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Stihl BGE 61 Spec Review

The Stihl BGE 61 is a corded leaf blower delivering 285 CFM at 148 MPH. It features a 9.2-amp brushless motor. (Read full specs)

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Features and Specifications

Type
Type Electric
Handling Handheld
CFM Up to 285
MPH Up to 148
Blowing Force 9 N
Engine
BrushlessYes
Amp9.2 Amp
Voltage120 V
Speed settings 1
Features
Cord lock Yes
Vacuum No
Misc
Weight 6.8 lbs
Noise rating 64 dB
Warranty 2 years

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Description

Easy. Quiet. Done. The STIHL BGE 61 handheld blower is part of a generation of lightweight, powerful electric leaf blowers. Its compact design produces low noise and zero emissions, making it ideal for use around the house without disturbing the neighbors. And there’s a built-in cord retainer to help keep you connected. (source: Stihl)

Overview of the Stihl BGE 61

The Stihl BGE 61 in use

The Stihl BGE 61

  • Power: This electric leaf blower has a maximum air volume rating of 285 cubic feet per minute (CFM) and an air speed rating of 148 MPH.
  • Power delivery: As it is a corded model, the blower needs to be plugged in to a power source in order for the 9.2 Amp motor to operate. Please note that some manufacturers don’t include the cord with the unit. If this is the case, or if you’re looking to buy a backup, please use our gauge calculator to ensure you’re buying the right cord for your blower.
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    The Stihl BGE 61 features a 9.2-amp motor, which works on 120V

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  • Cord Lock Mechanism: Corded power tools can sometimes inadvertently be unplugged during operation. The Stihl BGE 61 prevents such accidents by featuring a cord lock mechanism.
  • 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. All told, it weighs 6.8 lbs — the Stihl BGE 61 is neither the lightest nor the heaviest electric handheld blower on the market.
  • Speed Settings: This unit is a one-speed leaf blower.
  • Noise: Its noise rating of 64 dB can be considered the standard for similar electric handheld blowers.

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The Stihl BGE 61's performance versus other blowers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea how the key specs of the Stihl BGE 61 compare with similar leaf blowers.

  • The Stihl BGE 61 expels air at speeds up to 148 MPH, making it standard in terms of air speed for electric handheld blowers. If you wish to benefit from air expelled at the fastest possible speed, the Toro 51621 and its 260 MPH could be an option to consider.
  • Its max air volume rating (285 cubic feet per minute) means it is really not the biggest air producer of electric handheld blowers. For the highest air volume, you may want to have a look at the Worx Turbine WG521, which boasts with 800 CFM.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: Stihl BGE 61 vs Stihl BGE 71.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other corded blowers, the Stihl BGE 61 is on the expensive side of the price range.

While certainly not the cheapest of its kind, purchasing it could most likely also mean enjoying the reliability of a high-end product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • The Stihl BGE 61 doesn't have any specs that exceed those of other leaf blowers of its class.
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (6.8 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (64 dB)
  • Decent MPH (148 MPH)
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • No speed variation
  • Low CFM (285 CFM)

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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 BGE 61 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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