SH 86 C-E - $289.95 DSRP

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SH 86 C-E

DSRP: $289.95


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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.)
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)
BAG CAPACITY 1.5 cu. ft. = 1.2 bushel
*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
    Indicates products that are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.

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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 4.2 out of 5 by 182.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can always count on my stihl Great power. Sometimes won’t start on first pull after running for a bit
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good power We use this product for our bush timming claen up. It does well, could use a little redesigned work on the end of the inlet tube to be more round. Other than that great product. Its a stihl, what else would you expect. Nothing but the best.
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great shredder in Small Package I have a very wooded lot in the South. Meaning I have just about every leafy thing imaginable in my yard. Anything from pine cones, ivy, chestnuts, hickory nuts, sticks and so much more. I was looking for a small blower i could work in between my flower beds. I purchased a cheaper unit which had a plastic shredder. The first hour I had broken the unit due to a smaller pine cone that was hidden in the leaves. So I made a rookie mistake. Took the unit back and got the more more expensive unit, which shredded very well and I've been very pleased worth the extra money for a simple upgrade. The only issue I have with this unit is the Bag quality is very poorly made. For those who are sucking up just leaves you'll not experience the same issue as i did. But for those who have small sticks and any pine cones the bag does not last long. I ended up re-sewing the zipper with stronger fishing line, which has worked so far.I still recommend to purchase this unit from the competitors simply to the great reliability of the unit versus the bad construction.
Date published: 2018-04-23
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
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