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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 135.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Don't buy this for the vacume feature. I did, and I wish I wouldn't have. The slightest twig will jam this unit up. It's fine if you ONLY pick up small leaves, but anything else... no. The blower works flawlessly, just like all Stihl blowers... but don't pay for a feature that you'll find to perform badly.. Just because I took a hit doesn't mean you have to.
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but has some issues Machine starts and runs well. Issues are with attachments. 1. Switching from blower to shredder and back is laborious and time consuming. You need a screwdriver or similar tool, and while aligning the intake tube and getting it secured can be accomplished alone, it would best be done with 2 people so that one can hold the tube in place while the other turns the plastic shroud (securing "nut").2. Adjusting tube length (wife shorter than me) is almost impossible. Once you manage to get the tubes twisted into place, loosening them requires gorilla-like strength.3. Swapping between the gutter kit and regular blower turned out to be impossible, as I could not separate the second section of tube from the first. The "shove together and twist to lock" design created a union so tight even my gorilla (bodybuilder son) could not separate them. It appears I will have to buy another first section of tubing. [Note: the gutter kit and the regular blower are intended to share the single first section of tube which came with the shredder-vac. Won't be true for me since I can't get them apart.]
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great for light leaf work Bought this to reduce load of leaf raking. I have found for large jobs not much beats raking and bagging. The vac shredder takes a long time and shredder blade and vac impeller have to be replaced often. Doesn't do well with small acorns or rock beds. Nagger for the mower might be more realistic for my applications. It does start easy and work well when blade and impeller are not damaged
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why did I wait so long? Whenever I use the blower/vac, I ask myself, "why did you wait so long?" Excellent power and the vac attachment easily mulches leaves and other debris. It will not do the sweet gum balls as they block the shredder. Like any tool (speaking of the vac use) you have to use it to get your technique down, so take a little time with it. The bag fills fast and so optimally it would be great to have two bags and a helper who is emptying one, while you fill the other. Or, lay out a blanket or sheet and dump the bag several times before carrying it away. I also bought the gutter attachment and I can stand on the ground and reach the gutters on our ranch house with a walk out basement. No more climbing on ladders and the entire house is done in 20 minutes. Once the stuff is blown out, I use the blower without the attachment to clean up the walks. Converting from the blower to the vac takes some getting use too, but not difficult. The blower itself is super strong and easily starts. This is a winner, but then I expected that from Stihl. Really appreciated the professional help at the Platte Rental store too. One caution - take care of the tool with the right fuel.
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another well designed Stihl Product Bought this yesterday and attacked a pile of post oak leaves about 4 ft high by 20 feet diameter. Have picked up several sticks about 3/4" in diameter and had it shut down. Takes about 5 minutes to unlock. (Getting very adept at it)What my wife likes about it best is the ability to get leaves out of flower beds where normally raking does not work.Wish it ground the leaves a little finer. Works well on wet leaves even tho the manual recommends against it.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressed! I did all my homework before I bought this shredder vac, and I have not been disappointed as to this point. I understand some of the issues that others had, but don't necessarily agree with them in my case. Like I saw in another review, the only issue I have is that it does seemed to be designed for a left handed person. But it's not an issue that would keep me from buying it again. Yes, the bag may be a little small, but then I think it would get too heavy when full for some people. This thing chops stuff up and packs it tight in that bag. Super easy to start. I haven't used it as a blower because I have another blower. The steel bladed impeller has done a great job of most sticks and even some acorns that I have been trying to avoid. I love it. My baby sister bought it for my Christmas! She loves me a lot! If you like quality and don't mind paying a little extra to get it, then this is your ticket. My daddy taught me that you get what you pay for, so don't buy junk.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product has great value and exceeds my expectations. I purchased this blower/shredder to replace an older similar Stihl blower/shredder which gave me exceptional service. Stihl had made so many great enhancements that I was persuaded to update to this model. What I like best about this Stihl product is the ease of starting and the ease of converting from blowing to shredding mode. I own several Stihl products and all of them exceed my expectations.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy start. The 2 handle makes it easy to use. I have never personally owed a Stihl but have utilized them through our chainsaw ministry. I was taken back by the process of purchasing one. It could only be an authorized salesman who had to register it and test run it. I felt like when it was all said and done they were handing me the keys to a new vehicle.
Date published: 2017-01-25
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