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Read and follow all safety 
precautions in Instruction Manual – 
improper use can cause serious or 
fatal injury.
Lea y siga todas las precauciones 
de seguridad dadas en el manual 
de instrucciones – el uso incorrecto 
puede causar lesiones graves o 
Instruction Manual
Manual de instrucciones 

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Original Instruction Manual Printed on chlorine-free paper
Printing inks contain vegetable oils, paper can be recycled. © ANDREAS STIHL AG & Co. KG, 2011
0458-233-8621-C. M23-8.A11.CP. 
FS 55, FS 55 C, FS 55 R, FS 55 RCEnglish
Allow only persons who fully understand 
this manual to operate your trimmer / 
To receive maximum performance and 
satisfaction from your STIHL trimmer / 
brushcutter, it is important that you read, 
understand and follow the safety...

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FS 55, FS 55 C, FS 55 R, FS 55 RC English
The meanings of the pictograms 
attached to or embossed on the 
machine are explained in this manual.
Depending on the model concerned, the 
following pictograms may be on your 
Symbols in Text
Many operating and safety instructions 
are supported by illustrations.
The individual steps or procedures 
described in the manual may be marked 
in different ways:
NA bullet marks a step or procedure.
A description of a step or procedure that...

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FS 55, FS 55 C, FS 55 R, FS 55 RCEnglish
3 The terminology utilized in this manual 
when referring to the power tool reflects 
the fact that different types of cutting 
attachments may be mounted on it. The 
term trimmer is used to designate an 
FS unit that is equipped with a nylon line 
head or a head with flexible plastic 
blades (i.e., the PolyCut head). A 
brushcutter designates a unit 
equipped with a rigid metal blade. Many 
FS models may be used as either a 
trimmer or a brushcutter – therefore,...

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FS 55, FS 55 C, FS 55 R, FS 55 RC English
4 1.the operator
2.the power tool
3.the use of the power tool.
Physical Condition
You must be in good physical condition 
and mental health and not under the 
influence of any substance (drugs, 
alcohol, etc.) which might impair vision, 
dexterity or judgment. Do not operate 
this machine when you are fatigued.
These conditions reduce the hands 
ability to feel and regulate temperature, 
produce numbness and burning 
sensations and may cause nerve...

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FS 55, FS 55 C, FS 55 R, FS 55 RCEnglish
5 Be particularly alert and cautious when 
wearing hearing protection because 
your ability to hear warnings (shouts, 
alarms, etc.) is restricted.Avoid loose-fitting jackets, scarfs, 
neckties, jewelry, flared or cuffed pants, 
unconfined long hair or anything that 
could become caught on branches, 
brush or the moving parts of the unit. 
Secure hair so it is above shoulder level.
For illustrations and definitions of the 
power tool parts see the...

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FS 55, FS 55 C, FS 55 R, FS 55 RC English
6 It may be carried only in a horizontal 
position. Grip the shaft in a manner that 
the machine is balanced horizontally. 
Keep the hot muffler away from your 
body and the cutting attachment behind 
Your STIHL power tool uses an oil- 
gasoline mixture for fuel (see the 
chapter on Fuel of your instruction 
manual).Fueling Instructions
In order to reduce the risk of burns and 
other personal injury from escaping gas 
vapor and fumes, remove the fuel...

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FS 55, FS 55 C, FS 55 R, FS 55 RCEnglish
7 marks on the grip of the cap and on the 
fuel tank opening lining up. Using the 
grip, press the cap down firmly while 
turning it clockwise as far as it will go 
(approx. 1/4 turn).
Misaligned, damaged or broken cap
NIf the cap does not drop fully into the 
opening when the positioning marks 
line up and/or if the cap does not 
tighten properly when twisted, the 
base of the cap may be prematurely 
rotated (in relation to the top) to the 
closed position. Such...

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FS 55, FS 55 C, FS 55 R, FS 55 RC English
8 Keep the handles clean and dry at all 
times; it is particularly important to keep 
them free of moisture, pitch, oil, fuel mix, 
grease or resin in order for you to 
maintain a firm grip and properly control 
your power tool.As can be seen in that chart, some 
cutting attachments may require you to 
change your deflector, handle and / or 
Keep the deflector (and the attached 
skirt where appropriate) adjusted 
properly at all times (see chapters on...
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