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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™.

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 526.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great buy Powerful and easy to start. Solid piece of equipment, highly recommended
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you want the best you buy a Stihl I don't know why anyone would buy anything other than Stihl for their yard tools.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to start Have had other trimmers but none started on first pull like this one. Only draw back is sting breaks inside head a couple of times during each use. Will try another brand of string when this is used up. But this is the best trimmer I had
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 56 RCE Plenty of power and is very easy to start with the Easy2Start technology. I bought this for a mothers day gift and she loves it. I wish the strap was about 6 inches longer but other than that the trimmer works fantastic.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A lot of power and value for a "homeowner" trimmer I have owned this trimmer for three years now and have no buyers remorse. The clutched trimmer head is nice around flower beds, but can cut through really thick over growth. The straight shaft is nice for hard to reach areas. Low fuel and trimmer string consumption per operation, 6 gallons of fuel and still have original trimmer string in the head from when I bought it. The biggest surprise for me was the low noise level of the engine for the people around you, very nice for morning or evening workouts. I have owned two trimmers in the past and I feel this trimmer is everything Stihl advertises.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like a bat out of you know what My 4th Stihl product. Just as expected, reliable, powerful, and kicking butt. A bit pricey, but I know I don't have to worry about it.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product I love the fact that after several uses it only takes 2 pull and it's running unlike other brands.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Runs great,typical issue with string I have a large wooden fenceline. Trimmer started up great and worked well when there was string. After a few manual feeds with the string, it was only coming out of one opening and each time I opened and adjusted the string housing, I had the same issue. Messing with the string was certainly time consuming and didn't seem to help much. In full disclosure, I have had this issue with other trimmers.
Date published: 2017-05-16
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Standard Features

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

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Low-Emission Trimmers from STIHL - Video
How to Wind a STIHL Trimmer Head - Video
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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