SH 86 C-E - $289.95 DSRP


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SH 86 C-E

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

Powered by a low emissions engine, the new SH 86 C-E professional shredder vac/blower has increased vacuum power and shredding performance that will blow you away. Fuel efficient and operator-friendly, this shredder vac easily converts into a handheld blower. Equipped with features like a special shredder blade on the fan wheel that reduces yard waste, along with the STIHL Easy2Start™ system, soft...Read More
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SH 86 C-E Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 27.2 cc (1.66 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 0.8 kW (1.07 bhp)
WEIGHT 5.6 kg (12.3 lbs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 440 cc (14.9 oz.)
BLOWING FORCE* 15 Newtons
AVG. AIR VELOCITY** 63 m/sec. (141 mph)
MAX. AIR VELOCITY** 76 m/sec. (170 mph)
AIR VOLUME AT NOZZLE** 756 m3/h (444 cfm)
SOUND PRESSURE RATING** 70 dB(A)
BAG CAPACITY 1.5 cu. ft. = 1.2 bushel
POWER SOURCE Gas
*Newton is the force needed to accelerate 1 kg of mass at the rate of 1 m/sec2. **Tested in accordance with ANSI 175.2 standard. All specifications provided by Andreas STIHL AG, as of April 2016.
Model Features
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    Built in the USA
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    Anti-Vibration System
    STIHL has a system for minimizing the vibration levels of handheld outdoor power equipment. The STIHL anti-vibration system helps reduce operator fatigue and provides a more comfortable working experience.
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    STIHL Easy2Start™
    The STIHL Easy2Start™ system makes starting STIHL® outdoor power tools almost effortless, eliminating the need for a strong pull of the starting cord. This advanced starting system is designed to make starting STIHL® products fast and easy. The specific system may vary by model, but in each case, a quick pull overcomes the engine’s compression to minimize the strength and effort required to start. Available on selected products.
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    Throttle Trigger Lock with Built-In Momentary Stop Switch
    The built-in stop switch allows the user to turn off the engine with a simple press of the button or lever. When the engine is off, the throttle lock automatically returns to the “start” setting. Your power tool will be ready to be started when you’re ready to get back to work.
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    Shoulder Strap
    The STIHL shoulder strap allows for greater maneuverability and helps reduce operator fatigue, allowing the user to work comfortably.
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    Multi-Function Control Handle
    Having easy access to all of the controls on one comfortable handle helps makes it easier to complete tasks so the operator’s hand never has to leave the handle.
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    Purge Pump Primer
    The purge pump primer feature enables the user to prime the carburetor with fuel, enabling easier starting. The purge pump primer is designed in a way that the operator cannot flood the machine by priming the carburetor too many times. Flooding the engine is still possible if the choke is not removed after the engine fires.
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    Soft Grip Handle
    This handle design provides a secure and comfortable grip.
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    HD2 Air Filter
    The new HD2 air filter on this unit is washable, providing extremely long filter life and lowering maintenance costs. The large surface area allows for longer run times between cleanings and high performance even while operating in dusty and dry conditions. Overall, the HD2 air filter provides better protection of the engine compared to standard air filters.
Standard Features
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    Common Features for Handheld Blowers and Shredders
    View the features common to many STIHL handheld blowers and Shredders.

Important Information
Note: STIHL recommends use of fuel with no more than 10% Ethanol content. Using fuel with greater than 10% Ethanol content may cause damage to your equipment and may void your STIHL warranty. Learn More…
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SH 86 C-E is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 187.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blower, Vac Starts easy, lot of power. Couldn't ask for any more
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Some good some bad Machine works great, but the bag attachment is poor quality or poor design. Bag is getting holes in it after first use of approximately 2 hours.
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well built & High Reliability I have to keep cleaning our yeard due to trees and this the Shredder does a great job on leaves and small sticks.
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from STIHL Has Yet To Let Me Down!!!! Purchased the SH 86 about a week ago. Got to use it full time today. This machine is great. I used it for general yard clean up. Was very surprised how much it would shred. Leafs were nothing for it, it chewed them right up. Was surprised that it would shred small branches and twigs. The real test was shredding chestnuts and whatever spiky thing that surrounds them. This things chewed them up too. I would highly recommend this to anyone. Couple things I do want to point out are. Its not very light. But I think its more that once you get started, its so much fun to run you don't want to stop. Also it is a gas hog. That shouldn't keep you from buying though. Again its so much fun to run, that you don't want to put it down.
