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Stihl BG 86 - 444 CFM Gas Handheld Blower Vac

The Stihl BG 86 is a 2-in-1 blower/vacuum delivering 444 CFM at 190 MPH. It features a 2-cycle 27.2cc engine. (Read full specs)

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Stihl BG 86 444 CFM Gas Blower Vac
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Features and Specifications

Type
Type Gas-Powered
Handling Handheld
CFM Up to 444
MPH Up to 190
Blowing Force 15 N
Engine
Make 2-MIX
Engine displacement 27.2cc
Strokes 2
Fuel/oil ratio 50:1
Speed settings Variable
Features
Fuel tank 14.9 fl. oz.
Vacuum Yes
Mulcher No
Misc
Weight 9.7 lbs
Noise rating 70 dB
Warranty 2 years

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Description

For the toughest landscaping challenges, professionals turn to our most powerful gasoline-powered handheld blower, the STIHL BG 86. It features a fuel-efficient, low-emission gasoline-powered engine, and includes both flat and round nozzle attachments for better job versatility. The blower is also one of our most comfortable to use, with a four-spring anti-vibration system, a soft-grip handle and our ElastoStart™ shock-absorbing starter. (source: Stihl)

Overview of the Stihl BG 86

The Stihl BG 86 in use

The Stihl BG 86

  • Power: The BG 86, built by Stihl, is a gas-powered leaf blower capable of expelling a maximum air volume of 444 cubic feet per minute (CFM). Its air speed is rated at 190 MPH.
  • Handling: Its handheld design ensures maximum portability, allowing users to effortlessly move and operate it virtually anywhere with ease. Weighing 9.7 lbs, the Stihl BG 86 holds a middle ground among gas-powered handheld blowers, neither exceptionally light nor overly heavy, providing a moderate weight option for users.
  • Engine: This blower's 2-MIX engine has a displacement specification of 27.2cc. As with most 2-stroke engines, the BG 86 requires a fuel mixture of gas and oil to function efficiently. The fuel/oil ratio recommended by Stihl for the BG 86 is 50:1.
  • Speed Settings: The Stihl BG 86 stands out for its customizable airflow, thanks to its variable speed settings, which cater to users seeking tailored performance.
  • Vacuum: It features a vacuum allowing it to suck up leaf and debris once the sweeping job is complete (vacuum kit and bag not included).
  • Noise: At 70 dB, the noise produced by the BG 86 is in line with what you'd expect from other gas-powered handheld blowers.
  • Fuel Tank: The Stihl blower's fuel tank boasts a standard capacity of 14.9 fl. oz., aligning with the typical size found in gas handheld blowers.

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The Stihl BG 86's performance versus other blowers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea how the key specs of the Stihl BG 86 compare with similar leaf blowers.

  • It can propel air from the nozzle at speeds going up to 190 MPH, placing it at the top of its class for air velocity among gas-powered handheld blowers. If you wish to benefit from air expelled at the fastest possible speed, the Craftsman BV2500 and its 250 MPH could be an option to consider.
  • Regarding its air volume, the airflow of the Stihl BG 86 can reach 444 CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute), which is on par with other gas-powered handheld blowers. If air volume is important to you, the Craftsman B225, with 650 CFM, could be in your good books.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other blower vacs, the Stihl BG 86 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
  • 2-Mix Engine
  • High MPH (190 MPH)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (9.7 lbs)
  • Decent tank (14.9 fl. oz.)
  • Acceptable noise (70 dB)
  • Decent CFM (444 CFM)
WEAKNESSES:
  • Leaf collection bag not included

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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 86 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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