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Stihl BGA 86 vs BG 86 - The differences

Further down the page, you'll find some explanations regarding the key similarities and differences between the Stihl BG 86 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 BG 86Stihl BGA 86
Stihl BG 86Stihl BGA 86
  • Higher MPH
  • Leaf vacuum
  • Higher CFM
  • Lighter
  • Less noisy
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Common specs comparison

Make & handling

  • As the BG 86 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.
  • The cordless Stihl BGA 86 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

  • The Stihl BGA 86 with a CFM of 459 slightly exceeds the 444 CFM of the Stihl BG 86. Thus, in comparison, you may find that the former is able to move more leaves per minute.
  • The Stihl BG 86's MPH of 190 beats the 154 MPH of the Stihl BGA 86. It therefore expels air faster and should aid you blowing leaves on grass or lifting heavy debris (acorns, etc.) and wet leaves more effectively.

Weight & Noise rating

  • The Stihl BG 86, weighing 9.7 lbs, greatly outweighs the 6.2 lbs of the Stihl BGA 86, and therefore could be significantly more demanding for you to operate.
  • The Stihl BG 86 produces 70 dB, which is significantly higher than the 58 dB of the Stihl BGA 86. Thus, the latter will be much easier on your ears. The Stihl BG 86 is powered by gasoline and thus, is more noisy than the Stihl BGA 86, which uses electricity.

Other features comparison

Vacuum ability

Unlike the Stihl BGA 86, the Stihl BG 86 can be used as a leaf vacuum – A convenient and less messy method of leaf disposal, which you may find handy when dealing with piles of leaves.

TL;DR

Stihl BG 86Stihl BGA 86
Stihl BG 86Stihl BGA 86
  • Higher MPH
  • Leaf vacuum
  • Higher CFM
  • Lighter
  • Less noisy
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