Trimming : Denotes how quickly and neatly trimmers cut grass around walls, trees, and foundations.
Edging: Denotes the speed and neatness of trimming a vertical line along walkway.
Tall grass & weeds: Reflects cutting power and speed in two foot growth.
Handling: Responsiveness and balance while cutting.
Ease of use: Includes ease of starting the engine, feeding out new line, use of controls, and handle comfort.
About This Brand
Stihl is a leading manufacturer and marketer of gas string trimmers. These premium-priced products are for consumers and pros. Stihl string trimmers are available with both two- and four-cycle engines. One model in the line is electric, and many have split-shaft designs for attachments. Some models claim features that reduce noise, emissions, weight, and vibration. Consumers can find You'll find Stihl string trimmers at dealer stores; prices range from $130 to $400.
Features & Specs - Stihl FS 56 RC-E
Weight (lbs.) Weight is rounded to the nearest tenth of a pound and doesn't include fuel, which can add 1/2 pound.
Engine size Engine cubic centimeters (cc), motor amperes (amp), and motor electrical voltage (volt) are from the manufacturer.
Shaft The shaft transfers power from the engine or motor to the lines that do the cutting. Models with straight shafts offer longer reach, while those with curved shafts tend to be lighter and easier to handle.
Four-cycle engine Uses straight gasoline and doesn't require an oil/gasoline mixture, as do the two-cycle engines found in most trimmers.
Dual line Trimmers with two lines cut more quickly and can handle heavier growth than those with just one line, since they do twice the work with each pass.
I own two acres with lots of trees and gardens. I weed whack every two weeks and it takes about two hours.<br />This is my fourth and most expensive weed whacker I have purchased. I was wiling to pay more for a unit that would last more than a couple of years.<br />On day one the string feed did not work. After a frustrating half hour trying to fix it myself, I gave up and returned to the store where I got it. After three technicians could not get this simple process to work, they gave me a different head free of charge.<br />Three months later, only the sixth time I used it, the pull cord broke. I brought it back expecting it to be coverd under warranty. Nope. They charged me and told me that stuff like that is not covered by the warranty and expect it to break again because they do not have a longer or stronger replacemnet.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Upstate New York
Takes A Real Beating
Have To Clean Muffler Reg
Banks And Around Stones
Trimming Around Rocks
Weeds & Tall Grass
I am a full time groundsman that is part of a team of four men. We work at a 28 acre cemetery in the Catskills. We use the fs-56 RC-E model six hours a day 5 day a week. 65% of this cemetery is done by hand with these trimmers. Hill sides, banks, edging and around thousands of stones. We have had the same trimmers for three years ORG M-55, model number changed but same trimmer as the 56 and they are still going strong. One person commented that they experienced feeding problems. You have to tap the head of the trimmer on a hard surface about every two minutes to release more line but one you get the Rhythm it becomes automatic. If you line gets short just tap a few times and you are good to go. If you use this model a lot like we do eventually it will start to bog down, Just clean the muffler with a wire brush or burn the carbon build up off with a torch and you are good to go. Take muffler peace out first!Trust me this is all the trimmer you will ever need and its the best trimmer I have ever used. we abuse them hard and they keep going. TRUST ME no need to spend more money!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Hanford, CA
(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Poor Gas Cap Design
I have owned this trimmer for over 2 years. Trims as expected but constant problem with string advance. If you don't pay attention and advance string when it shortens slightly, like every 5 minutes, the string breaks off inside the unit sand you have to take it apart to pull out string. Gas cap is a pain. To remove it you need pliers to pull it out. It will turn to open but is stuck in so tight you can's pull it open with your hand. You push in the cap and turn it to close, but it continues to leak when you turn it on the side to edge. Keep opening and closing cap and after about 3-4 attempts it will stop leaking. One day half way though use it just stopped. Shop said carburetor is bad, cost almost as much as a new trimmer to replace.