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Stihl SH 86 C-E vs SH 56 C-E - The differences

Further down the page, you'll find some explanations regarding the key similarities and differences between the Stihl SH 56 C-E and the Stihl SH 86 C-E.

But before checking out these explanations, here's a table that summarizes the main pros of each of these 2 leaf blowers:

Stihl SH 56 C-EStihl SH 86 C-E
Stihl SH 56 C-EStihl SH 86 C-E
  • Lighter
  • Bigger fuel tank
  • Higher CFM
  • Higher MPH
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Common specs comparison

Make & handling

  • As the SH 56 C-E and the SH 86 C-E 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.
  • 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 SH 86 C-E with a CFM of 444 slightly exceeds the 412 CFM of the Stihl SH 56 C-E. Thus, in comparison, you may find that the former is able to move more leaves per minute.
  • The Stihl SH 86 C-E with an MPH of 170 slightly exceeds the 159 MPH of the Stihl SH 56 C-E. 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 weight of the Stihl SH 86 C-E, which is 12.3 lbs, slightly exceeds the 11.5 lbs of the Stihl SH 56 C-E, and will therefore require you to carry around slightly more weight.
  • Both devices have a noise rating of 70 dB. They should therefore be equally demanding on the ears.

Engine specs comparison

  • The Stihl SH 56 C-E's fuel tank has a volume of 18.3 fl.oz., exceeding the 14.9 fl.oz. of the Stihl SH 86 C-E. Therefore, you may store more fuel in the device and theoretically operate it longer, if their engines are equally demanding.
  • 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

Both products can be used as leaf vacuums – A convenient and less messy method of leaf disposal, which you will appreciate when dealing with piles of leaves. Additionally, both the SH 56 C-E and the SH 86 C-E offer a mulching feature, performing at a similar mulching ratio of 14:1, which will allow you to conveniently turn vacuumed leaves into mulch or compost.

TL;DR

Stihl SH 56 C-EStihl SH 86 C-E
Stihl SH 56 C-EStihl SH 86 C-E
  • Lighter
  • Bigger fuel tank
  • Higher CFM
  • Higher MPH
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