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Stihl FS 38

Stihl FS 38

2.5 from 134 reviews · View Statistics
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  • Build Quality
    2.7 (52)
  • Value for Money
    2.3 (50)
  • Ease of Use
    2.3 (52)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    2.7 (49)
  • Product is used
  • Noise Level
    2.6 (45)
  • Safety
    3.3 (44)
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Greatest garbage of all time

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I finally solve my problem with this weedeater after 3 years. I returned it where he came from... In a trash. He burned just 10 tanks in is life and no longer works properly. It was my first Sithl and the last....What a garbage company ! Fisher price product

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Purchased in for $200.

Noise Level
1/5
Safety
1/5
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Horrible trimmer head

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Stihl FS38 trimmer: The head doesn’t feed well at all. I spend more time trying to get the line out than actual trimming. The tap feature doesn’t work. When you turn the machine off and try manually to get some line out, it won’t turn. I have to take the whole head apart to succeed. However the engine starts and runes well.

Purchased in for $179.

Build Quality
3/5
Value for Money
4/5
Bert Vanderwoerd
Bert Vanderwoerd

This is a C6-2 head. I replaced the string with .95 inch line (2.4mm) and after finding out how to use this advanced head properly, it woks great. I’d now give it a 5 star. I’m embarrassed that I didn’t understand the product properly.

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Garbage

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problematic since day one, always difficult to start. After 4 years of medium level usage on a house block it is finally dead despite best efforts of servicing and carny rebuild. If you want a weed eater that will go forever if properly looked after - this is not it

Purchased for $200.

Noise Level
1/5
Safety
3/5
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Poor Quality lost a 35+ year user of Stihl

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Bought an FS38 a couple of years back, at 2 years had problems starting it, So bought a new plug, then priming button blew
took it to the Stihl shop for repair. Diagnosed with faulty carburettor. repair cost $10 less than a new machine.
not viable
It hadn't done any more than a fortnightly edge cut
Complained to Stihl, pointing out I have had numerous items of theirs , concrete saw, chain saws, brush cutters blowers, over last 35+ years.
Stihl response, not our problem its out of warranty, see the local agent he may be able to do you a deal on a new one, if he wants to, but we wont help or provide a discount. My last email to them went unanswered

They have lost a loyal customer forever

Build Quality
1/5
Value for Money
1/5
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Will not buy another ever again

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Hard to start. Keeps stopping once reved up and once running you have to rev the hell out of it to try and keep it cutting. Goes through cord at the speed of lightning. Going back to my Ryobi.

Purchased in .

Build Quality
2/5
Value for Money
1/5
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Peter
Peter
  • 3 reviews

Ok for the money

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No problem starting and has plenty of power, the auto feed head works well but wish it was a straight shaft. Probably wouldn't buy again if I needed another trimmer.

Purchased in at Mitre 10 for $199.

Build Quality
3/5
Value for Money
3/5
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Rubbish

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Have had nothing but trouble from day 1. Starts fine but the second you jump on the throttle it’s dead. It’s been taken to get looked at and tuned but still have had no luck. This one is going straight to the bin.

Purchased in at Stihl Dealer.

Build Quality
1/5
Ease of Use
1/5
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Shane T
Shane TCentral Highlands and Goldfields, VIC
  • 4 reviews
  • 5 likes

Bad design.

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Starts and runs fine, but standing straight, the cutting head is too high off the ground, leaning hurts your back, lifting the rear sits your arm directly over the exhaust.

Purchased in at Mitre 10 for $199.

Build Quality
3/5
Value for Money
2/5
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JandJ
JandJAU
  • 10 reviews
  • 6 likes
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Wish I never bought it, struggles to gain power

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Purchased this for the wife in Jan 2021 as she has bad joints so needed a light trimmer. Using the STIHL premixed fuel as well. The FS-38 has been an absolute pain since day 1, starts ok, but unless you want flat out unnecessary high revs for thick grass, it keeps bogging down and can get revs up off idle for actual trimming. It's a trimmer, meant for around trees and edges as well but there is not throttle control for lesser powered jobs like these. Will throw in bin once I find something better. Machine is a total disappointment.

