BG 86

BG 86
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

  • Built in the USA
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  • 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.
  • 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.

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BG 86 is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 225.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great power This blower has great power. However, this is my second one. They both have had a leak around the gas tank. I took the first one in to service and they couldn’t find anything wrong. They were nice enough to give me a new one. The second one does the same thing. It’s not a bad leak but when you pay that much money, you shouldn’t have any issues. I don’t know if it’s a flaw in the system or what. Little disappointed with the stihl brand on this.
Date published: 2019-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Blower!! Lots of power This is my second blower I have owned... Its a power house. Starts easy and runs great. I use it for clean up around the house. Also dried up a water spill with it. Great product!
Date published: 2019-07-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nothing like the Stihl weed eater I have harder to start and very low power. My craftsman blower is much better. Tried the kombi system didnt Like it Wish I had tried the backpack blower may have had power I need and want. Will never buy hand held blower from stihl again.
Date published: 2019-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plenty of power and highly dependable As a homeowner, I have no issue spending a bit more to buy something dependable and high quality. I’ve had the BG86 for a couple of months now and it really gets the job done well. It has plenty of power, always starts on the first pull and uses barely any fuel. I went with the regular BG86 over the easy start variant BG86-CE and I’m glad I did, the regular one starts just as easily. Thanks Stihl for making consistently high quality and dependable products!
Date published: 2019-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Great! This blower works great and has plenty of power. It starts on the first pull every time, rarely ever needs a second pull. Not sure why others say it's hard to start. I do not have the Easy2Start C model either and it's super easy to pull.
Date published: 2019-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Blower - Best I've had I'm enjoying the easy starting and good performance from this blower. It has made the task of keeping my Lake Home up a lot easier.
Date published: 2019-06-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from California trash Apparently these new units are only made for California specs. They are terrible. Hard to start. Takes forever to warm up to operating speed. When it does come up to speed, it doesn’t run smoothly and doesn’t have as much power as my 20 year old unit. I do not use ethanol in any lawn equipment. Dealer says nothing can be done except new carburetor at my expense. This was from day one of ownership
Date published: 2019-06-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A bit disappointed My only other Stihl purchase is a chain saw that I absolutely love. I bought the C model of this blower but it is a bit hard to start (typically takes numerous pulls) and it doesn't seem to run at full speed for a few minutes. I haven't used it a great deal yet, but the blowing power seems to be less that my old one (another brand). Maybe I just got a dud.
Date published: 2019-06-06
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