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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 3.9 out of 5 by 48reviewers.
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
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