FS 56 RC-E


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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
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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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Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 442reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great trimmer! Makes cutting tall weeds a quick and hassle free job. September 23, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great machine Were a Stihl family have trimmers saws even a shop vac. We got the 56 rce to replace our old 55. After several years with the 55 doing both home and light commercial work changing to the new 56 is a total pleasure. The power is great noise is low and it has much less vibration. September 22, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by This trimmer makes quick work of your trimming needs. Lot's of power and very dependable tool.It starts very easy like all Stihl products tend to do. I highly recommend it. September 20, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Easy on the back I have a small yard, so I know this trimmer may seem like overkill. But the balance and the fact I don't feel all bent over is worth it. I had a small curved shaft from a box store and always had to run wide open to do anything. This trimmer I can stand straight and run 1/2 to 3/4 power and still get done in half the time. Everybody has different thoughts on string, I bought a spool of orange round line at the dealer and it works fine for me.I trim every week so it doesn't get too tall to start with. Haven't had any problems out of the head. The line is very easy to replace. Also very easy to start, even when you run it out of gas. September 19, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by great home unit Compared to some of the other units in the home level, this is by far one of the best I have owned. Could use it for small commercial unit! September 19, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by My first time purchasing a STIHL product After going through four other brands, I was in the market for a new line trimmer and one that could hang tough. My brother along with a couple of good friends recommended a STIHL, so I bought the FS 56 RC-E model Line Trimmer. Needless to say, I'm very pleased with my purchase. It's light weight, easy to start, smooth running and has all the power you need to get the job done quickly. September 15, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Was great until...... I have this unit and its three years old. I've stored it in my basement every winter. Use only premium gas with the correct mix. I use this unit maybe once every two weeks (during the cutting season) to trim up the property. I figure I have a grand total of about 10-20 hours on it. The other day I was using it. I stopped it and then tried to restart it. Nothing. The engine is not even trying. Replaced the spark plug. Still nothing. Did all the obvious engine 101 checks. I'm getting fuel and air. I don't think I'm getting spark which leads me to believe that ignition coil is gone.I have two other Stihl products and they have no issues so I'm pretty surprised I'd have any issue like this after such little use.I'm pretty disappointed as I'm out of my warranty and I have this still beautiful machine that I can't do anything with. September 15, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Leaks fuel from carb I have had this trimmer in the shop just one week after purchase. Carb was replaced. It is still leaking fuel out of the carb choke. Fuel leaks on the black filter cover. So back it goes to the shop. Hope it gets fixed this time. September 14, 2016
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