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No comparison to its previous model. 23 years ago I built my home on a wooded 2.5 acre property. This is no simple residential yard. It requires top quality devices to tame it. Because of that, I purchased only Stihl products. Chain saws, extension trimmer, Weed trimmer, and a Blower Vacuum. All were excellent! After 19 years of vigorous service, the Blower Vac finally gave out. It owed me not a dime. So 3 years ago I purchased its replacement. The SH 86. What a huge disappointment. As another reviewer perfectly said, its a ghost of its former self. My biggest mistake was to not return it immediately. Today I was informed that it has had an internal bearing failure, and to repair it would be around two thirds of the original unit cost. (UPDATE: Stihl has agreed to supply the replacement parts needed at NC. Much appreciated, as I now only have to pay the labor costs.) Let me tell you why this is in no way a surprise. Out of the box, the build "quality" is sad. Where the previous unit used easy to use, and easy to replace hose connectors to attach the various nozzles, this one uses fiddly and incredibly inconvenient tabs that require a screwdriver to depress them to remove accessories. On the previous design, if one of the hose clamps were to fail, which they never did, it would cost next to nothing to fix. With this, when the tabs fail, the complete housing is toast. Ironically, the new setup is called "Tool Less". But you have to have a tool to depress the tabs to change the accessory. In the past, I simply set the tension of the Hose clamps once to a level that allowed the accessories to interchange easily. With NO tool! The plastic used on the accessories also pales in comparison to the quality of the previous generation. Also, this thing is an ergonomic mess! When using it as a Vacuum, which I do about 40% of the time, the angle that you have to hold the unit is horrible, but at least you do get the cheap thrill of having to hold it against your crotch to get the proper pick up angle on the vacuum tube. For myself, the angle on which you have to hold the unit is very uncomfortable for my back and shoulders. I could use the previous version for hours with no such problems. Fun too is that after every few hours of use, the power suddenly dies off to the point of it almost stalling. That means that the spark arrestor has clogged up. Again. So every two to three tanks of gas, you have to stop, remove and clean this piece. This demands a redesign. Here is a final example of the level of corner cutting on this piece. The leaf collector bag on the original had a zipper that went around the corner of the bag. The new one features a zipper that is about 4 inches shorter, only opening the very end of the bag. So what? In use it means that if you actually allow the bag to get more than say 90% full, the contents become jammed, requiring that you shut down the machine, and wrestle with the bag, digging out the collected contents. What did Stihl save by making the zipper that much shorter? Next to nothing, but it makes such a difference on the usability. What all of this told me, and has now proven to be completely true, is that if Stihl cut corner after corner on the externals of the design, that the engine itself would suffer the same fate. And my fears have been confirmed. Knowing that this thing is delicate, I have treated it with the utmost care. But it has mattered not. In use you can just feel the significant drop in solidity and build level throughout. I am now left with a dilemma. To put good money after bad to fiix a poorly designed product? Or to look to another companies product? One thing that I can't do is reward Stihl by purchasing another of their disappointments. It would have been unfathomable that I would have had anything other than glowing recommendations about Stihl, until this machine. My message to Stihl is to get the bean counters out of the product design flow. Would I have spent more on this product upon purchase to have something built to the Stihl standard of old? Absolutely! I never even looked at an offering from another tool maker. I just went and picked up a Stihl, because it was the best. Period. Now I just hope that my other older devices continue to serve me as well as they have over the years. UPDATE: I received a very prompt call from a Stihl area manager regarding my concerns. It was very good to have such interest in my experience. Here though is the biggest takeaway from that conversation, that I share here in hopes that someone in a position to care about it at Stihl takes notice. I was told that it is fruitless to continue to compare the products of old to the new. Most worryingly, I was told that "nothing that either myself, or he (the area manager) could say would make any difference at all with Stihl". What a shame that is.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product!!!! This is a great tool too have if u don’t need a backpack blower and I don’t have any trouble cracking if u read the manual it tells you everything you need to know about this product that is if u know how to read and understand it!!!!!
Date published: 2018-03-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hard Start I like how well it works once I finally get it started. It has been a hard start since the day I purchased it.
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great yard tool Excellent quality as expected. Does a great job vacuuming leaves in areas of the property where a blower is less than optimal.
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from attachments are impossible to get on and off Trying to switch between sucking leaves and blowing leaves is almost impossible due to poorly designed attachments that get stuck. Getting the collars off require two people, with one using a screwdriver. Horrible design and frustrating to use.
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very happy with this purchase. Very pleased with the blower / shredder vac. Has outstanding power. And very reliable.
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lacking power, Tough to start Had the machine over 3 months now and overall disappointed. If used as a shredder for leaves, there are two main problems. First the shredder blade does a poor job of mulching leaves and clogs easily with any pile larger than a bowling ball. Second, the collection bag is too small and needs to be emptied much too frequently which doesnt end up saving any time.As a blower, the machine is underpowered and doesn’t move anything other than a small amount of dry leaves a few inches.The “C-E” recoil start isn’t any improvement over the standard starting mechanism and usually requires 4-5 pulls to even get started.Overall, skip this one and go for the backpack blower.
