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Stihl BG 56 C-E Spec Sheet

The Stihl BG 56 C-E is a gas-powered handheld leaf blower delivering 412 CFM at 159 MPH. It features a 2-cycle 27.2 cc engine. (Read full specs)

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Stihl BG 56 C-E 412 CFM Gas Blower
Stihl BG 56 C-E 412 CFM Gas Blower
Stihl BG 56 C-E 412 CFM Gas Blower
Stihl BG 56 C-E 412 CFM Gas Blower
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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 27.2 cc
Strokes 2
Fuel/oil ratio 50:1
Speed settings Variable
Features
Fuel tank 18.3 fl. oz.
Vacuum No
Misc
Weight 9.3 lbs
Noise rating 70 dB
Tube length N/A
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

  • Power: The Stihl BG 56 C-E is a gas-powered leaf blower. It sports a max air speed of 159 MPH and a max air volume rating of 412 cubic feet per minute (CFM).
  • Handling: For those who are looking for a portable and convenient leaf blower, this model is a strong candidate. It’s designed for easy handling and use, and its size means it’s easily carried and stored. Among other gas-powered handheld blowers, the Stihl BG 56 C-E can be considered light, weighing only 9.3 lbs.
  • Engine: This blower is fitted with a 27.2 cc 2-Mix engine. Being that this is a 2-stroke engine, it must be fuelled using a mix of gas and oil. The proper fuel ratio set by the manufacturer for the BG 56 C-E is 50:1. You can find more information about Stihl's 2-Mix engine technology below.
  • Speed Settings: Sometimes you just need a little more power, while other times you may want a little more precision when moving leaves and debris. That’s why the BG 56 C-E features variable speed settings for added control.
  • Noise: With a decibel rating of 70 dB, the BG 56 C-E is neither louder nor quieter than its rivals in the gas-powered handheld category.
  • Fuel Tank: Its tank can hold 18.3 fl. oz., so it falls squarely in the average in terms of fuel capacity.
  • 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 at full power, this blower is on the lower end in terms of air speed for gas-powered handheld blowers (the one expelling air at the fastest speed being the Poulan Pro PPBV25 with 230 MPH).
  • Regarding its air volume, the airflow of the Stihl BG 56 C-E can reach 412 CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute), which is on par with other gas-powered handheld blowers (the biggest expelled air volume belonging to the Troy-Bilt TB2MB JET with 650 CFM).

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other gas handheld blowers, 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)
  • Decent CFM (412 CFM)
WEAKNESSES:
  • 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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