FS 50 C-E

FS 50 C-E
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?

    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.
  • 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 142.
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
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Head is terrible as other reviews state I have been a faithful Stihl customer and bypassed the reviews on this model because I couldn’t believe Stihl would have such a poor product. I discounted the poor reviews as user error only to find this auto feed head is total junk. Recall is the only solution here.
Date published: 2019-07-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Auto-cut head- poor to say the least Very disappointed in this Stihl product. First Stihl I have owned. Had much cheaper trimmers that the line advanced very easily. I’ve had to pound and pound the head on the ground and most of the time the line didn’t advance. Took back to store and they said it worked fine! Hard to load line and advance line. Too expensive to get rid of so will have to live with and fight it every time.
Date published: 2019-07-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Starts easily but the auto head is terrible. Bought this trimmer 3 days ago. Used it once to trim some weeds in my yard took 2 1/2 hours and I only have a 1/4 acre. The auto line release doesn't work when the line would break and it did often I had to stop the machine and disassemble the head to get the line out and replace the line. So I went to the local dealer to get the head with polymer blades... well Stihl doesn't make a polymer blade head for this model. Why? I don't know... Stihl should make the polymer blade head for every model they sell. Would not recommend. Hoping I can exchange or get my money back.
Date published: 2019-07-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tap Action Autocut Head The string has jammed on this head requiring dis-assembly of the head to free the jam on several occasions, including the first time I used it (factory wound spool). Dis-assembly is also required should the line just break, which it has on several occasions. I would much prefer the durocut head which I use on my FS 40C....so I will now have to go purchase one of those.
Date published: 2019-07-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Trimmer doesnt hold enough line Used it for a small job. The weeds were not high or thick and ran out line before I ran out of gas. So I'm am already having to buy replacement line. Tried buying attachment for the head to alleviate using the line and they will not work on this trimmer.
Date published: 2019-06-06
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