FSE 60

FSE 60

This electric trimmer is lightweight and exceptionally quiet.

Part of our environmentally responsible product line, the ergonomic FSE 60 electric STIHL trimmer has power to spare. With an easy squeeze of the trigger, this lightweight grass trimmer is capable of handling small to moderate yard jobs while remaining powerful and surprisingly quiet—under 60 decibels when equipped with STIHL Quiet Line™.

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FSE 60 Specifications
WEIGHT* 4.0 kg (8.8 lbs.)
CUTTING SWATH 35.5 cm (14")
MOTOR OUTPUT 0.6 kW (5.3 amps)
VOLTAGE 120 volt (60 Hz)
*Weight without cutting attachment or deflector.
Model Features
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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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    Cutting Heads & Blades Selection Chart
    Need help selecting a cutting head or blade for your STIHL trimmer or brushcutter?

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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 Electric Motor
    Lightweight and compact, STIHL electric motors require minimal maintenance and feature low noise levels and reduced vibration.
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    TapAction™ AUTOCUT® Head
    TapAction™ AUTOCUT® C 5-2 cutting head for easy line refilling. Simply tap the head to feed the double nylon line.

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    Built-In Cord Retainer
    The built-in cord retainer helps prevent the power cord from becoming accidentally disconnected.

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    Loop Handle (R)
    Loop handle grass trimmers and brushcutters are ideal for trimming between bushes and shrubs and other areas where space is limited.

