FS 56 RC-E


FS 56 RC-E

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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FS 56 RC-E is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 572.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Newbie to gas trimmers Yes, I am a newbie to gas powered tools. Yes, I am petite. After a great introduction by the staff at Central Tool and some coaching at home by my husband, I have successfully used this to trim grass and do some edging work. I can easily start it. Easy start is a blessing for me. I could never start a lawn mower. I have learned how to fill the tank. We even purchased one for our son as a birthday gift. If I liked it, I was sure he would too.
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet Machine I've only had this machine since late spring but the few times I have used it so far, it's been awesome. Starts first pull every time and has plenty of power to cut through the thickest growth. Very happy!
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great upgrade from the curved shaft ones I used previously. Great upgrade from the curved shaft ones I used previously. I do not have to replace the line as often.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why did I wait so long!? I've been hearing about Stihl for many years from friends and family talking about the quality and how dependable they are, but for some reason I always went back to the big store brand. I didn't think I could afford the Stihl quality so I never looked into them. Well after having to buy new weed eaters every couple of years I finally looked at Stihl. I started reading reviews and went to my local dealer and was suprised at how reasonable the price is for the quality! The first time I picked up the Stihl weed trimmer I could instantly tell this was a well thought out machine and the warranty told me they stood behind their product and it was a quality built for years of service. After my initial use of my new weed trimmer I asked myself, "why did I wait so long?"I am now a proud owner of my first Stihl and looking forward to many years of trouble free service. Thanks Stihl!!
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top Quality This is not my first Stihl tool nor will it be my last. This is terrific trimmer that allows me to use light or heavy line or even attach a blade. It powers through everything from grasses and weeds to weed mats and even woody shrubs with no loss of power, tangling or jamming. The line feeds smoothly and the kill switch is a very handy feature. This tool is very user friendly. The spool is easy to remove and even though it has two lines the innovative design makes it very easy and quick to attach new line and reinstall the spool. I love the easy start feature because allows me use a more powerful machine. The straight shaft gives it more power and pushes the cutting head further away from me. Like all my other Stihl tools, this trimmer is extremely well balanced, even with a full tank of fuel. I would like to point out that I am middle aged, an even five feet tall with a small frame and I work a desk job, but even I can use this trimmer for an hour without undue stress. I highly recommend this tool to anyone who wants a top quality machine at a very reasonable price.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from cutting head stinks I love the weight of the trimmer. It starts easily and has lots of power. The only problem--which is a HUGE problem--is the cutting head. I left the dealer with a new head wound up for me. Once I started using it, I could go about a minute before I bumped the head to advance line. I could do that once or twice and then NO line. Don't get me wrong, there's plenty of line left INSIDE the head but getting it out is tremendously time consuming. I have a small yard and it literally takes me an hour to trim when you add in all of the downtime. What was really aggravating is that the trimmer manual has no instructions! Really? I could trim faster using a pair of hand scissors. Am hoping the dealer can address this ASAP or I'm going to sell this and buy another brand. Period
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent value for the money Greatest trimmer for the money. Starts like a charm and has power to spare. Trimmer string spool holds more trimmer string so stopping to refill is less frequent allowing you to spend more time getting job done!
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it. I have only used it 2 times, have had no trouble with it. String did dot break, easy to start and easy on fuel.
Date published: 2017-06-15
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