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

Make & handling

  • As the BGA 85 and the BG 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.
  • The cordless Stihl BGA 85 may be more environmentally friendly, but its battery will cost you significant recharge time. In contrast, you can refill the gas-powered Stihl BG 86 within seconds.

CFM & MPH

  • In comparison, the Stihl BG 86, with a CFM of 444, 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 BG 86 at an MPH of 190 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 Stihl BG 86, weighing 9.7 lbs, greatly outweighs the 7 lbs of the Stihl BGA 85, and therefore could be significantly more demanding for you to operate.
  • The Stihl BG 86's noise rating of 70 dB exceeds the 64 dB of the Stihl BGA 85. Therefore, the Stihl BGA 85 will be easier on your (and your neighbor's) ears.

Other features comparison

Vacuum ability

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

TL;DR

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