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Stihl BG 86 vs BG 50 - The differences

Further down the page, you'll find some explanations regarding the key similarities and differences between the Stihl BG 50 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 BG 50Stihl BG 86
Stihl BG 50Stihl BG 86
  • Lighter
  • Far less expensive
  • Higher CFM
  • Higher MPH
  • Leaf vacuum
  • Bigger fuel tank
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Common specs comparison

Make & handling

  • Belonging to the line of Stihl blowers, both the BG 50 and the BG 86 should have a shared standard of manufacturing and attention to detail.
  • Since both products are handheld blowers, they offer excellent mobility for your convenience.
  • Both products, gas blowers, offer a swift refill system, saving you time on refueling and allowing you to efficiently manage large outdoor spaces.

CFM & MPH

  • The Stihl BG 86 with a CFM of 444 slightly exceeds the 412 CFM of the Stihl BG 50. Thus, in comparison, you may find that the former is able to move more leaves per minute.
  • The MPH of the Stihl BG 86, at 190, modestly exceeds the 159 MPH of the Stihl BG 50, allowing it to blow leaves on grass or lift heavy debris (acorns, etc.) and wet leaves more effectively.

Weight & Noise rating

  • The Stihl BG 86, weighing 9.7 lbs, outweighs the 7.9 lbs of the Stihl BG 50, demanding greater effort to handle and potentially leading to increased fatigue over time.
  • Both devices have a noise rating of 70 dB, ensuring they would neither cause significantly more disturbance to neighbors than the other, nor be noticeably louder to the operator's ears.

Engine specs comparison

  • The Stihl BG 86 features a slightly larger fuel tank, with a capacity of 14.9 fl.oz., potentially allowing for longer operational periods, provided its engine is as fuel-efficient as that of the Stihl BG 50.
  • These two products share an engine displacement of 27.2cc, suggesting they might consume comparable amounts of fuel per stroke, potentially resulting in similar performance outputs.
  • With 2-cycle engines, both leaf blowers mandate an oil/fuel mix as part of their operation.

Other features comparison

Vacuum ability

Unlike the Stihl BG 50, the Stihl BG 86 boasts a leaf vacuum function – providing a hassle-free and cleaner method for dealing with leaf piles, which you might appreciate during your yard work.

TL;DR

Stihl BG 50Stihl BG 86
Stihl BG 50Stihl BG 86
  • Lighter
  • Far less expensive
  • Higher CFM
  • Higher MPH
  • Leaf vacuum
  • Bigger fuel tank
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