BGA 56

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This battery-powered handheld blower is a great choice for suburban homeowners who demand great power.

Product Description

The BGA 56 combines STIHL performance and exceptional value. Its powerful motor delivers air speeds of 100 mph and an air flow of 353 cfm at the nozzle. It features an adjustable tube to fit different user heights for enhanced comfort. Clear a sidewalk, seven football fields long, on a single charge with this STIHL AK Series handheld blower. The BGA 56 is also just 7.3 lbs. (with AK 20 battery) for easy portability and maneuverability. And when you’re done, hang it on the wall from its onboard hanging slot. 

Usage claim tested and verified by an independent third-party test laboratory. Run time may vary based on battery type, charge level and capacity, model, operating style and conditions. Batteries and chargers can be purchased separately or as a combined set with tool.

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Model Features

  • Reduced-Emission Engine Technology - Caring for Nature
    The STIHL Inc. “Caring for Nature” seal identifies its powered products that are more environmentally conscious, producing zero or low exhaust emissions. STIHL Inc. defines “low exhaust emissions” as being cleaner than EPA and/or CARB exhaust emission standards.

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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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  • Rubberized Soft Touch Handle 
    Soft rubber texture is both easy to grip and makes the product comfortable to hold for extended periods.
  • Hanging Slot
    The built-in hanging slot allows for easy storage when not in use.

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  • Multi-Function Handle
    With the multi-function handle, all of the blower’s controls can be adjusted with one hand, allowing simple and reliable operation for both right and left-handed users. In addition, the handle’s control lever allows the user to easily adjust the engine speed.
  • Lightweight Portability
    Great for maneuverability and extended use.


9 Newtons
600 m3/h (353 cfm)
54 m/sec (121 mph)
45 m/sec. (100 mph)
63 (dB(A))
AK Series
WEIGHT (w/Recommended Battery)
w/ AK 20: 3.3 kg (7.3 lbs.)
RUN TIME (w/ AK 10)
Up to 9 Minutes
RUN TIME (w/ AK 20)
Up to 20 Minutes (Recommended combination)
RUN TIME (w/ AK 30)
Up to 30 minutes
*Newton is the force needed to accelerate 1 kg of mass at the rate of 1 m/sec2. Batteries and chargers can be purchased separately or as a set combined with tool.

Important Information

Note: STIHL engine products with the Caring for Nature logo are cleaner than EPA Standards for exhaust emissions.

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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BGA 56 is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 176.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light weight, with good power, only runs 20 minutes. This blower is very light weight for the power it delivers. Only drawback is only lasts about 20 minutes before needing a recharge takes two hours to recharge. Great for quickly cleaning up after mowing, or blowing out the garage, but not for a long period of leaf blowing in the fall.
Date published: 2019-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good purchase I live in a neighborhood with a lot of trees which means a lot of leaves to "rake". The BGA 56 handles the job easily. It starts easily and has plenty of blowing power to move the leaves. It is well balanced so working with it is not difficult. I considered the battery blowers but I am glad that I purchased the 56. It does the job. I've always had good luck with Stihl products and this seems to be another great tool.
Date published: 2019-10-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from More ofa toy than a tool This runs for about 13 minutes and then we wait tor a recharge. We go to our rakes and hope the wind is blowing from the right direction' Hard to get the battery into blower and harder to get it out. I have used Stihl for many years and this is not my favrite experience.
Date published: 2019-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good power and duration; ease of use. Able to blow leaves off my 3 roof valleys, blow off both porches and carport (twice), and then today, blow leaves off the back lawn (1,500 sq.ft.) before needing a recharge. I've had it for three weeks and am just now charging it after its initial charge. The convenience of not having to plug in a 100-foot extension cord means I use this more often and have a cleaner yard and house. It had enough kick to blow asphalt aggregate off our curbs and driveway after repaving work. Gasoline power would be overkill even for our 0.4-acre wooded lot.
Date published: 2019-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Fit I bought this blower while living in Anchorage, Alaska in a condo complex. The quiet operation made it great for clearing fluffy snow off my truck without waking neighbors. Now that we're in our own single-family home, we use this for blowing leaves off the deck and still carry the machine around in the vehicles for snow. Its no gas-powered, commercial backpack blower, but does an excellent job for household chores.
Date published: 2019-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product I’ have owned three battery powered blowers and the BGA56 is,hands down, the best for home use. Great features and lots of power. And, as if the above isn’t enough, it’s assembled in the USA!
Date published: 2019-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My new BGA 56 Very nice blower for household yardwork. It's portable, dependable, easy to operate and has the power to blow leaves where you need to. A bit disappointing is the battery run-time. You get 15-20 mins. out of a full battery charge with steady, continuous operation before losing the charge. To achieve a full battery recharge takes 1.5 hrs+. My suggestion is to purchase at least 1 extra battery with this blower.
Date published: 2019-10-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good product short run time New out of the box purchase first time use was 10 minutes second battery fresh off a full charge just less than 20 minutes. Not impressed
Date published: 2019-10-17
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