FS 40 C-E - $159.95 DSRP


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FS 40 C-E

DSRP: $159.95

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A lightweight, reliable grass trimmer, featuring STIHL Easy2Start™ technology, a low exhaust emission engine and lightweight curved shaft.

Powered by an advanced low-emission engine, the lightweight curved shaft FS 40 C-E STIHL trimmer features Easy2Start™ and a new starting system designed to help prevent flooding — so you can get started with fewer steps. High fuel efficiency, along with excellent balance, makes this trimmer comfortable on the wallet and in the yard.

20% More Fuel-efficient than Previous Model

Print Spec Sheets
FS 40 C-E Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 27.2 cc (1.66 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 0.7 kW (0.94 bhp)
WEIGHT* 4.5 kg (9.9 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 340 cc (11.5 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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    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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    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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    Built in the USA
    Indicates products that are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.

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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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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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FS 40 C-E is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 362.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall a good product Replacing the trim line on a dual line feed is time consuming.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from works hard, starts easy , dependable. Bought this trimmer several years ago. Have a 3/4 acre property that I keep free of weeds,so this machine gets a work out. I generally run it until its out of gas and usually have little problem starting it while its hot. I some times put in a heaver line than recommended to cut around rocks and cement.I have many power tools and I don't want to collect any more so I like the idea of optional attachments. Good product in the right hands.
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Trimmer is too short I was disappointed after my purchase that I could not return it, I am a 5ft 6in tall female and the trimmer length is way too short for my height, Also was disappointed in the diameter of the cutting field. I know my husband will never be able to use this piece of equipment. At 6'8" he will not come close to the ground, little lone grass or weeds.I hope that in the future you will consider your customer's physical characteristics in any sale.
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Trimmer So far, I am loving the trimmer. I'll give you the pro's and con's. Pro's: Great power upgrade from the electric trimmer I previously owned. It is super easy to start.It is super lightweight.It is fairly simple to work with for things like basic maintenance.Con's:The only real complaint I have with the trimmer is that the trimmer head is annoying when it doesn't auto feed. I had to take the head off and pull the string out 3 times when I was trimming, but I think this because it had cheap string that had melted together. I put a higher quality string on the trimmer, but I haven't used it yet.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Product is a awesome machine at a reasonable price. This lightweight and durable string trimmer is excellent for not only use around the home but also keeps up with everyday use as in small businesses. Overall an excellent product. Only downfall is the new head on the string trimmer with the two equal pieces of string. I really don't care for it.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light Weight Light weight for a gas powered trimmer, easy start feature is true to its word
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor construction Had this trimmer for almost three years. After the first year the pull code shredded and was not under warranty. Bump cord release, either took multiple bumps or got jammed up, used correct cord(per manual), supplied by dealer. Then later this year, now will not start, I opened it up to inspect air filter and carb, noticed a tube coming from the "Air filter housing" going to the body just above the fuel tank was disconnected and will not snap back on.
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good piece of equipment backed by a good warranty A good piece of equipment backed by a good warranty
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Easy to use and to run. Fun to use too. Easy to restring.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use Had all other brands they are junk compared to Stiihl
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far so good. The trimmer is smooth and has plenty of power. Starts easy and is comfortable to use. Like it so far. Would recommend to homeowners. Would purchase again.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Prefer the Straight Shaft Trimmer Received this as a gift. Starts and runs well, but compared to my prior straight shaft Stihl, it is much harder to edge the driveway / sidewalk with, and harder to get under bushes, etc. Definitely would get a straight shaft next time.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Glad I bought this over the cheaper brand again This has to be the best decision I have made. It's made my outdoor work much easier and faster.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great trimmer Super easy starting, Runs beautifully. I wished I had bought it sooner. Does a much better job than the battery powered one that I had before.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dependable trimmer The name Stihl means confidence and assurance in a very dependable product that has proved itself over time.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love the features of this awesome trimmer. This trimmer is top notch.The easy start is great creating a trimmer that my wife can start.The dual line head and impressive power make short work of the biggest lawn.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Initial impressions I've only used this trimmer three times, but so far it has lived up to my expectations (unlike my previous big-box trimmer). It starts easily, trims efficiently, stops quickly and is light enough for my 82-year-old muscles to handle. (I also bought a case of prefixed fuel, to I won't duplicate my last experience with a high-end trimmer.)
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great trimmer for the price.. Easy start works perfect .. I use it for a small lawn property at my moms and her place looks great. Awesome home owner trimmer..
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product This is a great trimmer. I have only used it a couple of times and I love it
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is very easy to run and start This trimmer is so easy to run and start love it will not buy anything else again except a stihl it also light weight.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent performance Excellent for the price. Lightweight, easy to use and does an excellent job!
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The FS 40 CE is a great trimmer! I purchased a Stihl trimmer for my sister who needed one. I bought a polycut mowing head since she had weeds so tall. It cut through weeds with ease. This trimmer tackled her weeds and overgrowth, and started up every time, with no problems. We bought another of these trimmers for our own yard. Starts up, runs like a champ. I recommend this trimmer.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Every Time I have had this trimmer for a year and it works great. I have never had a problem with it. It starts quickly and works as expected. I would buy it again.
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best trimmer I have ever had !! This trimmer is so easy starting and quiet running, and very smooth, plus it's a good looking piece of equipment. My friend has one, used it, fell in love with it !
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to start,and easy on gas Great trimmer.Very easy starting. Good warranty and the service department is great .The people there are friendly and courteous.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best After years of using a different brand trimmer I didn't realize the difference in power that Stihl has compared to other brands
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from starts great the string does not hold up at all. This is the stihl string. I put a different brand into it and it did do better. Next I may go up in string size and see if that takes care of the problem. I have 2 of these and the green Stihl string is useless because it breaks too easy.Other than that the trimmer starts and runs better than most trimmers I have used. If the string would not break so easy it would be 5 star and fantastic..............Joe
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Product Satisfied with the FS 40 C-E, easy to start, string replacement is not difficult.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Little trimmer big result Thought it might be a bit small in power for the trimming I do, but would only use 2-3 times a year. When I started trimming I was amazed at the power it had. I was impressed.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm very pleased with this product so far it runs great and just feels right when using it Couldn't be happier, I looked at the competion echo, husquaverna etc before making my purchase and talked to other people who already owned this product and they told me that I wouldn't be disappointed with a Stihl. I remember growing up we cut a lot of firewood to heat the house and my father didn't want anything other than his stihl, it was strong and dependable just like him. On the day I'm writing this both are still going strong thirty years later. God bless,
Date published: 2017-08-03
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