FS 40 C-E - $159.95 DSRP


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FS 40 C-E

DSRP: $159.95

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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    Convenient throttle/start/run/stop controls built into the handle for easy operation.
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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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    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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    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.
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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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    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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FS 40 C-E is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 442.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Second Stihl This was my second Stihl trimmer, the first I used for years. The carburetor started acting up, took it to a Stihl repair shop for a new carburetor. The tech cleaned and installed a kit in old carb., not what I wanted! Repair kit lasted about a month, took it back, they didn’t stock a new carb. So I purchased a new trimmer! This one is as good as the old one except for one design flaw, IT’S NOT MADE FOR A LEFT HANDED PERSON! The hot air coming out of the vent holes on the right side will get so hot it will blister my arm after 5-10 min. of use. I have to hold it in a very uncomfortable position to use more than 10 min. Will be taking old trimmer to a shop that can install a new carburetor. It’s a better built and better designed!
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This trimmer is easy to use and works perfectly. I bought this model because of the easy start feature and am not disappointed. I am an elderly woman and I have no trouble starting it. It works great for trimming areas of my yard that can't be reached with the mower. I'm very happy with my purchase.
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for homeowners This trimmer is my first Stihl purchase, and now I’m a customer for life! This is a solid, quality product. It always starts on the first pull, is well-balanced, and just works. The pcompany’s customer service has been outstanding.
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Starts every time Has been great over the year my only problem with it is the trigger sticks.
Date published: 2018-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The product was outstanding along with persons who sold the product. I have utilized your products for the past 15 years. I found that your products are superior to the others who do not possess the reliability and durability that your product offers. My experience has been in the past that the other products simply don’t last versus your products who provides the desired results.
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is great. Starts easy and fairly light weight. Very dependable. Would highly recommend this one for around the average house.
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Piece of junk Had this trimmer less than a year and the engine keeps locking up. I took it back to where I bought it and they keep saying it's the gas. We have two other tools that use the same gas mix, and they run fine. This last time it locked up, the repair shop told me I had no oil in the gas. I personally put the oil in the non-ethanol gas. They said the gas would be red or blue if there was oil in it. That is not true. I honestly believe the trimmer came from the factory defective. Also, the original factory-installed cord was in the head and it stopped releasing the cord - no bump and go. I've been using string trimmers since they came out in the early 1970's, both expensive and inexpensive, and this one is by far the worst one ever.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best ive ever owned easy start easy to use i love it would recomend it
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mountain living own several Sthil chainsaws that get a workout, each has been great, the trimmer while more of a starter model is about pricey enough for me. starts quick and is doing the job required.
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from First STIHL product bought last STIHL product I will every buy Used to only take 15 to 20 minutes to trim the year with this weed eater it takes an hour. The line never feeds correctly or when it does feed use up a spool before 1/2 the yard is done. Do not buy.
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Piece of junk I’ve mowed and trimmed my yard since I was 16 y/o. Never had so much trouble with a trimmer. That’s 20 years, folks. Complete junk
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good product it works way better than my previous Toro product. This is a short and sweet review. If you require more words, please commit to send me a coupon for future purchase. Thank you>
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good performance. Overall, I found this a fairly reliable tool albeit with a few issues. I mainly use it for edging, rotating the handle so that it trims vertically. This puts the controls in an awkward position forcing me to operate the control lever with my thumb so that I cannot get a solid grip making it hard to control. This is my biggest complaint. I suspect that a stright shaft trimmer would have been a better choice. I intially had a problem with the bump and feed feature of the autocut head. The major problem turned out to be that the string was welding itself to the spool. I found out that there is a problem common in string trimmers of ultrasonic heating. I am not familiar with this phenomena even though I spent a number years as an engineer working with designs involving heat transfer. I wish the user manual had warned me about it. One thing that apparently aggravates this is the strung slapping on a concrete sidewalk or driveway when using it as an edger. I have been carefull that the string hits between the sidewalk and the turf. It has now been working like a charm (being sure that I am running at full throttle while bumping and that the string does not get too short). It has been easy to start and it is fairly easy to replace the string.The worse part of this tool is that it is awkward when used as an edger because it is necessary to turn the motor and control switch upside down.
