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Stihl BGE 71 - 9.2 Amp 285 CFM Electric Blower Vac

The Stihl BGE 71 is a 2-in-1 blower/vacuum 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 Yes
Mulcher No
Misc
Weight 6.8 lbs
Noise rating 64 dB
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 BGE 71, manufactured by Stihl, is an electric blower with a maximum air speed of 148 MPH and a maximum air volume rating of 285 CFM.
  • Power delivery: The BGE 71 operates as a corded blower, requiring its 9.2 Amp motor to be plugged into a power source for usage. Note that the power cord might not be included with the blower. Should you wish to obtain one, use our gauge calculator.
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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: This unit has a handy 'cord lock' feature, which prevents it from being unplugged during use.
  • Handling: Its handheld design ensures maximum portability, allowing users to effortlessly move and operate it virtually anywhere with ease. The Stihl BGE 71 is recognized for its lightweight build compared to other electric handheld blowers, tipping the scales at just 6.8 lbs.
  • Speed Settings: Stihl designed the BGE 71 with control and precision in mind. That’s why this model has 2 speed settings, meaning that its air output can be adjusted to suit the user’s needs.
  • Vacuum: One notable feature of the BGE 71 is its ability to transition from a blower to a vacuum, enabling users to effortlessly gather leaves and debris into a detachable bag (vacuum kit and bag not included).
  • Noise: With a decibel rating of 64 dB, the BGE 71 is neither louder nor quieter than its rivals in the electric handheld category.

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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.

  • Upon exiting the nozzle, the air can reach speeds of up to 148 MPH, which is pretty much what is to be expected 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.
  • As this unit is rated at 285 CFM (cubic feet per minute), it expells less air than most electric handheld blowers. For the highest air volume, you may want to have a look at the Husqvarna 350iB, 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 these interactive charts, when compared to other blower vacs, the Stihl BGE 71 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
  • Lightweight (6.8 lbs)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (64 dB)
  • Decent MPH (148 MPH)
WEAKNESSES:
  • Leaf collection bag not included
  • 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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