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BG 86 C-E

Our most powerful handheld blower, made even better with Easy2Start™ technology.

BG 86 C-E
Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 39reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by excellent Never had a problem with stihl products well worth the money and may very well be the last one of what ever product you will ever buy June 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great for roof and gutters A homeowner bartered this blower to me to help pay for a roof leak. Its great for blowing off roofs. I can stand on the ridge cap and blow off the entire area. Many blowers are good for blowing out gutters, this one has enough power to do the job even when the debris is wet. I employ females as part of the clean up crew for a gutter cleaning company and I am happy that I no longer have to come down off the roof and start the blowers anymore. I watched a 10 year old girl start it, cold, with ease. The girls like that its powerful yet light. I like that it starts up every time and is not picky about fuel like some other brands. I have since bought another one and I am phasing out my Husqvarna equipment over to Stihl. June 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by The Best Blower I have ever owned. BG 86 C Was a little skeptical when it was started for the first time at the store, as it was so quite and felt so lite in my hand. This gave the impression that it lacked power?? I went ahead and brought it home anyway, only to realize that this puppy kicks but!! Wow does it move air. I am still learning to use the easy start feature, but I already know this is a top shelf blower and I am happy I got it. An early Fathers Day Gife from my Beautiful wife. Also went with the 6 pack of synthetic oil to increase the warranty to 4 years. I think this one will last me way more than 4 years, as my place isn't that big. I'd say to anyone looking for the best of the best...this is it!! May 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Easy To Start and Powerful I had bought the bg-56 and took it home and it just did not have enough power . I went back to the dealer and bought the bg-86 c e. Wow what a difference, It has great power and quit and little vibration . The money spent is well worth it . Love my stihl blower . May 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Easy start and lots of power This blower is an excellent unit, plenty of power and is easy to start. Also it is fairly light and well balanced for one hand operation. I liked it so well I went and bought a Stihl string trimmer. April 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by This product is super light and powerful. Great product, easy to start, plenty of power and its very light. April 15, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by For an Easy Start, Not so Easy I have to pull at least 4 times for a cold start. Not satisfied with that result being it's an 'Easy Start', Easy Pull. April 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great machine Great for long term daily use, no fatigueLove the easy start great since I have shoulder disability's February 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Easy starting Great blower...even for light snow. Very easy to start with good power. February 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by This unit is all you need for a homeowner It is light and hardly any vibration...Great..Good power very reliable January 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by No other brand measures up to STIHL In past years, I always looked for the highest speed blower.That is, until the local STILHL dealer clued me in on what to look for in a good blower. Mainly the amount of air volume moved, not the speed. Bought my first one about 15 years ago and have stuck with the STIHL brand ever since. Am on my 4th blower now. The best starting engine I have ever owned.Thr easy start makes it much easier on my back, being 68 years old. After the success with the blower, I have since purchased your chainsaws (4 of them), string trimmer (3 of them), hedge trimmers an several hand tools. STIHL is the best, both in price, value, and dependability. January 11, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by BG 86 C-E This blower has a lot of power. One thing I struggle with is the throttle response, however it is just getting broke-in. Seems like I have to feather the throttle if I bring it back down to idle and then want to rev it back up. If I slowly squeeze the trigger, it will die. This is only a minor concern at this time. It may get better with use and time. December 15, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Very good product but wish it had "cruise control" Never before thought I wanted a leaf blower but now that I live on a property with lots of oak trees #leaves#, driveway trenches, occasional snow and a number of homemade trails, I have found the leaf blower to be a very valuable tool and timesaver. I use it much more than I would ever have expected. Stihl quality is as usual very good #also have two Stihl chain saws and a weed trimmer#.My only disappointment with this model is the lack of "cruise control". The earlier BG85 model did have it, and both I and the salesperson thought this model did also. It appears to have it when it's not running but when running it only works full on or idle. There are a number of situations when I would like to run at half throttle #e.g. working on a gravel driveway# but can only do so by manually holding the throttle at the desired speed. Not a deal killer although I thought I had checked for this feature yet it was not to be.I had considered a backpack model but do not regret getting the handheld. I like being able to move from one side to the other, setting it down briefly, stopping and restarting the engine without having to "unhitch". I might think differently if I had large, flat areas to work on but that is not the case for my situation. Overall, a very good product match for my purposes. December 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by The best blower that I have owned. This is the fourth blower that I have owned. My blower gets a good workout every fall with the amount of leaves that fall every year. My Stihl dealer recommended the BG86 based on my discussion with him and he guided me to the right tool. It pays to deal direct with the dealer and to buy commercial grade equipment. December 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Light and powerful This year I bought the new DG 86CE and have been very impressed with the power and weight of this machine. Using it for hours at a time make the throttle lock a great addition to switching hand positions and not slowing down the work and avoiding hand cramps. Buy one you will be happy you did.. November 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tons of blowing power Purchased the unit just before the leaves started to fall. Great job in blowing but a little disapointed in starting ease. Takes 6-8 pulls to get it started and then 30 seconds of warm-up before unit runs without problems. Very easy to start once its warm. November 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by It's a great blower This is the first gas blower I have owned. This is the first Stihl product I have owned. I had a battery operated blower(el cheapo brand) prior to this one. Absolutely no comparison!!I bought a Stihl because of the name and their quality chain saws.I have not been disappointed. It's a great product and works like a dream. November 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Phenomenal Blower and has necessary extra features I knew I wanted a Stihl blower after much research on the internet and talking