FS 56 RC-E - $199.95 DSRP


Distributor Suggested Retail Price FS 56 RC-E DSRP:  $199.95

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

Designed with a low-emission engine, the versatile straight shaft FS 56 RC-E STIHL loop handled trimmer is smooth running to help reduce operator fatigue. With a simplified new starting procedure, and featuring a semiautomatic choke that helps prevent flooding, you get a trimmer that’s ideal for homeowners with heavy grass to trim in hard-to-reach places. Couple this with the Easy2Start™ syst...Read More
Print Spec Sheets
FS 56 RC-E 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.
Model Features
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    Adjustable front handle
    The front handle is easily adjustable (360-degree rotation) for comfort.
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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.
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    Support strap (4130 007 1020)
    Support strap provides additional support while working.
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    Fully Lined Drive Shaft
    Provides smooth operation and less vibration.
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    High Tech Polymer Housing
    Housings are lightweight, withstand greater impact and are corrosion-resistant.
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    Start/Run/Stop Controls on Handle
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    Protected Choke Lever/Knob
    Helps prevent damage.
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    Throttle Trigger Interlock
    Must be depressed before the trigger can be activated.
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    Air Filter Cover
    Easily removed for fast and easy filter cleaning or replacement.
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    Protected or Enclosed Control Cables
    Eliminate dangling and loose wires.
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    Heavy-Duty Steel-On-Steel Clutch
    Centrifugal clutch is designed to reduce slippage.
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    Protected Spark Plug
    Protected yet easy to change.
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    Protected Spark Arrestor Muffler
    Has large baffles which reduce noise level and contains a screen designed to reduce the emission of sparks.
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    Upright Translucent Fuel Tank
    Allows operator to easily check fuel level before starting work. Upright position makes it easier to refill.
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    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.
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    Loop Handle (R)
    Loop handle grass trimmers and brushcutters are ideal for trimming between bushes and shrubs and other areas where space is limited.
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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).
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    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.
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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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    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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    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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    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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Standard Features
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    Common Features for Trimmers
    View the features common to many STIHL trimmers.

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.
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    A lightweight frame made of nylon offers the ideal combination of durability and comfort. Rubber temple tips and nosepiece offer a pressure-free fit behind the ears and protection from slippage on the nose bridge area. Protective lenses filter 99% of harmful UV rays.
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FS 56 RC-E is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 612.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Durable Built with strength made a priority, excellent cut with strong motor.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Starts right away I used to hate gas powered string trimmers. Actually used electric string trimmer because I could never get cheaper models to run and keep running. But since I bought a new home, with a huge yard, electric is not an option. I dreaded buying gas powered. So, I went to my local ACE hardware, and they suggested a STIHL, This trimmer is AWESOME! Starts with just a couple pulls everytime. I have no complaints about this machine.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Some PROS-----Some CONS It does start easy...most of the time. It doesn't start well when it is hot even at no choke or half choke. Maybe it's a learning curve.It is a little cumbersome but I can get use to it. The biggest NEGATIVE is that it will not advance line properly. It either does nothing or it sends out 2 feet. Last use I had to either fix tangled line or put on new line 6 times. I really would like to have a trimmer that advances the line automatically,
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bad product String doesn't come out . I have to stop every 10 ft to work on it. It stinks.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This machine is amazing I took this homeowner grade machine to do a commercial job it done wonderful I burn three tank of gas full throttle for all of it this is a excellent machine I highly recommend it
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this thing! I had a stihl fs 44 since 1998 she finally went on me. 19 years that was enough to buy a second stihl. Love how light weight it is only problem so far is it starts so easy my 8 yr old can start it. Absolutely love this thing.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a low cost workhorse I've used this weed eater going on two seasons and it is the best one I've ever owned. It takes care of everything from fine detail work to brush hogging small patches with ease. Maintenance is simple if you follow the recommendations in the manual
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality, excellent power I just picked up an FS 56 RC-E. Buying a trimmer is a big deal because of how long we keep them. For the money, this trimmer is a great choice. I wanted a trimmer with a one piece shaft to reduce vibration, it had to be light because we have almost an acre of trees, fences, and driveways, it had to be stout, and the design had to be such that the hot exhaust would not burn my arm.I'm 5'6" and us short folks have to hold trimmers with long straight shafts at a higher angle so the head is level. Doing this sometimes forces your arm to be in contact with the trimmer engine cover. I've owned other trimmers that the engine cover would burn the inside of my elbow after long periods of use. This trimmer DOES NOT have this issue. It has lots of low end torque which means you can trim through some thick growth without screaming at super high RPM. The only major con I see is that the fuel tank is too small (11 oz) and requires us to fill up three times for our yard size and trimming needs.
Date published: 2017-07-13
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