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Shredder Vacs

Efficient shredding of leaves and yard clippings

STIHL shredder vacs are all about shredding yard waste without shredding your...
STIHL shredder vacs are all about shredding yard waste without shredding your budget. Each STIHL shredder vac is actually two powerful tools in one: A powerful shredder capable of transforming the equivalent of 14 bags of dry leaves into a single bag of clippings, as well as a fuel-efficient blower. And it comes standard with the necessary parts to convert easily to a handheld blower and back to a shredder, depending on your task. To help you identify model features, look for these corresponding symbols: C = Comfort feature and E = Easy2Start™.

After the leaves and yard clippings have been gathered, it’s time to shred. Each STIHL shredder vac features a specially designed shredder blade located on the fan wheel. This efficient design reduces yard waste at a 14:1 ratio for dry leaves. And as it shreds, the clippings accumulate in a secure, easy-open zippered bag for convenient emptying. The tube makes it easy to get in and between shrubs and other hard-to-reach places.

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  1. 7 years ago
    Good Blower, mediocre vaccuum
    It blows leaves well, but the vacuum side leaves much to be desired. If you have smaller light weight leaves, it should do fine, but if you have thicker larger leaves like red oak, it tends to bridge at the opening and leaf collecting becomes a slow process. If your leaves are wet, that complicates matters even further. I ended up buying a used troy built chipper/shredder to handle the leaf shredding. Bottom line, it's a good blower, but don't buy it expecting it to wow you with it's vacuum capabilities.
  2. 3 years ago
    Very happy with this purchase!
    I went from an old electric blower/vac combo that has worked well for a number of years. We recently added an outdoor living space and it simply became a pain in the kiester to drag out the amount of extension cord that I needed to blow leaves. The Stihl obviously eliminates that problem. I debated a backpack model versus this one, but decided that I wanted the vac option as well. It seems to work better than my old one in this manner, though it does produce an incredible amount of dust--I ... read more won't vac any longer without using a filter mask. Haven't had any issues with it starting up quickly using the MotoMix fuel.
  3. 9 months ago
    Great piece of equipment.
    Super easy to use - this shredder is like a powerful vacuum for yard waste and leaves. I used it on a morning following a frost and was surprised how well it dealt with the leaves. I’ve since used it on a dry day and it was superb. Switching between vacuum and blower was very straightforward. Something to keep in mind is that the 86 C-E has the same engine as that used by Professional landscapers for moving large piles of leaves. In this blower-vac you are essentially getting a ... read more pro-quality blower with the benefit of a vacuum that shreds the leaves into a nice mulch.
  1. 3 years ago
    This blow/vac is worth every penny!!!
    I've owned this product for about six weeks and have used it every weekend. I've used the shredder system twice. The easy to start system STIHL has is second to none. I've tried several other brands, and finally decided to spend the extra money and get a well known and reliable blow/vac. I wish I would have bought this a long time ago. The ease of use is superb. Switching over from blower to shredder is very easy; Especially after you do it the first time. Don't waste your money on other ... read more brands. Bite the bullet and get a STIHL.
  2. 11 months ago
    Greatest blower I've owned
    The SH 56 C-E shredder vac turns yard work into less work. The fuel-efficient STIHL gasoline-powered engine really brings the power to the specially designed blade on the fan wheel – cutting yard waste down to size. Better yet, this versatile STIHL tool offers one power tool that does the work of two. It comes standard with the necessary parts to easily convert the shredder vac into a handheld blower. And as it shreds, the clippings accumulate in a secure, easy-open zippered bag for convenient ... read more emptying. And with the STIHL Easy2Start™ system, starting is easy. Usually within 4 pulls. Very Nice.
  3. 3 years ago
    This thing is great
    I bought this blower vac this spring to clean up last leafs leaves. This machine will clog if you try to suck up too many wet leaves. So I had to scatter them with the blower configuration then after they had some time in the sun to dry this machine in the vacuum configuration easily sucked them all up. I have been very please with this machine. Sense the leave clean up it gets used once a week to clean off my patio and sidewalks. It so far has been very easy to start. I will update this review ... read more once the machine gets some age on it
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