Purchased in for $175.

Build Quality
4/5
Value for Money
2/5
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dacostigan
dacostiganNorth Queensland, QLD

Works for a small average yard

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Has always been a harder snipper to start, but once you get used to it it’s not a drama. Is very light, which is a good thing for most, but it can jump all over the place too because of that. I’m upgrading to something more powerful and heavier for the size of our lawn. I’m on the fence, it will suit buyers on a smaller block with standard grass, but anything too large or thick and it’s pretty useless. Always wanted one, and found out the model I bought was actually made in a China, not Australia.

Purchased in for $199.

Build Quality
3/5
Value for Money
3/5
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Grumpy Pete
Grumpy PeteGippsland, VIC
  • 2 reviews
  • 3 likes

Almost complete dud

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Purchased in for $200.

Build Quality
1/5
Value for Money
1/5
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Penegeau
PenegeauSouth East Queensland, QLD
  • 49 reviews
  • 25 likes

Not good.

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Purchased in .

Build Quality
2/5
Value for Money
1/5
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Suzie W.
Suzie W.North Queensland, QLD

Contented Buyer

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Overall good product. Can be a dog on the odd occasion but you have to expect that from the bottom of the range dirty 2 stroke. Recently bought a service kit off ebay and performance has improved. Stihl wacken the weeds with fury after 7 years :)

Purchased in at Stihl Dealer for $199.

Build Quality
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
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Aleks
AleksSouth East Queensland, QLD
  • 8 reviews
  • 5 likes

3 years old now, never had an issue.

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I've personally not had a single problem with this trimmer and have gone from using it on a 600m2 block to a 4000m2 block and it works flawlessly everytime. I strongly suggest you ask your dealer to show you how to start the machine and how to feed the line in. I think a lot of people don't know how to start these things (myself included before the dealer showed me). I also struggled like an idiot to feed the line for the last 3 years. It's beyond simple. If its taking you longer then 2 minutes you're doing it wrong. I also always let all my machines idle for a minute or two and and I think this helps the longetivity of tools. Far superior to any random brand machines. Would happily buy again.

Purchased in for $199.

Build Quality
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
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unreliable

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mine broken in carburettor not even 2 years old poor quality product unreliable will buy different brand next time too much down time with warranty
that should not happen on a new machine

Purchased in for $249.

Build Quality
1/5
Value for Money
1/5
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Questions & Answers

Tom T.
Tom T.asked

What fuel do I need for a fs38 is it 2stroke or petrol thanks

1 answer
Bert Vanderwoerd
Bert Vanderwoerd

It’s 2 stroke (special 2 stroke oil mixed in gasoline). It’s a great string trimmer! Love it!

Jennifer L.
Jennifer L.asked

My Stihl FS38 is shocking me while cutting grass. What could be the reason? Thank You

No answers
RMC
RMCasked

My Stihl FS38 is 5 years old and now starts ok ,but then suddenly cuts out, usually with a little backfire, ive clean out the carby, spark arrester,fuel filter etc but no joy,plug looks ok, re-tuned the carby, run out of ideas, anyone got any clues ???

4 answers
Kam
Kam

Run it without the air filter and see if that helps. I'd just buy a new carb and see if that works. They're only cheap, you can get them on eBay for less than $20 and they're very simple to fit.

RMC
RMC

thanks

Peter
Peter

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Details

CategoryPetrol Whipper Snippers
Price (RRP) $199.00
Handle TypeLoop Handle
Shaft TypeBent
Power SourcePetrol
Engine Type2-Stroke
Engine Displacement27.2 cc
Power650 W
Cutting Head TypeBlade
Weight4.1 kg
Manufacturer Warranty2 year(s)
Release date
ManualDownload manual
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