FS 38 - $129.95 DSRP


Distributor Suggested Retail Price 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.)
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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    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.

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FS 38 is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 236.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Your weed eater sucks When I use the FS38 even in light grass it nearly dies. I have to run it wide open to get it to cut anything, I'm not happy with it at all! I thought Stihl was supposed to be good. In my opinion it sucks!!!
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Buyer Beware - Long time Stihl Customer Disapointed I bought my Stihl FS38 3 years ago after having my previous Stihl trimmer for over 15 years. I can not express to you how disappointed I am with this trimmer. I should have listened to my gut instinct when I bought it, it looks and feels nothing like the Stihl trimmers of before. Many of the reviews then also said to stay away but I didn't listen. This product is cheaply made and has given me nothing but problems. The starting procedure is wonky and quite often wont start or only starts with after many pulls. If you try to do edging with it on its side, the trimmer simply stalls. The run speed is too high and hard to regulate. Today I took it to the dump put it out of its misery. I should have done that in year one and saved myself a lot of headache.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a very good trimmer. It is very hard to start. Runs very rough. The cutting line is very thin. Does not cut well. Very poor choice on my part
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Used it once worked great. Tried to use a second time. Won't start fuel is coming out of exhaust. Used it once worked great. And second use aweek later it would not start fuel is leaking out exhaust.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Stihl should discontinue this product My first Stihl was a model 45 which worked well for years. I had problems with my first F38 before it was stolen. I bought another F38 and had the same problems. It loses power if turned (rolled) at an angle greater than ten or fifteen degrees. If it doesn't completely stall out, RPM's can be recovered, but it's a general pain to use. The first dealer didn't care and offered no credit toward an upgrade. I sold it at a loss and upgraded to the FS56 (from a different dealer). I'm happy with the FS56. It runs well at any angle of engagement. I would add that the second dealer told me the F38 engine was made by a "foreign" company -- evidently not the standard power supplier of other Stihl products.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent weed trimmer. After having to buy a weed trimmer every spring, for the past four years. My husband decided to buy a Stihl weed trimmer, so far so good. He really likes it.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Popeye Bought this because I thought Stihl products were dependable and durable. Joke was on me I guess. Every time I want to use it I have to plan for about 20 minutes of just trying to get the thing started.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from FS 38 good for the money brought because it was a good price and knew it would do what i needed
Date published: 2017-04-14
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