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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. 4 years ago
    Upgrade over the 56 is worth it
    One of the main differences between the 86 and 56 is the anti-vibration handle. After blowing and vacuuming my yard for about 2 hours, I am glad I went this route. When vacuuming, it is best to ensure the material is very dry as wet material has a tendency to accumulate in the shredder blades. The conversion from blower to vacuum could be improved by simplifying the door latch release. This is honestly my only complaint. Starts easy, runs well, more than enough power to blow and vacuum. After ... read more using the product for a few weeks, it is still to early to rate dependability, but I suspect no issues as long as you maintain the equipment.
  2. 6 days ago
    Earned it's keep!!!!
    Sometimes you don't realize how valuable something is until try it. I had a regular blower I purchased when we bought our home but in that time we have added a lot of landscaping which created lots of nooks and crannies. Trying to blow leaves was a chore without blowing mulch all over the place. This shredder vac made my life so much easier. Plenty of power and sucks up leaves very nicely. Once you get the hang of it switching the tubes around is very simple. It's also a very powerful blower ... read more without being obnoxiously loud. I take care of my equipment so hopefully it will continue to take care of me for a long time.
  3. 3 years ago
    Stihl Shredder Vac/Blower SH 86-C
    After deep investigation of blowers at this level, I chose this Stihl Shredder Vac/Blower SH 86-C and have used it for 2.5 years now. Hands down, it has performed excellent in all weather temperatures and conditions. I chose to spend the extra money for the SH model, which is the shredder Vac upgrade, not so much for the VAC option, but because the internal hardware in these models are upgraded to stainless steel parts and I have found that the heavy duty rating is authentic. After 2.5 years, I ... read more have only done very basic maintenance. But, I treat it like my lady: put 93 octane gas and add synthetic 50:1 oil only, clean it up after ever use and refill the tank after every use so condensation (water) does accumulate due to the ethanol in pump gas, then store it high. If you want heavy duty, extremely high quality, this product will last you for years. By the way, the shredder vac will eat leaves and twigs like butter and put them in the side bag. I would buy this again and recommend it highly!
  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. 4 years ago
    Great vacuum for those tight places in your yard
    This thing does what it is designed to do. Great for vacuuming up leaves all over the yard. Instead of making a mess trying to blow leaves out of tight areas you can vacuum and be done. I only use the vac on dryer leaves so I haven't had any clogging problems. Great also for clean up after edging, mowing etc. Bag can get heavy as it fills but that just tells you its time to dump. Runs like a champ. So easy to start. Very happy with my purchase as I am with my Stihl chain saw.
  3. 1 year ago
    Greatest blower I've owned
    The SH 56 C-E shredder vac turns yard work into less work. The fuel-efficient STIHL gasoline-powered engine really brings the power to the specially designed blade on the fan wheel – cutting yard waste down to size. Better yet, this versatile STIHL tool offers one power tool that does the work of two. It comes standard with the necessary parts to easily convert the shredder vac into a handheld blower. And as it shreds, the clippings accumulate in a secure, easy-open zippered bag for convenient ... read more emptying. And with the STIHL Easy2Start™ system, starting is easy. Usually within 4 pulls. Very Nice.
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