FS 38 - $129.95 DSRP


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FS 38

DSRP: $129.95

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).
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.

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FS 38 is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 319.
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
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product for the price Cant beat the price very good quality easy to use it is a little heavy
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It gets job done For what I needed it for it gets job done and was somewhat affordable. But I've only used it once.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This trimmer is the best I have ever had! Starts every time!! Not as heavy as other trimmers I have had in the past. Also, the string seems to last lo This trimmer is the best I have ever had! Starts every time!! Not as heavy as other trimmers I have had in the past. Also, the string seems to last longer than others. Helps me to keep my yard manicured!! I'm very satisfied!!
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Doesn't want to start and the cutting line doesn't work well I have had the same problem many have had with this product. This model does not want to start. I think we've gotten it started twice since we bought it. One time when it was running the cutting line was messed up, it was fused together so it wouldn't let out. I wish I could trade this in somewhere.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Starting out with Stihl Great power...good weight...starts easily. Overall easy to operate. Head easy to load. I am seventeen and cut a few yards in my neighborhood. I saved my money and this was my first Stihl product purchase. I plan to expand my Stihl collection as I believe in Stihl products! Thanks Stihl!
Date published: 2017-08-29
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