Stihl BG 86 vs BR 200 - The differences

Further down the page, you'll find some explanations regarding the key similarities and differences between the Stihl BR 200 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:

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Common specs comparison

Make & handling

  • As the BR 200 and the BG 86 are both Stihl blowers, they benefit from the same level of quality and attention to detail.
  • The Stihl BG 86 is handheld and provides you with further mobility over the Stihl BR 200, as its backpack design is by far heavier. However, the latter can utilize a more powerful engine.
  • Both products are gas-powered blowers - gas is a reliable power source which you can refill in a matter of seconds.
  • CFM & MPH

  • The Stihl BG 86 with the CFM of 444 slightly exceeds the 400 CFM of the Stihl BR 200. Thus, in comparison, you may find that the former blows leaves slightly more efficiently.
  • The Stihl BG 86's MPH of 190 beats the 150 MPH of the Stihl BR 200. It therefore expels air faster and should aid you with landscaping more effectively.
  • Weight & Noise rating

  • The Stihl BR 200, weighing 12.6 lbs, greatly outweighs the 9.7 lbs of the Stihl BG 86, and therefore could be significantly more demanding for you to operate. This significant difference in weight is by design, and due to the fact that the Stihl BR 200 is a backpack blower, whereas the Stihl BG 86 is handheld.
  • Both devices have a noise rating of 70 dB. They should therefore be equally demanding on the ears.
  • Engine specs comparison

  • The Stihl BR 200's 35.5 fl.oz. fuel tank outmatches the Stihl BG 86's 14.9 fl.oz. You may fill it up with way more fuel and presumably run it longer, if both engines had the same fuel consumption.The lower fuel tank capacity of the Stihl BG 86 can be accounted for by the handheld handling, compared to the backpack handling of the Stihl BR 200, as its design allows you to comfortably carry a larger fuel tank’s weight and dimensions.
  • These two products have an identical engine displacement of 27.2 cc. Thus, they consume comparable amounts of fuel per stroke and will provide you with similar output.
  • Each of these leaf blowers features a 2-cycle engine. Thus, they both require you to have an oil/fuel mix to operate.
  • Other features comparison

    Vacuum ability

    Neither the Stihl BR 200 nor the Stihl BG 86 has the ability to vacuum leaves. Thus, you will require another method of leaf collection.


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