Stihl FS 56 RC-E Petrol Brushcutter/Strimmer

(9 customer reviews)

£301.40 (inc VAT)

In stock

SKU: 18-41442000200

The Stihl FS56 RC-E Petrol Brushcutter is a light-weight petrol brushcutter with straight shaft, loop handle and ErgoStart. Modern appearance, convenient operation and very simple starting procedure are the highlights of the new generation STIHL grass trimmer range. The number of steps needed to start the machine has been drastically reduced. The frustration of a flooded engine is virtually eliminated. New 2-stroke engine with stratified charge allows fast acceleration, low emissions, reduced fuel consumption.Comes standard with fully adjustable loop handle and AutoCut mowing head.


Reduced-emission engine technology

2-stroke engine with stratified charge. A fuel-free layer of air is created between the burned charge in the combustion chamber and the fresh charge in the crankcase, reducing the amount of fuel lost during the charge cycle. This results in more power with a lower weight, up to 20% lower fuel consumption than regular 2-stroke engines and significantly reduced exhaust emissions.

Manual fuel pump (Purger)

A small fuel pump delivers fuel to the carburettor at the touch of a button. This reduces the number of starting strokes required following extended breaks in operations.

STIHL ErgoStart (E)

STIHL ErgoStart cuts the effort required to start the tool by half, while the starter cord can be pulled at just one third of the normal force. A coil spring between the starter cord and the crankshaft smoothes out force peaks, making them virtually undetectable through the cord itself.

Simplified starting system

Simply set the choke, pump the fuel primer, pull the starter cord and away you go! The running machine then switches off after a brief press of the stop button. Once the machine is at a standstill, the ignition activates again automatically. Thus the ignition is always ready for starting.

Loop handle (R)

The loop handled grass trimmers and brushcutters are ideal for working in areas where space is limited, e.g. thinning between bushes and shrubs.

Basic harness

For use with loop handle machines.

Technical data

Power output hp 1.1
Performance kW 0.8
Displacement cm3 27.2
Weight kg 1) 4.8
Sound pressure level with metal tool dB(A) 2) 94
Sound pressure level with plastic tool dB(A) 2) 93
Sound power level with metal tool dB(A) 2) 107
Sound power level dB(A) 2) 108
Vibration value, right with plastic tool m/s2 3) 7.5
Vibration value, left with plastic tool m/s2 3) 6.5
Vibration value, left with metal tool m/s2 3) 6.6
Vibration value, right with metal tool m/s2 3) 6.6
Total length cm 4) 170
Cutting diameter mm 420
Tank volume l 0.34
Displacement cm³ 27.2
Power output kW/bhp 0.8/1.1
Weight kg 5) 4.8
Standard cutting tool AutoCut C 25-2


Need spare/replacement Strimmer/Mowing Line for this unit?

Stihl Strimmer Line – Round 2.4mm x 15m 0000 930 2338

Parts, Consumables + Accessories for this unit

Cutting Tool(s):

Service Kit:

Engine Oil (Good, Better, Best):


Cleaning + Care:

PPE (Stihl Function range for occasional/home use):


Power Type


9 reviews for Stihl FS 56 RC-E Petrol Brushcutter/Strimmer

  1. Nigel Wilcox (verified owner)

    Very very pleased with this machine. The new easy start pull cord works a treat with minimal effort, coupled with the choke auto disengaging on start up make this very easy to start . This has plenty of power for all jobs around the garden or around the hedge bottoms in the horse paddock, when using the Stihl 2 tooth metal grass cutting blade . This makes cutting long tuff grass and cow parsley a doddle without using loads of strimmer line and with minimal splatter. The machine is well balanced and the always on ignition switch is a real bonus.
    I can highly recommend this strimmer and also the service from Radmore and Tucker.

  2. Palm pro gardening (verified owner)

    Just set it up and used it for the first time today, nice balanced machine. Time will tell on it’s reliable but being a Stihl product I’m sure it will stand the test of time. I’m running it (and all my 2 stroke machines) on the HP super green Stihl 2 stroke oil. Easy to start. Great service from radmore and tucker.

  3. Philip Hall (verified owner)

    This was a replacement for a previous Stihl FS 56 used by our woodland volunteer group. This latest model comes with easy start which is very nice to have. The FS 56 has proved to be a reliable workhorse, so I expect trouble free service from the latest version. The RC-E is light enough and manouverable enough to be used without a strap on difficult terrain but has enough power to cut through small and medium sized brambles, if necessary. A good all round machine. Great service from Radmore & Tucker.

  4. Rob Perring

    I purchased my brushcutter two years ago soon it has been brilliant in every way i have used it for my grass and gardening business Radmore and Tucker delivered it to my home in Cornwall even had petrol in it first class service

  5. Ron Fry (verified owner)

    Competitive price and quick delivery ! Support staff dealt with my initial questions very well.
    Easy start and well balanced machine which has some pretty tough weeds and brambles to clear .
    Some difficulties with the strimmer head not extending the strimmer line when bumped on the ground , I have replaced the line and hopefully have now resolved the problem

  6. ionut turlea (verified owner)

    fast postage top product not tried yet but im sure will be quality from sthil

  7. Graham Blanchard (verified owner)

    Looks good so far . Well made . Replacing an old faithful Hitachi . Similiar spec . This seems to start well . Little effort . Maybe a little more noise and vibration than my Hitachi but that’s only based on a couple of starts and one 30min strim . Good service from R&T . They were happy to answer a couple of pre-order queries . Luckily , I am in their delivery area so received a fully assembled and tested machine .

  8. S Williams (verified owner)

    Great machine. Simple to set up and starts easily on the job. Probably too good for what I need it for but was well priced so couldn’t resist the purchase. Great service from Radmore and Tucker.

  9. Chris (verified owner)

    Great machine at a reasonable price.

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