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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. 5 years ago
    Great power but small bag
    The tubes are difficult to put on and remove but not a huge problem after you get the hang of it. Power is the best I've seen in a gas blower/vac. The most frustrating thing is the coming up to a yard full of leaves with a vac that has such a small bag. There should be an optional accessory that has either a MUCH larger bag or attachment to a large garbage can. The bag is also hard to empty. The zipper should come around the corner and up the side a ways.
  2. 1 year ago
    Shreds better than expected
    Needed a new blower and for $10 more got a shredder vac and I'm pleased with how this thing works as a leaf shredder. It's easy to switch between vac/blow. Perfect for cleaning leaves out of flower beds and drives/decks. You don't want to shred an entire yard with it, but overall a great product.
  3. 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.
  1. 6 years ago
    Great blower/vac for the price
    The SH56 C-E is one of my favorite tools as a homeowner. I love the blowing power, but most of all I love the vacuum/shredding capability. It makes short work of a pile of dry leaves, sucking them up, shredding them and bagging them. Too bad it isn't capable of doing the same with pine needles! My only complaints are that converting between blower/vac can be a bit tedious and there's no great way to hold it in vacuum configuration. When you're holding it in vac config, it's a bit awkward and ... read more gets more so as the bag fills up. Also, the bag developed a hole after no more than 3 uses. I'll have to take it into my local dealer and try to get it replaced. The bag NEEDS TO BE sturdier. Otherwise, highly recommended.
  2. 1 year 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. 4 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.
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