FS 56 RC-E - $219.95 DSRP SAVE $0.00 on select models


Distributor Suggested Retail Price FS 56 RC-E DSRP:  $219.95

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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
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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.

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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 482.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from dependable Very well built compared to other brands Owned it for about a month now and no issues whatsoever Bought brushcutter attatcment works better than I expected makes easy work taking back my property from the surrounding forrest!
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from easy to use Had this trimmer about a month now no problems lightweight cuts through the thickest weeds in my yard even small saplings well worth the money does the jobs all my previous trimmers would not.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the best anyone could ask for It's easy to use, got my yard work done in half the time
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from missed the boat I own several stihl products and will keep buying them, that said, I am 70, I was disappointed. first off I bought this one for the easy start and extra length shaft as I am tall but the easy start version increases the weight considerably making the shoulder strap essential however the strap provided was too short to allow me to stand up right and is why I bought the longer shaft so I had to modify it. my old trimmer had a screw knob (the part you tap on the ground) to remove the head for string replacement the new one has plastic tabs that must be bushed together at the same time but I cannot, with out extreme difficulty and hand pain and fear the tabs will break as it gets old plus, unlike my older Stihl this assembly is difficult to load as the notches for string retention are too sloppy to hold the string in place. not so needed for my old shorter shaft version but for the long shaft It would be nice if the controls were separate from the motor and allow for short range of positioning up and down the shaft for better access when using odd ball positions like around edges.I wished I had just bought the short shaft bottom of the line version I has for ten years it worked perfect and 75 dollars less but I'm stuck now.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great trimmer Bought this to replace my old trimmer that only lasted 2 years. It was cheaper but you get what you pay for. Stihl is by far some of the best 2 stroke small motors you can get on the market today. I will keep buying Stihl.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ergonomically incorrect I have wore out 2 FS 55 string trimmers in 7 years, (I mow 20 yards a week). I really like the FS 55 string trimmer, takes a lot of abuse. So when I went to get a 3rd I was told that model was obsolete. I was excited about the looks of the new replacement model and jumped on getting one. BAD MISTAKE!!!!! THE FS 56 is ergonomically incorrect!!! The larger case pushes your elbow out. Kinking your wrist at the trigger. Then they changed the cutting angle at the head. Which added to the kinking further of the wrist at the throttle trigger. If you use this string trimmer much the kinking pain in the wrist will migrate up your elbow. One positive is the still motor is a strong motor And will cut what you need of it. Overall I will be taking it back!!! I don't want the pinching pain i n my wrist!
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This machine is a beast!!!!!!! I do Lawncare for a living. I have worked this weedeater for 3 years now non stop summer time and partially in winter. It has took on some heavy jobs. This only supposed to be a home owner but I use mine like a pro series and it will easily hold a light to the f's 70r which is no different but cost more money.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy start and powerful. one pull starting, lots of power, easy to handle. great machine.
Date published: 2017-04-05
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