FS 40 C-E - $159.99 DSRP SAVE $10.00 on select models


Distributor Suggested Retail Price
FS 40 C-E

DSRP: $159.99 $149.99

Quantity:

Reserve with STIHL Express for In-Store Pick Up

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
  • Zoom
    Adjustable front handle
    The front handle is easily adjustable (360-degree rotation) for comfort.
  • Zoom
    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.

    See it in action!
  • Zoom
    Fully Lined Drive Shaft
    Provides smooth operation and less vibration.
  • Zoom
    High Tech Polymer Housing
    Housings are lightweight, withstand greater impact and are corrosion-resistant.
  • Zoom
    Start/Run/Stop Controls on Handle
  • Zoom
    Protected Choke Lever/Knob
    Helps prevent damage.
  • Zoom
    Throttle Trigger Interlock
    Must be depressed before the trigger can be activated.
  • Zoom
    Air Filter Cover
    Easily removed for fast and easy filter cleaning or replacement.
  • Zoom
    Protected or Enclosed Control Cables
    Eliminate dangling and loose wires.
  • Zoom
    Heavy-Duty Steel-On-Steel Clutch
    Centrifugal clutch is designed to reduce slippage.
  • Zoom
    Protected Spark Plug
    Protected yet easy to change.
  • Zoom
    Protected Spark Arrestor Muffler
    Has large baffles which reduce noise level and contains a screen designed to reduce the emission of sparks.
  • Zoom
    Upright Translucent Fuel Tank
    Allows operator to easily check fuel level before starting work. Upright position makes it easier to refill.
  • Zoom
    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.
  • Zoom
    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).
  • Zoom
    Built in the USA
    Indicates products that are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.

    More Information

  • Zoom
    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.

    More Information

  • Zoom
    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.

    See it in action!
Standard Features
  • Zoom
    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.
Click to view the STIHL Limited Warranty Time Periods
We Also Suggest
  • HP Ultra 2-Cycle Engine Oil Zoom
    HP Ultra 2-Cycle Engine Oil
    HP Ultra is a fully synthetic 2-cycle engine oil specially suited for high performance chainsaws and power tools. This oil has outstanding engine cleaning characteristics, plus “ultra” superior lubricating qualities in comparison to other 2-cycle engine oils. It is ideal for use in STIHL 4-MIX® engines. This oil is biodegradable, degrading by 80% in 21 days.

    •2.6 oz. bottle makes 1 gallon mix

    •5.2 oz. bottle makes 2 gallon mix

    •6.4 oz. bottle makes 2 1/2 gallon mix

    •12.8 oz. bottle makes 5 gallon mix

    STIHL recommends a mix of 50:1 high-quality 89 octane or higher unleaded gasoline to STIHL engine oil. This same mix ratio should be used during break-in.

For Your Safety
  • STIHL Landscaper Series™ Gloves Zoom
    STIHL Landscaper Series™ Gloves
    Exclusive deerhide leather provides fantastic wear properties and excellent sense of touch and feel. Naturally soft leather provides all-day working comfort. Sizes available S, M, L, XL.
  • STIHL® Pro Mark™  Hearing Protector Zoom
    STIHL® Pro Mark™ Hearing Protector
    Padded stainless steel spring wire headband maintains constant pressure. Easy to adjust. Noise Reduction Rating (NRR): 29. Meets ANSI S3.19-1974 standard.

    Colors available: Camouflage, Orange and Grey

STIHL Dealer Days are Happening Now!

