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SH 56 C-E

SH 56 C-E
A fuel-efficient shredder vac/blower with the convenience of the Easy2Start™ System.

Product Description

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 emptying. And with the STIHL Easy2Start™ system, starting is easy – almost effortless.

Model Features

  • Built in the USA
    Indicates products that are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components.

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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.
  • Shoulder Strap
    The STIHL shoulder strap allows for greater maneuverability and helps reduce operator fatigue, allowing the user to work comfortably.
  • Multi-Function Control Handle
    Having easy access to all of the controls on one comfortable handle helps makes it easier to complete tasks so the operator’s hand never has to leave the handle.
  • 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)
5.2 kg (11.5 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)
1.5 cu. ft. = 1.2 bushel
*Newton is the force needed to accelerate 1 kg of mass at the rate of 1 m/sec2. **Tested in accordance with ANSI 175.2 standard. All specifications provided by Andreas STIHL AG, 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.


SH 56 C-E is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 100.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product, change a couple things. This blower/vac has some great things going for it. Starts super easy and is very user friendly. The SH-56 has the quality that Stihl is known for. The shredding blade on the impeller is the best I've seen in this level of shredder, big thumbs up for that. It will handle small twigs with ease and you don't need to worry about damaging the impeller. It has plenty of power although I wish it came with a funnel attachment for the end of the blower tube just for that extra kick of wind speed. I would only change a couple of things. First, I wish the throttle had a lock out so I didn't have to hold it down the entire time. Second, it needs to be a tool free switch from blower to vac and back. The way that the tubes attach is great and secure but you need a screw driver to take them off, just a slight inconvenience. I would recommend this product to any home owner.
Date published: 2017-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it Easy to start. Light weight but powerful. Smooth running engine that is surprisingly not that loud. Great product!!!
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome machine I already owned a br 600 backpack blower. I bought this machine to vacuum leaves out of landscaping beds. Works awesome. Also kind of neat it changes to a blower my 72 year old mom can start it and blow patio and walkways off also. Nice little machine.
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for home use. I love this blower/vac! I cleaned up the whole yard in about 30 minutes and all the leaves fit in two of the bags. One of the best tools I have ever purchased.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from easy to start, easy to use, great for mulching. I recommend this product for anyone who has a fall leaf issue. Also a great blower.
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from easy start good blower. terrible vacuum. I don't think a dust mask will do when you use this unit as a vacuum. It will cover you from head to toe in fine dust particles. I wanted strictly a vacuum. When I came across the 56 c I thought it was just that. After I made my purchase I quickly found out for the first time ever I did not like my Stihl product.It feels like they just quickly made a blower work as a vacuum. It feels all wrong to use as a vacuum ergonomically. Stihl need to go back to the drawing board on this one and make a vacuum only design. If i wanted dirt bath i would just roll around in the dirt not blow it up my nose.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Broken Vacuum accessory the first day Before I even had a chance to use it, the Vacuum tube was standing against my fence and blew over. The ring which attaches the vacuum tube to the motor broke.It was not a hard blow, but the ring is extremely fragile.
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good not Amazing Not super powerful, but enough for basic needs. The vacuum is a bit slow/weak if you have a significant quantity of leaves. Bag fills up quick.
Date published: 2017-10-07
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Standard Features

  • Common Features for Handheld Blowers and Shredders
    View the features common to many STIHL handheld blowers and Shredders.

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