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SH 56 C-E

A fuel-efficient shredder vac/blower with the convenience of the Easy2Start™ System.

SH 56 C-E
Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 35reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by I have now free time to write this! I was skeptical after all the reviews written about the shredder. Just bought this today and it started after the second pull, took about 20 seconds to heat up before it went to full throttle, the air stream was well controllable and it tool me little time to get everything in a pile. leafs, little twigs even and paper that people have thrown in my yard . surprisingly replacing the blow nozzle with the vac nozzle took less than a minute which contradicts what others claim, simply press a screw driver in the hole at the end of the tube and rotate the nut, it comes right off. installing the other nozzle is simply aligning the arrows that are clearly visible on both parts, put the nut in place and rotate it until it clicks. the holes are this big that if you haven't got a screwdriver handy a key or even a twig (1/4" thick) would do just fine. And if you are using this tool you probably have no shortage of twigs!! Very impressed as the vac did not clog up at all. Leafs usually fill me sidewalk gutter and I vacuumed them up at normal walking speed. The fine dust comes out of the pores of the bag. Don't wear any pretty clothes, they will get dirty. August 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Light but strong I needed something for my driveway and patio and this blower is perfect. Easy to crank and saves time.I recommend this blower for the need something strong but light ! July 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by It's great being cordless! I love not having to deal with an electrical cord. I am a small, older female, and needed a vac/blower that wasn't too heavy & started easily. This product accomplishes these requirements for me. I do have a little difficulty in pushing the tabs with a tool to change the tools! But can live with it. I think if you were stronger & had bigger hands this might not be an issue, just an annoyance. My husband likes using this product, except push tabs, too. Haven't had/used enough to know about the maintenance aspect. July 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by It's been great so far I bought this shredder/vac about 2 months ago and it has been great. The only thing is that when I first got it the blower would start on the second pull every time. Now it take three pulls and I hope the number of pulls doesn't increase. June 18, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great blower/vac for the price The SH56 C-E is one of my favorite tools as a homeowner. I love the blowing power, but most of all I love the vacuum/shredding capability. It makes short work of a pile of dry leaves, sucking them up, shredding them and bagging them. Too bad it isn't capable of doing the same with pine needles!My only complaints are that converting between blower/vac can be a bit tedious and there's no great way to hold it in vacuum configuration. When you're holding it in vac config, it's a bit awkward and gets more so as the bag fills up.Also, the bag developed a hole after no more than 3 uses. I'll have to take it into my local dealer and try to get it replaced. The bag NEEDS TO BE sturdier.Otherwise, highly recommended. May 28, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Starts and runs good but that is about it Cheep plastic push in locks on fittings that you need to carry a screwdriver for(provided). Good bag and clamp system for ease of emptying. Discharge clogs frequently when leaves are wet/damp. Muffler not fully shielded. Beware. Dependable starting and runs good. Ergonomics could have been better engineered. May 22, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by What a bad job stihl did on this one I think it's one of the worst pieces of machinery stihl ever made. Every couple minutes you have to take the whole thing apart to pull the little twigs out. I only use a handful of times and it's not even worth using. It's faster to use a rake. Just saying if you go ahead and buy it you'll be sorry May 8, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by not as good as other Stihl products I have a Stihl chainsaw and weed eater, and both are great. I have a lot of trees in my back yard and thought I could manage the leaf problem with a vac shredder.I already have a different brand leaf blower so didn't need another.Pros: Mainly as a blower- very powerful, not very noisy. Not too heavy.Cons: Mainly as a vac/shredder Pretty slow in the amount it can pick up. Usually when sucking up leaves you get other debris as well. This can often jam the impeller or block the suction tube at the base. In addition when picking up leaves that are not completely dry the debris will get stuck in the tube between the bag and the unit. When either tube is blocked it's a laborious task to take it apart and clean it out. In addition the bag doesn't seem to hold very much so you spend a lot of time emptying the bag. Basically, I broke down the time in thirds. One third vacuuming, one third cleaning out stuck debris, and one third emptying the bag. I think you would be twice as fast just blowing or raking then bagging. The vac just doesn't cut it. May 3, 2014