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SH 56 C-E

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

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SH 56 C-E is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 125.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The blower is OK but the vac is grossly under powered - performance is poor at best I have a larger blower backpack from Stihl that is excellent. Purchased the Vac. specifically for cleaning leaves and pinestraw from beds...Brought it from ACE in Pawleys...after 10 min of operations realized it was a bad decision and tried to take it back...ACE would not honor a return.
Date published: 2019-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Underrated...great tool! This unit is basically the same as the 56c but it comes with the leaf vac tube, elbow, and bag for only $20 more. I read lots of reviews with people complaining about how hard it is to switch it from blower to's not. You just have to use a tool (which can be a nail, key, screwdriver, etc...) to depress a tab, it's not a tool-less design. It's simple enough to do for the added security of the tubes staying attached! I think many are trying to remove the tubes by hand without depressing the tab. The blower is plenty powerful for the average homeowner. This is not marketed or sold as the commercial use version. You have guys complaining that it's underpowered but they are trying to use it for professional lawn care when this isn't the tool for that. They should spend the extra money to get the 86. Hard to start? Mine started on the 2nd pull. Fill this with 89 grade gas mixed with stihl 50:1 oil and you won't have any problems. I'm not a fanboy, but I bought the kombi system this spring with trimmer and edged attachments. It worked so well I bought this stihl product too. If they keep performing, I'll keep buying them!
Date published: 2019-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome for ME! I live on a half acre lot in S Texas that mostly has San Augustine grass, one Live Oak tree and a few hundred feet of sidewalks/walkways/flowerbeds + landscaping around pool. I have lived here for a year now. Until I bought the FS 56 I spent most of my yard-work days mowing, then playing the clean up game. This meant blowing down my sidewalks, piling it all up, then collecting the piles of grass trimmings and oak leaves by hand; be it by rake and broom in the sidewalks or with the pool skimmer. This shredder vac has changed my yard work days tremendously! FOR THE BETTERI have pretty much put my blower and rake away. On days that it's not too windy I am able to keep all my trimmings in a nice straight line with the edges of the walkways. (Especially on the days that I use my 56 edger, that's another review). With all the trimmings in a straight line I can run this SH 56 shredder vac right down the line at a steady pace walking backwards and it picks up everything. Keep in mind I'm not dealing with any big sticks or pine needles, but this thing just picks up everything for me. The bag fills up one and a half times for me on my 0.5 acre lot. I'd say I shed vac the whole place in fifteen minutes. The shredder blade is a lot beefier than I thought it would be. It looks like it will last a long time. The bag with strap fits over my neck onto right shoulder and it goes on and comes off easily. The industrial zipper works and empties the bag easily into my yard waste can. One neat thing about the bag is that it feels cool on your side while the motor is running, which is a plus in this Texas heat. The vac tube is a little short for me being 6'1", but doable. I just can't reach far with this short tube, Perhaps my wife or upcoming kids will be able to use it better since they are shorter. I see the first wear parts being the air filter since it's just a foam filter and the tube tip as it scrapes along the sidewalks then finally the shredder blade. All easy to replace parts. Starts easily. Just 2 or 3 presses on the primer bulb, a rip or two on choke, a rip or two on half choke, let it run for a ten count and go. This shredder vac is money well spent for ME!I would not want to work with it on large lots or on large PILES of leaves or anywhere with lots of rocks and gravel. I bet it would suck up the rocks and hurt the shredder blade and bag. YMMV.
Date published: 2019-07-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Moderate power, plastic broke first time I tried to remove the vac tube Struggles to pick up many parts and pieces. Bought it for my pool deck. It will pick up debris if you have the about on the ground but then you wear it out dragging it. Plastic tabs on motor broke the first time I tried to remove the vacuum tube.Not happy with my purchase.
Date published: 2019-05-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor backing bun Stihl warranty - Don’t buy I wouldn’t bother. Stihl doesn’t stand behind looking for ways to weasal out of warranty replacement. 3 years ago I got my wife the leaf vacuum for Mothers Day. Bought the oil for the extended warranty. Unit wouldn’t run. Brought to dealer. He says was a bad switch. Then he says debris got through the filter and ruined the engine. Dealer says he never looked at the filter when we had it in last complaining it wouldn’t run because “we didn’t specifically ask him to.” The dealer says that’s our fault and Stihl won’t stand behind the warranty - and cost more to repair than buy a new one. So it’s now in the garbage. Stihl technician rep doesn’t respond to my emails and leaves the dealer to say “too bad..but doesn shoot the messenger.” We have 3 other Stihl tools and that’s it. Time to change brands since their brand service seems in absentia.
Date published: 2019-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent and Time Saving equipment I purchased this unit due to buying a home with lots of trees. I wanted a product that I could use for years to come. Which means STIHL was going to be my choice. The first unit I was sold had issues right out of the box. I took it back the same day and the business in which I purchased it from gave me a new one. I work in retail as a salesman and know that sometimes problems occur. With that being said and the business taking care of me the second Vac/Shredder works flawlessly. This thing is a beast and fun to use. I had to get adjusted to it but it is going to save a lot of time and make lots of great mulch. I am very happy with the product and very Thankful for the quick turnaround on a replacement. Sometimes there is a procedure that needs to be followed on products that don't work. Meaning they replace what ever is wrong with the unit you purchased but they simply swapped it out. Which meant I could get my yard done. I really enjoy yardwork using my STIHL products and can feel the quality while getting the jobs done.
Date published: 2019-05-08
Date published: 2019-04-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from worst lawn equipment purchase ever Tried to use the vac-shredder for the 1st time. It was very hard to start and would not keep running without the choke being held on. Also the engine would not rev up at all. I will be taking it back to Bane Welker today. They will either fix it or I will leave it in the parking lot as It is it is unusable to me or anyone else. I could have bought these kind of problems anywhere for less. I bought this product on recommendations from other Stihl owners. It is without doubt the most expensive and worst lawn equipment purchase I have ever made.
Date published: 2019-02-19
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