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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.

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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

Cordless Yes
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 blower with a maximum air volume rating of 444 cubic feet per minute (CFM) and an air speed of 169 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. Be aware that, at 12.3 lbs, the Stihl SH 86 C-E is on the heavier side for gas-powered handheld blowers.
  • Engine: This blower's engine has a displacement specification of 27.2 cc. Being that this is a 2-stroke engine, it must be fuelled using a mix of gas and oil. The proper fuel ratio set by the manufacturer for the SH 86 C-E 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: It features a vacuum allowing it to suck up leaf and debris once the sweeping job is complete.
  • Mulching: Its mulching ratio is 14:1, meaning that it will turn 14 bags of soft debris into one bag of mulch.
  • Noise: With a decibel rating of 70 dB, the SH 86 C-E is neither louder nor quieter than its rivals in the gas-powered handheld category.
  • Fuel Tank: With a capacity of 14.9 fl. oz., this Stihl blower is average when compared to other gas-powered handheld leaf blowers.
  • 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.

  • Forced air leaving this blower’s nozzle has been clocked at 169 MPH. That makes the SH 86 C-E average in terms of air speed 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 leaf 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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Where to buy the Stihl SH 86 C-E?

According to Stihl's Internet Sales Policy and to the reasons mentioned in their blog, it is not possible or recommended to buy a NEW Stihl product online in the USA. The only way to buy the Stihl SH 86 C-E online is to get it second hand or refurbished on eBay.

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

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