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Stihl BGA 56 (Discontinued)

The Stihl BGA 56 is a lightweight cordless handheld leaf blower delivering 353 CFM at 100 MPH. It is powered by a 36 V Li-ion battery. (Read full specs)

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This product was discontinued. For your convenience, we decided to leave this page up.
It was replaced by the Stihl BGA 57. However, you might still find it second hand on eBay, by clicking on the button below.

Features and Specifications

Type
Type Cordless
Handling Handheld
CFM Up to 353
MPH Up to 100
Blowing Force 10 N
Engine
BrushlessYes
Voltage36 V
Speed settings 1
Features
Battery Li-ion
Autonomy 20 mins
Vacuum No
Misc
Battery included 0
Weight (tool only)4.6 lbs
Noise rating 79 dB
Warranty 3 years

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Description

The BGA 56 combines STIHL performance and exceptional value. Its powerful motor delivers air speeds of 100 mph and an air flow of 353 cfm at the nozzle. It features an adjustable tube to fit different user heights for enhanced comfort. Clear a sidewalk, seven football fields long, on a single charge with this STIHL AK Series handheld blower. The BGA 56 is also just 7.3 lbs. (with AK 20 battery) for easy portability and maneuverability. And when you’re done, hang it on the wall from its onboard hanging slot.

Overview of the Stihl BGA 56

The Stihl BGA 56 in use

The Stihl BGA 56

  • Power: The Stihl BGA 56 is a cordless blower with a maximum air volume rating of 353 cubic feet per minute (CFM) and an air speed of 100 MPH.
  • Power delivery: If you don’t like dealing with cords, you will be delighted to know that this blower is equipped with a brushless, battery-operated motor.
  • Battery: It is powered by a 2.8 Ah 36 V Li-ion battery (battery not included) that should work reliably for up to 20 minutes if completely charged.
  • Handling: With its handheld design, this leaf blower was created with portability in mind. Most users will have no problem using it almost anywhere. When compared to other cordless handheld blowers, the Stihl BGA 56 stands out due to its lower weight: just 4.6 lbs for the blower alone.
  • Speed Settings: This unit is a one-speed leaf blower.
  • Noise: As far as electric handheld blowers go, this one is average in terms of noise with a rating of 79 dB.

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The Stihl BGA 56's performance versus other blowers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea how the key specs of the Stihl BGA 56 compare with handheld leaf blowers of similar voltage (between 36 and 48V).

  • The air speed of the Stihl BGA 56 maxes out at 100 MPH. While more than adequate for many jobs, its air speed is below average among other battery-operated handheld blowers between 36 and 48V. For the fastest air speed in this category, you may want to consider the Makita XBU01PT, which can expell air at a velocity that can reach 208 MPH.
  • It’s capable of expelling a maximum air volume of 353 CFM (cubic feet per minute). This places it at the low end compared to other cordless handheld blowers with a comparable voltage. For the highest air volume, you may want to have a look at the Husqvarna 350iB, which boasts with 800 CFM.
  • Users can expect a maximum autonomy of 20 minutes from its battery, which means the BGA 56 won't run as long as many other cordless handheld units before needing to be plugged in. To enjoy the best possible autonomy in this category, you could have a look at the Makita CBU01Z which offers up to 300 minutes of runtime.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Lightweight (4.6 lbs)
  • Brushless motor
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (79 dB)
WEAKNESSES:
  • Battery not included
  • No speed variation
  • Low CFM (353 CFM)
  • Low MPH (100 MPH)
  • Low autonomy (20 mins)

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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 BGA 56 is covered under a warranty for up to 3 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.

Stihl BGA 56
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  1. 0.65
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    10
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    Had it 3 years, just seasonal homeowner use, and it quit working. Opened it up. There’s an electronic control module potted in resin (a “brick) that connects to battery on one side, and has a switch (that the throttle trigger linkage connects to) and a capacitor sticking out of the resin on the other side from the battery. No other internal parts of the “brick” are visible. The electrolytic capacitor failed…it swelled & burst, leaking out its electrolyte fluid. Silly capacitor failure junks the whole unit because a replacement control module costs more than the blower is worth. Shame on Stihl. Their gas blower will last decades of homeowner use. But this electric one is garbage.

    + PROS: lightweight, balanced.
    - CONS: Fails quick due to poor electronic parts or design.Weak blowing.
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    Michael De Lange February 17, 2023 at 8:14 am
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    Absolutely agree. Had one for 4 months and the motor died. Used it around a b+b once a week.
    To replace the motor costs more than a new machine

    + PROS: No probs. Worked well in the beginning but failed later
    - CONS: Sorry not a good product. Thought it would be ideal for noise levels. But not worth the money you pay
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  3. 1.9
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    Poor motor life. We purchased it three years ago and the motor has failed. It preformed good at first but now it is useless as it slows down and quits every time I use it. You bang it and it will work a bit but slow right down.

    + PROS: Starts out with lots of power to remove leaf's and snow
    - CONS: Poor life expectancy, lose of power as it ages. Very poor motor life.
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