FS 50 C-E

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A fuel-efficient, low-emission trimmer with Easy2Start™ and an elongated shaft for taller users.

Product Description

The STIHL FS 50 C-E is a lightweight trimmer that doesn’t skimp on the features. This grass trimmer features a dependable, low-emission engine that is 20% more fuel efficient than our previous model (FS 46). It also features Easy2Start™ technology for quick, smooth starts, as well as our TapAction™, AutoCut® C 5-2 cutting head for faster line reloads. Combined with a longer shaft for tall users, this trimmer stands head and shoulders above the competition.

Model Features

  • 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.
  • Tool-Free Handle Adjustment
    The central wing nut enables easy adjustment without the use of tools. For transportation and space-saving storage, the handle can be rotated 90°.
  • 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.


27.2 cc (1.66 cu. in.)
0.8 kW (1.07 bhp)
4.6 kg (10.1 lbs.)
340 cc (11.5 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 50 C-E is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 147.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best trimmer I’ve ever had! It does a great job trimming my yard and even handles the bigger weeds with some effort. Restringing the spool is sometimes a chore and seems like if it’s not wound in there just right it will catch but works great. I can chew through a spool in no time. Starts easy every time without fighting it. I just wish there where more options available for the cutting head.
Date published: 2019-10-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Big Let Down You guys need to do something about the trim line on this machine. I have an average size yard and I went through an entire line to weed eat and edge my yard. The cut and paste replies of putting "self-help" videos on how to extend the line once it gets too short also don't work. I have to manually shut it off, and hand crank to get the line to come out. Sometimes, the line breaks inside, so I have to dismantle it. I expected better from SITHL. Negative comments won't change their practice on how they manufacture - but, if everyone is having the same issues, take it back.
Date published: 2019-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stihl... Great product What more has to be said? It's a Stihl. If you want the best, you have to buy the best. No problems at all.
Date published: 2019-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from string provided too brittle I recently acquired the FS56 RC-E from Ward's Power Equipment, Covington, WA. They are a small shop and have served me well for purchases of power equipment for home use. The FS56 is truly a one pull starter, impressive how easy it jumps alive. Initial use of it, however, was plagued with snapped line as soon as it hit any obstruction. The line provided with the FS56 was simply too rigid and would snap at the spool's exit point and refused to extend new line when bumped. I finally removed all the original line and replaced it with a more flexible line which now does not snap when it hits an obstruction. The flexible line might not cut as well as a more rigid line but what good it is it if does not extend from the spool? I'm very happy with the FS56 and highly recommend it, but definitely replace the original line.
Date published: 2019-08-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from HEAD FELL OFF I own EVERYTHING STIHL. With that being said I needed a trimmer for around the house so I wouldn’t have to use my FS 131 trimmer all the time for small projects. Side bar; I’ve had that trimmer for 15 years w not a single problem. Now, bought my 50 C-E, used it a few times around the house w the typical bumping of the head to release more string. HEAD FALLS OFF after using it about 4 times. Took it back to dealer, GREAT WARRANTY/SERVICE....replaced head, no charge and I’m back to trimming. I put a poly blade head on it to keep from having to bump the head to release string. NOT A FAN OF STRING. So far head has held on. BUT NOT WHAT I EXPECT FROM STIHL.
Date published: 2019-08-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from To retread the head is more then I can handle. The instructions on how to rethread the head are not good
Date published: 2019-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice but the auto head is a real pain. I love Stihl products, especially chainsaws. So, when I needed a new trimmer a dealer I knew recommended the FS 50 trimmer for my needs. Starts great , cuts well when the line is as it should be howevert this auto head doesn't work as it should. I had to tear it apart several timess and getting all that back together is a real pain, just to have the line stick again. Someone mentioned recall for the head unit. That would be a great idea.
Date published: 2019-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Homeowner It's a good machine for the average home owner. If you want to cut down a 1/2 acre, I suggest a commercial product. Otherwise, easy to start, good power, and manageable.
Date published: 2019-07-29
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