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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. 5 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.
  2. 5 years ago
    Great power but small bag
    The tubes are difficult to put on and remove but not a huge problem after you get the hang of it. Power is the best I've seen in a gas blower/vac. The most frustrating thing is the coming up to a yard full of leaves with a vac that has such a small bag. There should be an optional accessory that has either a MUCH larger bag or attachment to a large garbage can. The bag is also hard to empty. The zipper should come around the corner and up the side a ways.
  3. 12 months 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.
  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. 2 years ago
    Great machine
    I replaced a 2-stroke shredder vac I bought from a big box store. I had it for about 8 years and it still ran. But, the little things bothered me - the vacuum was anemic. the ergonomics of it sucked, it was hard to start, and changeover from vac to blower was tedious. The Stihl unit is infinitely better - always starts right up. Plus a couple of things I didn't count on: 1) It's much quieter than my older unit 2) Its exhaust (even while being 2-stroke) doesn't stink as much 3) The ... read more conversion between shredder and blower is WAY easier and the ease of use (While in vacuum mode) is better My only complaint is the plastic impeller. Not a fan...
  3. 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.
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