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Stihl BGA 86 Spec Review

The Stihl BGA 86 is a cordless handheld leaf blower delivering 459 CFM at 154 MPH. It is powered by a 36 V Li-ion battery. (Read full specs)

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Features and Specifications

Type
Type Cordless
Handling Handheld
CFM Up to 459
MPH Up to 154
Blowing Force 15 N
Engine
BrushlessYes
Voltage36 V
Speed settings Variable
Features
Battery Li-ion
Autonomy 21 mins
Cruise controlNo
Vacuum No
Misc
Battery included 0
Weight (tool only)6.2 lbs
Noise rating 58 dB
Warranty 3 years

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Description

The BGA 86 battery-powered handheld blower gives end-users the power they need to take on tough blowing tasks. A brushless motor allows for quiet operation and an excellent power-to-weight ratio. Its well-balanced design and optimized controls make it easy to use for right-and left-handed users. The BGA 86 is also rain resistant making it a great option for pros as well as homeowners. (source: Stihl)

Overview of the Stihl BGA 86

The Stihl BGA 86 in use

The Stihl BGA 86

  • Power: The BGA 86 is a cordless blower made by Stihl. It has a maximum air speed of 154 MPH and its nozzle can expel a max air volume of 459 cubic feet per minute (CFM).
  • 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: With its 6.3 Ah 36 V Li-ion battery (battery not included), the Stihl BGA 86 has a standard, full-charge run time of up to 21 minutes.
  • Handling: With its handheld design, this leaf blower was created with portability in mind. Most users will have no problem using it almost anywhere. At 6.2 lbs for the blower alone, the Stihl BGA 86 is within the average weight range of cordless handheld blowers.
  • Speed Settings: Thanks to its variable speed settings, the Stihl BGA 86 allows precise control of the air output.
  • Noise: With a decibel rating of 58 dB, the BGA 86 is neither louder nor quieter than its rivals in the electric handheld category.

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The Stihl BGA 86's performance versus other blowers

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

  • Upon exiting the nozzle, the air can reach speeds of up to 154 MPH, which is rather impressive for a battery-operated handheld blower. If you wish to benefit from air expelled at the fastest possible speed, the Makita XBU01PT and its 208 MPH could be an option to consider.
  • It has a maximum air volume output of 459 CFM (cubic feet per minute). With this output rating, the BGA 86 is well within average in relation to similar cordless handheld blowers. If air volume is important to you, the CAT DG651, with 800 CFM, could be in your good books.
  • Autonomy-wise, with up to 21 minutes of autonomy on a full charge, the BGA 86 is on the low end when compared with other cordless handheld units. 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.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other cordless blowers, the Stihl BGA 86 is on the average side of the price range.

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

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • Brushless motor
  • High MPH (154 MPH)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (6.2 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (58 dB)
  • Decent CFM (459 CFM)
WEAKNESSES:
  • Battery not included
  • No cruise control
  • Low autonomy (21 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 86 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.

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