FS 40 C-E is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 372.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mountain yard It powered through a large area of wet mountain grass with no problem i would recommend...used a different brand a few times prior on the same area took.days to complete..this time a few hours ..
Date published: 2016-08-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from starts good bad head bump line ever since I bought the head did not discharge wright .I bought at twin lakes ace.i want a weed wacker .that does not have a bump head.ace does not have one .I bought the weed wacker because of the sthill name .I wasted so much time with my fsc40do u sell a head that is not a bump head that would fit my fsc40
Date published: 2016-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made in USA A finely engineered german product. Should have bought the best years ago. Always starts. Came from an undependable 4 stroke weedwacker. Actually I bought 2 stihls the same day, one for my son too. I bought them locally at a small rural dealer who has sold Stihl for years. I bought the premix so I don't have to get the mix wrong. We love our stihls and are telling others
Date published: 2016-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful and reliable About a year ago I got a Home Depot weedeater that was a lemon and died on the first tank. My dad went to Bud Herbert and brought home this FS-40C weedeater. I have been using it very often at our 40 acre farm and our house. It always starts right up and has plenty of power. My dad's FS-90 is still more powerful, but mine can do anything his can. It is light and easy to use. I have three heads for it, the bump head, which I like, the Polycut blade head, which I like, and the fixed string head whichbI prefer the bump head over. The only criticism I have of this weedeater is that about a month ago it started running unevenly at full throttle and had severe loss of power. We changed the spark plug and cleaned the air filter but it still wasn't right. Took it to Herbert's and it turned out to be a spark arrestor screen in the muffler that plugged up with carbon. It is there because of the EPA. It was removed for free and the machine has ran excellent since. If you have this weedeater or buy one, take it out. Overall it is an excellent machine and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good weedeater that isn't too expensive, and with great dealer support.
Date published: 2016-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy Starting I have always hated grass trimmers. The last one I owned actually took 20-30 pulls to get it started and then it never ran well. I bought the Stahl FS40 on a recommendation. I brought the trimmer home and gave it one pull....it started on one pull. And purred like a kitten. If it's possible to fall in love with a piece of equipment I'm there!
Date published: 2016-07-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This product was defective when i brought it home. So I decided to quit purchasing cheap through away after one year weed trimmers and splurge on a stihl. It was out of the box, look most sold there, when I purchased at Rural King in Effingham, IL. It fired right up but the trimmer head wouldn't turn so I called the store and all they wanted me to do it return it, except that would of been another 1 1/2 hr round trip back to the store. So after about an hour I figured out it wasn't put together right, because cable wasn't connected correctly.The tank smelled like gas when I got ready to fuel it the first time, so expect it was a returned unit. Or it was fueled to check operation at the store and they failed to notice the defect.......Either way I wasn't very happy.Troy Acree
Date published: 2016-07-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from the trim wire gets guard all the time This was a brand new weedeater and the trim wire gets caught in the guard at start up. It was a nightmare and a re real pain in the butt. I would like to return it for another model. Not what i expected at all.
Date published: 2016-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light and powerful Lightweight and powerful, handles most jobs easily. On the downside, goes through line like crazy.
Date published: 2016-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too heavy Wife hates it compared to former lighter model. No longer comes with easy replace head. Too expensive.
Date published: 2016-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great weed wacker Love this weed wacker. Went from a black and decker electrical corded wacker to this. Night and day. Works easy with 2-3 pulls and seems easy
Date published: 2016-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This trimmer is light weight and easy to handle. Gets the job done and more. I just got this trimmer for my birthday and I'm in love. I wouldn't want any other product then stihl. I love and highly recommend it.
Date published: 2016-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome trimmer This is by far the best weedeater out there it starts right up everytime. I have had no problems at all and very happy I bought it
Date published: 2016-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reliable Customer service were I bought was great explaining equipment. Weed eater is Easy to start,dependable and reliable.
Date published: 2016-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from easy start, great USA built This is just what I was looking for in a trimmer, light weight and very dependable starts every time
Date published: 2016-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very nice, easy to use and start I was quite surprised how easy this unit is to start and use. I bit heavier than the previous unit, this is much easy to start, 1 or 2 pulls. It is also much easier to use, the balance is very good and makes use in difficult terrain almost enjoyable.
