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String trimmers

Stihl FS 56 RC-E
 
Approximate retail price:
$240
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 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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Poor design
9/3/2013
Pros
Lightweight
Powerful
Cons
Poor Gas Cap Design
String Breaks
Best Uses
Comment:
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.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Good machine overall
7/23/2013
Pros
Easy to Handle
Powerful
Cons
Uses Lots of Line
Best Uses
Hedging
Straight Edging
Trimming Around Rocks
Weeds & Tall Grass
Comment:
I found out you have to run at full throttle, or it will bind up, and not release extra line. Lots of power, cuts great, except knap weed, which is like wood. Don't like where the strap hook up is, would like to see the option of the adjustable metal hook up. Being tall, my hand rested against the housing, when it was at the best floating position, and I got a first degree burn, after a few hours. The manual is useless, and gives no tips on operation, or handling. They could get better info from a child. Does use a lot of gas, but you get a lot of cutting done. I did a 1/4 acre in 1 1/2 hrs, in mixed grasses, and clovers. Did a great job, once I found the rhythm of swinging it from side to side, and cutting mostly on the left swing in. Again the manual was a flop in info, and the dealer gave no clues, until I had trouble. Starts great, and runs great. Use the 89 grade of gas, and the stihl oil, and it purrs all day long. Good machine.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Powerful, great edging, getting familiar
7/6/2013
Pros
Bmw Of String Trimmers
Ergonomic Grip
Powerful
Cons
Seems To Be A Gas Hog
Sticks with Heavy Grass
Best Uses
Anything - Home Yard Use
Straight Edging
Trimming Around Rocks
Weeds & Tall Grass
Comment:
Brought home today after buying at local store at $40 discount. I've had a hand-me-down Craftsman from my father for over 10 years that finally died, so I'm just getting used to the straight shaft of the new one, among other things. The power of cutting is tremendous, comparatively, but I'm still trying to get used handling it and angles of cutting without ripping things up. It's heavy, but has a backstrap included if you want to relax at times. What's quite obvious is it's ability to edge far better than my old unit - the combination of power, twin strings, and probably very well designed (and tough) string (all Stihl), makes it a beast on the edges. I was surprised how hot the machine ran over time, noticing that the head unit and lower part of the shaft, mostly near the bevel gear-head, got pretty hot. I have 1/2 acre yard, plus neighbors house that I do, so I was running for probably 30-35 minutes in hot weather. I know the quality is built-in to the unit, just need time getting used to the using it better. Need to use more to determine gas consumption - the dealer filled it up upon purchase, but I don't know if it was top-off. Need to continue monitoring this - will revise review in a month or so.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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