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Stihl SH 86 C-E Spec Sheet

The Stihl SH 86 C-E is a 3-in-1 blower/vacuum/mulcher delivering 444 CFM at 169 MPH. It features a 2-cycle 27.2 cc engine. (Read full specs)

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Stihl SH 86 C-E 444 CFM Gas Blower Vac
Stihl SH 86 C-E 444 CFM Gas Blower Vac
Stihl SH 86 C-E 444 CFM Gas Blower Vac
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Features and Specifications

Type
Type Gas-Powered
Handling Handheld
CFM Up to 444
MPH Up to 169
Blowing Force 15 N
Engine
Make N/A
Engine displacement 27.2 cc
Strokes 2
Fuel/oil ratio 50:1
Speed settings Variable
Features
Fuel tank 14.9 fl. oz.
Vacuum Yes
Mulcher Yes
Mulching ratio 14:1
Misc
Weight 12.3 lbs
Noise rating 70 dB
Tube length N/A
Warranty 2 years

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Description

Like a strong wind with an off switch, the STIHL SH 86 C-E professional shredder vac is a powerful landscaping tool – and it comes standard with the necessary parts to easily convert this shredder vac into a handheld blower. It features the same STIHL Easy2Start™ system as the SH 56 C-E, but delivers higher air volume and velocity for tackling difficult yard waste. The shredder vac/blower also features soft-grip handles and four-spring anti-vibration technology for greater comfort on the job. And as it shreds, the clippings accumulate in a secure, easy-open zippered bag for convenient emptying. (source: Stihl)

Overview of the Stihl SH 86 C-E

  • Power: The Stihl SH 86 C-E is a gas-powered leaf blower. It sports a max air speed of 169 MPH and a max air volume rating of 444 cubic feet per minute (CFM).
  • 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. Be aware that, at 12.3 lbs, the Stihl SH 86 C-E is on the heavier side for gas-powered handheld blowers.
  • Engine: The blower is fitted with a 27.2 cc engine. Please be aware that 2-cycle engines like this one require a mixture of gas and oil in order to run. For the Stihl SH 86 C-E, this ratio is 50:1.
  • Speed Settings: Thanks to its variable speed settings, the Stihl SH 86 C-E allows precise control of the air output.
  • Vacuum: This unit isn’t just a blower—it has the added feature of being able to collect leaves and soft debris into a handy storage bag.
  • 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: Its noise rating of 70 dB can be considered the standard for similar gas-powered handheld blowers.
  • Fuel Tank: It has an average fuel capacity, with a tank able to hold around 14.9 fl. oz of fuel.
  • Easy2Start™: The SH 86 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 86 C-E to be started with remarkably less effort than most other blowers.

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The Stihl SH 86 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 86 C-E compare with similar leaf blowers.

  • Upon exiting the nozzle, the air can reach speeds of up to 169 MPH, which is pretty much what is to be expected for gas-powered handheld blowers (the one expelling air at the fastest speed being the Poulan Pro PPBV25 with 230 MPH).
  • Regarding its air volume, the airflow of the Stihl SH 86 C-E can reach 444 CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute), which is on par with other gas-powered handheld blowers (the biggest expelled air volume belonging to the Troy-Bilt TB2MB JET with 650 CFM).

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The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Easy2Start™ technology
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent tank (14.9 fl. oz.)
  • Acceptable noise (70 dB)
  • Decent CFM (444 CFM)
  • Decent MPH (169 MPH)
WEAKNESSES:
  • Quite heavy (12.3 lbs)

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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 86 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.

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    I have had this unit since 2009 and it gets worked twice a year hard. I live on several acres worth a lot of trees where the mower cannot get. After 10 years i had to replace the piston and cylinder and a few other parts at the cost of $76.00. 10 years and $75.00 is not bad considering it gets beat on..

    + PROS: Great machine lasts long..
    - CONS: No cons from me..
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