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Stihl BG 56 C-E - 412 CFM Gas Handheld Blower Vac

The Stihl BG 56 C-E is a 2-in-1 blower/vacuum delivering 412 CFM at 159 MPH. It features a 2-cycle 27.2cc engine. (Read full specs)

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Features and Specifications

Type
Type Gas-Powered
Handling Handheld
CFM Up to 412
MPH Up to 159
Blowing Force 13 N
Engine
Make 2-Mix
Engine displacement 27.2cc
Strokes 2
Fuel/oil ratio 50:1
Speed settings Variable
Features
Cruise controlNo
Fuel tank 18.3 fl. oz.
Vacuum Yes
Mulcher No
Misc
Weight 9.3 lbs
Noise rating 70 dB
Warranty 2 years

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Description

Designed with ease of use in mind, the STIHL BG 56 C-E features a simplified starting system with the STIHL Easy2Start™. The STIHL Easy2Start™ lets you start the engine with a long easy pull of the starting rope rather than a hard fast jerk, making starting virtually effortless. The semi-automatic choke and the new start/stop switch make it virtually impossible to flood when starting this unit. The high-performance, low-emission engine makes quick work of leaves and other yard waste. (source: Stihl)

Overview of the Stihl BG 56 C-E

The Stihl BG 56 C-E in use

The Stihl BG 56 C-E

  • Power: The Stihl BG 56 C-E is a gas-powered leaf blower. It features a maximum air speed of 159 MPH and a maximum air volume rating of 412 cubic feet per minute (CFM).
  • Handling: With its handheld design, this leaf blower was created with portability in mind. Most users will have no problem using it almost anywhere. The Stihl BG 56 C-E distinguishes itself among other gas-powered handheld blowers for its lightweight design, weighing just 9.3 lbs.
  • Engine: This blower is fitted with a 27.2cc 2-Mix engine. As with most 2-stroke engines, the BG 56 C-E requires a fuel mixture of gas and oil to function efficiently. The fuel/oil ratio recommended by Stihl for the BG 56 C-E is 50:1. You can find more information about Stihl's 2-Mix engine technology below.
  • Speed Settings: Thanks to its variable speed settings, the Stihl BG 56 C-E allows precise control of the air output.
  • Vacuum: Not just a blower, the BG 56 C-E offers the convenience of a built-in vacuum feature, allowing users to tidy up their outdoor spaces by effortlessly collecting leaves and debris into an attached bag (vacuum kit and bag not included).
  • Noise: At 70 dB, the noise produced by the BG 56 C-E is in line with what you'd expect from other gas-powered handheld blowers.
  • Fuel Tank: With a tank capacity of 18.3 fl. oz., the Stihl blower falls within the usual range for gas handheld blowers.
  • Easy2Start™: The BG 56 C-E has the letter “E” in its name, which is Stihl’s indication that it benefits from Stihl’s proprietary Easy2Start™ (also called “ErgoStart”) technology. As the name suggests, this technology makes the starter mechanism more reliable thanks to an additional spring between the crankshaft and the starter rope. Upon pulling the starter rope, the engine will attempt to start regardless of how hard the rope was pulled – even a simple two-finger pull is sufficient to start it. Easy2Start™ allows the BG 56 C-E to be started with remarkably less effort than most other blowers.

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The Stihl BG 56 C-E's performance versus other blowers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea how the key specs of the Stihl BG 56 C-E compare with similar leaf blowers.

  • Maxing out at 159 MPH, this blower ranks on the lower end in terms of air speed for gas-powered handheld blowers. For the fastest air speed in this category, you may want to consider the Craftsman BV2500, which can expell air at a velocity that can reach 250 MPH.
  • The Stihl BG 56 C-E delivers air at a rate of 412 CFM (cubic feet per minute), placing it towards the bottom of the range for gas-powered handheld blowers. For the highest air volume, you may want to have a look at the Craftsman B225, which boasts with 650 CFM.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other blower vacs, the Stihl BG 56 C-E is on the average side of the price range.

Therefore, this blower nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of product.

2-Mix Engine Technology

Stihl's 2-Mix engine is a more eco-friendly and powerful approach to the traditional 2-stroke engine. It features what Stihl calls "stratified scavenging", which simply means that a layer of air is created between the combustion chamber and the crankcase. This action allows the engine to separate fresh fuel from the exhaust, which in turn minimizes the scavenging losses and eliminates the components of the mix that pose a health and environmental hazard (compliant with European Emissions Directive, Stage II). The 2-Mix engine offers a high torque over a wide speed range, a fuel consumption up to 20% lower than conventional 2-cycle engines, and fewer harmful emissions.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • Lightweight (9.3 lbs)
  • Easy2Start™ technology
  • 2-Mix Engine
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent tank (18.3 fl. oz.)
  • Acceptable noise (70 dB)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No cruise control
  • Leaf collection bag not included
  • Low CFM (412 CFM)
  • Low MPH (159 MPH)

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About Stihl

Stihl AG & Company KG was founded by Andreas Stihl in 1926. The German company specializes in handheld outdoor power equipment. Over the past fifty years, Stihl has opened manufacturing plants in Brazil, the United States, and China. The German company’s sure and steady expansion has made it a leading provider of in the lawn, forestry, and landscape maintenance industries.

Warranty Information

The Stihl BG 56 C-E is covered under a warranty for up to 2 years. This warranty may not cover all parts of the blower.
For more information about the warranty of Stihl blowers, please consult Stihl's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-467-8445.

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  1. 4.65
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    Stihl did a good job with this hand held leaf blower BG 56 c-e.Smart purchase for my around the house use.

    + PROS: The smell of 2 stroke HaHa. Hits hard works well!!
    - CONS: O none
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    Herbert Haines May 9, 2021 at 9:23 pm
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    works sometimes

    + PROS: easy start sometimes
    - CONS: use for 1/2 hr shut off for 1 hr will not start. cannot get gas into the primer pump. only way to start is to use starter fluid. stihl 56c is about 3 years old. #523682236. 4241-011-1755
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