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.)
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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    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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    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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    TapAction™ AUTOCUT® Cutting Head
    TapAction™, 2-line AUTOCUT® cutting head with easy-view deflector.
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 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 3.2 out of 5 by 403.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolute Junk This product has let me down twice first was a shaft problem that they replaced the shaft. Then not even two weeks later the drive line gets damaged after the he got caught up in a little higher grass.
Date published: 2018-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product I've owned several trimmers, but this one is special. Light weight, powerful, dependable, and makes me want to go out and trim.
Date published: 2018-09-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Stay away from this model Out of the box, mine was problematic. It was checked and rechecked by the dealer and nothing major was found. The carb adjustment was never right and it finally quit today . After wrapping it around a large oak tree, I moved up to a more robust model. I love Stihl saws [own 3] Would not recommend this item at all. I live on six acres and this trimmer might have 3 -4 hours on it.
Date published: 2018-09-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This was the biggest waste of my money. Very disappointed. I have had a Stihl FS 45 for 10 years. Loved it. Dependable year after year. Only prob was the line conctantly getting tangled, crossed or even melted together and would not feed so i had to stop several times to rewind it.Finally decided to get a new one back in June, 2018. Almost if not identical, just avdifferent model number. I have used it twice. Horrible horrible piece of equipment.T
Date published: 2018-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product Great product, easy to use, very reliable. This is my second Stihl trimmer. Previous one lasted 10 years.
Date published: 2018-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I used mine for the first time yesturday and it starts up easy and its lightweight so with my back it makes it easy to use if ur going to get a trimmer this is the one I would by all the time
Date published: 2018-09-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Flooding Problem Ridiculous in this day and age that a trimmer floods so easily. Once it flood, put it down before you throw it down. Wait till tomorrow, or remover the plug and empty the cylinder and dry the plug. Once it starts, runs and works great, but you are out of luck until tomorrow if you miss fire and flood it.
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The right tool for the job. The FS 38 Trimmer is the best value for your dollar on the market if you want a 2-Stroke trimmer. I own a small engine repair business. I buy Stihl products for my personal use. I recommend this trimmer more than any other to my customers. It's light weight and dual .080 auto-feed head is just right for the average homeowner. It's easy to start, and reliable for many seasons of use.
Date published: 2018-08-29
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