FS 56 RC-E

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

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 462.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have owned this for several years I have owned the FS56RC since it came on the market. Overall it has been very dependable and started every time I needed it. In the beginning I had a problem with the original equipment string. The string was all stuck together and would not feed. I learned that a little dust and dirt helped with this. Graphite powder could also be used. I also had a problem with the gas cap going on with ease. The beaded chain on the gas cap popped up and prevented the gas cap from going down. Stihl had a recall on the gas cap. The dealer made me pay for the gas cap and refused to be responsible for it. I think the string head is a bit of a hassle and could be better designed. Aside from all this it has out lasted several other lower priced brands I purchased from large hardware stores. I am still using it today and I don't think it is going to quit anytime soon.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The FS56 is an excellent weedeater for the money light weight, excellent power to cut grass and weeds several feet tall. I've had several other brands of weed eaters some costing more money but this weed eater out works all of them
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good all around trimmer In addition to my lawn care business, I also help one of my friends who has their own lawn care business, mow a large 20 house condo complex. I usually trim and edge along the majority of the houses with the Stihl FS 56 RC-E. This trimmer is very capable of trimming along flowerbeds as well as edging along the sidewalks and curbs throughout the complex. The autocut head only takes a couple minutes to reload and then I'm back trimming again. Overall this trimmer is a great Stihl product.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best one great product, use the correct fuel, will have no issues
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good quality product I bought this trimmer a few months ago. Its really been a very good product. Starts easily and runs great. It seems light enough and balanced well. Thats important to me and my back. I have a lot of trimming to do and if im fighting the trimmer, it kills my back. Now for the longer haul we will see if the stihl fuel is worth the cost. I like the warranty you recieve by purchasing the stihl fuel. The ethanol fuels are just wrecking small engines. So far, I recommend this trimmer and their fuel. Its expensive, but worth it for longevity of the trimmer. Also, it seems plenty powerful enough to cut through the thick stuff quickly so you can move on without bogging down and getting wrapped up with weeds.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it It did not come with a manual for the stringer head, had to go to the dealer to get one, they ran out, their computer could not print one from on-line.They had to show me how to change the string.Other than that I love this trimmer, good product for a good price.Works well with tough St. Augustine grass.
Date published: 2016-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Your equipment is excellent! I have the BR600 blower and the FS-56R trimmer and cannot wait to get more... my wish list includes a hedge trimmer and chain saw.
Date published: 2016-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Replaced my Echo with FS 56. More power, easier to use very happy with it.
Date published: 2016-10-20
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Standard Features

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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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