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. (169 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…
WARNING! Improper use of any power tool may cause serious or fatal injury. Read, understand and follow carefully the operating and safety instructions in your instruction manual before using such products.

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SH 86 C-E is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 131.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very happy with this purchase! I went from an old electric blower/vac combo that has worked well for a number of years. We recently added an outdoor living space and it simply became a pain in the kiester to drag out the amount of extension cord that I needed to blow leaves. The Stihl obviously eliminates that problem.I debated a backpack model versus this one, but decided that I wanted the vac option as well. It seems to work better than my old one in this manner, though it does produce an incredible amount of dust--I won't vac any longer without using a filter mask.Haven't had any issues with it starting up quickly using the MotoMix fuel.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just purchased now in shop after two uses Died during 2nd use for new purchase - not happy having to return to shop for service.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Works well for awhile Well, it keeps telling me my review contains inappropriate language, so I guess it doesn't like bad reviews, as it had no bad language at all. Let's just say I'm disappointed it died in 1.5 years and I won't buy another one. (Too expensive to fix... Bad fuel, supposedly--I only ever used Premium. When the mechanic said it would keep doing it, I knew I was done.) Also, the zipper is too short to get the leaves out easily, it takes too long to shred leaves with it and the attachments are a pain to change.
Date published: 2017-01-22
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
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