FS 40 C-E


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A lightweight, reliable grass trimmer, featuring 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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    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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    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.
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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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Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 230reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Would buy again This was my first purchase of a STIHL product. I always thought they were out of the price range of what I could afford. I was so tired of buying a new trimmer every couple of years, I decided to check out STIHL's. It was affordable and having an acre of property I needed something that would last . The thing I really liked was so light and easy to start. I plan to replace all my other yard equipment with STIHL when needed. September 20, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Very reliable Perfect trimmer for someone short like me. It really gets the job done. September 20, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lightweight and powerful Before purchasing, I noticed this trimmer had really good reviews. I am completely satisfied. It is easy to start and cuts through tough weeds and fescue with ease. September 15, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by easy to handle It does a great job trimming around fence and stone wall. September 13, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very pleased I purchase this trimer this year, and I am very please with it starts easy and works great. September 11, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Just got my new Stihl FS-40 Just purchased a new FS-40 from Stihl Dealer In Derry NH.First Ken at Ed's saw is a Great Dealer and spent time with me that was very helpful.I decided to get this Model and told him I did not want the Bump and feed that comes with it but to order me the Duro Manual feed as I hate those heads. I understand the frustrated reviews also. I've owned several weed wackers and always changed the heads that came with them to a manual head. The line last longer takes about two minutes or less to change the line and your Stress level stays at zero. So all you people who love the Weed wacker but rate it low because of the bump and feed head and the advance line do yourself a favor and change to a Duro head manual head. I cut several 71/2 inch line, soak them in water and I'm good to go. August 31, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Works great! I had tried a few other trimmers before settling on the Stihl. The weight is balanced and doesn't vibrate near as much as other brands that i tried. It cuts well and feels perfect for my height 5'8". If you are taller you might want a longer one. August 31, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Starts easy and runs smooth like all my Stihl products This is another in a line of Stihl products, blower and chain saw previously, that I have purchased after having owned lesser priced products that failed after short periods. Stihl provides the quality at a reasonable price. A worthwhile investment that reflects the research needed to provide a tool that works effectively. August 25, 2016
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