FS 38 - $129.95 DSRP


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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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    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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Rated 3.4 out of 5 by 205reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Trimmer! I never write reviews but decided to now. I bought the FS38 a few years ago after getting fed up with big box store weedeaters. Yes it cost a little more than a different brand but when you factor in your time and not getting to mow the grass on the day you planned to it is worth it. I have had absolutely no issues with this trimmer. It starts reliably and has plenty of power. It idles amazing, the idle is so low I keep thinking it is going to die but it doesn't. Even when you quickly let off the throttle it will keep running. You can set it down and let it idle for a long time and it just sits there purring on the ground. I do wish it had thicker line, I may be able to find some better line or drill the holes out a little larger if I need to. It is way more reliable than my lawnmower or blower which were other brands and are now sold. Based on my experience with this, and my Stihl chainsaw, and having a dealer that can work on them I am sold on Stihl. It makes me want to start my own lawn mowing company. I'm now looking to either buy a blower or replace this with the Kombi system and several attachments. I wish Stihl made a gas lawn mower. Another bonus is, I work for an American manufacturer and although it is not an American owned company they are made here in America which goes a long way with me. I was slightly considering another brand and when I found out where they were made that made my choice easy. September 16, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by It looks good but hard to start. It wore me out starting the machine, but once it warmed up, it ran alright. Kept bogging down and had to keep throttling it to keep it from going dead and still had the gas in it from the dealer. the second day, it was really hard to start and by the time I got it going, I was wore out to even use it. I felt like taking it back and get me a battery operated one. I'm in my 60's and can't take this to much. lol. September 15, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Good if you have a small yard Bought this product to trim around a 40x50 concrete slab and a few trees. Works good for this application. Grass being trimmed is not long or thick so power is adequate. Don't think it would perform well in thick stuff though. Stihl brand string that came with it is not very durable. There are aftermarket strings that are better. My main issue with this trimmer is that it is extremely hard to start, compared to other products higher up in the Stihl family. It's basically a hit-or-miss affair to get it started and then keep it running. Service man says they all do that. I own 2 Stihl chain saws, a motorized blower, and a top line trimmer. All of those products start and run reliably and effortlessly. I know Stihl is trying to compete on the low-end trimmer market but I feel they compromised too much of their legendary quality and reliability with this product. September 13, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by I like everything except it is a bit difficult to start. I like all the qualities of the FS 38 trimmer except it is difficult to get it started. It always takes at least 10 pulls of the starter line to get it to fire. I have read the manual on how to use the fuel pump bulb in conjunction with the choke lever but it seems like it isn't getting enough fuel during this process. Once it gets started though, it is a fine tool. Has plenty of power for my residential yard needs. I like the way the head stops spinning at idle speed. There is just one other minor consideration - the exhaust does seem to heat up the trimmer body very close to where your right arm rests (if you are a right-hander) and can get a little too hot after a longer use. September 11, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Trimming Accessories I recently bought a Stihl FS 38 trimmer and trying to find an attachment that I can use to trim around my chain link fence. As you can imagine, the fence just eats the line. The plastic blades are not an option for this model (apparently). If I'd known that I wouldn't have bought this model. Any recommendations? I've called, visited (in stores and online) and can't find anything for this model other than the plastic line product.... this ain't going to cut it! (pun intended) September 10, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by Cheap weed wacker I bought this product on the name..was hard to start at place I bought it..when I got it home it did not start ..thought I would let it sit for a day then I would try it. The next day still did not start..called the place where I bought it and the small engine guy would be in next week. If I waited for him my 7 days would have been up so I returned it...you should never have to pull the cord that many times for a product to work...I talked to a guy at a different shop and told me there might be something with the carb...he also said it happens with the cheaper models.. September 9, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Poor air filter Was not happy at all with this trimmer because it was hard to get started and to keep running, almost broke it because it was making me so frustrated. Took me all summer to figure out the problem. Once I took the stock air filter out and let it breathe it runs like a champ now. Bought a sponge type filter and cut it to size and works much much better August 29, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lightweight, good value. Starts easily, light weight, nice balance. It is the base machine, but for home use, it does everything I need. I did take it in to the dealer once, to get the carb adjusted, what a difference, plenty of power. It did act up once more after sitting for a month, but after moving the mixture screws in and out, and back to their original position, it runs like a top. 2 depressions of the primer, close the choke, and 3-4 pulls, and one pull at half choke , and it's running. I'm enjoying the clutch on the output shaft, nice not having the head spinning all the time. August 29, 2016
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