FS 38 - $129.95 DSRP


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FS 38

DSRP: $129.95

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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
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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
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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.

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FS 38 is rated 3.2 out of 5 by 390.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great product except for cutting head. I wish I had read all of the negative reviews for this product regarding the cutting line head. It's the worst I've ever used. Won't advance and limited line capacity. I bought the unit after talking with the dealer sales person. I also wish he had explained the difference between this and the next step up was more than just fuel capacity. I can't even upgrade the cutting head. Poor choice.
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This product is easy starting. Does the job of edging. I personally would prefer a straight shaft edger for the type of edging that I do. however the FS 38 does a good job of edging and is easy to use. I have to tap it at least twice to get the string to advance. Over all a good buy for the money.
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Won’t start Bought this trimmer two weeks ago. Followed the starting procedure. The trimmer would not start. It makes no attempt to start. Took the plug out and it was dry. A friend managed to get it started once. I used it one time worked great. Today I got it out and tried to start it. Once again it won’t start. Doesn’t even attempt to start. The start button is on so that is not the problem. I bought a Stihl thinking it was a good product. I really regret purchasing it,
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to use I have had this trimmer for 4 years, I have not had any problems with it. I always use mid-grade gasoline and the Stihl oil. I am a 63y.o. woman and if I pull the rope 3 times and if it doesn't start, I move the choke and will start after 2-3 pulls. Starts up right after winter. I put a shoulder strap on it to help with holding the trimmer. I recommend.
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome product This trimmer is perfect for the size of area I have to trim. Small residential home on a 10,000 sq ft lot.
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from will not start I bought this because my neighbor recommended. He has used Stihl for at least the last 12 year of his mowing service and his city job. I have used this weed eater maybe 11 times. I have ran it this spring with new gas with no problem. Tried starting a couple days ago and it is completely unresponsive. it is like the on/off button is in off position. My neighbor tried starting as well and replaced spark plug but still have nothing. Wish I would have read reviews before buying. I have had for about 8 months but not sure if it is under full warranty or not?
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It’s awesome Works good starts good light no problems. Recommend to homeowners
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Completely unsatisfactory I have had this trimmer for two years and to say that it works poorly would be to imply that it works at all. The trimmer head will not advance line no matter how many times I take the head apart and rewind the string. I will never buy a trimmer from Stihl again under any circumstances.
Date published: 2018-05-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Garbage Have had multiple trimmers and decided to buy a Stihl because you get what you pay for. Don’t bother...it is basically the same st the others with a different cover on it. Lasts for about 3 years and turns to junk.
Date published: 2018-05-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from fs38 never had a bad product from stihl before but this is the first only 2 weeks old and the thing has no power keeps bogging out taking it back to dealer if dealer will not fix or replace well me and stihl are done i will through it in the garbage before i but another product from stihlshould have went with the new worx battery trimmer nothing but good reviews from them.
Date published: 2018-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from light and easy to use Bought this product as a Birthday Gift for my 13 year old Granddaughter, she loves to weed-eat and makes extra spending money helping out elderly neighbors in the neighborhood. It has been a great product like any other Stihl product I have owned, I personally have a strait shaft trimmer and a Stihl chainsaw, both are well over 10 years old and running strong. Their are cheaper products on the market and you might save 20 or 30 dollars but they never seam to last more than 1 or 2 seasons, Stihls will last, if you just use stihl oi and properly store the product.
Date published: 2018-05-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hard to Use Hard to start and trim line won't feed out reliably.
Date published: 2018-05-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Performed well for 3 seasons I'm a homeowner with a standard residential lot. Used this unit for 3 seasons (approximately 6-7 months each season) to just trim the edges of my lawn. For this application it has worked very well with no issues. This season during my first use the bearing in the trimmer head failed and melted the surrounding plastic parts. With the light use it received I feel this type of failure does not speak well for a STIL product. My dealer estimated the repair will cost almost the same as buying a new unit ( which he recommends I do). Previous trimmers I have owned lasted far longer and I normally sold them in garage sales when I was done.
