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Stihl SHA 56 - 36V 300 CFM Cordless Brushless Blower Vac

The Stihl SHA 56 is a 3-in-1 cordless blower/vacuum/mulcher delivering 300 CFM at 125 MPH. It is powered by a 36V AK battery. (Read full specs)

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Features and Specifications

Type
Type Cordless
Handling Handheld
CFM Up to 300
MPH Up to 125
Blowing Force N/A
Engine
BrushlessYes
Voltage36 V
Speed settings 1
Features
Battery Li-ion
Autonomy N/A
Vacuum Yes
Mulcher Yes
Mulching ratio 10:1
Misc
Battery included 0
Weight (tool only)7.1 lbs
Noise rating N/A
Warranty 3 years

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Description

With its lightweight padded shoulder strap and rotatable handle, you can work comfortably in both operating modes until the job is done right. For maximum performance, the tool comes with two tubes—one for each specific operating function. (source: Stihl)

Overview of the Stihl SHA 56

The Stihl SHA 56 in use

The Stihl SHA 56

  • Power: The Stihl SHA 56 can expel 300 cubic feet of air per minute (CFM) from its nozzle at a maximum speed of 125 MPH.
  • Power delivery: With its brushless motor, the Stihl SHA 56 delivers cordless functionality, allowing users to maneuver freely and efficiently during lawn care routines.
  • Battery: The SHA 56 works with Stihl's 36V AK series batteries. The unit's runtime will therefore depend on the chosen battery size. By default, the blower doesn't come with any battery or charger.
  • Handling: Being handheld, this blower has a good maneuverability and is meant to be easier to carry around over a small period of time. The Stihl SHA 56 weighs 7.1 lbs without any battery, positioning it within the average weight range for cordless handheld blowers and providing a balanced weight profile compared to others in its category.
  • Speed Settings: The Stihl SHA 56 does not have multiple speed settings. Once the blower is turned on, it always operates at the same speed.
  • 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 (10.6 gallon bag included).
  • Mulching: With a mulching ratio of 10:1, this mulcher can reliably pulp 10 bags of waste (such as leaves and other debris) into 1 bag of mulch.

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The Stihl SHA 56's performance versus other blowers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea how the key specs of the Stihl SHA 56 compare with handheld leaf blowers of similar voltage (between 36 and 48V).

  • Upon exiting the nozzle, the air can reach speeds of up to 125 MPH, which is on the lower end for battery-operated handheld blowers between 36 and 48V. For the fastest air speed in this category, you may want to consider the Makita XBU01PT, which can expell air at a velocity that can reach 208 MPH.
  • It’s capable of expelling a maximum air volume of 300 CFM (cubic feet per minute). This places it at the low end compared to other cordless handheld blowers with a comparable voltage. For the highest air volume, you may want to have a look at the Husqvarna 350iB, which boasts with 800 CFM.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other cordless blowers, the Stihl SHA 56 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
  • Brushless motor
  • Leaf collection bag included
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (7.1 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • No speed variation
  • Low CFM (300 CFM)
  • Low MPH (125 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 SHA 56 is covered under a warranty for up to 3 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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