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SH 86 C-E

A professional-grade shredder vac/blower with top-of-the-line power.

SH 86 C-E
Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 91reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by My First Impressions I bought the SH 86 C-E on a Friday, and used it on a Saturday. The bad,1st: Yes, the machine will clog. But, I find that the debris has to be hard as a rock to do this.2nd: The bag fills up fast. Sometime that's good; Sometimes that's not.3rd: The shredding/vac process is slow.The good,1st: The power is great. As a landscaper we were shredding not only leaves, but a mixture of different type leaves, small sticks and pine straw. It clogged twice on us, but the machine handled it all.2nd: light weight.3rd: It's comfortable. I'm 6ft tall. I thought I would have to bend over to use the machine. I can stand straight up and use the machine.4th: Easy to use. My guys learned to use the machine without any problems.These are my first impressions. Hopefully next year, if I do not forget, I'll post a long term review of the machine. October 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by This Product is GREAT for leaf pickup! We bought the SH 86 C-E only for the shredder vac. I already use a STIHL BR600 Blower for blowing needs. The SH 86 C-E was bought for my wife who uses it only for leaf pick-up. She is very small, 5ft 110 lbs. We looked around to try and find a good quality vac for leaf pick-up and this unit is perfect. If my wife can easliy use this unit for a hour at a time and it work great then I would think almost anyone would be very happy with it as well. As I read the reviews I noticed the couple low ratings were for sticks getting caught in the impeller. We use this stricly for leaf pick-up which is what I think this unit is suppose to be built for. It does shread leaves GREAT! We are very happy and continue to be a huge STIHL Customer! We also own a Stihl Trimmer. October 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent Vac/Blower with power to spare! I purchased the SH86C-E early this past Spring and used it weekly all Summer long. I have four other STIHL Hand Held blower/vacs and they keep getting better. I run Premium Gasoline with STIHL HP Ultra Oil and it starts first or second pull every time! I use mine mainly as a Vac, and it picks up everything I have tried it on,even wet leaves. I HIGHLY recommend the SH86C-E Blower/Vac to anyone that appreciates PREMIUM QUALITY equipment that only comes from owning a STIHL! October 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great blower/vac Easy to start, easy to use, high quality Stihl product. September 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very much as expected very good overall. The blower can become heavy after a while. An accessory shoulder strap could help reduce this slight problem by taking some of the weight off the arm. September 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 Hated it at first but now I love it. Purchased 3/14 to use for some of my smaller clients in my landscaping business. At first the machine was really hard to start and would be a hassle to use. Initially, I only used it for a vacuum as I already have a very good Husqvarna backpack blower. My ex worker dropped that off of the truck and for a moment I had to resort to using the Stihl as my leaf blower. Well after I used it for about 6 to 8 hours without that mulching bag on it, letting the engine run at higher rpm's because its blowing and not sucking, this thing rocks now when I put the mulching bag on it! I think most of the users buy this because of the vac feature like I did but really need to run the engine as a blower to get it broken into before using as a vacuum. It starts up first or second pull every time as long as I prime it and set the choke. Also like to comment that the handles have the anti vibration features on them that makes it easier to handle in a commercial environment. July 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Powerful The SH 86 C-E has so much power, easy to start and great suction on the vac side. I would highly recommend this blower/vac could not be happier. July 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by worth the price Decided to spend the money after owning two cheaper brands of leaf vacs. They would fail me at the most inoppurtune time. After reading multiple review threads on the various brands, my opinion was confirmed. Stihl was the way to go. My dealer kept his doors open for me after closing time and also gave me the full demo following my purchase. As soon as I got home I put the vac shredder to use. I was like a kid on Christmas morning. There was no comparison between my new Stihl and the junk I had been using. Easy starting, comfortable, no vibration and the SH 86 CE digested all the landscaping debris that the last wind storm deposited in my yard. I have found that the debris bag was quite permeable to dust. However, if it allowed less air flow, it woud not have the amount of suction that it has. I went with my dealers recommendation and bought the Stihl fuel. This was another good investment. It extended the warranty another two years. I have found that using the Stihl fuel in my other yard equipment has reduced fuel related issues. However, if you have been using pump gas in an older piece of equipment then use this fuel, you may need to rebuild the carburetor. I did. But now all my equipment runs llike new. July 5, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great model, but room for improvement This unit will suck up all you need it too and more. And that's the problem: "and more" being sticks that are just a bit too solid for the plastic impeller fan. Use the SH 86 for less than 10 hours before the impeller fan was all busted up from the occasional ~2" long, 1/2" thick stick that would rattle around in the fan and chip off the plastic parts. It doesn't seem to impede the blowing/sucking function too much yet, but I can see that fan needing replaced before too long. I wish they'd just made an aluminum or stainless fan, but maybe there are problems with that route.That said, this worked great at clearing my yard and bushes of leaves. The only other drawback, for the vacuum, is that the bag can get a little heavy (maybe 30lbs). That's not terrible, but the nylon strap will have a tendency to dig in to your neck. A pad on the strap would fix this; it seems like an oversight. Other than the plastic fan and lag of pad on the strap, this thing is awesome.Oh yea I thought it was a little heavy at first, but I got used to it. Still, may be difficult to use for people with lighter builds. June 21, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Its hard to believe that this was made by Stihl Machine sucks up a fair amount of dirt during the vacuuming process unfortunately the shredder vac is not up to dealing with this. I've had two of these die in less than two years in homeowner use. If this were used as just a blower it would probably be fine, but I would never buy another one of these to use as a shredder vac. Stihl claims that the dirt that it sucked up voids the warranty, May 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great overall unit I have used this extensively as both a blower & shredder. It is very easy to use & works great in both roles. May 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Better than expected after reading past reviews I used this hard last fall and this spring....I have 3 acres+ and many deep garden beds to clean out. Also have a 300 ft drainage easement at edge of property that is a natural leaf collector.Has worked well on wet and dry leaves and can even take small sticks, straw, bark chunks, etc. It does jamb occasionally on wet leaves when you suck up a whole clump...and I mean clump....but clean out is simple and fast. 60 seconds and you are back at it.I have probably used 40 hours so far and it has jambed maybe 20 times. It looks like the three headed chopper has dulled from the occasional stone...will replace it in the fall.Would buy again. Only negative is bag size...but it is probably at the practical limit due to weight when full. You will empty often but compaction is probably 3-4:1 and results in great free mulch. April 30, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Just out of warranty and crank bearing or similar is roaring This has been a great blower/vacuum until this week. I've always used quality premix oil and used it occasionally around my home but now it's got an awful "roaring" bearing like sound coming from the engine. At first I thought I put regular gas in it but it's my usual mixture and is doing fine in my Stihl edger, Stihl chainsaw and other 2cycle tools. It's out of warranty now but I'll make a trip to the dealer to ensure it's not a simple fix. March 31, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Wore out I bought this to use for home. As a vacuum shredder it is disappointing and not very productive. I can bag leaves faster. It worked great as blower but wore out too quick. Had cylinder and piston failure right at 2 years. Had it repaired and it failed again in another 2 years for residential work. Used Stihl oil. Would not buy again March 21, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Too unreliable, poor quality for residential use, even w/5 yr warranty This Blower is for my home use every week. It is hard starting, runs too lean, dies out when giving it throttle, & sometimes just dies out of the clear blue @ full throttle. This is not the great product Stihl claims it to be. I own a Stihl weed eater as well & it seems to work o.k. I use fresh gas w/ Stihl oil + stabilizer in my blower as well. I'm sorry but the blower does not perform well at all !!!!!!! This has turned me off from buying any more Stihl products. The blower is less than 1yr old, as well ! February 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great blower even in winter Bought SH86-CE after X-Mas. First use was blowing snow off guest cars New Years Eve. It worked great. Been using it to clear light snow from driveway & walk easier & sometimes quicker than shoveling. I'm amazed on how well it starts, even in -5deg F temps, and easy start takes so little effort getting it running. Looking forward to use it this season to clear leaves & grass clippings. If it works half as well on leaves as it does on snow I'll save hours on yeard clean up. Used many other blowers over the years and the efficiency of air movement is well above others. Spent more than I really wanted to, but it looks like it will be worth it. February 19, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great addition to the collection I have 2 acres and as a blower and vac combo it is great. Blow the leaves out of tight spaces into a pile then switch over to the vac side and clean up the mess. January 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lots of Power I use this