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.
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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FSE 60 is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 127.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great trimmer - works great but - who can possibly load the trimmer line? I really like the Stihl trimmer. it works great. Only one HUGE problem - extremely difficult to load my own line. Extremely difficult. It takes lots of male type muscle to turn that stupid thing. I am sorry I purchased this model for this reason alone. If you have the muscle, go for it. if you don't - and I do not (I am older female) get something else that either doesn't depend on trimmer line or another brand. I've gone back to dealer, he loads it for me. However I refuse to go back each time. Recommend Yes if you are strong; NO if you are average strength.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from great motor, very poor string feeder design As others have written, this trimmer has good quality parts, but its functionality is well below par. The trimmer head is poorly designed and is prone to jamming. In addition, winding string and attaching successfully is very difficult. I donated mine to salvation army within 3 years of purchasing it. Disappointing.
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Will not feed I have had this trimmer for three years. I love the power of the trimmer, but it will not feed the string. Every time I need more string it is jammed and I have to take it apart, rewind the spool and use it until I need more string. It's a shame this is a problem because it is a far superior trimmer than any I have owned.
Date published: 2018-06-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Trimmer Cord Does Not Feed This is the worst trimmer I've owned. I spent a lot on the STIHL and I wish I would have stayed with the much cheaper brand I had that lasted for more than 10 years. The trimmer cord does not feed out like it should. It takes triple the time it should to trim my yard because I have to stop every few feet of trimming and try to fix the cord. I regret this purchase. I took it back after the first time I tried to use it, but the dealer would not let me return it. I've now had it two years and my frustration continues to grow!
Date published: 2018-06-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I wanted to like it... I have owned this trimmer for nearly 7 years now. This week the line on one side was already not loading and the other side the line has broken off inside the spool and I can't get the bump head off to fix it because of wear and tear over the years.I loved the idea of not having to deal with oil and gas and less maintenance but the line loading was rather challenging for me. It doesn't seem difficult (you just stick the ends into the eyelets and twist the bump head) but for me the 2 sides (the internal and the external) islets never seemed to want to line up right even when the arrows were lined up.Having to deal with an extension cord wasn't enjoyable either but I knew it would be required up front and every drive system (gas, corded, batteries) all have their downsides. I will be going with a battery powered one this time though.It does have a good amount of power and it is relatively durable, balanced, and lightweight.
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A lemon Looking at the other reviews, I must have purchased a 'lemon'. It takes a lot of muscle to open the string compartment and it will NOT send out new string when it's needed. I would not recommend this for anyone. The string needs to be replaced frequently IF you can get it to send any new string out at all!
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best pieces of equipment on my farm Just to mention I never write reviews and I am discouraged with most of the products on the market. But I have been buying the FSE 60 trimmer since it first came out. I use it to cut the grass and brush in my orchard. The balance is great and I am able to work all day with it without getting tired. This powerful little motor is able to cut grass up 2 feet with several passes. .The line is easy to replace. The only improvement I can suggest is to make a straight shaft without the bend at the bottom.This would have less stress on the cable inside.While I am not happy about having to drag around my extension cords, I do not like the vibration and hassle with a gas driven weed eater or the uselessness of one that is operated with a battery.Stihl you have a great little product here. Please do not discontinue making and selling the FSE 60.
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It works! I purchased this trimmer because I didn't want to deal with 2-cycle gas-oil mixing. Likewise, I didn't want a battery model because once the battery goes dead there may not be a replacement available. The unit is quite powerful and does a decent gob of trimming and edging along the walks. Putting new line in isn't all that difficult. If you can live with using an extension cord I'd say GO FO IT. I'd give it 5* but I've only had it it a few weeks so until I get a better insight on reliability that's the best I can do.
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Very Best! I've owned and used many string trimmers in my life, and this Stihl is the most powerful electric trimmer I've ever seen; a real bargain!
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loading the string I purchased my Stihl FSE 60 trimmer a few years ago and have had some trouble loading the string. I found it difficult to turn the knob to load the string so made my own device with pvc pipe and a Dremel rotary tool to wind the string which made it much easier to do. Sometimes however, when winding new string onto the trimmer it seems to get stuck so have to remove the inner portion, remove the new string and start over again. But generally I am satisfied with this tool.
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved mine This is past tense - I gave mine away when I moved to a Condo, but hands down -- this string trimmer was one of my favorite home purchases, I kid you not.Why? At least in my yard -- for me the motor was perfectly powered: It plowed through weeds and brush without issues, AND it wasn't OVER-powered -- which means my string almost never snapped (!) -- something I noticed gas powered trimmers doing.I liked not having nylon all over my yard.I liked that it worked as I needed.Mine wasn't a lemon.
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from STIHL F SE 60 I have mowed and edged lawns for over 20 years, and have worn out a lot of electric trimmers. I also noticed that most of the electric trimmers have an attached wheel guide, so since that feature does not work for me, I continued to search for an electric trimmer until I noticed and inquired about STIHL F SE 60 electric trimmer. At first, I thought I made a bad purchase, but it took me three weeks to get use to this product, and now I am totally satisfied with my purchase. In the beginning, this trimmer was a lot heavier in weight than most competitor brands, but now the weight does not bother me anymore since I have gotten use to holding the trimmer in different positions. This trimmer also have lots of power. Although I had difficulty with the trimmer line in the beginning, now it is much easier to advance and thread the line once I understood the technically.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from String head no good Our Stihl worked a total of maybe 10 hours before it became impossible to load replacement line in one of the two holes, without taking the head apart and fiddling with it manually. Took it back to the dealer's service department, they thought it might be due to wear or a broken part, but didn't find those and ended up not knowing what might be wrong. Works for a few minutes, then suddenly feeds out a foot or more of line at a time and chops it off, leading to drastically reduced use time before needing a reload, and often running out on one side while the other still has ample amounts of line. Really a poor engineering and manufacturing job, but we bought this (and paid substantially more) due to the Stihl name and reputation, only to find it was no better than the cheap ones we'd been using and having similar problems with for years.
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use Light weight, making it easy to handle. Fast charging time and easy to start. It;s also quiet to use.
