FS 460 C-EM - $1,149.95 DSRP


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FS 460 C-EM

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Professional brushcutter/clearing saw with the STIHL M-Tronic™ system for optimum engine performance at all times.

The new STIHL FS 460 C-EM brushcutter features the new STIHL M-Tronic™ intelligent engine management system which compensates for fuel quality and varying octane levels, as well as automatically adjusts to changes in elevation, temperature and air filter cleanliness, to deliver optimum engine power at all times. Designed with operator comfort in mind, the STIHL FS 460 C-EM features a simplified st...Read More
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FS 460 C-EM Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 45.6 cc (2.8 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 2.2 kW (3.0 bhp)
WEIGHT* 8.5 kg (18.7 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 750 cc (25.4 oz.)
POWER SOURCE Gas
*Weight without cutting attachment or deflector.
Model Features
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Protected Choke Lever/Knob
    Helps prevent damage.
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    Start/Run/Stop Controls on Handle
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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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    STIHL M-Tronic™ System
    The STIHL M-Tronic™ system intelligently manages the operating performance of the engine. Equipment performance can be affected by a dirty air filter, changes in elevation or poor fuel quality. The STIHL M-Tronic™ system compensates for these factors by eliminating the low and high-speed carburetor adjustment screws and electronically monitoring the engine and digitally controlling the fuel/air mixture. This new technology also provides a simplified warm start procedure.
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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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    IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor
    The IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor measures the air pressure on the clean side of the air filter and adjusts the metering diaphragm in the carburetor. This keeps the RPM at a consistent level, even when the air filter begins to clog.
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    Tool-Free Handle Adjustment
    The central wing nut enables easy adjustment without the use of tools. For transportation and space-saving storage, the handle can be rotated 90°.
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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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    Anti-Vibration System
    STIHL has a system for minimizing the vibration levels of handheld outdoor power equipment. The STIHL anti-vibration system helps reduce operator fatigue and provides a more comfortable working experience.
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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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    Bike Handle
    When used in conjunction with a harness, the bike handle allows the machine to be easily guided, enabling a smooth horizontal mowing action to cover large areas quickly and efficiently. With soft grips for increased comfort, the bike handle provides greater control and helps reduce operator fatigue.

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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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Optional Accessories
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    Straps and Harnesses
    They distribute the load from your hands to your shoulders. They also help reduce operator fatigue and make it easier to use trimmers, brushcutters and clearing saws for extended periods.
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    HP Ultra 2-Cycle Engine Oil
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    Basic Hearing Protector
    Padded stainless steel spring wire headband maintains constant pressure. Easy to adjust. Noise Reduction Rating (NRR): 23. Meets ANSI S3.19-1974 standard.

