Characteristics Of The Stihl SH 56 C-E

The Stihl SH 56 C-E is a gas-powered handheld leaf blower delivering 412 CFM at 159 MPH. It features a vacuum with mulching capacity and a 2-cycle 27.2 cc engine.
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Features and Specifications

Type

Type Gas-Powered
Handling Handheld
CFM Up to 412
MPH Up to 159
Blowing Force 13 N

Engine

Make 2-Mix
Engine Displacement 27.2 cc
Strokes 2
Speed Settings Variable

Features

Cordless Yes
Fuel Tank 18.3 fl. oz.
Vacuum Yes
Mulcher Yes
Mulching Ratio 14:1

Misc

Weight 11.5 lbs
Noise Rating 70 dB
Tube Length N/A
Warranty 2 years

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Description

Overview of the Stihl SH 56 C-E

  • Power: The SH 56 C-E, built by Stihl, is a gas-powered leaf blower capable of expelling a maximum air volume of 412 cubic feet per minute (CFM). Its air speed is rated at 159 MPH.
  • Handling: Being handheld, this blower has a good maneuverability and is meant to be easier to carry around over a small period of time. All told, it weighs 11.5 lbs — the Stihl SH 56 C-E is neither the lightest nor the heaviest gas-powered handheld leaf blower on the market.
  • Engine: This blower's 2-Mix engine has a displacement specification of 27.2 cc. As you may or may not know, 2-stroke engines require a mixture of gasoline and oil in order to keep all the moving parts lubricated while fuelling the engine’s internal combustion. You can find the manufacturer’s specific gas/oil ratio in your user manual. You can find more information about Stihl's 2-Mix engine technology below.
  • Speed Settings: In order to afford more control to the user, this unit has a variable speed control. No matter the size of the job, the user can adjust the airflow of the Stihl SH 56 C-E to match.
  • Vacuum: It features a vacuum allowing it to suck up leaf and debris once the sweeping job is complete.
  • Mulching: The manufacturer’s specifications give it a mulching ratio of 14:1. For every 14 bags you put in, it will reduce down to just one bag of mulch.
  • Noise: With a decibel rating of 70 dB, the SH 56 C-E is neither louder nor quieter than its rivals in the gas-powered handheld category.
  • Fuel Tank: With a capacity of 18.3 fl. oz., this Stihl blower is average when compared to other gas-powered handheld leaf blowers.
  • Easy2Start™: The SH 56 C-E has the letter “E” in its name, which is Stihl’s indication that it benefits from Stihl’s proprietary Easy2Start™ technology. As the name suggests, this technology makes the starter mechanism more reliable thanks to an additional spring between the crankshaft and the starter rope. Upon pulling the starter rope, the engine will attempt to start regardless of how hard the rope was pulled – even a simple two-finger pull is sufficient to start it. Easy2Start™ allows the SH 56 C-E to be started with remarkably less effort than most other blowers.

The Stihl SH 56 C-E's performance versus other blowers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea how the key specs of the Stihl SH 56 C-E compare with similar leaf blowers.

  • The air speed of the Stihl SH 56 C-E maxes out at 159 MPH. While more than adequate for many jobs, its air speed is below average among other gas-powered handheld leaf blowers (the one expelling air at the fastest speed being the Poulan Pro PPBV25 with 230 MPH).
  • It’s capable of expelling a maximum air volume of 412 CFM (cubic feet per minute). This places it at the low end compared to other gas-powered handheld leaf blowers (the biggest expelled air volume belonging to the Troy-Bilt TB2MB JET with 650 CFM).

2-Mix Engine Technology

Stihl's 2-Mix engine is a more eco-friendly and powerful approach to the traditional 2 stroke engine. It features what Stihl calls "stratified scavenging", which simply means that a layer of air is created between the combustion chamber and the crankcase. This action allows the engine to separate fresh fuel from the exhaust, which in turn minimizes the scavenging losses and eliminates the components of the mix that pose a health and environmental hazard (compliant with European Emissions Directive, Stage II). The 2-Mix engine offers a high torque over a wide speed range, a fuel consumption up to 20% lower than conventional 2-cycle engines, and fewer harmful emissions.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Easy2Start™ Technology
  • 2-Mix Engine
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent Tank (18.3 fl. oz.)
  • Acceptable Noise (70 dB)
  • Decent Weight (11.5 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • Low CFM (412 CFM)
  • Low MPH (159 MPH)

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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 SH 56 C-E 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. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-467-8445
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