FS 40 C-E

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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?

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  • 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 532.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Took theFS40 CE out Took it out on my new homes yard. Starts quick. Power is not what I expected had to go full throttle to go through the small yard weeds. Guess I should have gotten the next weed eater for power. Had a hard time weeding the weeds.
Date published: 2019-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Great Trimmer runs very well and starts in 2-3 pulls every time, much better than others 10-15 pulls. For tall grass, thinner blackberry stalks, and edging along asphalt it has plenty of power. Never bogged down because of anything, I do clean the spark arrester infrequently though and run 0 ethonal. Only issue is the gas tank pressurizes after use which sprays a small amount of fuel when refueling but it has never bothered me.
Date published: 2019-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good battery battery lasts an hour on a full charge, and charges in about the same time. charge indicator on the battery is pretty nice. there is no manual beyond the parts one included, and the information on reloading cutting string is only listed as a smart phone link, and I have no smart phone. you need to include a downloadable manual option for computer. for heavy weeds or tall grass it tends to wrap rather than cut, might be better with a different string.
Date published: 2019-09-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from to slow , small cut would like to return it. for bigger trimmer. Store said no returns. we only used it to try it and don't like it. there it sits.
Date published: 2019-09-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very powerful trimmer. The trimmer starts on the first or second pull every time. The trimmer recently had a gas leak and the carburetor was replaced under warranty, great machine.
Date published: 2019-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best Available That I Have found Pros;Well builtStarts easilyGood price for what you getCons:Hard to re-spool Cheap pull cord, Replace with anything else but Stilh!Nothing about cleaning spark arrestor in manual, this is necessary
Date published: 2019-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This my second one. Both start readily and get the job done fast. Great quality. This is my second one. Both start easily and get the job done fast. Great quality.
Date published: 2019-08-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hard to start Runs great once you get it started. At my work I use a Troy Built that aways starts AND RUNS on the first pull.I bought this Stihl thinking it was the better brand. Boy was I wrong. This model is too short for me. It always starts on the first pull with the choke on and then dies. After that with the choke off its 5 to 10 pulls to get it running, then runs and starts great after its warmed up.My next purchase was going to be a stihl chainsaw but now I'm looking at others.
Date published: 2019-08-23
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