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I was hoping for I have a small residential lot in town with one large and two smaller trees. I needed away to condense the leaves for easy disposal and this works great! The only time I have an issue is when I pick up a larger chunk of bark mulch (thumb size or so) as this can jam it up. Only once have I had to remove the cover to clear the jam, normally you can use your finger to move the debris back out the way it came (powered off of course). I have not had any issues with sticks up to pencil size. I have read where people complain about converting it from blower to vacuum, but I don’t don’t have any issues with it. I actually like how everything locks in place. That being said, I can see if you have smaller hands where it might not be as easy. I use my chainsaw bar adjustment tool to assist and the screwdriver end works great at pressing the release tabs. I recently bought the gutter clean out attachment and it works great as well. My house has two inside gutter corners and it will not work very well on those, but it works much better then I was expecting on everything else. All in all I am very happy with the performance, ease of use, versatility, and being able to get stuff done with one tool. Much easier the racking and bagging!!!One last thought, both the vacuum and gutter clean out attachment will get you dirty!!! I call it my late summer tan, but I’ll take this over hard labor any day :)
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good blower/vac This blower replaced our older 55BG blower, but it seems our older blower has more power. The vacuum feature is nice for picking up leaves and mulches them
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst Form, Fit & Function on the Planet! The SH 86 C-E has an Extremely Poor Design Interface for Attaching the Blower Nozzle and/or The Shredder- Vacuum to the Unit (The locking ring requires an additional tool to remove) and is not designed for easy removal. Recommend a total redesign and ensure the locking mechanism is of a modern tool free design that has a better surface to grasp when transitioning between blower and shredder vac. The plastic detent on the retaining ring is cheaply made and destined to fail. I'm Not Impressed with this Stihl product at all. Don't waste your time and energy on this product.
Date published: 2017-12-26
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blow your mind Bought the gutter tube attachment and it was really useful great tool, nice power to this little blower and the reliability AWESOME
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Blower works great... but the shredding... not so much So, if this was a review about the blower aspect only - it would be a four star review. Unfortunately, I bought this because I wanted to blow the leaves into a pile, AND then mulch/shred them. I have always managed to blow the leaves and debris without too much of a problem - it works well enough for that. But... if you plan on using this for shredding anything other than leaves - and I mean ANYTHING other than DRY leaves - well, you had better enjoy taking it apart to unclog the shredder/fan. This thing has been stopped by twigs the size of a small matchstick! It is actually that ridiculous. I am probably going to keep this as a leaf blower, and get a different shredder - from a different manufacturer.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than I thought.............. Blower is powerful, vacuum is even more powerful. Contrary to some previous reviews, you shouldn't have a problem with the shredder if you don't vacuum up small rocks - so, you know, I'd avoid that when possible. Switchover from blower to vacuum takes about 2 minutes which could be shortened if the release was able to be used without a screwdriver to "poke" the release through a small slot in the housing. I can understand how this might be frustrating, however, the tradeoff is likely a more secure appliance and attachment. 50/50, but I'd prefer the way it's done, it's very secure. The vacuum is especially powerful (see small rocks, above). You have to be righthanded because if you use it left handed, the air intake will be against your leg and this will reduce the efficiency of the unit, or as I found out, pull a loose pair of short pants towards it to cover the entire intake. The exhaust is appropriately positioned away from the body no matter how you use it. The intake cover flips up to connect the vacuum, and stays well out of the way unless you jam the entire 4 feet of the piping into a bush (in which case, the whole engine would be in the bush as well - and so would your arms). Overall, this is a great unit that makes using it almost fun. Dependability is 4/5 because I've not owned it for multiple years, but assuming 80% at least.
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Bought in 2015 I bought this blower shedder vac in 2015. Very hard to start. I have had to have the outer casing replaced for the rope pull, In July 2017. It's now mid October and it's bad again. Money down the drain. So today I took the casing off to find it in pieces again. Luckily I had a Claw Hammer close. So I just beat the living day lights out of it. Gaurenteed not to start now. I will go back with another brand.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very disappointed Very disappointed in the performance and durability. The vac just don't stand up to the hype. Small pieces of wood jam the vac had take in for service no blower or vac for over a week .
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Eazy 2 start is terrible One week old the spring inside failed. Took it back to dealer, took them 2 weeks to get a new one. Now have to pull very carefully, hard to start. 13 months latter, spring bent. Went to open and coil spring exploded. Take it back again, 2 weeks later it ran for 1 hr then PLASTIC re coiler broke, sucked pull rope into coil, bent spring. Had an old shred vac for 7 yrs. wore it out so I figured get same one. Bad choice.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy start, runs quietly with lots of power Replaced a prior blower/shredder from another maker, this is a definite upgrade in every way. Easy start, usually on the first or second pull, runs great from idle to full bore, with lots of power.
Date published: 2017-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Have had this blower for 3 years never stops working starts first pull every time. The reviews that say didn't start after a few uses need to learn how to mix gas it's a 2 stroke.
Date published: 2017-10-05
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