FS 50 C-E - $199.95 DSRP

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FS 50 C-E

DSRP: $199.95


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A fuel-efficient, low-emission trimmer with Easy2Start™ and an elongated shaft for taller users.

The FS 50 C-E grass and weed trimmer features a low-emission engine, delivering trimming performance that is 20% more fuel efficient than our previous model (FS 46). Its Easy2Start™ technology allows for quick, easy starting, while its elongated shaft is ideal for taller users. This well-balanced trimmer also features our easy-loading AutoCut® trimmer head — perfect for putting the finishing touch...Read More
Print Spec Sheets
FS 50 C-E Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 27.2 cc (1.66 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 0.8 kW (1.07 bhp)
WEIGHT* 4.6 kg (10.1 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 340 cc (11.5 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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    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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    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 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 50 C-E is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 105.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far, so good I have only had mine for about a month now. Comes with a great warranty! I started mine right out on waist high growth and is buzzed through without skipping a beat!
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dependable trimmer Starts easy, reliable. Everything I expect from a Stihl.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive - So Far! Starts easily first pull so far. First time to own a Stihl. Impressed with product so far. String somewhat difficult, but overall very satisfied.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for taller people I'm 6'3 and I no longer have to bend over using this trimmer.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I like the extended shaft length nice for tall people doesnt hurt your back Nice I like the extended shaft length nice for tall people doesnt hurt your back for the price and very durable
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reqdy to work when you are Easy to start, even for that first start in the spring (reliable) . The power is great, it will cut at partial throttle where my old trimmer had to be wide open. After two seasons of use the string head needed to be replaced, must have gotten a defective part, but the dealer was great. I am 6'8" and although this trimmer is still too short it is much better than the other trimmers that I have tried.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great trimmer Easy starting. Love the ergonomics of it. Easy to operate and good power. If it treats me as good as my 20+ year old STIHL chainsaw,I will be very happy.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will continue buying STIHL What I appreciate about STIHL are their focus on customer service.I know they're a brand that stands behind their product. If I need any maintenance or wish to do it myself and purchase parts, I can.Also, since these dealers also service the product, they know them front and back.Put simply, buying STIHL I am investing in the company and their proven track record. At the big box stores my relationship ends at the swipe of a card.
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good and not so go features. This product is very easy to start. I like it except for the fact that changing the line for me is very hard. I ask a purchase and was told it was easy to add line. I have arthritis and cannot push in the bottom part.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great product and value I use this every week when I mow my lawn since there are some spots I can not get with the mower I use the moto mix fuel in this so it makes starting very easy since the fuel is always mixed correctly and has the right octain levels I don't mind paying more for it since it works so well
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great string trimmer. I have used Stihl chainsaws for years and this string trimmer is everything I expect from a Stihl product. The trimmer starts on the first or second pull and warms up quickly. The power the engine produces is very good and more than adequate for trimming tall tough Timothy grass. I chose this model because the curved shaft is longer than the FS 40 which makes it more comfortable for a taller person like me to use.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really enjoy using this trimmer I have never used a trimmer so easy to start. Once it starts, usually second pull, the machine runs smooth. It's easy to hold and manage around the yard. It has plenty of power and is lightweight to hang onto. I use the Stihl fuel to keep trimmer running top notch. I strongly recommend this model to any homeowner.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Well balanced, curved shaft, light weight, easy start, doesn't hurt your back with the longer shaft This FS 50 CE Stihl trimmer is so well balanced when you hold it. The extra long curved shaft makes it a perfect angle when it runs along the ground making your body not have to tilt or stand awkwardly to trim the weeds which results in less fatigue and less stress on your back and I am 5'10. It starts easily, and is less vibration than my last trimmer. I can't wait to weed wack now, and might just weed wack my whole yard with it. The service I got at the Stihl dealer (Stanford home center) was great. They prepped the machine and showed me how it works and started it for me. You don't get that service at other stores. They will service it there too which is nice to know that they know their products and makes my extra warranty worth it knowing I can take it there, rather than mailing it or leaving it at another store. This machine makes me excited to make my yard look great again.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Weed eater Perfect size and weight for a woman to operate. Easy start easy to rethread. Would recommend for any woman.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Auto Feed Doesn't Work This auto feed head has not worked since we purchased the thing. Every time the trimmer line wears down I have to take the head apart, refeed the line through. It's horrible!
