HS 56 C-E - $399.99 DSRP


Distributor Suggested Retail Price HS 56 C-E DSRP:  $399.99

This lightweight hedge trimmer features professional-grade cutting power and Easy2Start™ technology.

The STIHL HS 56 C-E hedge trimmer – a great value for professionals. When compared to the HS 81 this professional-grade hedge trimmer is significantly lighter, helping reduce operator fatigue, and has 68% less exhaust emissions, lowering your impact on the environment. A blade tip guard helps prevent damage to the blade and gearbox and makes it easier to trim low-growing ground cover plants. Incre...Read More
Print Spec Sheets
HS 56 C-E Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 21.4 cc (1.31 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 0.65 kW (0.87 bhp)
WEIGHT 4.5 kg (9.9 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 280 cc (9.5 oz.)
BLADE LENGTH 24"
STROKES PER MINUTE 3,640
POWER SOURCE Gas
Model Features
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    Built in the USA
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    Anti-Vibration System
    STIHL has a system for minimizing the vibration levels of handheld outdoor power equipment. The STIHL anti-vibration system helps reduce operator fatigue and provides a more comfortable working experience.
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    Double-Sided Blades
    The dual-ground blade system provides a clean cut and is ideal for cutting through stronger, thicker branches.
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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 fast and easy. 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.
Standard Features
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    Common Features for Hedge Trimmers
    View the features common to many STIHL hedge trimmers.

Important Information
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.

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HS 56 C-E is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 31.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for trail trimming or home yard I bought this two years ago when I bought a Stihl 250 chainsaw and use both for trail work in southeastern Michigan. This trimmer is light enough to put on a rack on the back of my mountain bike to take into the area I'm working in. It cuts everything in it's path up to 3/4 inch saplings. I use it like a scythe (I wear safety chaps) and it will run for over an hour on a tank of gas. I also use it to trim the shrubs at home and I can easily do them all in an hour when it used to take me two hours with an electric trimmer. I follow my dealer's advice and only use ethanol-free high-octane gas. No problems starting or running, ever. I use a lanolin spray cleaner from my dealer after each use. Haven't needed to sharpen it after 40+ hours of use.
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Lemon I own a commercial landscape company. I love Stihl products, with one exception. I used the 45s for many years. I decided a couple years ago to upgrade to the more expensive 56. I do like its power and length. It has been unreliable from the start. I have brought it in numerous times to try to repair. It works for awhile and then it becomes unreliable again. I will not purchase this again, but I also dont want the smaller 45. I need a big one that is reliable.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from HS 56 C fuel pick up issues HS 56 C worked great at first. Within the first 2 months the two units I purchased had issues - acted as if starved for fuel. One local dealer won't carry on their shelves due to carb issues. Had mine in the shop several times but was told it was fine. Personally I feel the carb has a fuel pick up problem or the gas tank is too close to the cylinder head and is creating a vapor lock. I never had this issue before on other Stihl Hedge trimmer models. One minute the unit worked fine, and when you put it down and gas it up, it started the problem of just idling on the ground but not running full throttle. I used fresh gas with Stihl oil to ensure that was not an issue creating this problem. The air cleaners was clean, the exhaust screens was clean and the plugs were clean. I own a lot of Stihl equipment; this model is a lemon.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally, a trimmer I don't have to replace after one use. My husband wants to by a grass edger by stihl I bought a gas hedger that almost lasts the whole time on one tank. Being a tiny female it sometimes takes me a few pulls to get it started, but once it's going it starts up every time I stop it. If it could weigh only a pound I would have it made. Next buy us a professional lawn edger.
Date published: 2016-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun to Run.. I just tackled about 45 shrubs all around my Moms house, severel types.. Cleaned them up, even did some fancy carving. Amazing tool.
Date published: 2016-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Hedge Trimmer I have wasted money in the past trying to save money on less expensive hedge trimmers. In my experience, you definitely get what you pay for! Buy these and forget about it.Crazy power - Easy to start - Easy to useHighly recommended
Date published: 2016-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great hedge trimmer. This is a great industrial strength hedge trimmer. Do not buy it for a small yard it is definitely for an acreage. I have had it go through three quarter inch limbs with no problem.
Date published: 2016-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great machine I had a load of huge bushes that were taking over my side walk. I dreaded using my old electric clipper. It aways took so long and trimmer wouldn't cut the thick branches. I decided on the HS56c-e with the recommendation from the dealer. I could have bought the home owner model for a lot less. I'm glad I spent the extra money for the HSC-E. This machine cut the bushes with ease and no bogging down. I was amazed how quick I was able trim all my bushes. I am very satisfied. Spend the extra mony. You won't be disappointed. Great machine.
Date published: 2016-06-16
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