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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.
  • 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 706.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from to replace string is ridiculous Starts easy but string is a pain, only a few years old and dealer doesnt have any accessories for itreally disappointment I didnt buy a cheapo instead of buying twice as much for nothing
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great product great product for homeowner starts great and easy to maintain
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT product Blows away EVERYTHING else worth the few extra bucks easy. I've been through 3 gas and 1 electric trimmer over the last 3-4 years none held up. This one is far superior in every way. Could have saved a tin had I just gotten this one first.
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love my StihlTrimmer This is my second Stihl trimmer. The first one last for over 25 years. Hopefully this one will do the same. I have used it a couple times and it works great. Easy to handle and plenty of power to do what I need done.
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best bang for buck Best trimmer I have ever bought. Way more power than I expected for the price. Starts right up every time and takes down whatever is put in it's path. Great machine
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Stihl FS 56RC is powerful I just bought the Stihl FS 56RC and I took it home and tried it. I was amazed at the sheer power that this weed trimmer has! You have plenty of power in reserve to tackle some tough weeds and brush! I love the ergonomic design and craftsmanship that went into this!The fact that you can gently tap the line feed on the ground and have more line come out is a plus also!I would highly recommend this for any home owner that is looking for power and performance!
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why buy another brand? I always had in my mind that Stihls were more expensive. But, they aren't. They are similarly priced to much inferior competitors. I always had problems with other trimmers. They were constantly bogging down or randomly deciding not to start. I've never had one issue with my Stihl FS 56 RC-E. I'm three years in, didn't properly winterize it the second winter I owned it, and it still starts on the first time every time. It runs like a top. I will definitely never buy another brand, and I've now purchased a blower with the same excellent results.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just right for needs. Easy to start, easy to use. Just whacked down some tall brush with this trimmer and it powered through like a champ. Have a lot more to do but no doubt this will do exactly what I need.
Date published: 2017-10-24
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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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