Husqvarna vs. Stihl Trimmers – Two Chainsaw Brands Take On Trimmers

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If you’re looking for a way to keep the hard-to-reach lawn edges in check, a gas-powered trimmer might be exactly what you’re looking for. These hardcore pieces of machinery are one of the best ways to make your lawn look clean all the way around. Husqvarna vs. Stihl Trimmers is two chainsaw brands taking on trimmers!

If you’re shopping around for trimmers, there are many on the market, such as hedge trimmers, weed whackers, shaft trimmers, gas trimmers, string trimmers and electric trimmers. Two of the more popular ones that you might see, however, are those made by Husqvarna and by Stihl.

These two companies are the global leaders in power tool manufacturing and their products are known to get the job done well and last for a long time. In this article, we’ll look at two of their trimmers that are available on the market today.

Husqvarna vs. Stihl: Company Histories

Husqvarna and Stihl are two global giants. Each makes hundreds of different models of tools and their products can be found all over the planet. From loggers to homeowners these companies have inspired dedicated followings and, in many cases, when you buy one, you become a customer for life.

Husqvarna is a Swedish company that was founded in 1689. Though it originally made military-grade weapons back in the day, its focus for the last 100 years has been primarily on power tools and outdoor power equipment. It’s the world’s largest producer of outdoor power products and today you can find a Husqvarna tool in over 100 countries.

Stihl is a German company that was founded in 1926 in Stuttgart. However, even though its main base of operations is still in Europe, it does have a major global headquarters in Virginia Beach, Virginia. At this location, the company employs over 1,900 in manufacturing, marketing, and developing these products, so it helps keep the production and the profits local.

The Husqvarna 128LD and the Stihl FS 56 RC-E are gas-powered trimmers that a good choice for anyone that needs to cover a lot of area. If you have a large yard or a landscaping business it might be the tool for you, but many yards might also benefit from smaller electrical models.

If a gas model is what you are looking for, the Husqvarna and the Stihl offer a lightweight solution and long runtimes. While you’ll get a trimmer that takes care of the edges of the grass for you no matter what, there are a few key differences to highlight between these two products.

​Husqvarna 128LD Trimmer

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The Husqvarna is a lightweight straight-shaft trimmer that can be used with a variety of in-home purposes. Its detachable head makes it extremely versatile. It has a 17-inch cutting width and a 28 cubic centimeter engine. This trimmer is backed by Husqvarna’s 5-year domestic warranty, so you can rest easy knowing that if something breaks, the company can fix it.

Stihl FS 56 RC-E Trimmer

The Stihl FS 56 RC-E Trimmer is also a straight shafted lightweight trimmer. It has a fuel efficient 27.2 cubic centimeter engine and a cutting width of 16.5 inches. It’s engine is “low exhaust” which the company defines as being cleaner than the EPA emission standards. The Stihl trimmer is also made in the United States. Stihl offers a limited warranty on all of their products.

​Head to Head

We’ve looked at a few important factors that you should consider before buying a trimmer, then we compared the Husqvarna 128LD to the Stihl FS 56 RC-E across all points.  

Power and Engine

In terms of power and engine type, the Husqvarna and the Stihl are fairly similar. Both come in at roughly one horsepower and have displacements of 27–28 cubic centimeters.

As a result, we can’t say that there is a clear and definitive winner on which trimmer will help you cut your grass more quickly.

Instead, you can know that no matter which one you choose you’ll receive top-of-the-line power ratings.

Ease of Use

Trimmers are somewhat intuitive to use, but their design matters a lot in making them comfortable and fun.

You ultimately want something that doesn’t cause too much strain on your body but that can also do a powerful job.

Both the Stihl and the Husqvarna are lightweight, with the Husqvarna coming in at 11.11 pounds with the cutting equipment and the Stihl at 10.6 pounds.

The cutting equipment does add some extra pounds, but overall both of these should be okay to use for long periods of time.

Each machine is also designed to make starting a breeze.

Husqvarna has some proprietary technology called Smart Start® that helps make the whole process easier, and both machines have air purges that remove air from the carburetor and fuel system to make it easy to turn the machine on.

The controls for each machine are conveniently located on the handle.

Comfort also impacts safety, as a tool that’s uncomfortable to use will automatically become less safe to use as well.

Husqvarna and Stihl have thought of this as well, and have taken measures to reduce the amount of vibration and noise that each trimmer makes.

In terms of comfort, though, Stihl truly stands out for its handle design, which is adjustable and can rotate a full 360 degrees.

It also comes with shoulder straps and an additional support strap to make carrying the trimmer easy over long periods of time.


If it’s possible, you want a trimmer that can do more than just trim. At its base, a trimmer is just an engine attached to a longer pole, and there is a ton of potential for uses beyond just keeping your grass tidy.

In this sense, the Husqvarna wins because of its detachable trimmer that can be easily replaced with one of several other attachments.

It’s extremely easy to use, and it expands the possibilities that are available with the tool.

Though you do have to buy the other attachments separately, we recommend it because it has the ability to transform the toolkit that you currently have.

It can not only save you from buying more tools down the road, but it also might free up some space that’s been taken up by several of these similar machines already.

This is something we really like about the Husqvarna, and it makes us feel like we’re getting a better deal that we are with the Stihl.

Final Thoughts

If we had to choose one model out of these two, we would go with the Husqvarna. Its versatility is a huge bonus to us and it gives it more of a place in our tool shed.

Gus Donaldson
About Gus Donaldson

I built houses for over 30 years and recently retired. I've made lots of mistakes and hopefully teach you not to make the same ones. I still love to build and have a garage workshop that I use for hobby projects like the walnut bookshelf I made for my wife. I like to write and let people know that working with your hands and tools does not need to be intimidating.

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