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Stihl BGE 71 Spec Review

The Stihl BGE 71 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 2
Features
Cord lock Yes
Vacuum No
Misc
Weight 6.8 lbs
Noise rating 64 dB
Tube length N/A
Warranty 2 years

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Description

With its two-speed, handle-mounted switch, the STIHL BGE 71 gives you the power you need, when you need it. Even on maximum speed, this versatile electric leaf blower produces low noise and zero emissions, perfect for use outdoors in quiet residential or commercial office settings. It also features a built-in cord retainer to help keep you connected. And with optional kits, you can convert it into a vacuum and gutter cleaner. (source: Stihl)

Overview of the Stihl BGE 71

The Stihl BGE 71 in use

The Stihl BGE 71

  • Power: The Stihl BGE 71 is an electric blower with a maximum air volume rating of 285 cubic feet per minute (CFM) and an air speed 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 71 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 71 prevents such accidents by featuring a cord lock mechanism.
  • Handling: It’s handheld, so naturally it’s easier to handle and carry than larger leaf blowers, such as backpack models or walk-behinds. At 6.8 lbs, the Stihl BGE 71 is within the average weight range of electric handheld blowers.
  • Speed Settings: Not all jobs need full power. The BGE 71 has 2 speed settings so, you can blow more or less air from the blower depending on the job.
  • Noise: Its noise rating of 64 dB can be considered the standard for similar electric handheld blowers.

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The Stihl BGE 71's performance versus other blowers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea how the key specs of the Stihl BGE 71 compare with similar leaf blowers.

  • Forced air leaving this blower’s nozzle has been clocked at 148 MPH. That makes the BGE 71 average in terms of air speed for electric handheld blowers. If you wish to benefit from air expelled at the fastest possible speed, the Craftsman CMEBL7000 and its 260 MPH could be an option to consider.
  • Regarding its air volume, the airflow of the Stihl BGE 71 can reach 285 CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute), which is on the low end for 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 71 vs Stihl BGE 61.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other corded blowers, the Stihl BGE 71 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 71 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
  • 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 71 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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