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Stihl BR 350 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 BR 350.

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 BR 350
Stihl BG 86Stihl BR 350
  • Higher CFM
  • Lighter
  • Less noisy
  • Higher MPH
  • Bigger fuel tank
  • Higher cc
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Common specs comparison

Make & handling

  • As the BG 86 and the BR 350 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 350, 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 a CFM of 444 slightly exceeds the 436 CFM of the Stihl BR 350. Thus, in comparison, you may find that the former is able to move more leaves per minute.
  • The Stihl BR 350 with an MPH of 201 slightly exceeds the 190 MPH of the Stihl BG 86. Thus, in comparison, the former expels air at a slightly higher speed, and should do a better job at blowing leaves on grass or lifting wet leaves and debris (acorns, etc.).

Weight & Noise rating

  • The Stihl BR 350, weighing 22 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 BG 86 is a handheld blower, whereas the Stihl BR 350 is backpack.
  • The louder Stihl BR 350, at the noise rating of 74 dB, comes above the 70 dB of the Stihl BG 86, and will be more noisy in comparison.

Engine specs comparison

  • The Stihl BR 350's 57.5 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 350, as its design allows you to comfortably carry a larger fuel tank’s weight and dimensions.
  • The Stihl BG 86's engine displacement of 27.2 cc is dwarfed by the 63.3 cc of the Stihl BR 350. While the latter uses way more fuel per stroke, it is in turn far more powerful. As in the case of the fuel tank capacity, the lower engine displacement of the Stihl BG 86 can be accounted for by the handheld handling, compared to the backpack handling of the Stihl BR 350, as its design allows you to carry the larger engine's weight and dimensions.
  • 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 BG 86 nor the Stihl BR 350 has the ability to vacuum leaves. Thus, you will require another method of leaf collection.

TL;DR

Stihl BG 86Stihl BR 350
Stihl BG 86Stihl BR 350
  • Higher CFM
  • Lighter
  • Less noisy
  • Higher MPH
  • Bigger fuel tank
  • Higher cc
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