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FS 56 RC-E

FS 56 RC-E
A straight-shaft grass trimmer with a fuel-efficient engine and STIHL Easy2Start™.

Product Description

More power, less emissions. The FS 56 RC-E trimmer features a high-performance, fuel-efficient engine that runs cleaner and smoother and provides about 5% more power than the FS 55 R. When it’s not squeezing every last ounce of performance from its upright fuel tank, this straight-shaft grass trimmer keeps the weeds at bay, thanks to its AutoCut® cutting head. This STIHL trimmer also features our Easy2Start™ technology, making starting nearly effortless. And with its simple, reliable and convenient starting procedure with a momentary stop switch which automatically returns to the start position, this trimmer is always at the ready to get to work. For comfort, performance and maneuverability, this trimmer hits the sweet spot.

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).
  • 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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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Support strap (4130 007 1020)
    Support strap provides additional support while working.

Specifications

DISPLACEMENT
27.2 cc (1.66 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER
0.8 kW (1.07 bhp)
WEIGHT*
4.8 kg (10.6 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 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 56 RC-E is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 685.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best lawn product I own Absolutely love my trimmer .... starts every time and easily. If they made mowers I would be one happy man. Price is a little high but u get what u pay for.
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I was looking for. I have a stihl blower vac and wanted the same reliability in a string trimmer. Still in the break in period so only running at partial power. Even then, it has what is needed to get my trimming work done including that professional manicured look along the concrete edges (sidewalks and driveways). I read other online reviews and string advancement seemed to be an issue with some who posted comments and reviews. I have not had any problems at all with this product since purchase. McFarland True Value in McFarland, Wisconsin has a professional and very knowledgeable staff. I gave these guys my business based on a reputation that is top quality and second to none!
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ditch the head for perfection The machine is a thing of beauty. It does all you could ever ask of a homeowner level trimmer but you have got to replace the head. I installed a Durocut 20-2 and couldn’t be happier. Best trimmer I’ve ever owned by a long shot.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Love the weedwacker HATE THE LINE FEED! FROM THE SECOND I USED THIS PRODUCT I HAVE HAD NOTHING BUT PROBLEMS WITH THE LINE FEED!!!! TAP THE HEAD ONLY ONE SIDE FEEDS, RE- WOUND IT, SAME PROBLEM HAPPENS. I HAVE BECOME AN EXPRET ON TAKING IT APART, LINE KEEPS BRAKING OFF INSIDE THE HEAD! HAD A SHINDAIWA FOR 25 YEARS AND NEVER HAD THIS PROBLEM! ALSO THE HEAD IS SUPER CHEAP PLASTIC, BET IT WON'T TAKE LONG TO FLY APART!
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A lot of weed eater for a little price This is a very reliable trimmer. It has tons of power that you'd expect from a commercial grade trimmer, but the price is just right. Worth every penny!
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good trimmer After having a competitors unit that was hard to start and poorly built I am very pleased with this unit. Easy to start and plenty of power. A little more ease with line feed would make this a five star for me but definitely would recommend this to others
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good product it works great it could have more power for the thicker grass but so far so good
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light weight easy to use. My wife loves it. Great weed eater I love it. You will too. I love anything stihl makes. Top quality products. Ouality Solutions ya'll are the best. Joey Dominick Hammond Lousiana.
Date published: 2017-09-18
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Standard Features

  • Common Features for Trimmers
    View the features common to many STIHL trimmers.

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How to Start Your FS 56 RC-E Trimmer - Video
Cutting Heads & Blades Selection Chart (PDF)
Download Instructions on How to Rewind Your Trimmer Head (PDF)
Product Instruction Manual (PDF)
Product Safety Manual (PDF)
STIHL Limited Warranty
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