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top Quality My Stihl has performed better than I could have even hoped for. I will definitely be buying more Stihl products in the future.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good trimmer Performs above my expectations for this machine. Overall I am very pleased with the starting procedure and the power to weight ratio.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Runs like a top! Good trimmer, head works as it's supposed to. Plenty of power, and always dependable. It's a STIHL after all, they just work. If I had to gripe about anything, it's a little heavy, it doesn't bother me but it's a little overkill for a small lawn once a week. Buy once cry once folks, highly recommend this trimmer.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great machine I am 14 and have a lawn care business and use all stihl I had a fs 38 last summer it was great but nothing beats this you get all the advantages of a pro module but still a curved shaft
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great trimmer This trimmer starts every time, is sturdy and extremely durable. It's a bit tricky to install the line. I wish I had purchased the straight one as it's easier to handle
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it ...... Only thing I would change is I will get the straight shaft cause it is hard for me to use since I am only 5' 5" tall.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A little back heavy - not as balanced as I'd like but a good product Great starting, easy to add string, very reliable It does eat string a little fastBut over all I'm very happy Next time I will probably buy a straight shaft with dual handles
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great trimmer My only issue is that the line seems to be to soft and doesn't last long,im having to bump to feed every couple of swipes.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EASY STARTER This trimer has proved easy to start. It is well balanced and has plenty of power for this size machine.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Best long curved shaft trimmer out there I rated it low so you will read this. I have the older model without the emission extras on there and I am happy with it. There are a lot of reviews about the line not feeding and the trimmer head being too cheap. Well that is partially true. You need to use the larger orange line with the trimmer. What you do to rewind it is to cut the line on an angle so that it will be skinny enough in the end to slip into the starter holes in the spool when you roll it. You need to also use 93 octane fuel with the stihl mix. Buy the more expensive one as it is synthetic. I do wish stilh would change their lables on the on off switch from reading I and o to read run and off or start and stop. I had a hard time starting the thing because I did not know what I and o mean. I know now that I means in and I means out. You must have it on i to make the thing start and run. All in all I like the trimmer. It's not too terribly expensive but can be a bit hard to start at times. Over all I would give it a 3.5 or 4 out of five. If it started a little better, I would give it a 5. However I would still say it is a good buy and well worth having. I do think stihl should increase the quality a little and raise the price a little or make a pro trimmer with this same curved shaft. It is so much more comfortable than a straight shaft.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Trimmer is well balanced and easy to use I wish i had bought this trimmer years ago its fun to operate
Date published: 2016-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Passed the lawn service test I own an up and coming lawn service in Duluth MN and have been in business for about 6 years now. I have 7 employees, 2 rigs, and a little over 120 lawns that I take care of. Stihl has always been my go to for small equipment. For the first 4 years I ran exclusively the fs50 and its predecessor the fs46. Employees like them because they are light, easy to start, and well balanced. I liked them because they are reliable and affordable. The only con is the exhaust will carbon up, and the curved shafts will break after they trim about 2000 lawns (12-20 lawns a day, 6 days a week; a solid year of service for each trimmer) considering its designed for the homeowner I find this really impressive. (Stihl also replaced all the shafts for free which is really I impressive)I own 6 of these now, and a few fs70s and fs94s. I am switching over to mainly fs94s just because with increasing customers i want trimmers that can run longer between fill ups, re-stringing, and shaft failures; but I will always have a few of these fs50s around as spares. Owning a business can be stressful enough getting good employees, managing the books, and keeping all the customers happy. I'm glad my stihl equipment doesn't add to these stresses.
Date published: 2016-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for the average homeowner. Being a taller person, this trimmer really works well for my height. This is the perfect tool for the average homeowner.
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very happy This product is what I expected from a stihl. Does more then I expected with fenaminal fuel economy.
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great trimmer! I have used "throw away" trimmers in the past that cost almost as much as my Stihl. There is no contest! The ease in starting is unmatched. I am in the process of replacing ail of my yard tools ( 3 so far) with Stihl with just a few to go. Thank you for making my yard work easier!
Date published: 2016-09-19
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