FS 40 C-E - $159.95 DSRP SAVE $10.00 on select models


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FS 40 C-E

DSRP: $159.95 $149.95

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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    Padded stainless steel spring wire headband maintains constant pressure. Easy to adjust. Noise Reduction Rating (NRR): 29. Meets ANSI S3.19-1974 standard.

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FS 40 C-E is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 369.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good trimmer Only issue is ease of cold start. It takes me 8-10 pulls to get unit going.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding trimmer!!!! My FS 40 CE Starts easy and is easy to operate. I bought the Duro Cut Line head and changing out trimmer line is a snap. Very light and easy to handle. Would totally recommend this unit to anyone!!!
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good power but... I was happy with my purchase at the beginning. After the second time using it the fuel line would rattle off the tank spilling gas everywhere. No big deal at first but then it happen again and again. Every time I go to use it the tank is empty and the trimmer is covered in the fuel mixture.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FS 40 C-E This is a great trimmer from an awesome company. My family has been buying commercial STIHL lawn equipment for years (trimmers, edgers, backpack blowers) for the lawn maintenance business. STIHL products seem to always run strong for many years. Take care of your carburetors by not leaving old gas in the machine and it will last a long time. Also use a good quality 2-stroke oil, like the ones from STIHL for good engine protection. I use this trimmer at home in thick St. Augustine (FLORATAM) grass, and it powers through really well... I would buy again.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from NIce trimmer, issues with auto feed Like many others, I really like the trimmer. This is my first stihl product so was very excited to give it a try. It's powerful and lightweight and does a great job. But like the others I spend much of the time manually advancing the line as the bump and feed just doesn't work well. Me and several others brought trimmered our church field, and I was only one that had to continually stop and manually pull out line. Wanted to really like the product but am disappointed in this one aspect.
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quality parts, below average operation My son-in-law bought me this trimmer for Christmas year before last. About 1/2 way through the spool (that came with the trimmer), the line began twisting itself together requiring me to open the head and manually advance the line. This happened about every 5 minutes or so. On some occasions, the line seemed to melt itself together, requiring me to pull on it hard to get it to separate. Got so frustrated, I put it back in the garage and started using my old B&D battery powered trimmer to finish; and haven't tried to use it since. In an effort to overcome this frustration, I just today bought an Stihl AutoCut C 6-2 head. I'm also going to try using a different braided line (from a different company as Stihl doesn't make their braided line in 80/1000"). Perhaps the combination will fix what (to me) is a very poor design. At this point, I'm thinking that the type of line that comes with the trimmer, is the problem.
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not happy three days ago went to use trimmer for the first time this season and the rope broke on the third pull took back to dealership and as of today it is not been fixed
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful tool, don't like the grip & trigger. I have used it one time to cut day lilies, really tough job that hedge trimmers could not handle. Cut through a dozen plants with the same string, no problem. I need to adapt though to the trigger being so far forward on the shaft.
Date published: 2017-11-21
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