commercial model but my teenage son uses it also for some side jobs in neighborhood to trim with. Great product.
Date published: 2016-10-16
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How to Start Your FS 40 C-E Trimmer - Video
Cutting Heads & Blades Selection Chart (PDF)
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Product Instruction Manual (PDF)
Product Safety Manual (PDF)
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