2011 Stihl Brushcutters and Clearing Saws

  • Stihl FS 550


    Our most powerful STIHL clearing saw. Designed for forestry, municipal, or farm and ranch use, the FS 550 clearing saw has a rugged design, so it's built for demanding jobs. Sturdy and powerful enough to go where larger equipment can't, this tool is at the top end of our professional brushcutter and clearing saw series. With a high power-to-weight ratio, it doesn't get much better than this when it's time to tackle the tough jobs.

    NOTE: Technique and blade type influence stem diameter that can be cut.


    • Four-point anti-vibration system with easily adjusted, soft-grip bike handle
    • ElastoStart™ starter handle
    • Flow-through primer
    • Decompression valve
    • High power-to-weight ratio
    • Comfort shoulder harness with multi-position harness bracket
    • Easy-adjust handle bar swivels for easy transport and storage
    • Protected Spark Arrestor Muffler has large baffles which reduce noise level and contains a screen designed to reduce the emission of sparks.
    • Protected Spark Plug is protected yet easy to change.
    • Air Filter Cover is easy to remove for fast and easy filter cleaning or replacement.
    • Upright Translucent Fuel Tank allows operator to easily check fuel level before starting work. Upright position makes it easier to refill.
    • Smooth Clean Design has no rough edges to snag on clothing or brush.
    • High-Tech Polymer Housings are lightweight, withstand greater impact and are corrosion-resistant.
    • Purge Pump Primer lets you prime the carburetor without flooding it.
    • Protected Choke Lever/Knob helps prevent damage.
    • Heavy-Duty Centrifugal Clutch is designed to reduce slippage.
    • Throttle Trigger Interlock must be depressed before the trigger can be activated.
    • Fully Lined Drive Shaft provides smooth operation and less vibration.
    • Adjustable Front Handle adjusts for comfort.
    • Protected or Enclosed Control Cables eliminate dangling and loose wires.
    • Protected Throttle Trigger helps prevent damage. Professional models only.
    • Clip for Strap or Harness
    • Easy2Start™ System (E): This starting system reduces the strength and effort needed to start the engine. Available on some occasional use models only.
    • ElastoStart™ Handle has a built-in shock absorber for smoother starting.
    • Long-Life Cylinders provide maximum wear life, better cooling and lubrication, more power output.
    • IntelliCarb™ Compensating Carburetor measures air on clean side of air filter and adjusts metering diaphragm in carburetor. Keeps RPM level even when filter begins to clog.
    • Electronic Ignition provides easier starting and smoother running.
    • Superior Balance and Design help reduce operator fatigue and make handling easy.
    • Family Engine Concept includes many interchangeable components across model lines, enabling fast field fixes.
    • Interchangeable Gearboxes fit many models, allowing for one machine to do a variety of tasks. See page 76.
    • AUTOCUT® Trimming Head is a proven and dependable TapAction™ cutting head. Other cutting attachments available on most models.


     Displacement 56.5 cc (3.45 cu. in.)
     Engine (Power) 2.8 kW (3.75 bhp.)
     Fuel Capacity 755 cc (25.5 oz.)


     Weight 10.0 kg (22.0 lbs.)

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    Stihl FS 550