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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    Convenient throttle/start/run/stop controls built into the handle for easy operation.
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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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    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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    Loop Handle (R)
    Loop handle grass trimmers and brushcutters are ideal for trimming between bushes and shrubs and other areas where space is limited.
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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! 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 409.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First Stihl - very impressed This is my first Stihl brand tool i have owned. I have owned many different trimmers over the years and have always thought a Stihl brand tool would be too expensive to purchase. When my last trimmer died i began shopping and found the price, features and quality of the stihl trimmer to be very compelling. After my purchase i have found the trimmer to be of impressive quality and performance. The warranty having been extended due to the promotion of purchasing a case of oil for the trimmer made the value even greater. Very impressed so far, run strong, starts easily. The dealer was friendly and knowledgeable. Felt more like i was buying a product the company valued as they assisted in registering the fully assembled trimmer as opposed to some disposable consumer item. I will be shopping Stihl again for future outdoor power equipment purchases.
Date published: 2018-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good machine when you get it running Two problems I have with this is starting and the hand held safety switch. Upon starting it stumbles around trying to warm up so you can run it at high rims, never starts on first or second pull, very temperamental to start. When it finally warms up it runs very strong. The safety switch has to be held constantly while trimming, is difficult to do at some of the angles you have to turn the trimmers.
Date published: 2018-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly what we needed! This is an excellent product. I searched and read reviews on all brands of affordable trimmers and finally settled on this one. It didn't break the bank, I got a full demonstration from my Stihl dealer, and it has an amazing warranty. For never having used a gas trimmer ever before in my life, I was able to use this and change the line etc all by myself (I'm a 29 year old female not in the best of health with a huge yard). Definitely worth the money. Very easy to use. I definitely recommend this product!
Date published: 2018-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for small jobs vibration is bad if the trim lines aren't evenly extended
Date published: 2018-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far a great trimmer. Been buying the red ones for years. Decided to try a Stihl this time and couldn't be more happy. Hopefully the happiness lasts a long time. Nice and light and trims terrific!
Date published: 2018-09-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hard Starting I have had many gas powered machines and have never had one a terrible to start as the FS-38. Even when doing everything right it takes five or ten minutes to start. After running and shutting down waiting for ten minutes makes it almost impossible to start.
Date published: 2018-09-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolute Junk This product has let me down twice first was a shaft problem that they replaced the shaft. Then not even two weeks later the drive line gets damaged after the he got caught up in a little higher grass.
Date published: 2018-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product I've owned several trimmers, but this one is special. Light weight, powerful, dependable, and makes me want to go out and trim.
Date published: 2018-09-13
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