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight but tough I am a retired woman who has no problem using this excellent tool. It is quiet, tough enough to weed whack our orchard and the grasses and small bushes that grow each winter. I purchased an extra battery, and generally I use both batteries in a session. Such an improvement for me over noisy, heavy trimmers that I cannot pull start without my husband's help.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Why so awkward? This weed wacker trimmer has tons of power and is great for around the house. It can probably work well in high weeds and small brush also. The motor on the top is heavy and awkward. Very hard to find a comfortable way to use and carry around. I even have the harness, but doesn't help. Motor on top makes it very difficult to keep level and get in tight spaces. Buy stock in the string company, because you're going to need spools of it. I go through 25 feet every time I use this thing. Save your hard earned cash and buy an inexpensive brand.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Power & Easy String Replacement I read a lot of reviews about problems loading the string, problems with the head, etc., which gave me some pause. That said, I have had none of those problems after considerable use. When the string ran out, the instructions were exceptionally easy to follow and I was back up and running in no time. One thing I think some people do is advance the string by tapping the head on a hard surface like concrete when trimming a curb. Always tap the head on a grass surface and you shouldn't have any issues.The trimmer may get a bit heavy for smaller framed people when using for an extended time. I merely mention this because it could be an issue. The heavier electric motor is necessary to give the trimmer the power that it has and I consider it as well balanced as it could be.. I consider it to have the same power as a similarly gas-powered model. I prefer the reliability of electric to the continual issues with gas powered ones. So far, this one has been a champ!
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love my trimmer! I love my trimmer! It is lightweight, easy to use and the perfect length for me, unlike my husband's which is entirely too big and bulky for me. I would DEFINITELY recommend this product.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from maybe too much power this trimmer might just have too much power for it's own good; the grass around my trees is very soft and flimsy and the dual-corded trimmer produces so many rpm's that it acts more like a fan than a cutting tool; the "fan" effect causes the flimsy grass to lay down flat making it very difficult to cut it off evenly without having to scalp it; for stiffer grasses and weeds it cuts it off quite well, which is why I gave it a yes recommendation; also it seems the thinner cords break off easily during cutting tougher-bladed grasses and weeds; the auto-line feed feature doesn't work well when the cord reel gets filled up with clippings so I have to pull line out by hand most of the time
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great build quality, but cheap, disfunctional line advance mechanism makes it worthless My father owned a lawn care business when I was in high school, so I have used many weed whackers over the years, so I'm very qualified to review this.I won't go into detail on the line advance mechanism, as there are plenty of other reviews that already do so. Net: It's hard to load and jams almost every time you try to advance the line. I spend way more time manually opening and fixing the line spool than using the unit.The fact that the build quality of the rest of the unit appears to be so good only adds to the frustration. It is amazing to me that this product could ever pass Stiihl's quality control process. At the end of the day, I bought what appears to be a very high quality electric tool that would probably run for many years. Unfortunately, because they cut corners on a critical part--and one that is EXTREMELY LOW COST compared to the cost of the other components--what I have is a unit that is unusable. Unfortunately, it was way past the warranty time before I used it, so I can't return it.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Purchase I have Ever Made! I was tired of dealing with mixing gas and oil to make my gas powered tools run. They would either blow smoke, the primer bulb wouldn't work, or I would pull my guts out trying to get them started and keep them running. I purchased the STIHL electric weed eater AND hedge trimmer from my local Ace store with the helpful assistance and encouragement from Shawn Schook. I have NEVER been happier with a product or the advice from a knowledgeable sales person! Thank you Ace and thank you, Shawn!!!
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Power and quailty. Trimmer is great. Turning it on its side to edge is a bit awkward and heavy. Would buy it again.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best electric trimmmer I have ever used by far!!! Great power, quiet operating, smooth in your hands, exceptional balance, no back strain, and very easy to reload the line,.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Spend more time installing wire than weed eatng I bought this model a couple of years ago--and believe me you will spend more time installing the wire than you will weed-eating. We have tried everything. So you load the wire according to the manual--and after a few feet of weed wacking the wire will put out of the head for no reason at all--then you're back to installing the wire again. The head for the FSE 60 is very poorly designed. I defintely do not recommend this weed eater.
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from FSE 60 I love the power this unit has, zero emissions and no fumes, low noise, well balanced design for long use. It has a truly pro feel. But then the line will not consistently come out. I have cleaned the head many times each year, used WD40 which definitely helps, recently tried flushing it out with water. My string loads fine but the button sticks, won't go down all the way or come back out. You have to stop and mess with it to get it unstuck. I have to tame a lot of Bermuda grass in my yard and this makes it a very long frustrating process. I would like to replace the head with something more durable and heavy duty to match the build quality of the rest of the unit. I have owned the unit for over 4 years.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Positive It may be too soon to review my new trimmer but so far I am happy with its performance. It is stronger than the previous 3 lithium battery powered units I have used. It has taken on every grass and weed species even heavy, dense growth. It is evenly balanced and so far has fed the string properly--I did go back and read the instructions about tapping it and it worked.The unit is strongly built and it seems like I will have its use for as long as I am able.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Still Does Not Work I bought this unit a year ago hoping to upgrade to a more powerful trimmer that really worked. I liked this unit because it was electric and was supposed to feed out line with a tap to the bottom. Well, it hasn't worked that way. The line NEVER feeds out when the unit is tapped on pavement, so I have to take the entire unit apart and manually pull the line out every time the like breaks off. Twice I have taken this unit back to the dealer I purchased it from, and they said there was no problem. I didn't think the folks at the dealership were really interested in solving the problem I was having with the feed. I cannot return it, and the warranty (30 days) expired before I discovered the problem, so I am stuck with it. I would not buy this product again because it doesn't work as advertised and the dealership has not stood behind the product.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So much better than others I've used. Many of the reviews talk about loading the line. I too spent lots of frustration trying to do as the dealer showed me. I finally figured out to take the spool apart and hand wind it. It is very easy to do and no frustration. As a widowed, older woman, I definitely love the trimmer and would buy it again. I do recommend a harness to help with weight.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bad loading system Can not get it to load string line falls out of spool. Spend more time trying to load the string than it takes to mow the lawn. Not Happy but stuck with it so will do the best I can do..
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight Works as good as a gas edgerVery lightweight and cuts with ease.
Date published: 2016-10-28
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