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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 52reviewers.
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
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