BG 56 C-E

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An easy-to-use handheld blower with a simplified starting system.

Product Description

Designed with ease of use in mind, the STIHL BG 56 C-E features our simplified starting system with the STIHL Easy2Start™. The STIHL Easy2Start™ lets you start the engine with a long easy pull of the starting rope rather than a hard fast jerk, making starting virtually effortless. The semi-automatic choke and the new start/stop switch make it virtually impossible to flood when starting this unit. The high-performance, low-emission engine makes quick work of leaves and other yard waste.

Model Features

  • Built in the USA
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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.
  • 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.


27.2 cc (1.66 cu. in.)
0.7 kW (0.9 bhp)
4.2 kg (9.3 Ibs.)
540 cc (18.3 oz.)
13 Newtons
60 m/sec (134 mph)
71 m/sec (159 mph)
700 m3/h (412 cfm)
70 dB(A)
*Newton is the force needed to accelerate 1 kg of mass at the rate of 1 m/sec2. **Tested in accordance with ANSI B175.2 standard. All specifications provided by ANDREAS STIHL AG & Co. KG. As of April 2016.

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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BG 56 C-E is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 720.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Completely satisfied This blower is very lightweight and maneuverability is great. It has plenty of power and is very easy to start. I definitely recommend this blower to any homeowner
Date published: 2019-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this blower Easy starting, light weight, easy to maintain. Love the extensions that allow me to stay on the ground yet blow out the gutters on my 2 story home. One small flaw is that the extensions tend to come apart after some use. Would definitely recommend this model.
Date published: 2019-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most excellent product. Starts every time I need it and runs perfectly. I put Moto mix fuel in it and that's really makes a difference.
Date published: 2019-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Blower Very easy to start, has lots of power and when you sit it down it doesn't vibrate all over. The automatic reset choke is nice and also easy to shut of and it resets itself .I'm sorry I didn't purchase a STIHL before. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2019-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for around the house Only used it twice so have a limited review. I have a mixture of pine needles and oak leaves to clear off my driveway and sidewalks. Also, used to clean out gutters. Starts extremely easy, first pull. Blows off leaves/needles with ease. Recommend for cleaning gutters as its light and has just enough power to clean gutters without blowing you off the roof.
Date published: 2019-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No time is wasted trying to start this blower. Life is short use your time well. The easy-start BG 56 C-E blower is the best blower I have ever purchased because it is the easiest starting blower ever. It always starts on the first or second pull of the starting cord.
Date published: 2019-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy so far! Have only used a couple of times, but happy so far. Have not used the vacuum attachment yet. Leaves are beginning to fall now. Starts up usually w/in 3-4 pull when cold. First pull when warm. Good blowing power, but seems like motor has more left to go. I'm sure there's a governor on it. Just doesn't seem to go "full throttle." But the power is certainly good for a household blower. Purchased because of the Stihl name, and the cost really was in line with stuff from the big box stores.
Date published: 2019-10-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Blower is great but Gutter cleaning attachment is of very poor design I purchased my Stihl leaf blower a little less than 3 years ago. The leaf blower is great - it's solid, starts easily, and has plenty of power for homeowner use. However, the main reason I purchased the blower was to be able to clean the house gutters using the Stihl gutter cleaning attachment. The Stihl gutter cleaning attachment is very poorly designed and is difficult to use to the point where I'll try another cleaning attachment or make my own. Right from the start, the geometry that must be used to use the cleaner (straight out of blower up to gutters) is very awkward to use. While using the cleaner, because of the design, you must continue in the same direction which does not result in the best means of cleaning the gutters.
Date published: 2019-10-03
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Standard Features

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