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SH 56 C-E

A fuel-efficient shredder vac/blower with the convenience of the Easy2Start™ System.

SH 56 C-E
SH 56 C-E is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 91.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Poorly thought out. I'm a fan of Stihl, this one isn't cutting it though. First off, detaching and switching over from vac to blower is a huge pain and the whole system for doing so needs redesigned. Apparently you're supposed to be able to depress a plastic latch with a screwdriver or other object and release the vac or blower attachment. It doesn't work and it feels like you're going to break it every time. You basically depress the plastic tab and then kind of just man handle it u tip it comes off. If you are going to require a tool to do this, there are 100 better ways to set it up. The plastic cover that just freely dangles when the vac is attached is just asking to get caught on something and be broke off. It does seem fairly well attached, but it's something you have to constantly be aware of if you are using the vac around any bushes, porch, etc. Power is okay, but vacuum is very slow. For a consumer grade version I think it's adequate but not what I expected from Stihl. Blower is perfect. Plenty of power, works as intended. That's probably about all I'll be using it for considering the pain of switching attachments and how poorly the vac works.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best way to get quality leaf mulch After seeing a presentation of the value of chopped up leaves I purchased this unit. It works very well and will make fall leaf removal both easier and much more productive for my garden next springSince I already have blowers I will keep this hooked up as vacuum. Sthil only makes high quality equipment.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great blower Wish it had alittle more power, or a reduced opening nozzle for blowing off driveway, other wise easy to use.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great product Very easy to use product. Has great suction. Works so much better then my old one.
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product I had been using an electric blower. This has been an excellent upgrade. Starts up very easy. I get the job done in half the time. No more extension cords to work with. I also have a Stihl string trimmer.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quality engine, but has some shortcomings. I've been an economical consumer for my entire adult life. I'm able to service my own equipment so I've always been able to maintain the cheaper "Chinese" equipment for general home use; keeping the machines running until they inevitably just die. But I've been getting tired of tweaking here and adjusting there so I've begun my equipment swap out to an all-Stihl garage. This is my first Stihl machine. I absolutely adore that "Stihl" sound you get from these engines. It's like nothing else. Because I have so much experience with small equipment I'm able to really dial down what the strengths and weaknesses are of my machines rather quickly. Strengths:-This blower has sufficient power and blowing speeds for my use.-Quiet.-An engine that I know will last if cared for and when not run with ethanol-Comfortable weight.-Starts very easily. -Transparent fuel tank so I know what my levels are.-I love, love, LOVE (did I say love?) that I can change it up and make it into a vacuum so I can get the leaves in the areas behind shrubs and around my koi pond without struggling to blow them out otherwise.-The inside of the vac bag has a clever "deflection shield" as I call it which helps prevent the mulched debris from abrading the bag. Smooth!-I think Stihl new that the reduction ratio with the mulching blades would make for a heavy bag, so the straps are securely fastened to the bag with large stitching and reinforcements. Double smooth! -Oh those sharp little blades! The reduction of leaves is astounding. I'm dumbfounded how much material this thing mulches before the bag is full. Weaknesses:-Even my dealer couldn't figure out how to get the front black plastic blower pipe off when I was given my "demo." It's a finicky thing. We figured it out, but I wish I didn't need a tool to release the lock. It should be a push-button release.-There are no identifying marks to get the locking ring on to secure the pipe in place. Sure there is an arrow for where the pipe goes on, but not the ring. Maddening.-That little muffler is nowhere near as protected as it should be. I already burned my hand.-The "door" that must be opened (again, with a tool) to change the blower-to-a-vac is basically screaming "take me in the bushes so can get stuck on everything." Yup, it got stuck on the holly bushes and nearly broke off when I was vacuuming the leaves around them.-I wish the vacuum pipe was adjustable so I can move the angle of the mouth. I feel everyone will carry the machine a little differently. Apparently I do, because I can't quite get the opening to be flush with the ground for the best "suction." Maybe it's designed that way. I don't know.Over all a neat machine. It has it's place here in my garage regardless of the shortcomings.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sucks Literally Difficult to get started. I haven't had mine an entire summer and its already hard to start. Junk. I have trimmer that is the same way. Junk Junk Junk.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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 package, great in small places, and reliable motor.
Date published: 2017-07-01
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