HS 56 C-E - $399.95 DSRP


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This lightweight hedge trimmer features professional-grade cutting power and Easy2Start™ technology.

The STIHL HS 56 C-E hedge trimmer – a great value for professionals. When compared to the HS 81 this professional-grade hedge trimmer is significantly lighter, helping reduce operator fatigue, and has 68% less exhaust emissions, lowering your impact on the environment. A blade tip guard helps prevent damage to the blade and gearbox and makes it easier to trim low-growing ground cover plants. Incre...Read More
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HS 56 C-E Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 21.4 cc (1.31 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 0.65 kW (0.87 bhp)
WEIGHT 4.5 kg (9.9 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 280 cc (9.5 oz.)
BLADE LENGTH 24"
STROKES PER MINUTE 3,640
POWER SOURCE Gas
Model Features
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    Built in the USA
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    Anti-Vibration System
    STIHL has a system for minimizing the vibration levels of handheld outdoor power equipment. The STIHL anti-vibration system helps reduce operator fatigue and provides a more comfortable working experience.
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    Double-Sided Blades
    The dual-ground blade system provides a clean cut and is ideal for cutting through stronger, thicker branches.
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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 fast and easy. 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.
Standard Features
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    Common Features for Hedge Trimmers
    View the features common to many STIHL hedge trimmers.

Important Information
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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Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 27reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fun to Run.. I just tackled about 45 shrubs all around my Moms house, severel types.. Cleaned them up, even did some fancy carving. Amazing tool. September 8, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Hedge Trimmer I have wasted money in the past trying to save money on less expensive hedge trimmers. In my experience, you definitely get what you pay for! Buy these and forget about it.Crazy power - Easy to start - Easy to useHighly recommended September 7, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great hedge trimmer. This is a great industrial strength hedge trimmer. Do not buy it for a small yard it is definitely for an acreage. I have had it go through three quarter inch limbs with no problem. August 9, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great machine I had a load of huge bushes that were taking over my side walk. I dreaded using my old electric clipper. It aways took so long and trimmer wouldn't cut the thick branches. I decided on the HS56c-e with the recommendation from the dealer. I could have bought the home owner model for a lot less. I'm glad I spent the extra money for the HSC-E. This machine cut the bushes with ease and no bogging down. I was amazed how quick I was able trim all my bushes. I am very satisfied. Spend the extra mony. You won't be disappointed. Great machine. June 15, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Buy Something Else This trimmer has spent more time in the shop then on the road doing its job. I have Stihl everything and this is the lemon of the lot. When it is running it does a great job, but it has been broken more than any other piece of Stihl my crew uses. Choose a better hedge trimmer. December 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by AWESOME!!! I have several stihl hedge trimmers. this one is my favorite so far. This one is great because I can run the protective tip cover on the much and other places without worrying about damage. As a landscaper who specializes in trimming & shaping, this cuts cleanly & smoothly, plus its relatively* light (I'm a small woman*) and easy for me to start. After experiencing Stihl, other tools seem mediocre. December 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Top-notch hedge trimmer Best Hedge trimmer on the market, I've used other brands in the past but none compare to the Stihl HS 56 C-E. Easy to start, powerful motor and the cutting edge breezes through my Laurel hedges - I would recommend this product to anyone who needs a top-notch versatile hedge trimmer!!! September 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Pricey but worth it!!! I am a homeowner, but I do a lot of hedge trimming. The HS 56 C-E is an amazing tool that handles big jobs with ease, is great for detail work, and thanks to the guard at the end of the blade it is great close to the ground as well. The ergonomics, leight weight, and overall balanced feel made this unit the easy choice over the Husqvarna and Echo units I looked at. June 8, 2015
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