product for vacuuming and shredding only. I have not used it for blowing.I have used other brands of vacuum/shredders and the Stihl has more suction and virtually no clogging. I have also had cases crack with other brands and so far the Stihl has not had that problem. December 14, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good for small areas I bought this for a specific purpose - to get leaves out of small areas like garden beds and my deck, where blowing leaves isn't feasible. It works great for those areas but that's it, in my opinion. I can't speak to how it works as a blower, only as a vac. For that purpose, suction is good and shredding is helpful. The bag holds more than I expected but this is too slow and small to suck up all the leaves from my 1/2 acre (surrounded by trees) yard. For my deck, garden beds, etc. this is a very helpful tool in addition, not in place of, my backpack blower. December 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great tool! A big problem I've had with other brands is when they are warm, they won't restart. You'd have to let them sit and get cold again before they would start. I can't have that, the works got to be done, no going back 1 to 2 hours later to finish. This machine starts back up every time, any time. I doubt if lose my temper and slam this one into the driveway. December 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by this produdc is great in almost all respects I love all the Stihl products I own and have owned for several years, but I would like to comment on one small difficulty with the SH86 C-E blower. I have a difficult time fooling around ,twisting, and jiggling, trying to get the locking collars on for blowing and especially the suction tube. I would like to see these attachments redesigned for greater ease is attaching them to the base unit. December 3, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Sluggish throttle response, otherwise great Works great with one exception. The throttle response is sluggish, like it's running too lean. If you squeeze the throttle quickly sometimes it will die, but accelerate a little slower and it runs fine. Bought new this way, and I've tweaked on the carb, then completely readjusteded the carb and the best it will run is how it came from the factory. This is my only issue, otherwise a very good machine so far. November 23, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good Quality - But not great Quality I am a huge Stihl fan and have more products then my wife probably knows I have. I find this shredder vac to be pretty useful and can really suck up a lot of leaves and pine cones. As I live in the woods, I assume I put this through tougher trials then most. The quality of the machine is good and the results are pretty good also. My main complaint is that I am now on my third blade and it seems that the machine is slowly loosing its suction. But at the end of the day, would I buy this again? The answer is yes. November 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect for my needs Have spent between 10 and 12 hours this fall with the Stihl SH 86 C-E. I have a 1 acre lot in town with 5 large maples, 1 oak,2 magnolias and 1 mulberry and a ton of leaves. I use the blower to clean out my gutters and create leaf mountains in my yard. i have no trouble converting from blower to vac. vac has only plugged once in 10 or so hours of use due to a stick about 1 inch by 3 inches log. I have use the vac also to collect leaves laying on my roof and in the landscaping beds. works great. the dryer the leaves the finer the shred.I am very happy with my purchase November 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great product Works great and the anti vib handles work like a dream Ive had the BG55 for a year before getting the SH86c-e and the anti vib is a super nice plus. The bag does fill rather quickly maybe they can make an extra large one in the future. Over all its the nicest blower Ive had and its much nicer then the BG55 i wish i would have just gotten the SH86 from the get go November 11, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by i love it I really like the vac. One thing I would suggest is to have different options for collection. The bag is spacious but I load my leaves into a garbage can, it would be nice to have a way to go from the vac straight to the can. November 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great unit replaced a B&D electric model. blower is good, but the best part is the shredder, it is a metal blade construction. the previous unit it was made of plastic and the twigs and stems mulched the impeler. people who complainded about the mulching must not have previous experience as this is the best unit so far. yes in a pile you may need to shake it to unclog it. just picked up wet leaves and it was all fine. November 2, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Biggest wast of money I ever spent on a Stihl product Would not recommend it to anyone. I have worn out shop vacs that have 10 times more suction than this thing,No rpm's and they change speeds whenever you tilt it one way or another September 23, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Runs great Bought this to replace a big box store machine that was 2 years old that very hard to start even after a tune up. Bought the gutter cleaning attachment also. Good power but a little heavy. Need a shoulder strap. September 2, 2013
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