FS 38 - $129.99 DSRP


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FS 38

DSRP: $129.99

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A lightweight, value-priced consumer trimmer with many quality design features.

The STIHL FS 38 Grass Trimmer is ideal for homeowners looking for a great value. High cutting speeds and a 15" cutting width trim time off landscaping chores by providing excellent cutting performance. Its lightweight design - just 9.3 pounds! - along with an ergonomic loop handle, curved shaft and low vibration provide operator comfort as well as exceptional handling and maneuverability around la...Read More
Print Spec Sheets
FS 38 Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 27.2 cc (1.66 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 0.65 kW (0.87 bhp)
WEIGHT* 4.2 kg (9.3 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 330 cc (11.2 oz.)
CUTTING SWATH 15"
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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    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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    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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    TapAction™ AUTOCUT® Cutting Head
    TapAction™, 2-line AUTOCUT® cutting head with easy-view deflector.
Standard Features
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    Common Features for Trimmers
    View the features common to many STIHL trimmers.

Important Information
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.p65warnings.ca.gov
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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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FS 38 is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 358.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from This FS-38 Brushcutter was a Lemon I still maintain STIHL builds quality products. But every now and then you get one that's a little under the weather. I purchased my FS-38 Brushcutter in the summer of 2017, and up until this purchase had only been around what STIHL is famous for; their chainsaws. I purchased this item at a Big R in Dumas, TX some 80+ miles away from my home. The store performed its standard quality control over the trimmer. It ran, and out the door it went. Now I've handled plenty of these in the past but this thing never received the mixed fuel through its system like it should, so never ran like it was supposed to. But low and behold, the choke lever broke the very first day. The trimmer has yet to be taken back, thinking I'll get someone else to fix it here at home, if not myself.
Date published: 2018-06-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Never works This is my second one and second mistake. I figured I would try again, use the best gas and oil the stuff made by Sthil premix 93 octane. From 1st day of purchase. After using 1 time and using all gas, it won't start. off too the shop later fuel line is clogged. I get charged even though I used 90 octane non ethanol fuel. Next time it won't start, things need to be adjusted. Use it 1 time, go to start it again, it starts and dies, won't run more then 5 seconds. I have a FS 38 and as far as I am concerned the thing is a lemon. No matter how well I take care of it, it won't work. Buy an electric trimmer. IF this thing was an airplane engine I would have been dead from the start.
Date published: 2018-06-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from this product would be good if it had clockwise rotation If you are right handed with the counterclockwise rotation of the cutter head you will receive all the trimmings right back at you. Its strictly amazing they allow this to happen. I attempted to take it back but it was beyond the time allowed..
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from highly recommend this little trimmer is just what i needed ,a break from my big 4 stroke Troy-Bilt it has all the power i need yet light enough that i can "one hand" it needed. The store i bought it from Sladek Hardware in Independence Mo. went over everything i needed to know about it, Best thing since i bought a gallon of Moto-mix i got a 5 year warranty
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Suitable for small area only, weak in power. From Stihl I would expect way more.Basic model but I won't recommend.
Date published: 2018-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from it was what o needed for the job So far have had no trouble, I do think the gallon of gas mix I got for 30 bucks was a bit steep but if it gives me a better warranty that's what I wanted. So far the trimmer has done what I wanted it to do.
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great product except for cutting head. I wish I had read all of the negative reviews for this product regarding the cutting line head. It's the worst I've ever used. Won't advance and limited line capacity. I bought the unit after talking with the dealer sales person. I also wish he had explained the difference between this and the next step up was more than just fuel capacity. I can't even upgrade the cutting head. Poor choice.
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This product is easy starting. Does the job of edging. I personally would prefer a straight shaft edger for the type of edging that I do. however the FS 38 does a good job of edging and is easy to use. I have to tap it at least twice to get the string to advance. Over all a good buy for the money.
Date published: 2018-05-31
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