HT 56 C-E


Distributor Suggested Retail Price DSRP:   $359.95

A low-emission and fuel-efficient pole pruner for homeowners, complete with 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 comes equipped with a durable STIHL bar and chain for optimal cutting performance. Its unique two-piece shaft design makes for easy storage and transport and the STIHL Easy2Start™ system makes starting almost effortless. Priced less than other S...Read More
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HT 56 C-E Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 27.2 cc (1.7 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 0.8 kW (1.07 bhp)
WEIGHT 6.0 kg (13.3 lbs.) w/ cutting attachment
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, 10" Bar
POWER SOURCE Gas
The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length based on which powerhead it is installed on.
Model Features
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    Built in the USA
    Indicates products that are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.

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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…
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
    This STIHL High Performance oil is a quality 2-cycle engine oil developed for all STIHL products and especially suitable for professional chainsaws.

    •2.6 oz. bottle makes 1 gallon mix

    •5.2 oz. bottle makes 2 gallon mix

    •6.4 oz. bottle makes 2 1/2 gallon mix

    •12.8 oz. bottle makes 5 gallon mix

    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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    No-Spill® Fuel Containers
    The latest advance in gasoline can technology is here with No-Spill® fuel containers. Featuring a special treated body for low permeation, thumb-button flow controls for easier pouring, and a wide and stable base design to reduce upsets, No-Spill® fuel containers help ensure that the gasoline goes into your tank, not on the ground or into the air. Fill even smaller-sized tanks without spilling – flow stops automatically when the tank becomes full. With 1¼-gallon, 2 ½-gallon and 5-gallon sizes available, you’re sure to find one that fits your needs. Ask your local STIHL Dealer about No-Spill® fuel containers. Don’t settle for anything less.

    Meets California Air Resources Board Phase II requirements for sale or use in California. No-Spill® gasoline cans are tested and certified to ASTM F-852-99 standard specification for portable gasoline containers for consumer use and our diesel and kerosene cans are tested and certified to ASTM F-976-02 standard specification for portable kerosene and diesel containers for consumer use.

For Your Safety
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    Deputy Glasses

    Tough protection that also looks the part. The STIHL Deputy Glasses meet ANSI standard Z87.1+ and feature both protection and style. The lenses are a scratch-resistant polycarbonate that block out 99.9% of the sun’s harmful UV rays. They are also comfortable to wear, featuring a soft rubber nosepiece and dual-mold rubber temples that helps to keep the glasses in place when the head is in motion. Stop by our Dealership to check out these and other great protective eyewear styles. Shown in Brown Frame / Brown Mirror Lens. Available lens colors (Black Frame): Blue Mirror, Smoke (Brown Frame): Brown Mirror

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    Heavy-Duty Work Gloves
    Multi-ply wrist cuff for outstanding glove life. High visibility, upgraded canvas back. Sizes available M, L, XL.
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    Forestry Helmet System
    Adjustable hearing protection. Epoxy-coated full face screen. Tough ABS hard hat meets ANSI Z89.1-2003 Type 1 Class G. All parts are replaceable.

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Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 36reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great tools Never been disappointed in Stijl products little pricey but love the quality September 24, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent pole saw! Very happy with this pole saw. Has made trimming the trees not only easier, but enjoyable! September 15, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Worth The Money Purchased this to keep up my hunting camp. Makes short work of small trees and isn't too heavy if you use the supplied strap. I've had many gas powered yard tools and I've never owned one that is as reliable as this Stihl, starts every time! The split shaft is great for transporting in my little Subaru. Not sure if Stihl makes other attachments for this, but I don't regret the purchase. August 21, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by HandyManStever best friends with Stihl As a handyman I find myself at different jobs with different requirements weekly. Recently I was asked to do some trimming for a rental one of my customers owns. This pole saw did 70% of the work allowing me to finish 8 hours of work in 6 hours. Love my tools, love my Stihls. August 12, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great machine. Always starts. Great saw and perfect for the home owner. Light weight, easy to start and plenty of power. August 12, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent Quality and Dependability Spent some time reading reviews on home grade pole saws and found excellent reviews for the Stihl 56 CE. The reviews appear to be right on...starts easily usually on the first pull, high quality construction, easy to use. This review is based on 4-5 hours use. A little pricier than other brands but I think I made the wise choice. July 26, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wouldn't be without it This thing starts easy and has plenty of power. I keep finding more uses, like getting a stubborn tree to lay down without putting myself at risk. Great for pruning. July 7, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by A very useful product that is well built I bought the HT 56 based off of all the positive reviews. I used it to cut three small/medium trees down. I was able to reach up high on the trunk and make a cut to keep less of the tree to fall down on my house. I would not have been able to do this with a regular chain saw.The unit is well built and has a good power ratio for a 10" bar. I like the thinner chain than what comes on a regular chain saw for precision limb cuts. July 1, 2016
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