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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 out of 5 by 54reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 More than meets home/cabin clearing demands I read reviews of all the major leaf blowers/shredders available. I have a large lot at my home In Minnesota, with large volumes of leaves to clear every Fall. In addition I have a cabin in NW Wisconsin with large amounts of leaves, pine needles and pine cones that need clearing every year. Getting tired of all that raking, piling and hauling.The SH 86 CE was my choice for a durable, hand held professional level blower shredder. I cleared my lawn at home in about 2 hours (1/2 acre). Piled leaves up with the blower first, then vacuumed up the piles. The vacuum is not as fast as the blower but if you take your time it does a great job. Others expressed concerns about difficulty attaching and removing the blower and/or vacuum tubes. All it takes is a small screwdriver to depress a plastic tab, about 30 seconds and good to go. I had no jams after using over 3 tanks of gas on the first usage. All dry leaves, and very small sticks, nothing larger than 1/4" diameter. The vacuum bag compacts the mulched leaves so tight you have to pull the debris out with your hands if you fill the bag too full. I quit filling the mulch bag when it was 2/3 to 3/4 full, Keeps the suction high until ready to empty the bag. I also left the zipper open after attaching the bag to the elbow attachment and ran the motor for 30 seconds before zipping it up after emptying the leaf mulch. This blew a lot of dust out of the bag and appeared to keep the suction strong during the next fill up. I put the shoulder strap over my neck and not just let it hang on my left shoulder as recommended by Stihl. Otherwise, as the bag fills it tends to slide off your shoulder all the time. The dealer said he uses this model to blow snow off his steps/deck/driveway in the winter rather than use a snow shovel/snowblower. Great idea and I plan to consider that this winter.Although I just purchased this blower I gave it a good first trial and expect it to more than meet my needs for many years. October 27, 2014
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
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