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Stihl BGA 86 vs BGA 85 - The differences

Further down the page, you'll find some explanations regarding the key similarities and differences between the Stihl BGA 85 and the Stihl BGA 86.

But before checking out these explanations, here's a table that summarizes the main pros of each of these 2 leaf blowers:

Stihl BGA 85Stihl BGA 86
Stihl BGA 85Stihl BGA 86
  • Higher autonomy
  • Higher CFM
  • Higher MPH
  • Lighter
  • Less noisy
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Common specs comparison

Make & handling

  • As the BGA 85 and the BGA 86 are both Stihl blowers, they benefit from the same level of quality and attention to detail.
  • These two products are handheld blowers and therefore provide you with superior mobility.
  • Both products are battery-powered blowers - they use a cheap and convenient power source, which you can easily recharge.

CFM & MPH

  • In comparison, the Stihl BGA 86, with a CFM of 459, beats the 391 CFM of the Stihl BGA 85, making it the superior landscaping tool of the two, when it comes to the amount of leaves that can be blown per minute.
  • You will find that the Stihl BGA 86 at an MPH of 154 outperforms the 104 MPH of the Stihl BGA 85 and can blow leaves on grass or lift wet leaves or heavier debris (acorns, etc.) effortlessly in comparison to the latter.

Weight & Noise rating

  • The heavier Stihl BGA 85, standing at 7 lbs, dwarfs the 6.2 lbs of the Stihl BGA 86, and may cause you more trouble physically when operating.
  • The Stihl BGA 85's noise rating of 64 dB exceeds the 58 dB of the Stihl BGA 86. Therefore, the Stihl BGA 86 will be easier on your (and your neighbor's) ears.

Other features comparison

Vacuum ability

Neither the Stihl BGA 85 nor the Stihl BGA 86 has the ability to vacuum leaves. Thus, you will require another method of leaf collection.

Autonomy

The Stihl BGA 85, whose autonomy stands at 24 mins, slightly exceeds the 21 mins of the Stihl BGA 86. It can therefore operate slightly longer before you must recharge it.

TL;DR

Stihl BGA 85Stihl BGA 86
Stihl BGA 85Stihl BGA 86
  • Higher autonomy
  • Higher CFM
  • Higher MPH
  • Lighter
  • Less noisy
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