KM 56 RC-E - $199.95 DSRP

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This low-emission KombiMotor features Easy2Start™ technology.

One engine with many tools to handle a variety of tasks is one way to describe the STIHL KombiSystem. Powered by a STIHL low emissions engine, this unit and its optional attachments are great for use around the home to perform a variety of tasks, from edging to trimming to sweeping and even blowing. The KM 56 RC-E features the STIHL Easy2Start™ system that eliminates the need for a strong, fast ...Read More
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KM 56 RC-E Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 27.2 cc (1.66 cu in)
ENGINE POWER 0.8 kW (1.1 bhp)
WEIGHT 4.3 kg (9.5 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 340 cc (11.5 oz.)
Model Features
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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 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.
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    Loop Handle
    The loop handle (R) is an adjustable rounded handle mounted on the shaft for support and control. The handle is designed to help control the machine in different positions, ideal for reaching tough spots. The handle is large enough to accommodate a gloved hand comfortably.
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    Quick-Release Coupling
    The quick-release coupling system makes it easy to switch between Kombi attachments. In addition, this feature allows KombiSystem equipment to be dismantled into two parts for easy transport and storage and then re-assembled quickly without tools.

    See it in action!
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    Split Shaft
    A split shaft and special toolless quick-release coupling lets you easily switch between attachments, making the KombiSystem highly versatile as well as easy to transport and store.
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    Electronic Ignition Module
    The electronic ignition provides reliable starting and because it is fully enclosed, it is protected from moisture and debris for longer service life.
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    Multi-Function Control Handle
    Having easy access to all of the controls on one comfortable handle help makes it easier to complete tasks so the operator’s hand never has to leave the handle.
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    Purge Pump Primer
    A small fuel pump delivers fuel to the carburetor when pushed, reducing the number of starting strokes required following extended breaks in operation.

You Will Also Need
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    HP Ultra 2-Cycle Engine Oil
    No matter how you slice it (or trim it or shred it), there’s no better protection for your high performance 2-stroke engine than STIHL HP Ultra. This 2-cycle engine oil has outstanding engine cleaning characteristics, plus “ultra” lubricating qualities that’s superior to other 2-cycle engine oils. This fully synthetic oil is also highly biodegradable, degrading by 80% in 21 days. We’re so confident this oil will protect your engine, we’ll double your STIHL limited warranty* when you use it. It’s that good.

    *Double your warranty when you include 6 bottles of STIHL HP Ultra Oil or 6 cans of STIHL MotoMix® Premixed Fuel with your STIHL product purchase. Double limited warranty protection applies to STIHL gasoline-powered products purchased and registered for personal non-income producing, family and household purposes only. Other restrictions apply. See dealer for details.
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    No-Spill® Fuel Containers
    No-Spill® fuel containers advance convenience and quality in gasoline-can design by reducing emissions of hydrocarbons from evaporation, permeation and spillage. This helps protect the environment as well as saves you on fuel costs due to waste. Each container is molded from fluorinated, high molecular weight material for low permeation. The thumb-button flow control allows filling even smaller-sized tanks reducing the risk of spilling and is designed to stop the flow automatically when the tank becomes full to prevent overflowing. Built on a wide and stable base for less likelihood of upsets and equipped with child-resistant closures, all No-Spill® containers comply with both EPA and CARB requirements. With 1¼-gallon, 2 ½-gallon and 5-gallon sizes available, you’re sure to find one that fits your needs.
For Your Safety
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    GSX Glasses
    Sleek and smart, STIHL GSX Glasses are an ideal combination of style and protection. Adjustable temples allow a customized fit while a soft nose pad offers comfort that lasts all day. These polycarbonate glasses feature impact-resistant lenses and filter out 99% of harmful UV rays.

    Meets ANSI Z87+ Standard
    Available lens colors: Smoke Mirror, Blue Mirror
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    STIHL HomeScaper Series™ Gloves
    STIHL HomeScaper Series™ Gloves feature a surprisingly soft and durable goat skin leather, which lasts twice as long as common leathers. Innovative keyed thumb stitching provides super comfort and gripping ability. The gloves also feature open cuffs for improved airflow and gathered wrists for a snug fit that keeps out dirt and other debris.

