FS 56 C-E

FS 56 C-E
This straight-shaft grass trimmer features bike-style handles, ideal for large or difficult areas.

Product Description

Get a handle on large or difficult trim areas with the FS 56 C-E trimmer. This STIHL trimmer features a straight shaft and ergonomically designed bike-style handles for greater comfort when trimming over large terrain – and for extended periods of time. It also features a low exhaust emission, fuel-efficient engine, so you have fewer refuels and fewer exhaust fumes cramping your style. This trimmer also includes Easy2Start™ technology, making starting nearly effortless.

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).
  • Bike Handle
    When used in conjunction with a harness, the bike handle allows the machine to be easily guided, enabling a smooth horizontal mowing action to cover large areas quickly and efficiently. With soft grips for increased comfort, the bike handle provides greater control and helps reduce operator fatigue.

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  • 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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  • Shoulder Strap / Carrying System
    Using a shoulder strap or carrying system helps distribute the weight of the equipment for increased operator comfort and improved maneuverability.
  • 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
0.8 kW (1.07 bhp)
WEIGHT*
5.2 kg (11.5 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY
340 cc (11.5 oz.)
CUTTING SWATH
16.5"
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 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 56 C-E is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 103.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great at cutting thick brush Love this trimmer! It has the right amount of power to cut weeds with the line trimmer attachment and cuts through thicker brush with the PolyCut 27-3 attachment. Engine idle adjustment to run at 7,500 ft. elevation was very quick and easy. Starts on first or second pull and runs great.
Date published: 2019-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works as advertised. Perfect. I own 5 other Still products. This trimmer is my most recent purchase. I have owned other brands but they don't measure up to the quality and functionality of the Stihl products. I threw in the trash my other trimmer to get this Still brand trimmer. Stihl has not let me down.
Date published: 2019-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great features I actually enjoy using my new trimmer, added the double strap harness for more comfort. Plenty of power for home owner use.
Date published: 2019-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product I bought this trimmer last weekend and couldn't be happier. I have 1.26 acres and lots of trimming need. Got it all done in about 3 hours. Some areas were 3' and somewhat wet. Along with power and ease of use, you have the fuel economy. I barely used more than a tank of gas! Bottom line: dont waste your money on any other product. BUY A STIHL!!!!
Date published: 2019-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SUPERB TRIMMER STRONG MOTOR Greetings; I bought this item in early June 2019, I'm MOST Happy with the trimmers POWER and ability to mow down weeds in my yard over 3' high. Mainly dry brush is what I have here, even the fresh weeds the trimmer simply cuts them to shreds. The ergonomic bicycle handle is by far SUPERIOR to the the lil loop handle. I love having the power control right there on the handlebar > so convenient and with the lil padded harness it's a breeze using this product FC 56 C-E HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Going to replace some other power tools I have with STIHL Power tools.Thanks for an OUTSTANDING product. Fred G. Santa Fe,NM
Date published: 2019-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great trimmer Have 6 acres of property and this trimmer makes short work of grass, weeds, and black berry bushes. The bike handles and strap save your back.
Date published: 2019-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent power, starts easily even when hot. I ran Stihl brushcutters for many years professionally but used a hand me down electric brand X at home.I decided to buy a gas powered unit for the homestead and Stihl was the only choice for me.I like the control the handlebar styles give, great on a side hill and good leverage when taking wide swath cuts. Great power for thick growth and I can always put a brush blade on the 56.I purchased it at JAX on sale which made it even better plus you buy a 6 pack of oil and the warranty is doubled.Great customer service at JAX to boot.
Date published: 2019-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Used Once Purchased yesterday and used once. So far it has worked great. I had the dealer install Durocut head because I don't like bump heads. The only thing I did notice was vibration at the engine end but none vibration at the head. I wanted to purchase the FS 70 R but the dealer was out of stock so I purchased this one.
Date published: 2019-06-16
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