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plenty of power This trimmer has more power than I expected. The only con is that I am 6’ and the curved shaft seems a little short, not sure if the straight shaft would be better for someone my height. I haven’t had to respool any line yet, so I can’t comment on that.
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Extremely difficult to fill with line A bunch of engineers got together. They all agreed, "Let's make a great little trimmer but make it an absolute chore to refill the line. Yes. Let's make the human wrap not one, but two strings around the spool." "Great idea" one said to the other, adding, "YES. And even better, when the first line gets wound, let's make it real easy to unwind while we are filling the next one! Oh fun. fun!" And finally, "Let's make the human purchase an entire head instead of just a spare spool or two. That way, in 106 degree weather, standing along the fence line, when they run out of thread, they have to stop and fill the spool instead of just snapping in a pre-wound spool."I absolutely hate this trimmer and this is my second season with it. I am getting rid of it as soon as someone on Craigs list gets sold on the Stihl name.
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great trimmer Great trimmer. Starts easy. Powerful. Only con is I am 5'7 and I think the shaft is short.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very difficult spool wind I love everything about this trimmer except spool wind. Somehow Stihl regressed two decades to a rewind that is so difficult that you cannot do it with gloves and, even bare-handed, it is easy to lose grip on the line. The prior technology is so much better!I’m really disappointed. I hope my dealer will give me credit toward another product.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Overall great tool I started by asking friends what they recommended and they all said Stihl was their first choice. Checked reviews and reports. So far its been great, easy to start and plenty of power. Next time I need outdoor power tool it will be a Stihl.
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All great features EXCEPT reloading the cord. I’ve had my Stihl for roughly a month and it’s worth every dime. The ONLY problem I have is reloading the cartridge. It’s taking a while to learn how to complete. That slows down the process of completing yard work. So, for now, I am having to buy new cartridges after use. Can you make any recommendations to help resolve my issue?Otherwise, wonderful product.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product has great features This is my second Stihl trimmer, and I love the Easy2Start™ technology. I don't consider myself old but at 73 you don't like to crank and crank. This thing fires right up. I also like the kill switch, there's no guessing with a two position toggle switch. This thing is always on and you have to push it to kill it. This is a great addition to the rest of my Stihl power tools.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to start I have read reviews that were not to good for this trimmer but I have had the FS 40 CE trimmer for approx a month now, use it every week and it has performed to my expectations. It starts easy, runs good and the trimmer line advances with no problems. I run 89 octane fuel with stihl oil mix and I couldn’t ask for a better starting and running trimmer.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Needs one upgrade to make it better The bump line mechanism has a history of not working right. Change the head to the replaceable string head (the one that takes precut line) and throw the other one in the trash where it belongs.ANY line will work. You DO NOT need Stihl line.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect lightweight trimmer! Bought this to replace a 15 year old professional model trimmer. As my needs have changed, I didn’t find that I needed to lug around a bigger, bulkier and heavier trimmer, nor do I need the ability to cut heavy brush anymore. This trimmer fits the need perfectly- plenty of power for trimming around the landscaping yet light enough and easy enough to start that the wife can run it if I’m out of commission.
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stihl 40ce Starts easily usually on the third pull on a cold engine. Lightweight, idles quietly.
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Price was great and High Quality Product I was tired of messing around with my old trimmer, so I bought a craftsman since the price was pretty good. Within a couple of months the fuel lines gummed up. So I was shopping for a Stihl trimmer, and decided for a low cost entry model. I choose this model after reading the reviews and have been really impressed. Starts up every-time. Very reliable and engine has plenty of strength to cut through my tough yard. Highly recommend this unit to anyone.
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a really great product !! This product is so easy to use. It starts and runs so easily. A pleasure to operate in all ways. I bring it back in the house to my spare room and it has no smells. Was considering going to a battery type but now I'm glad I didn't . You will love this weed eater. Flechers were fantastic also, they stayed open for me and had one ready to go when I arrived very close to closing time. They took the time to make sure I knew how to operate it.
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It lacks power It lacks power and the automatic feed doesnt work well
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A super trimmer Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!Seriously, it starts easily, idles well without stalling makes plenty of power for the task intended. You couldn't ask for a better tool for the money
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gas trimmer that actually starts Always used battery trimmers because gas trimmers were hard to start. This trimmer starts on the first or second pull. Not crazy about string trimmers so I added the plastic blade attachment.
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from extremely lightweight, and easy to use for an old man, suggest adding the strap. This tool fit my needs and does the job I expected it to do, very lightweight and easy to use.
Date published: 2018-06-07
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