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 B175.2 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 4.0 out of 5 by 123.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome for ME! I live on a half acre lot in S Texas that mostly has San Augustine grass, one Live Oak tree and a few hundred feet of sidewalks/walkways/flowerbeds + landscaping around pool. I have lived here for a year now. Until I bought the FS 56 I spent most of my yard-work days mowing, then playing the clean up game. This meant blowing down my sidewalks, piling it all up, then collecting the piles of grass trimmings and oak leaves by hand; be it by rake and broom in the sidewalks or with the pool skimmer. This shredder vac has changed my yard work days tremendously! FOR THE BETTERI have pretty much put my blower and rake away. On days that it's not too windy I am able to keep all my trimmings in a nice straight line with the edges of the walkways. (Especially on the days that I use my 56 edger, that's another review). With all the trimmings in a straight line I can run this SH 56 shredder vac right down the line at a steady pace walking backwards and it picks up everything. Keep in mind I'm not dealing with any big sticks or pine needles, but this thing just picks up everything for me. The bag fills up one and a half times for me on my 0.5 acre lot. I'd say I shed vac the whole place in fifteen minutes. The shredder blade is a lot beefier than I thought it would be. It looks like it will last a long time. The bag with strap fits over my neck onto right shoulder and it goes on and comes off easily. The industrial zipper works and empties the bag easily into my yard waste can. One neat thing about the bag is that it feels cool on your side while the motor is running, which is a plus in this Texas heat. The vac tube is a little short for me being 6'1", but doable. I just can't reach far with this short tube, Perhaps my wife or upcoming kids will be able to use it better since they are shorter. I see the first wear parts being the air filter since it's just a foam filter and the tube tip as it scrapes along the sidewalks then finally the shredder blade. All easy to replace parts. Starts easily. Just 2 or 3 presses on the primer bulb, a rip or two on choke, a rip or two on half choke, let it run for a ten count and go. This shredder vac is money well spent for ME!I would not want to work with it on large lots or on large PILES of leaves or anywhere with lots of rocks and gravel. I bet it would suck up the rocks and hurt the shredder blade and bag. YMMV.
Date published: 2019-07-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Moderate power, plastic broke first time I tried to remove the vac tube Struggles to pick up many parts and pieces. Bought it for my pool deck. It will pick up debris if you have the about on the ground but then you wear it out dragging it. Plastic tabs on motor broke the first time I tried to remove the vacuum tube.Not happy with my purchase.
Date published: 2019-05-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor backing bun Stihl warranty - Don’t buy I wouldn’t bother. Stihl doesn’t stand behind looking for ways to weasal out of warranty replacement. 3 years ago I got my wife the leaf vacuum for Mothers Day. Bought the oil for the extended warranty. Unit wouldn’t run. Brought to dealer. He says was a bad switch. Then he says debris got through the filter and ruined the engine. Dealer says he never looked at the filter when we had it in last complaining it wouldn’t run because “we didn’t specifically ask him to.” The dealer says that’s our fault and Stihl won’t stand behind the warranty - and cost more to repair than buy a new one. So it’s now in the garbage. Stihl technician rep doesn’t respond to my emails and leaves the dealer to say “too bad..but doesn shoot the messenger.” We have 3 other Stihl tools and that’s it. Time to change brands since their brand service seems in absentia.
Date published: 2019-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent and Time Saving equipment I purchased this unit due to buying a home with lots of trees. I wanted a product that I could use for years to come. Which means STIHL was going to be my choice. The first unit I was sold had issues right out of the box. I took it back the same day and the business in which I purchased it from gave me a new one. I work in retail as a salesman and know that sometimes problems occur. With that being said and the business taking care of me the second Vac/Shredder works flawlessly. This thing is a beast and fun to use. I had to get adjusted to it but it is going to save a lot of time and make lots of great mulch. I am very happy with the product and very Thankful for the quick turnaround on a replacement. Sometimes there is a procedure that needs to be followed on products that don't work. Meaning they replace what ever is wrong with the unit you purchased but they simply swapped it out. Which meant I could get my yard done. I really enjoy yardwork using my STIHL products and can feel the quality while getting the jobs done.
Date published: 2019-05-08
Date published: 2019-04-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from worst lawn equipment purchase ever Tried to use the vac-shredder for the 1st time. It was very hard to start and would not keep running without the choke being held on. Also the engine would not rev up at all. I will be taking it back to Bane Welker today. They will either fix it or I will leave it in the parking lot as It is it is unusable to me or anyone else. I could have bought these kind of problems anywhere for less. I bought this product on recommendations from other Stihl owners. It is without doubt the most expensive and worst lawn equipment purchase I have ever made.
Date published: 2019-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing vacuum! This shredder vac replaced a 19 year old SH55, which I thought was a great vacuum. This new SH56 runs circles around the old SH55 and it is quieter. Amazing.
Date published: 2019-01-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good I wish i would have got the more expensive model with more power. My type of tree send down lots of small branches so it kept getting stuck and seizing up the blower.
Date published: 2019-01-03
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