    Available color: Black/Grey

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FS 460 C-EM is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is a work horse Starts and runs great, and We can change heads to meet our needs
Date published: 2016-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Brushcutter This brushcutter is easy to start and can handle all the brush on my farm, from thorny thickets to small trees. It is well-built and dependable, and is light enough for a smaller person like me to use.
Date published: 2016-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Money Ever Spent I thought I would have buyers remorse when I was making this purchase, but after getting it home I couldn't be any happier! I am an average Joe home owner with about 5 acres of over grown woods. After making the purchase I used it a few times in a small area just to get the feel for it. This past weekend I spent about 7 hrs strapped to it. I was pleasantly surprised that after that many hours of running it I wasn't extremely sore. The double harness is a must have. The harness takes all of the strain off of your arms and shoulders. I was averaging about a tank of gas every 45 to 60 minutes and after 7 hrs of run time the chisel tooth blade is still cutting just as good as when I begin. I have been cutting everything from grass to small trees up to 3-inch's in diameter.I am going to purchase a string head for it next to do my everyday trimming. This machine does weight a lot but with the harness it doesn't where me out nearly as bad as my small straight shaft trimmer. If I had to do it again I wouldn't hesitate for one minute! Best Purchase Ever!!
Date published: 2016-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brush cutting beast Very powerful and but fuel efficient machine. Cleared 5x the area and used less gas than my FS 130. It used different blades than the smaller units. Overall best clearing saw I have ever used. Starts on first pull 95% of the time. i have the double harness and it works flawlessly using it all day.
Date published: 2016-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Power I have about 20 acres overgrown with various saplings and multi-florals. This machine eats through about anything it comes into contact with. I was going back and forth between this and the 560. I can clear an area 10x the size I would with a chainsaw and machete over the same time period.Great on Gas, starts right up every time. Buy the sharpening kit when you purchase the machine and you will be running uninterrupted. Don't let the weight intimidate you, the double shoulder harness make operating this machine effortless.Once the machine is at RPM, the vibrations go away. Ear and Eye protection are mandatory running this machine. Make sure you have a good set of safety glasses and over the ear protection(I use my shooting muffs).
Date published: 2016-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent does more than advertised. Cuts small trees with little resistance Was able to clear dense scrub pine trees easily in a one acre area in a short time
Date published: 2015-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love running this saw! Bought this saw to help clear 7 acres of thick brush and saplings. I'm an average Joe homeowner . I read all I could online about clearing land and the use of a clearing saw to accomplish it.I'm so glad I purchased this saw. It is a beast. With the included saw blade. It's rips through the small saplings like their not even there. I can easily clear access throughout the property to get to the larger stuff with my chainsaw. The included harness is a must. I also purchased a arborist helmet with the face mask. Don't operate it with out one. Can't wait to use it to clear walkways on my hunting property!
Date published: 2015-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Handy tool for brush and small trees Have only used this trimmer for 4 hours so far, but once I turned the blade around (dealer installed it backwards) it worked great. Cut various kinds of trees and brush up to some small trees about 2" in diameter and it cut right through with no problems.
Date published: 2015-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome power, Always starts easy I bought this machine because I needed something that had more power than my FS110. I especially wanted something that could run a 4 line string head. This machine is amazing. First machine I've had that can cut faster than I can swing it. I use it mostly for cutting super thick grass and weeds from 3 to 6 ft. tall. With the double shoulder harness I can use it all day without getting sore. Thanks for such a great machine.
Date published: 2014-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product Excellent piece of equipment. I clear an area of half an acre for hunting purpose of 2.5 to 4 inches saplings. This unit was perfect for my project.I would recommend if the circular saw was made bigger by 4 inches.Espinal
Date published: 2014-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This thing rocks I have 200 acres and needed to cut some mesquites at ground level and then poison the stims and stumps left. I can go through a field and clear small mesquites in no time and then go back and spray and then pick up the mesquites rather than bush hogging so there are no thorns left in the field. This thing has been super reliable so far and cuts through everything. I do use the harness and highly recommend for ease of saw use.
Date published: 2014-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Real Stud I purchased this clearing saw for a piece of South Georgia hunting land I lease. I have used it for work that should have been done with a tractor and bush hog. Blackberry bushes, three foot weeds, two inch thick scrub trees, tall grass all posed no problem at all. Most of the brush was so dense that it had to be cut down by lowering the blade horizontally onto the brush tangle and grinding it down to the ground before I could move forward. Except for the trees, I couldn't even hear a change in the saw's RPMs as the saw chewed through everything with ease.There was one mishap; I was clearing a firing lane in preparation for a stand when I hit a hidden metal spike that a previous hunter must have used to anchor a stand some decades ago. This was a solid steel tent spike, about three times the diameter of a piece of rebar.The saw kicked violently to the side and lost about two-thirds of its RPMs. Stunned, I stepped back, saw the now exposed spike and noticed that the saw seem to be idling fine. Relieved, I revved it back up and finished the job (I did, however, locate the three remaining tent spikes prior to hitting them!) No vibration or engine issues. The blade was ruined, tips bent slightly, but the saw was otherwise fine. I was definitely glad I was wearing the safety harness so the blade didn't come straight back to my feet.This piece of equipment was definitely not cheap, but I was so impressed with Stihl's quality and the dealer's service (this was my first Stihl purchase) that I bought a Stihl chainsaw a week later. Repeat business is the highest compliment I can give any company and Stihl earned it.
Date published: 2014-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cadillac weed eater! This is a whole lotta weed eater! I work in a rural cemetery, and live on 32 over grown acres, this thing has power to do what I need and then some, and I've got every end of the spectrum to go through. Saplings, field grass, brush, vines, even some low hanging branches... With the right blade I've gone through 4"+ woody stock that a chain saw would have been better for, but I don't always have the time to go back and forth. This is over kill for your average schmo trimming the lawn and going through 1/4"- 1/2" junk. Serious price for serious power on a serious job. It's a loud mean machine, but handles like a Cadillac, I love it!
Date published: 2014-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This might be my most valued tool? I can not imagine clearing brush or cutting firewood without my clearing saw. If I had to choose between chainsaw or clearing saw... I'd take my clearing saw. Lots of safety warnings had me concerned, but it is safer to use the clearing saw than ax or chainsaw to cut bushes and multi flora rose bushes. I have a friend who is going old school clearing around a pond on some property he just bought and it is painful for me to watch him. I have 20 acres I am turning into a field, the brush is too high to use tractor in many places. This tool is awesome! It has been great for thinning the woods around my house too.
Date published: 2013-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great brush cutter The 460 has power to spare with all the blades we have ran up to a 20" lawnmower blade. Not so great with cord tends to break it fairly easy. Definitely worth looking into if you do a lot of brush clearing.
Date published: 2013-02-03
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