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).
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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.

STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL Dealers are for distribution in the United States only.
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FS 38 is rated 3.2 out of 5 by 372.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not user friendly at all!!! I spent most of the day trying to keep the string working. Very hard to use. Not user friendly. Definitely will be returning.
Date published: 2018-07-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Will not start and does not feed trimmer line I bought this new about a year ago. It takes two people taking turns to get it started after many, many pulls. I used the Stihl premixed gas. It has been this way since I bought it. Disappointed as I expected much more from a Stihl product. I have two of their chainsaws which have always worked fine. It also will not put out new line unless I stop and do it manually. Today I chose to buy another brand of leaf blower and it started like you would expect a new product to start.
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Best for simple and light work Bought this product and used it once and took it back. The motor was hard to start it didn't feed and weak on tall grass. Worst of it the product is made in China and and didn't need another. Best in light work only and don't expect to upgrade to a better stihl head
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Won't start!!!!! Don't matter how good it is if won't run it's junk. We use the reconnended oil and fresh gas. Still won't START!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too hard to start I had to take the FS 38 back to the store the day I bought it because I could not get it to start. They replaced the spark plug (on a brand new unit) and sent me on my way. I got it to start and used it that day. Since that time I have not been able to start the FS 38. I need to use this trimmer once a week, not once a year.
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super !!! I do not understand about all the bad reviews I have read over this product. I have had an FS38 for 3 years now and have had absolutely 0 troubles out of it. It starts by the 4th pull every time. Of course I use Stihl synthetic oil for my 50:1 mix and I am the only one who mixes the gas for all my Stihl equipment. I cut all heights of weeds and I would definitely by another one !!!Thank you STIHL !!!!!
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Can't Start I have no idea how well this trimmer works, because I am unable to get it started. When demonstrating the unit in the store, the store employees also had trouble getting a different FS38 started. I did not purchase that one, instead opting for another one. But the one I brought home does not start any better.
Date published: 2018-07-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Pain to start Had an echo for about 4 years. It was so easy to start but I was always having to add twine. It finally went to trimmer heaven. Have stihl blower that starts on second pull so figured would get a trimmer. Wanted something lighter weight as I'm a 63 year old woman and husband is 70 but not real well. Dealer serviced it and when we picked up started it with no problem. Also bought the replacement head. Got it home couple days later was going to use it and it took me and my husband taking turns after about 20 pulls to start. Figured it was new but it is still the same. Wish I would not have bought this trimmer.
Date published: 2018-06-30
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