HT 56 C-E - $399.99 DSRP


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HT 56 C-E

DSRP: $399.99

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A fuel-efficient pole pruner with a lightweight gearbox and Easy2Start™ technology.

For those out-of-reach pruning jobs, STIHL is here to help with the HT 56 C-E pole pruner. Powered by a low-emission, fuel-efficient engine, the HT 56 C-E strikes a good balance between performance and efficiency. It features a lightweight gearbox that enhances maneuverability and user comfort. It also features an inside (left-hand) guide bar and saw chain mounting system, providing a better view...Read More
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HT 56 C-E Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 27.2 cc (1.66 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 0.8 kW (1.07 bhp)
OVERALL LENGTH 9'2"
FUEL CAPACITY 340 cc (11.5 oz.)
CHAIN OIL CAPACITY 220 cc (7.4 oz.)
OILOMATIC® Chain/Guide Bar Size 71 PM3 / 25 cm, (10 in. Bar)
POWER SOURCE Gas
WEIGHT* 5.8 kg (12.8 lbs.) w/ cutting attachment
The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on. *Dry weight.
Model Features
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    Built in the USA
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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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    Unique Two-Piece Shaft Design
    This unique shaft design provides easy storage and transport.
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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.
Standard Features
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    Common Features for Pole Pruners
    View the features common to many STIHL pole pruners.

Important Information
WARNING! Risk of Electrocution: These tools are not insulated. Approaching or contacting electric power lines with tools may cause serious injury or death from electrocution. Electricity can jump from one point to another by means of arcing and/or may be conducted through damp branches. Maintain a clearance of at least 50 feet (15 meters) between the tools and any electrical line carrying live current. To reduce the risk of injury from falling objects, do not cut vertically above your head. Always wear a helmet and eye protection. Keep bystanders away. Use only STIHL authorized cutting attachments.
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…
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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.

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    High Performance 2-Cycle Engine Oil
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    •5.2 oz. bottle makes 2 gallon mix

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    STIHL recommends a mix of 50:1 high-quality 89 octane or higher unleaded gasoline to STIHL engine oil. This same mix ratio should be used during break-in.

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    Bar and Chain Oil
    STIHL Bar and Chain oil is formulated to adhere to the bar and chain, and to reduce wear. Special agents in the oil formulation help keep sap and pitch from clinging to the bar and chain.

    Available in quart and gallon bottles, 5 gallon pails and 55 gallon drums, in both summer and winter weights.