to my landscaper. I was undecided as to the BG 56-C and the BG 86 C-E, so I emailed Stihl technical support and they responded quickly and thoroughly to all my questions. The added features of the 86C-E (especially, the antivibration, the comfort grip handle, and the easy to use throttle lock lever) and the inclusion of the flat nozzle were selling points on the 86 C-E. I needed power to blow the leaves off my stone landscaping and my landscaper showed me how to hold the 86 C-E parallel to the ground and sweep across the stone to keep from blowing the gravel out of the landscaped area. If you have gravel, this blower might be too strong (per my experience and Stihl technicial response to me.). The easy start feature was a necessity for me. I bought the Stihl Ultra oil 6 pack to double the warranty and per another reviewer bought BP 93 octane gas, I understand some Marathon stations sell ethanol free gas and if I can get that for my next gallon, I will. I added Sta Bil fuel stabilizer as well and expect this Stihl 86 C-E blower to las me the rest of my life. November 2, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Blower lasted one day and needed to be replaced After considerable research, I chose this blower to help clear our 2.6 acres. I was impressed with its power and used it about 1.5 hrs the first day. The next day the blower engine would not come up to speed and seemed to be choking out. The dealer tried to adjust the carb and tried otherwise to correct the problem, unsuccessfully. They provided a replacement that has worked fine so far, but I'm very disappointed in Stihl's quality control. October 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome power I bought the BG 86 C-E for this fall season. My last two leaf blowers were cheaper ones, and yes I've already bought two of them. I finally broke down and spent the money for a Stihl, I should of done this from the start. I can't believe how much faster I get done blowing the leaves by having more power. Yes it does weigh more than my cheaper ones but I get done so much faster. My wife likes to do the leaf blowing, so I was a nice guy and bought the easy start, she loves it. She struggled getting the cheaper ones to start, now she wants to use the new one. Thank you Stihl!!Now if it lasts as long as my Stihl chainsaw I'll be happy. My chainsaw is 30 years old and has only been in the shop once. Well worth the money. Can't beat a Stihl. October 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wonderful machine that will last years and years I've only had it for one month but it has worked great for me. It's only used for my house so not everyday use but it has been reliable so far. The anti shake tech really works well and it's lighter than my last blower. I had to adjust the idle speed to my liking which was really easy. The easy pull start is ok but I find myself pulling like I do for any gas powered machine. It does take 3-4 pulls on a cold start which kind of surprised me. I was thinking it would start like a Honda lawnmower...one pull and it's on. It does not do that but does start right up after 3 tugs consistently and I can happily manage that. It was expensive but good quality always is and in the long run I will easily make my money back. Hopefully with proper maintenance I will have this as long as my honda lawnmower and I suspect I will. Great craftsmanship is the reason I ponied up and bought the last blower I'll need for years.... October 6, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by A good Blower Unit Purchased the Stihl Brand to replace another brand blower. I have several Stihl Chain saws and they are the best of all the Brands I've owned. The other blower was reliable but always seemed to start hard. Thought I could use a little more blower speed too. Picked the high end Stihl that featured a complete package with all the vacuum accessories. It was also advertised as easy start. The blower works well, has marginally more blower force than the old one but seems just as fussy to start. I had the dealer show me the slightly different start procedure and Stihl has an on-line video too. It still takes 6-8 pulls to start, and even changing the choke setting. It also takes up to a minute to reach full power after it starts. My other brand did the same thing. Not sure how much upgrade I really ended up with.Too new to rate dependability yet. It does always start and works well once started and warmed up. If it is as dependable as my chain saws I'm sure I'll get to like it. September 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Stihl Quality - Dependability Still The Best Owned many Stihl products this is an excellent blower, also would recommend Stihl moto mix - premixed, no ethanol issues,no smoke, worry free storage within reason & with less fuel consumption than pump gas. This blower is easy starting cold w/choke -no choke warm-hot . low noise, low vibration, plenty of power ! August 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nice step up from my 13 year old Stihl blower 13 years ago I bought the entry level blower and it served me well with zero problems. Purchased this BG 86 C-E and it is a joy to use....quieter, less vibration, very good air flow, love the throttle lock and finally, it starts so easily...fast idles during warm-up and is ready to go in about 20 seconds or so....NICE. All accomplished with the 3 position rotary knob. I REALLY like this blower. :) July 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Product, typical Stihl quality Bought this blower about 3 weeks ago as an early Father's Day gift from my wife. Thank you dear!! This thing is great. Dealer recommended me to use 93 octane with no ethanol. I did so, and I have used it about 5 or six times already. It runs great, and when you put the tapered end attachment on it, it will blow away anything in its path. It's light, fairly quiet, and does not make your hands tingle when you hold it for extended amounts of time. Easy to crank. Great investment so far. It sounds good when it runs too. I would recommend this product to anybody. June 17, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Excellant Blower Easy to start and quiet compared to similar products. May 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Stihl handheld BG 86 C-E blower Bought one of these blowers several years ago for the fire department where I worked. It was useful for blowing crash debris off the freeway after an accident and blowing off the apparatus floor from the cottonwood trees around the station. Because of this I purchased the Stihl BG 86 C-E to replace another handheld blower I own. I bought the C-E because my daughter could start it without extra pulling. The blower is new and does a good job, but needs to be adjusted by the dealer. It bogs a little during startup and doesn't seem to have quit enough high speed RPMs. I'm sure the dealer can fix these problems. One gets an extra two year warranty by purchasing STIHL lubricant. A small price to pay for a quality product. April 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by What a geat investment I have 2 of the largest Sweet Gum trees in NC in my front yard. And this BG-86 is a life saver in time and energy. April 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by This Thing is a BEAST! I purchased this and have only had it 1 week, but wow im impressed. The no vibration feature is great and the max throttle settings is nice. Im impressed! January 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by You Get What You Pay For! Excellent Product All Around - Powerful, Easy to Start and Maintain, Well Engineered, Relatively Quite and the Vibration Dampening Feature is a Real Hand Saver. December 2, 2012
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