Stihl FS 56 RC-E string trimmer

 
Approximate retail price:
$240
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Summary: This Stihl 27.2-cc, gasoline-powered string trimmer has a straight shaft and weighs 12.5 lbs. It uses dual .095-inch cutting lines.
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Type: Gas straight shaft string trimmers
About - Stihl FS 56 RC-E
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
info Weight (lbs.) 12.5
info Engine size 27.2-cc
info Shaft Straight
info Four-cycle engine No
info Dual line Yes
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User Reviews - Stihl FS 56 RC-E
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2.0
Works great when it runs.
9/1/2015
Pros
Easy to Handle
Lightweight
Powerful
Cons
Uses Lots of Line
Wears Out Fast
Best Uses
Straight Edging
Weeds & Tall Grass
Comment:
I use mine around plants, shrubs,places hard to get with a mower. It starts easy, uses a lot of string and fuel. Did not last long before engine failure.<br />After less than two years, still trying to figure out why it will not run. Could be muffler spark arrester, carburetor setting, fuel mixture or all of the above.<br />Seems to be a little overpriced.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Great Arm Workout
7/27/2015
Pros
Cons
Difficult to Start
Does Not Start
Best Uses
Landfill
Comment:
I have spent more time ATTEMPTING to start this trimmer than actually using it. I have had it for two summers and it has already been to the local Stihl authorized repair center 3 times. Consumer Reports has this one wrong. DO NOT BUY THIS TRIMMER. IT DOES NOT RUN.<br /><br />Note: At the recommendation of the Stihl repair tech, I am only using the Stihl fuel.... and IT STILL DOES NOT RUN.<br /><br />Please, please do not spend money on a Stihl product. You will spend more than the original purchase price on repairing and you will never be able to actually use it on your yard.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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5.0
BEST GAS TRIMMER I HAVE OWNED
11/30/2014
Pros
Easy Start Cuts Anything
Easy to Handle
Powerful
Cons
String Replacement Not Ea
Best Uses
Cuts Small Bushes
Hedging
Straight Edging
Trimming Around Rocks
Weeds &amp; Tall Grass
Comment:
I have owned MANY string trimmers over my lifetime and this is the best I have EVER OWNED! When I consider that my Stihl Chain Saw is also the best I have ever owned, I highly recommend Stihl products!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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