Date published: 2018-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Starts and trimmes 5 inch weeds with ease Light and easy to use . Starts after 3 pulls and I use only the Stihl fuel which gave another year on my warranty.
Date published: 2018-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from received excellent training, but no operator manual. Would like to have operator's manualStore training is soon forgotten.
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This trimmer is an excellent choice for home use. Starts right up even after sitting all winter. Runs great and does a very nice job for what I need it for.
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Extremely difficult to start! It works great on the rare occasion you can start it. Really shouldn't require three people tag teaming to start the thing.
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The FS 38 is impossible to start This FS38 IS lightweight and easy to use...on the rare occasion my son and son-in-law have been able to start it. Otherwise it is a waste of money. The starter needs to be reworked for those like me who purposely chose a lightweight product.
Date published: 2018-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Starts easily and very lightweight. A pleasure to use. I haven't maintained my own lawn for years and I recently retired. I figured why not maintain my lawn, save a few bucks and also get some exercise. I purchased the FS-38 trimmer and it has been so easy to start and use, I felt like I was a pro after all these years. Thanks for an easy to use, affordable product that has a great reputation!!
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Trimmer I have owned this trimmer for around 7 years with no major problems. I cut 4 yards a week with this trimmer and it has never left me unable to complete a job. The only negative would be the power. This trimmer has more than enough for regular cutting, but overgrown grass and weeds make this trimmer struggle. Can't beat it for the money. Very dependable and tough machine.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from product is good ONLY PROBLEM I HAVE WITH THIS UNIT IT TAKES TIME TO START THE CUTTER. MANY NUMEROUS ATTEMPTS TO.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Trimmer FS 38 I've prrchased this weedeater/trimmer only this past month, and not used but once so far. It starts easy and runs smooth and has done great job on limited use.Have used these commercial ones and if it holds up half as good , its worth the money
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great trimmer Excellent as always with Stihl. very dependable and tough.
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent performance I own 2 STIHL chainsaws and have been very happy with their performance therefore I felt confident in purchasing the FS 38. It has performed as expected with one exception. The string that came with the trimmer kept breaking even when trimming grass however the problem was corrected with a larger diameter and a more aggressive string. The FS 38 is everything I needed to maintain a beautiful landscape.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not up to the job/ The trimmer string head on this unit does not feed properly and is a real problem. I do not even use it anymore as it starts hard and is not worth the trouble. It was the cheap one on the floor and maybe I should have bought one higher up the line.
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Piece of junk Ive bought many weed eaters and chain saws in my day and I know they are hard to start the first time. I've been trying to get this to run for over an hour now and nothing. Now I have to drive an hour to return this thing to Murdochs.
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I run 3 of these on a lawn crew. They are an excellent value! I bought my first FS-38 3 years ago after being extremely impressed with a recent Stihl chainsaw purchase. That first trimmer spent one year on standard home use for my lawn and my Mom's lawn. The same trimmer has now given me two good years as a go to for my mowing business and shows no signs of giving out any time soon. I have three of this exact model today, including that first one. They are light weight, inexpensive, easy to repair, and easy to operate. I run high octane fuel with the Stihl synthetic mix in every tank I also run the 0.95" standard line from Stihl. Running commercial, I end up changing the bump nut and air filter a couple times a season. I also clean the spark arrestor and carburetor twice each season. It's a tool, it will require maintenance eventually, and we use ours a lot. I have used a buddy's larger straight shaft trimmer. I was not impressed. I'm 5'8" by boys aren't much taller. For us, this trimmer works excellent!
Date published: 2018-04-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Way under expectations for the price Bought an fs38 brand new, first time I went to use it was very hard to start, when I finally did get it started, it would not run properly. It would die every time I gave it gas. Took it back to where I bought it and they charged me just to look at it. Found out the carburetor was bad. They Replaced the carb but I still haven't started yet. Overall just not happy with product.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worthless trimmer I purchased this trimmer 3 years ago and have had to replace the pull cord twice. This trimmer never wants to start. Takes 40 pulls sometimes to start. Most of the time it hasn’t started. Tired of breaking pull cords and not being able to trim my yard. This machine was a problem from day one. Don’t waste your money.
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from it runs great, starts easy great little trimmer works great light weight, prime it like it said in booklet starts every time not my first Stihl product they all work great had others they don't compare to these very happy with them
Date published: 2018-03-07
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