BG 86

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Our most powerful gasoline-powered handheld blower, designed for landscaping professionals.

Product Description

For the toughest landscaping challenges, professionals turn to our most powerful gasoline-powered handheld blower, the STIHL BG 86. It features a fuel-efficient, low-emission gasoline-powered engine, and includes both flat and round nozzle attachments for better job versatility. The blower is also one of our most comfortable to use, with a four-spring anti-vibration system, a soft-grip handle and our ElastoStart™ shock-absorbing starter.

Model Features

  • Soft Grip Handle
    This handle design provides a secure and comfortable grip.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Built in the USA
    Indicates products that are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.

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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.


27.2 cc (1.66 cu. in.)
0.8 kW (1.07 bhp)
4.4 kg (9.7 Ibs.)
440 cc (14.9 oz.)
15 Newtons
Flat: 74 m/sec. (166 mph)
Round: 63 m/sec. (141 mph)
Flat: 85 m/sec. (190 mph)
Round: 69 m/sec. (154 mph)
Flat: 620 m3/h (365 cfm)
Round: 755 m3/h (444 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.

STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL Dealers are for distribution in the United States only.


BG 86 is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 234.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dependable with Good Power Have had the BG 86 for residential application, big place on 2.5 acres with lots of concrete. I clean the air cleaner regularly and only run Stihl fuel in it. Has worked beautifully- Starts with 2 or 3 pulls every time, warms up fast. Really great piece of equipment. I haven't used a push broom once since I purchased this. Wish they would have had this around 20 years sooner- would have saved me a bunch of sweeping and hosing off.
Date published: 2019-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent blower ... once you get it started. We have a one acre, well treed, lot. Our other top brand leaf blower finally gave out and we ungraded to the more powerful Stihl BG 86. This blower is marketed as an easy start blower which was important to us as we were used to only one or two pulls on our previous unit. The BG 86, though wonderful once we we get it going, is not easy to start. It is important that you follow the starting instructions to the letter. Even in doing so, it still requires 10-12 pulls.
Date published: 2019-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from STIHL BG86 BLOWER I own 2 acres with over a dozen Large Oak and too many other trees, this is my 4th Stihl blower in the 30 years I have lived here. I Love the STIHL BG86 BLOWER ! It is Powerful and easy to use and not too heavy. I made the mistake of buying a Husqvarna once never again it is so temperamental and not near the power
Date published: 2019-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT QUALITY Can't beat a STHIL product for quality and dependability, paired with my 271 Saw and String Trimmer I'm ready to work.
Date published: 2019-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Handheld Blower BG 86 is a great blower for homeowners, easy to start, great power for a handheld blower.
Date published: 2019-10-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from NOT REALIBLE; WONT RESTART ONCE HOT; REPEATED SERVICE ATTEPMTS Will not start dose. Most get fuel after sets hot and try to restart
Date published: 2019-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Going strong I bought this model to replace my trusty BG 85 that gave me 17 years of reliable service, so far I have not been disappointed. And as a bonus the Wife likes to use it as well and likes how easy it is to start.
Date published: 2019-09-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from 2 and a half years old and it's dead, never really ran good to begin with. Bought it new, even bought the HP ultra mix oil with it since the dealer recommended it. For it's 1st year it felt like it still needed breaking in, the power wasn't there My BG55 blower would move more air than this. 1st time I took it in for service the dealer blamed it on the gas and oil mix, they would always say I needed to dump the gas and start over. 2nd trip in for service Then they said I need to run it more to break in the motor after that it would wake up and be a completely different machine. 3rd time I took it in they said they couldn't find anything wrong and again blamed it on the gas oil mix. As for the gas and oil I always have since new only used non ethanol gas and the best 2 stoke oil Sthil offers and I only mix 1 gallon at a time so I don't think it's a fuel issue. At the end of every season I add some fuel stabilizer to the mix and let that work it's way into the carb, so again I don't think it's a fuel issue. As far as use goes I maintain 1/3 of an acre with my equipment, very few trees with leaves to blow so for the most part I only use the blower for clean up during the summer months, so not much run time on the blower for 2 and a half years. When it comes to Sthil I have owned a BG600 blower, BG55 blower, FS45 trimmer, HS56 hedge trimmer, MS271 saw, and a few other Sthil products when I was cutting gas for a living, all bought new so I have experience with the brand. I will never own a Sthil product again mark my words, the quality is not there anymore.
Date published: 2019-09-17
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