    Materials: Goat skin leather
    Available sizes: S, M, L, XL
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    STIHL® Tune Up - NRR 25
    Turn workplace noise into beautiful music with the HP 25 R Headphone Radio from STIHL. These hearing protectors turn down the volume on loud equipment and feature an AM/FM tuner. They are also MP3 capable, so you can work to your own beats.

    Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 25 dB(A)
    Available color: Orange

    NOTE: Includes MP3 cable and batteries

Important Information
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.

STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL dealers are for distribution in the United States only.
Note: STIHL engine products with the Caring for Nature logo are cleaner than EPA Standards for exhaust emissions.
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.

STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL dealers are for distribution in the United States only.
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Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 20 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by The Best Homeowner Multi-Tool I bought this power head along with an edger, leaf blower, curved-shaft trimmer, tree trimmer, and hedge trimmer. It always starts first pull with a few pushes on the primer. The throttle response is amazing. It is also very light for its power output, which is nice if you do a lot of trimming. Plus, it is easy to service, change attachments, and doesn't take up a lot of space. I can trim with this for 2 hours without a harness and still keep going. Even though its a homeowner model, I have done lots of work for different people with it. Overall, a great purchase for anyone looking to do major work around their home. February 26, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by I would not purchase this product if given another choice. This product is hard to start as well as heavy and unbalanced. The trimmer is difficult to use and get the correct angle for edging around beds. As I use the edger it is becoming easier. After rainfall (next day) edger clogs up every 30 feet +/-.The blower is just ackward to use. However there is plenty of power. February 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome product, great features. I enjoy this product both in power and versatility. It has more attachments than I thought and is great for someone who has a larger or smaller yard. January 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great setup I purchased this 2 years ago with the straight string trimmer, straight edger, and bush blade. Everything works great. The parts interchange very nicely and with ease. It has plenty of power to drive all three attachments. In having one motor and several attachments seems to allow more bang for your buck and minimized maintenance issues. December 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by This product is a great homeowner entry level KombiMotor. Outstanding value for the investment. I have been using commercial grade Stihl Tools for the lsat 15 years as a Maintenance Supervisor and a Facilities Director. I made sure every property I managed that had it's own landscaping crew was using Stihl Products as fast as I could get them. There is simply no better lineup of landscaping tools to be had. Once I used Stihl at work I began to buy Stihl products for my house. The Kombisystem is a system before it's time! I own a commercial system and just bought the KM 56 RC- E, which accepts all tools the commercial system uses and is easy start. As A disabled Veteran I appreciate the Easy Start system and would love to see it on all Stihl motor heads. Keep up the good work and If you need a field tester for your products send them my way! BAYOU LANDSCAPING IN VALPARAISO FLORIDA AND MINNIE ROCK!!! Stop in and see her. December 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Good quality equipment Bought this with the string trimmer and a pole saw and exstention. Huge improvement over standing on the top of a ladder and firing up a chainsaw. Pleanty of HP. Can't wait to try a new attachment. Money well spent. December 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Incredible I was simply amazed at the power of this unit. I purchased this head with the straight trimmer and cant believe how well it works and how much power is delivered to the trimmer line. I would highly recommend this power head to anyone with a reasonable amount of yard work to do. although it is not cheap, not having to buy one of the big box store trimmers every year or two will save you money in the long run. If you're a homeowner buy their 2 stroke oil and you will get a 4 year warranty instead of 2 year. Cant say enough about it, if you're on the fence just go get it, you wont be sorry. September 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Amazing Difference from a big box store 4 cycle I had a 4 cycle model that I bought a few years back from a big box store and it recently died. I was evaluating to go with an Echo or a Husqvarna from the big box stores and was talking to a friend at work. He said he bought Stihl and loved them and said check them out. So I looked at prices and warrantees for each and read the reviews. So I went with a Stihl since it was very similar price, friend's recommendation, and we had a great Stihl chainsaw growing up. Man am I happy. This unit works so much better than the 4 stroke from the big box store. It actually has so much power I get done half the time I did in the past for my hard. The edger attachment is amazing. Powers through and makes my yard look great. I also have gotten the bush trimmer. Tons of power it cuts through 1/2 limbs with ease. The easy start system makes this such an easy start it is almost unbelievable. Fantastic feature. Worth every penny. I would recommend this unit to anyone. You really would be foolish not to buy a Stihl. I think any other product would just be a waste of money. Get a Stihl!!! September 19, 2013
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