WE ARE PROUD TO BE INDEPENDENT AND IN NO WAY ASSOCIATED WITH MANUFACTURERS. TO STAY UNBIASED, WE DO NOT ACCEPT FREE PRODUCTS. WE EARN FROM ADVERTISING FEES PAID BY EBAY OR ACME TOOLS ON QUALIFYING PURCHASES.

Stihl SH 56 C-E Spec Review

The Stihl SH 56 C-E is a 3-in-1 blower/vacuum/mulcher delivering 412 CFM at 159 MPH. It features a 2-cycle 27.2 cc engine. (Read full specs)

-No User ReviewsWrite a review
CompareShortlistShortlistedRemoved from shortlist 61
Stihl SH 56 C-E 412 CFM Gas Blower VacStihl SH 56 C-E 412 CFM Gas Blower Vac
According to Stihl's Internet Sales Policy (opens in a new tab) and to the 10 reasons mentioned on this page (opens in a new tab), it is not possible to ship a NEW Stihl product in the USA. The only way to get the Stihl SH 56 C-E shipped to your place is to get it second hand or refurbished on eBay. Online stores such as Ace Hardware and Acme Tools (links below) may allow online purchase and in-store pickup of Stihl products.

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
Fuel/oil ratio 50:1
Speed settings Variable
Features
Cruise controlNo
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

Unlike many websites, we did our best to research each of the specs above. That being said, we are not immune to making the occasional mistake or omission. Should you notice any missing or incorrect values, don't hesitate to suggest improvements so we can address the issue. Should you wish more detailed specs on the Stihl SH 56 C-E, the user manual is available here (opens in a new tab).

×

This form does not send us any personal data (not even your IP address)

Description

The SH 56 C-E shredder vac turns yard work into less work. The fuel-efficient STIHL gasoline-powered engine really brings the power to the specially designed blade on the fan wheel – cutting yard waste down to size. Better yet, this versatile STIHL tool offers one power tool that does the work of two. It comes standard with the necessary parts to easily convert the shredder vac into a handheld blower. And as it shreds, the clippings accumulate in a secure, easy-open zippered bag for convenient emptying. And with the STIHL Easy2Start™ system, starting is easy – almost effortless. (source: Stihl)

Overview of the Stihl SH 56 C-E

The Stihl SH 56 C-E in use

The Stihl SH 56 C-E

  • Power: The Stihl SH 56 C-E is a gas-powered blower with a maximum air volume rating of 412 cubic feet per minute (CFM) and an air speed of 159 MPH.
  • Handling: It’s handheld, so naturally it’s easier to handle and carry than larger leaf blowers, such as backpack models or walk-behinds. Be aware that, at 11.5 lbs, the Stihl SH 56 C-E is on the heavier side for gas-powered handheld blowers.
  • Engine: This blower is fitted with a 27.2 cc 2-Mix engine. Please note that, because the Stihl SH 56 C-E's engine is a 2-cycle one, it runs on a mixture of oil and gasoline. According to Stihl, the proper fuel mixture ratio for this blower is 50:1. 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 (9.3 gallon bag included).
  • Mulching: Its mulching ratio is 14:1, meaning that it will turn 14 bags of soft debris into one bag of mulch.
  • Noise: Its noise rating of 70 dB can be considered the standard for similar gas-powered handheld blowers.
  • Fuel Tank: With a capacity of 18.3 fl. oz., this Stihl blower is average compared to other gas handheld 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™ (also called “ErgoStart”) 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.

Product Videos

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 blowers. For the fastest air speed in this category, you may want to consider the Craftsman BV2500, which can expell air at a velocity that can reach 250 MPH.
  • Regarding its air volume, the airflow of the Stihl SH 56 C-E can reach 412 CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute), which is on par with other gas-powered handheld blowers. If air volume is important to you, the Craftsman B225, with 650 CFM, could be in your good books.

Here's a list of the most popular specific comparisons:

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other blower vacs, the Stihl SH 56 C-E is on the average side of the price range.

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

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:
  • In the expected price range
  • Leaf collection bag included
  • Easy2Start™ technology
  • 2-Mix Engine
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent tank (18.3 fl. oz.)
  • Acceptable noise (70 dB)
  • Decent CFM (412 CFM)
WEAKNESSES:
  • Quite heavy (11.5 lbs)
  • No cruise control
  • Low MPH (159 MPH)

Do you own the Stihl SH 56 C-E and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

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 (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-467-8445.

Questions & Answers

What does the C mean or denote in SH56C (Asked January 1, 2021)

It stands for "Comfort", which means that the unit benefits from a feature designed to make your life easier. Here, it refers to the Easy2Start mechanism.

Couldn't find the right answer for you? Ask your own question.

Your name and email address will not be publicly published. We only need them to be able to answer you directly

We would love to know your opinion

Leave a review

Your total score

Leaf Blower Guide
Logo
Compare items
  • Total (0)
Compare

You can compare as many blowers as you wish. However, for the best results, we recommend you to compare only 2 blowers at a time.

0