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
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.)
* 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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    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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    Multi-Function Control Handle
    Having easy access to all of the controls on one comfortable handle makes it easy to complete tasks so the operator’s hand never has to leave the handle.

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 3.3 out of 5 by 309.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from No power.. hard starter I have used this trimmer only a handful of times and I get more frustrated each time I use it. It's hard to start and seems like it doesn't run wide open. The line runs out so fast because it's the thin stuff and its breaking off. I have been a faithful Stihl gal all my life but this trimmer just isn't cuttin' it.. Can't take it back where I got it so not sure what I'm going to do with it. I am a Stihl gal all the way, but, save your money folks, this trimmer isn't worth the $$$..
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from After one (1) year of homeowner use my Stihl trimmer leaves a lot to be desired. I purchased my FS38, one year ago. Within two hours of initial purchase, I returned to my dealer complaining of very poor engine acceleration and a rough idle. Was told by my young salesperson that it just needed some break in time. One year later and I'm still trying to break it in. Now, this isn't my first rodeo or trimmer, nor my second or third but, it will be my last STIHL trimmer. I have a very small yard so, I'm not asking much from this piece of equipment. I'm using Stihl premixed fuel. I can only hope that this is not the norm.
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from it's a screamer when running well... Have mine for two years now and this spring it started giving me a little trouble starting. I always use Stihl pre-mix fuel and drain the tank for the winter. Replaced the spark plug and used fresh fuel. I removed the exhaust screen and it fired right up! So I put a torch to the screen and reinserted it. Then I readjusted the carb to balance out the flow. I was surprised that the screen was clogged after two years. Maybe the unit was a demo model or a return and sat around for a year or so. Just guessing.I do reccomend this trimmer if you can maintain it yourself. I think that you take the chance of voiding the warrany if you choose this route. Good luck!
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Starting problems & Not Reliable Bought this a little more than 2 years ago, follow the instructions in the manual very carefully at the start of the third year the machine does not start (no gas left in the machine from prev year) after trying couple of times the starting cord came out? I had a lawn mower for more than 14 years and the starting cord never came out. tried to go to the dealer I bought it from and they were closed, they moved/closed the store to another far location from us and even without informing their customers?? by email or mail?? I had to fix the machine myself only after 2 years??
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from no issues! I have had this trimmer for a year now, and it has never failed to start
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Trimmer I have owned yet! I bought my Stihl FS 38 about a month ago. I've trimmed with it about 10 times now. I've fueled it up exactly 6 times fully, and have NOT gone through a complete spool of trimmer line yet... and this Amazes me lol. I love this trimmer. Do NOT pay attention to poor or negative reviews, stating starting the darn thing as bad or a reason not to buy this trimmer. Every piece of Stihl equipment comes with a user manual, heck it's even in 4 different languages. Just read the manual, and actually use the recommended starting procedures, and you will NOT have one problem. I certainly have not. I've pretty much always bought and owned inexpensive trimmers. That's my fault. So I decided it was time for something serious and quality made. Boy this FS 38 trimmer does not disappoint. Best trimmer and warranty on the marker for the price point. Love IT!!
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from below stihll standards Bought this with some hesitation due to average reviews. I have a Stihl chainsaw and backpack blower and they are fantastic. The f38 does not have the same high end standards in my opinion. Starts ok and has good power but runs rough until it is fully warm. Line dispenser head simply would not work at all with Stihl 2mm line. Poor head design. After studying it for awhile, I made some modifications to the trimmer head in hopes to rectify the design flaw. I slightly shaved a bit of plastic off the tabs in the trimmer head. creating a slight bevel on the leading edges.This fixed the problem and I am happy now. I love still products but overall I am disappointed that stihl released this F38 which is below their standards.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does exactly as it should. I purchased this because I am disabled and needed a lightweight easy starting trimmer. It starts so easy every time. I was surprised at the power it has. It weighs just a bit more than the battery powered trimmer I replaced but it cuts so much faster it is well worth the trade off since I have to carry it less time. Very happy with it after a year of ownership.
Date published: 2017-07-20
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