SH 56 C-E

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

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.

Specifications

DISPLACEMENT
27.2 cc (1.66 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER
0.7 kW (0.9 bhp)
WEIGHT
5.2 kg (11.5 Ibs.)
FUEL CAPACITY
540 cc (18.3 oz.)
BLOWING FORCE*
13 Newtons
AVG. AIR VELOCITY**
60 m/sec. (134 mph)
MAX. AIR VELOCITY**
71 m/sec. (159 mph)
AIR VOLUME AT NOZZLE**
700 m3/h (412 cfm)
SOUND PRESSURE RATING**
70 dB(A)
BAG CAPACITY
1.5 cu. ft. = 1.2 bushel
POWER SOURCE
Gas
*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.

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Reviews

SH 56 C-E is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 75.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product for leaves and yard waste I wanted this product so I could remove the leaves and other trash/yard waste from around my rose bushes and other shrubs without having to do it all by hand. Great product!
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great for snow and leaves. After trying to use a rechargeable leaf blower to move snow, which did not work as the battery got cold, we decided to use a Stihl leaf blower. I have used their chainsaw for years and it works great. This item was actually less expensive and we used the Moto Mix fuel in it which provides several advantages. First, the engine is protected by a longer warranty, it starts clean and runs great--every time, and the blower does not have an unpleasant gas smell. We store it inside, why walk through the snow to get to the garage, and we store it on a boot tray to catch any snow melt. It easily moves up to five inches (the most we have had at one time) of dry snow and I can clean off my back deck, front sidewalk, and most of my driveway in about 20 minutes. I can get about four uses out of one tank of fuel and the Moto Mix fills my tank two and half times. A great item that works excellently for moving snow. I cannot wait to use it in our flower beds and rock gardens to move leaves when it gets warmer.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Half way through 3rd use it's already broken. Pros:-versatility-price- user friendlyCons:-It jammed each of the 3 times used.-Pull cable spring broke after 3rd time of using it.-bag is too small
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this machine! Read a lot of reviews before buying this vacuum and the people that complain about it aren't using it correctly.First, buy it from a dealer that services Stihl equipment.They (at least at the ace I went to)will start the machine before you buy it, and walk you through the correct procedure, that was awesome. The biggest thing with these is common sense, don't go plunging the nozzle in a big pile cause that will clog it. You will learn how much the unit can handle and just don't exceed that. I skim the the pile back and forth and works great. I have big maple leafs and it chews them right up. Like the bag ,it works just fine. I love this machine! Only use the good Stihl synthetic oil and a little staybil , that's the key.I have another blower and only use this for the vacuum shredder so as far as switching back and forth I don't know. Love this machine!
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This is the hardest starting unit I have ever owed. I never use it for blowing, It's such a hassle to start. I use other blowers I own, so the only time I use it is to vacuum our leaves in and around the breezeway that get gathered around the plantings, if I can get it to start! The unit has almost no hours on it and I would not recommend it to anyone. When you can get it to start it does a very good job in the vacuum mode and saves a lot of time removing the leaves from around shrubs and is great for cleaning up around the ground cover.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent products This item is worth the money . sec. I only buy stihl products. Nothing else stands up to stihl overall. ..
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Spark Arrester Let Down I was a happy owner of my SH 56 C-E for 10 months until it started to stall a few weeks ago. I always use 93 octane gas from Esso or Shell, Stihl 50:1 Premium premix oil and dispose of old fuel after 2 months. I returned the SH 56 C-E to my local Stihl dealer, T&C Small Engines Hampton for service. T&C has excellent customer service and I have always been pleased with them. I also own a Stihl trimmer and Chainsaw. A few days later T&C advised me that my SH 56 C-E was repaired and to come by to pick it up. The spark arrester was very clogged and that was causing the stalling likely due to old fuel. I advised T&C that I followed the Stihl owner’s manual to the letter regarding fuel mixture and never used low octane or old gas. They were very apologetic, and advised me that Stihl did not stand behind this type of failure within the 2 year warranty period. They fully understood my frustration and refunded my money for the repair. 5/5 Stars for T&C Customer Service! I felt bad though, because the refund is going to hit their bottom line as Stihl doesn’t cover this type of fault. Please advise your engineers to review the design of the SH 56 C-E Spark Arrester. It clearly has a design flaw and it needs to be reviewed.I am disappointed that Stihl does not really cover their products completely during the warranty period. You need to do a much better job of letting customers know what is and isn’t covered in your warranty policy. Thanks to T&C Small Engines Hampton, I remain a Stihl customer, but will question my next Stihl purchase from this experience. Kind Regards,Bob MoranBrooklin, Canada
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding product It's a Stihl. Honestly there is not much more to say. But if you need more proof from me then here you go. This is my second Stihl blower vac. My first one was purchased back in 2002. If finally needed work. This one starts easier. Starts on the first pull every time. Short warm up period. Has more than enough torque and power to handle large to moderate yards (we have 3/4 of an acre). We live in altitude and this still works fine. Chews through cottonwood leaves with ease. Maple leaves don't even make it sweat. Fairly quiet. Bag holds more than it looks like it wood. Blower operation is better than my old Stihl BG65 and I thought that was the bomb. Everything about this machine is great but I will say the bag holds a lot and can get heavy.
Date published: 2016-11-10
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