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HT 56 C-E is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 94.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light weight and gets the job done! This pole pruner is a great tool every home owner needs, I had been looking at low hanging branches that were to big for my lopping/manual pole saw for a coupe years, I picked this HT 56 C-E unit up and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to start and operate and also like the way it breaks down into two pieces for transport and storage, the only thing that could have been better is if I would have had more branches to trim!!
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is a must have for any small lanscaping and/or tree service. This saw has been great, & the price was just right! Im a owner/operator of a tree service & was looking to purchase a good stihl pole saw. After pricing a few of their saws, i decided to go with the HT56c. This saw reaches 12ft, but is starionary. This didnt bother me because the telescopic saws wouldnt fit in the back of my truck. The HT56c breaks down into #2 six foot poles and is easy to store away. The saw has performed extremely well and has been a pleasant suprise. So, for those that doubt this saw....im here to tell you that it has plenty of power and is allot easier to handle, due to the fact that it is allot lighter then the other options that stihl has. I LOVE ALL STIHL PRODUCTS & REFUSE TO USE ANY OTHER BRAND. I WILL BE FEATURING THIS PRODUCT ON MY YOUTUBE [email protected]
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is easy to use I purchased product pole from ACE hardware a dealer that sells STIHL products. I absolutely love this pole saw. Its fantastic, easy to use starts quickly very reliable.I love it!!!!!! THE CUSTOMER SERVICE WAS OUTSTANDING
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great Stihl product! Easy to start. Easy to use. Have had several Stihl products and this pole saw meets the same great standards of all that I have owned.
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from highly recommend this product My husband and I are truly sold on Stihl products, and will be the only product we will continue to buy. Our local dealer in King George Virginia are great. They are truly knowledgeable and helpful. Being in my 60's, I am grateful that I never have a problem starting any of our Stihl products. Thanks again, the Berry family.
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does what I needed and overall it a good product. I have been very pleased with the products use and the results I have had. The only issue I have which I just recently realized is the Bar/Chain oil that goes in the little well at the end where the chain is leaks. I had filled it when I first used it and was surprised it was empty when I went back to use it again a couple weeks later. I filled it again, used it again and set it in my garage. The next day in the garage floor I saw a small puddle of oil where is was slowly leaking out.I will get in touch with the dealer and see what they suggest.
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Expensive but really nice I have used this unit on scrub oak, live oak and Chinese tallow. It made quick work of any branch under 8” thick and with a little planning can handle 12-14” limbs. The 10” bar is stout and the chain is super sharp. I LOVE that it comes in 2 pieces as storage is much easier. Starts on first pull almost everytime. I have never had an issue getting the HT 56 to start.The weight is hefty. A couple hours with the unit and you will be tired. But honestly it’s a lot better than a saw and ladder. The real issue I had was the price. Took almost a year before I could finally come around and buy one. However, there is nothing at this price point or lower than even comes close to the quality and power of this unit.
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very impressed It’s a purpose built saw, simple and powerful. I’ve had no issues with it - cutting up to 8” live and dead oak.. Wished more thought and effort went into the shoulder strap
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good product!!! This isn't the longest or most powerful pole saw, but it works great and is definitely worth the money!!!
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST HAVE FOR TRIMMING TREES This is a awesome saw. It cuts tree branches like a hot knife in butter. I generally don’t write reviews but this saw deserved My 5 star review. I also have a stihl farm boss saw (another great saw) stihl builds great products!
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect for the homeowner Lightweight and plenty of power for around the house trimming. Easy to start and use.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Product did was was intended to do Product is worth price and gets the job done with power
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fine trimmer I've used this pole saw a lot -- even more than I thought I would when I bought it. It's a handy item to have and makes cutting limbs a lot easier. It starts easily and runs great. It's a little heavy, but I'm old and puny and I'm sure that's not a problem for others. In any case, it's a nice product and I heartily recommend it.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Purchase! I purchased this about two weeks ago and immediately began using it. It has been great! It saws easily through branches whether dead or alive. Being able to reach areas needing pruning has made my yard look significantly better. It is easy to use and the shoulder belt is very adequate for balancing the weight of the product. It starts easily, just make sure to keep the chain oil filled as you will spend more time cutting branches than probably planned.. I highly recommend this product!
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great chainsaw Excellent, reliable, and well built. Has helped me keep my dead limbs cleaned up.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HT 56 C POLE PRUNER Easy to start and smooth running. Saves me lots of time. It is very convenient that this pole pruner comes apart for storage, but Stihl should make an accessory extension to put in the middle for added length.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful, lightweight, convenient This is a good pole trimmer for a homeowner, powerful enough to cut hard dead live oak limbs and goes through overgrown green limbs on a Bradford pear like a knife through butter. Being a 2 piece model means easy transport and easy storage. Starting is effortless. It's fairly lightweight. My only caution, 15 minutes cutting with this saw can create an hour's worth of picking up.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product for the price I bought this pruner for occasional use and it works really well. I have other products with this engine and they have been reliable.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great purchase Light enough that you'll actually grab it and use it vs the big cumbersome models. Very happy with this.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wish I had purchased it years ago This pole saw is fantastic. It has plenty of power and is easy to use.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great trimmer This trimmer is a great product the only thing I have against this product is the pole part of the product a little heavy.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from residence vs professional I was torn between which pruner to buy. I own a couple of small ranches that require lots of fence and tree maintenance. I went with the residential model and Stihl never fails me. even their residential model eats through the task at hand and ask's for more!! Great product.tyPJ
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight. I took a chance on this saw for light duty work and it is a great performer. Starts easy along with overall good performance. Good saw for the money.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great saw This pole saw works great. It's got plenty of power and starts very easy. Definitely recommend for anyone that needs one.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value and easy to use I bought this unit for some major limb clearing over a pasture fence. I had been using a manual pole saw but as I am getting older and I was in a rush so I went ahead and bought this one. It started with ease and ran perfect. It what it has plenty of power and made quick work of my project. I like the narrow chain as it cuts very quick. I can't imagine needing a larger unit as this one is light weight and if it was much heavier it would be a bigger chore to use for long periods of time. It also comes apart for ease of transport and fits back together very easily.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use and cuts great. This is the best pole chain saw I have ever used. Easy to start, cuts well and is not too heavy. I recommend this product if you need a pole saw.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from homeowner's model with professional results. A gas chain saw that is easy to start is a must. This is the one to have when you have trees to trim. Quick and easy; and the job is done.
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Tool to have around the house We have cut some very thick branches we ease very please we how it starts
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to start. Easy to use The HT 56 C-E is the perfect pole saw for the average homeowner. It is relatively light and has plenty of power to cut through branches. It is well balanced and has minimal vibration. I cut limbs for over two hours with it and it did great.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Investment Purchased this model instead of commercial unit for use on 60 acres farm. 5 days of heavy use, no problem. Easy to start & restart when hot after running & moving to next spot. Maintenance of bar oil, fuel, chain tighter all easy to check & work. Operation is fun due to the amount work that can be accomplished so quickly & easily. But warning cleaning up all those limbs will take more effort & time than cutting them down.
Date published: 2017-05-31
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