FS 38 - $129.95 DSRP

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FS 38

DSRP: $129.95


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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.)
* 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).
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 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 38 is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 324.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worthless trimmer I purchased this trimmer 3 years ago and have had to replace the pull cord twice. This trimmer never wants to start. Takes 40 pulls sometimes to start. Most of the time it hasn’t started. Tired of breaking pull cords and not being able to trim my yard. This machine was a problem from day one. Don’t waste your money.
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from it runs great, starts easy great little trimmer works great light weight, prime it like it said in booklet starts every time not my first Stihl product they all work great had others they don't compare to these very happy with them
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Junk I purchased the FS38 in June 2016 to replace a 15 year old gas trimmer. I didn't even get to finish my yard the first time I used it. It stopped running and I couldn't get to start. I had to patch up my old trimmer and use that for the rest of 2016. I actually strained my forearm trying to start the FS38. I got it fixed but continued to use my more reliable 15 year old trimmer into 2017 until it finally broke down for good in November. Went back to the FS38 and used it twice since, with terrible results. The line does not feed, I've tried 2.0 and 2.4 mil line and 2 brands of line. I watched videos and loaded the line correctly, but still no luck. The line does not feed. Another major problem is that the trimmer stalls out when I turn it sideways to edge the yard. I have to rev it up really high to keep it running, then the line breaks and doesn't feed. There is no way I can use this piece of junk in 2018. Ready to cut my losses and buy a trimmer that actually works.
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hard to start, lacks power I've used gas trimmers for years. Bought the fs38 after researching trimmers. Was going to get the fs56 but my yard's small and wouldn't need it. Took 20 pulls to get the engine to start. Once it started it would not run in mid throttle only idle and full throttle. If you tried to go mid throttle the engine would stall out. It lacked power big time. It bogged down trimming 2 inch grass. It guzzled gas too. In 20 feet of edging it used half a tank of gas.I don't think a quality company like Stihl should even sell this model.I went out and got the fs40, much better in all categories. Starts in 1 pull, has tons of power. Spend the extra money.
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dont Waste your money Bought this product 1 year ago. Cant find parts, doesnt run right, hasnt started in 2 months. Worst weed eater I have ever bought. I will never buy a stihl anything again. Stalls, quits at high RPM. Rebuilt carb after 1 week. Just junk.
Date published: 2018-02-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Do not buy! Bought this last spring. I've had it in the shop 3 times with two different dealers. One had it for 5 weeks. I can't keep it running when trying to run a higher RPM. If you flip it on its side to edge with it dies. One dealer told me this is how it is designed... Although my FS45 never does that. So I have a new trimmer that won't run and none of the dealers apparently in my area know or care how to fix. Thanks Stihl!
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Operates great!!!!!!!! Purchased this trimmer a week ago. Have used it several times and it has started and trimmed flawlessly. I purchased this since my other trimmer kept breaking down. I now own Stihl trimmer and chainsaw.Stihl customer for life......
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FS38 kicks butt IMO... I just purchased the FS38 from an authorized dealer near me. They filled it with the proper gas /&!oil mixture and started it for the first time in front of me .It sounded fine to me but the gentleman heard something he didn’t like and made a few adjustments before I could go out the door w it.I got home ,used it once and I can already dispel some of the negatives mentioned in other reviews .It starts immediately on every attempt.He was carefulTo point out you prime it, pull it twice on Joe and it still hasn’t started put it on a run and try a few more tugh...Not leave it on full show and pull it 10 or 20 times as some people may have gone before they said it didn’t want to start they should read the directions on how to start the FS 38 if their sales person has not already gone over it with them .He also made it clear once it starts and how you approach your were rabbit too and keep it at full speed until that section of your work is done.I’m necessarily revving it up and down before during and after a job tunes to let the fuel lines get gummed up...And believe me at full power the FS 38 is more than powerful enough for any home or light industrial use.Finally I was surprised to see the comments saying it was too heavy. I researched all similar makes and models online and they all weighed between 9-10 pounds and the FS38 weighs 9.3 lbs.? So and less they were comparing it to the weight of a battery or electric powered unit of any brand that comment just plain doesn’t make sense .
Date published: 2017-12-23
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