2018 STIHL FS 38

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FS 38



A lightweight, value-priced consumer trimmer with many quality design features.

Designed for those seeking a great entry level string trimmer at a value price, the FS 38 is ideal for the homeowner. Its lightweight design - just 9.3 pounds! - is surprising when compared to its power output. And its high cutting speeds and 15" cutting width allow the user to complete trimming tasks in a short amount of time. Combined with optimized balance, an ergonomic loop handle, curved shaft and low vibration, the FS 38 offers exceptional handling and maneuverability around landscaping obstacles.

Model Features
  • Adjustable front handle: The front handle is easily adjustable (360-degree rotation) for comfort.
  • Fully Lined Drive Shaft: Provides smooth operation and less vibration.
  • High Tech Polymer Housing: Housings are lightweight, withstand greater impact and are corrosion-resistant.
  • Start/Run/Stop Controls on Handle
  • Protected Choke Lever/Knob: Helps prevent damage.
  • Throttle Trigger Interlock: Must be depressed before the trigger can be activated.
  • Air Filter Cover: Easily removed for fast and easy filter cleaning or replacement.
  • Protected or Enclosed Control Cables: Eliminate dangling and loose wires.
  • Heavy-Duty Steel-On-Steel Clutch: Centrifugal clutch is designed to reduce slippage.
  • Protected Spark Plug: Protected yet easy to change.
  • Protected Spark Arrestor Muffler: Has large baffles which reduce noise level and contains a screen designed to reduce the emission of sparks.
  • Upright Translucent Fuel Tank: Allows operator to easily check fuel level before starting work. Upright position makes it easier to refill.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Displacement: 27.2 cc (1.66 cu. in.)
  • Engine Power: 0.65 kW (0.87 bhp)
  • Weight*: 4.2 kg (9.3 lb.)
  • Fuel Capacity: 330 cc (11.2 oz.)
  • Cutting Swath: 15"
  • Power Source: Gas
* Weight without cutting attachment or deflector.



Engine Type
0.87 bhp (0.65 kW)
1.66 cu. in. (27.2 cc)


Cutting Width
15 in.
9.3 lb. (4.2 kg)

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