Date published: 2016-07-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from pull cord nightmare I like this trimmer when it works, it's powerful but light. BUT the pull cord/design makes this a nice long expensive paperweight. I would recommend it if the darn pull cord would keep from breaking. I've had this model for 2 years. First year the pull cord snapped, got a new cord from local Stihl dealer (way overpriced). This year I've replaced the cord 4 times. I even put in a cord rated for 60#. All I can say is buy a split ring plier if you buy this because you'll be needing it a lot to install new pull cords.
Date published: 2016-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great trimmer for average size yard Bought this to replace my old trimmer that I had for over 10 years and so far it's been excellent. Just like my Stihl chain saw, it starts right up and runs like a champ. Have been using it for just a couple of months but so far so good.
Date published: 2016-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for smaller people I'm not a very big woman and I have no problems using this product. It's taking me a while to learn how to start it on my own but once it starts it stays running until I turn it off. Very lightweight and easy to use.
Date published: 2016-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy start - everytime What I like best about this model is the easy start. (My last trimmer was a good one, too, but my kid cabbaged onto it so I was left without.) With the Stihl name and the right price, this was a no-brainer.It goes through a little too much line for my taste but I'm working against a chain-link fence so what do you expect? I'll run a little heavier line next time and see if it can handle it. It idles nicely when not in operation, but you can certainly tell when the line needs to be fed because it sort of bogs down a little. Not an issue, just an observation.But back to the easy starting ... the WIFE even runs it now and then ... what a life!Solid product I'd recommend to folks I like.
Date published: 2016-06-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sorry excuse for a weed eater. Worst excuse for a weed eater I ever tried to use. The .080 line is to light. Tried the .095 and still to light. Bump head won't feed. Bump head does not hold enough line. Flat out a piece of JUNK!
Date published: 2016-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy start Great should have bought a sthil long ago dont waste time and money on the junk they sell at home depot and lowes just buy a sthil
Date published: 2016-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Trimmer Good light weight trimmer. Good power. Started easily when hot (after stopping to refuel). Easy to replace the trimmer line. Only used it 5 or 6 times so don't know about dependability. So far, it is good. No cons at this time.
Date published: 2016-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good but with some issues Does a very good job on edging which is my major use. There are a few problems I have. first rotating into position for trimming puts the controls in an awkward position for me . Second, I am forced to bend down more than I like; probably because the curved shaft, is better suited for trimming or weed wacking. Finally The bump and advance does not usually work, and I need to stop and manually advance the string. I gave it a good rating in spite of these because I believe these are common problems with `trimmers of this types.
Date published: 2016-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Good and powerful easy to maintain and start great quality not to mention American made love there American made products but make sure it is American made not all there items are
Date published: 2016-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product This trimmer starts easy and works well. It is much lighter than the 4 stroke unit I replaced with it.
Date published: 2016-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Too easy I ran out of trimmer line today, third time I had used the trimmer. I was curious if the replacing and winding of the line would be difficult. Directions were to cut 6' 6" of twine twice. I cut the plastic material and then followed directions.....I had the spool ready in a minute and back together ready for use in under 5 minutes. I adjusted the handle angle (I am left-handed) and now I find the trimmer easier to use. My old trimmer was a straight shaft, and the new one is angled. I am getting better with it each time.
Date published: 2016-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is easy to start and use. I bought this for my husband for Father's Day and he just loves it!! He says it's easy to start and has a lot of power!
Date published: 2016-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My trimmer starts easy EVERY time. Outstanding. Sales associate at Gates in Cleveland, TX made sure I knew how to use and maintain it. Very helpful on any questions that I had!
Date published: 2016-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very dependable I have taken of my own yard since 1988 and have owned other trimmers gas and electric. I purchased my 1st Stihl trimmer in 2005 and my 2nd in 2011. I'm totally dedicated to these awesome machines. Always starts, easy to use, same with their blowers. The only reason I purchased another one in 2011 is because the 1st one was stolen.
Date published: 2016-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wish I found this product sooner I purchased a craftsmen last year and it began having issues with starting, shutting off, etc. while at my local ace hardware I saw a sale sign on this model and on a whim I purchased this model. If you purchased a pack of two cycle oil, they doubled the warranty. I have used it a half dozen times and it is so superior to the craftsmen model I gave up on. It's powerful, starts really easy and is really comfortable to run. I highly recommend this product if you are looking for a high quality weed eater with a nice price. Happy Trimming!!
Date published: 2016-06-07
  • y_2018, m_4, d_26, h_1
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvrr, vn_bulk_2.0.8
  • cp_7, bvpage2n
  • co_hasreviews, tv_0, tr_372
  • loc_en_US, sid_fs40ce, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=FEATURED, direction=DESCENDING), SortEntry(order=SUBMISSION_TIME, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_stihl