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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 4.3 out of 5 by 124.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Above average for Stihl products I have a Kombi blower and recently got my 550 blower returned to me by the Sheriff (after a couple years' absence), so when I purchased my SH 86 C-E, it was specifically for use as a vacuum/shredder. The thing works great! The manual says to keep the bag strap on your left shoulder so that it can be quickly thrown off in case of an emergency. That warning got my attention, so I decided to use the thing per the admonition. Interesting machine behavior when you do that ... when the bag falls off your shoulder, it's getting full (enough) and is the best time to stop and empty the bag. You can gut it out and keep vacuuming after that, but you'll find that the bag gets packed so densely that it's a LOT more difficult to empty. Being on the short side (5' 7"), I have not experienced the difficulties expressed by other Reviewers with respect to the length of the suction tube, and the locking collars seem to work easily in my experience. I purchased a couple strap wrenches based on the reviews herein, but have not needed to use them. I have noticed that when the motor stops working because of an apparent obstruction, when I would take off the suction tube to inspect the shredder blades; there would be no obstruction present. Accordingly, I handled subsequent motor stops by just putting the unit on the ground and pulling the starter cord once. Zoom! Just pick it up and resume vacuuming. The unit is light and easy for me to handle. I'm in my middle 70s, and after emptying two or three bags full I'd sit down for 5 minutes to rest and then resume work. With that sort of routine, I can put in about 4 hours' worth per stretch. Pretty easy work with the right tool! In regard to the complaints about dust ... you want to work in the yard and expect to stay clean? From my wife's viewpoint, if I'm willing to do the outside work instead of her; she's perfectly happy to wash my dusty clothes!
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Replacing box store model Just bought it this fall, worked out nice for bagging leaves around shrubs and house. I have rocks in some areas and wood mulch in other areas. Worked great throttling it up and down to increase suction. Mulcher did a great job, leaves were chopped up so more fit in the bag. I like the heavy duty zipper and easy to unhook it from vacuum hose, pull back on the release and the strap and off it comes. I would agree on some of the other reviews, changing from vacuum to blower takes some effort, and a small screw driver. But after dealing with the box store brand the vacuum piece would always work its way off, this one does not do that.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Little Clumsy using the Shredder/Vac I find using the blower as the vac/shredder is a little clumsy. The bag should be on the right side instead of the left. It's better suited for a left handed person. The bag is fairly small but luckily I saved the bag from my old shredder and it holds much more. I also find it difficult changing it from a blower to a shredder and back. I'm a little older and don't have the hand strength to do it. Neither does my younger wife. Design is a good idea but takes some hand strength. The blower works fine and I have the extensions to blow out the gutters which works very well but again hard to convert. Blower starts on the second pull every time.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reliable piece of equipment We have a large yard with several trees ranging from maples to willows. I was a little skeptical the vac would pick up the willow leaves but this model surprised me and did the job. The blower is outstanding and the throttle lock is a great feature for rounding up all the leaves. Anti vibration works great and you can use it for extended periods of time without encountering any vibration fatigue in your arms. Conversion between the blower and the vac takes less than a minute once you get used to it. Vac has a lot of suction power and can handle large and small leaves with ease. The only downside to this model is the bag size. The bag itself works great and is easy to attach and unload but the capacity is limited. Overall this is an outstanding product and I would recommend it to anyone with a few acres of fall clean up like we have.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Starts First Time Every Time With Plenty of Force Wont find a better value for the money for toughness, durability, and reliability in a lawn equipment. Stihl is the only brand to buy!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Starts every time, easy to use, powerful tool. This is one of two Stihl products I bought together, this my first time buying this brand. It is easy to use and has more than enough power, i bought it to use as a leaf vacuum only. The only drawback is the wheel guard is a little awkward to open and keep out of the way while trying to secure the tube.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Blower Does a great job! I'm so glad I went to J & I in Olympia for my blower. Nice staff and the blower works Great!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product works as advertised I have 26 Aspens, and four very large New Mexico Privots. I know leaves! I pick up ten to twelve vac bags of leaves ever other day in high winds. Picking up dry leaves no problem. Only pick up problem I have is when I exceed the vacuum capacity of the unit, go slow grasshopper and you will have no problem with wet leaves and small twigs.The bag may be small to some, but at 70 years old, Stihl has to make the product for us old guys, women and the manly man. No problem starting, if you mix your own gas use 91 octane from NATIONAL BRANDED GAS STATION!I think problems people are having are user problems, not unit problems. In talking with my dealer he sees too many people using the wrong gas 86 octane and some off brand gas. FOLLOW DIRECTIONS ! To store, follow directions and run it dry.So far so good and next time I wash the car I will us my blower to blow the water off my car. I am very satisfied with this product.
Date published: 2016-11-16
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