Starting a STIHL brushcutter

Although all our brushcutters and clearing saws are easy to start, the exact procedure varies depending on the model. Here we explain the start-up sequences.

A man wearing ear and face protection starting a STIHL FS 56 R petrol brushcutter in a garden

Overview: starting a STIHL brushcutter

  • The way to start a STIHL brushcutter can vary depending on the model.
  • We therefore recommend that you read the operating manual thoroughly before starting.
  • You should only set the brushcutter upright after completing the start-up process successfully.

what can i do if my brushcutter does not start?

If your brushcutter does not start, you should first make sure that you have completed the start-up sequence correctly. If you are still unable to start the engine, we recommend having your power tool checked by a STIHL dealer.

A man wearing face protection mowing grass in a garden using the STIHL FSA 60 cordless brushcutter

How do I start my brushcutter?: A step-by-step guide

Mowing with a brushcutter is efficient and fast. Here’s how to prepare for the job: You have familiarised yourself with the operating instructions. You have secured and checked your work environment and are wearing appropriate work clothes. You can now start using your brushcutter.

Starting a cordless brushcutter

Starting an electric brushcutter

Starting a petrol brushcutter (soft choke)



These guides are only intended as a supplement to the operating manual for your STIHL brushcutter. The images and descriptions only refer to one type of brushcutter by way of example. Other brushcutter types may have different controls. Before using your brushcutter, please familiarise yourself with the power tool, read the operating manual thoroughly and contact your STIHL dealer directly if you have any questions.

Operating manuals for STIHL brushcutters

Find and download operating manuals for your STIHL brushcutter here.