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Shredder Vacs

Efficient shredding of leaves and yard clippings

STIHL shredder vacs are all about shredding yard waste without shredding your budget. Each STIHL shredder vac is actually two powerful tools in one: A powerful shredder capable of transforming the equivalent of 14 bags of dry leaves into a single bag of clippings, as well as a fuel-efficient blower. And it comes standard with the necessary parts to convert easily to a handheld blower and back to a shredder, depending on your task. To help you identify model features, look for these corresponding symbols: C = Comfort feature and E = Easy2Start™.

After the leaves and yard clippings have been gathered, it’s time to shred. Each STIHL shredder vac features a specially designed shredder blade located on the fan wheel. This efficient design reduces yard waste at a 14:1 ratio for dry leaves. And as it shreds, the clippings accumulate in a secure, easy-open zippered bag for convenient emptying. The tube makes it easy to get in and between shrubs and other hard-to-reach places.

Blowers Frequently Asked Questions
  1. 7 years ago
    Good Blower, mediocre vaccuum
    It blows leaves well, but the vacuum side leaves much to be desired. If you have smaller light weight leaves, it should do fine, but if you have thicker larger leaves like red oak, it tends to bridge at the opening and leaf collecting becomes a slow process. If your leaves are wet, that complicates matters even further. I ended up buying a used troy built chipper/shredder to handle the leaf shredding. Bottom line, it's a good blower, but don't buy it expecting it to wow you with it's vacuum capabilities.
  2. 1 year ago
    Great piece of equipment.
    Super easy to use - this shredder is like a powerful vacuum for yard waste and leaves. I used it on a morning following a frost and was surprised how well it dealt with the leaves. I’ve since used it on a dry day and it was superb. Switching between vacuum and blower was very straightforward. Something to keep in mind is that the 86 C-E has the same engine as that used by Professional landscapers for moving large piles of leaves. In this blower-vac you are essentially getting a ... read more pro-quality blower with the benefit of a vacuum that shreds the leaves into a nice mulch.
  3. 7 months ago
    Stihl Quality
    I have owned this blower vac for about 10-12 years. I have a very large yard with 12 deciduous trees, 7 of which are over 50' tall. I have tens of thousands of leaves that fall every year. This machine is the best blower vac you can buy. My one issue is with vacuum function. I try to pick up the small (6-12") branches that fall off my poplar trees but can not get them all. It will clog occasionally. That I don't mind. What is poorly designed however is the bag attachment. It falls off ... read more constantly. I crank down as hard as I can on the belt to no avail. Also, I am going to replace the spark plug but have to take off 1/2 of the case. Not convenient.
  1. 3 years ago
    This thing is great
    I bought this blower vac this spring to clean up last leafs leaves. This machine will clog if you try to suck up too many wet leaves. So I had to scatter them with the blower configuration then after they had some time in the sun to dry this machine in the vacuum configuration easily sucked them all up. I have been very please with this machine. Sense the leave clean up it gets used once a week to clean off my patio and sidewalks. It so far has been very easy to start. I will update this review ... read more once the machine gets some age on it
  2. 3 years ago
    After six months
    Good concept, but has its limitations. I bought this as light duty blower and shredder for my landscaping business. It is six months old. First the cons. DO NOT buy the model with EZ recoil. After the guys stretched the internal spring 4 or 5 times, I coverted to the traditional recoil. Now it is durable! The other negative is the shredder has limitations. Not intended for big jobs or wet material, otherwise it works great. For the pros, light weight, agile, decent blower performance for a small ... read more package, great in small places, and reliable motor.
  3. 4 years ago
    Powerful blower feature
    This shredder / Vac. is easy to start, and has a powerful blower feature. Unfortunately, the tube conversion from shredder / vac to blower is not very user friendly. In addition, the shredder blade does not chop the lawn debris very fine. A larger leaf bag could have been supplied with the unit.
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