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SH 86 C-E

A professional-grade shredder vac/blower with top-of-the-line power.

SH 86 C-E
SH 86 C-E is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 165.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT!!! This is the best blower I have ever owned. I love that it can suck up and shred leaves. It worked perfectly and beyond my expectations. I would recommend this item to everyone. I think I might get a second one so my husband or son can help me.
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Anti-Vibration. Low Noise. Could start with fewer pulls... Purchase April, 2017. Time of purchase it was started prior to my leaving and fired on first pull. Used it for general spring clean up, sucking up leaves from bushes etc. and the collection bag was easy to maneuver and empty. Summer I was using the blower twice a week; blowing grass trimmings, leaves, general clean up.Blower started fine when cold, but after it warmed up, would not restart until it cooled back down (took an hour). I used it this way until summer wound down (not wanting to be without it during mowing season). An Ignition Coil was replaced under warranty (took 2 weeks).After being repaired, it will now start after it is warm, but it takes 3-5 pulls.This is not a “big” deal as there is not much effort required to pull the rope. -The "easy start" reduces the amount of pull required during start up. -But, it normally takes 3-5 pulls before the engine fires (warm or cold).Note for future owners: The owner’s manual states to use the choke’s middle position when the engine is warm. The engine definitely starts better in this position (when warm). Overall, decent performance, just have to pull it more times than expected out of a top-of-the-line model.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent piece of equipment for the price. I am thoroughly impressed with this machine. The blower is almost as powerful as a backpack blower and the vacuum attachment sucks up a pile of leaves very quickly and reduces it to 1/3 it's volume, most of which I dump in my garden for mulch. Be careful when using the vac attachment because it picks up bark and small stones as well. This machine reduced my yard work time by over 50%. I would highly recommend to a friend.
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Terrible engineering To do the job of leaf vacuum or blowing, this unit does a pretty good job. My problem is that converting from vacuum to blower is just about impossible. The connection and disconnection of the plastic blower and vacuum tubes to the motor unit is terribly engineered. When removing my parts its almost to the point of breaking something before they come free. When installing, things look tight only to blow off as soon as I start the machine. In order to open a door to attach the vacuum, you have to jam a screw driver into a slot to unlock. No instructions on the unit itself to explain how to accomplish these tasks. Very, very disappointed in this. I would have expected that Stihl engineers would have come up with a quick connect/disconnect system for these extension parts.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quality product that should have better performance I have several Stihl products and I will continue to purchase and recommend Stihl for the durability and quality. This one product, SH 86 C, has yet to become the performer I expect from Stihl. It takes a minute or so to run at it's peak rpm's and never attains the level of performance I expect from a Stihl product. I am giving it time to break in, running several tanks of fuel through it first before having it tuned up. I have a smaller and older Stihl blower that has twice the blowing force. So overall, I feel this is a quality product. It always starts, I'm hoping it will develop into the performer I feel it should be. I recommended this product based on my prior experience with Stihl and fully anticipate it will improve with a service checkup.
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really does a number on Leaves. Bought it because I already had a leaf shedder, electric and wanted a gas shredder, just use the Vac, because I have 2 blowers already, and it make short work and shreds well so you don't use as many leaf bags.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice handheld Blower / Vacuum My dealer was not enthusiastic when I told him I hoped to vacuum sweet gum balls with it, and he was right. I could get some small ones but it's not designed for this purpose. Nice vacuum with sufficient power if you want to get leaves cleaned up from a smaller yard. I quit using the vac and kept it as a blower for about 6 years. Well maintained, mine starts on the third pull every time without fail. Looking to sell it now as I just got the BR600 blower for my larger property and greater blowing force. I did not find switching from one task to another troublesome, but it does take a minute or two. Great for a regular size driveway and yard blower and for cleaning up smaller spaces with a vacuum.
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Keep your expectations low. I will start by saying I love sthil products .”for the most part now” I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the SH 86C-E.,leaves are falling and I had high expectation my clean up life would be so much easier this fall,boy was I wrong. The vacuum part is amazing ,this machine will pick up just about anything ,the problem is processing thru. I spent so much time today dismantling the tubes from the motor to unclog leaves I finally gave up and went back to the rake. This snap system to hold the tubes on is a nightmare , Why not push button Releases.? You need one hand to hold the unit,another to push the tab with a screw driver and a third to turn the coupler. Who’s got three hands.? Im sure this thing is fine for very very light leaf clean up but don’t try to put more than a handful thru at once.Really disappointed .
Date published: 2017-11-05
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