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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.

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.

STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL Dealers are for distribution in the United States only.

Reviews

SH 56 C-E is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 87.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product I had been using an electric blower. This has been an excellent upgrade. Starts up very easy. I get the job done in half the time. No more extension cords to work with. I also have a Stihl string trimmer.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quality engine, but has some shortcomings. I've been an economical consumer for my entire adult life. I'm able to service my own equipment so I've always been able to maintain the cheaper "Chinese" equipment for general home use; keeping the machines running until they inevitably just die. But I've been getting tired of tweaking here and adjusting there so I've begun my equipment swap out to an all-Stihl garage. This is my first Stihl machine. I absolutely adore that "Stihl" sound you get from these engines. It's like nothing else. Because I have so much experience with small equipment I'm able to really dial down what the strengths and weaknesses are of my machines rather quickly. Strengths:-This blower has sufficient power and blowing speeds for my use.-Quiet.-An engine that I know will last if cared for and when not run with ethanol-Comfortable weight.-Starts very easily. -Transparent fuel tank so I know what my levels are.-I love, love, LOVE (did I say love?) that I can change it up and make it into a vacuum so I can get the leaves in the areas behind shrubs and around my koi pond without struggling to blow them out otherwise.-The inside of the vac bag has a clever "deflection shield" as I call it which helps prevent the mulched debris from abrading the bag. Smooth!-I think Stihl new that the reduction ratio with the mulching blades would make for a heavy bag, so the straps are securely fastened to the bag with large stitching and reinforcements. Double smooth! -Oh those sharp little blades! The reduction of leaves is astounding. I'm dumbfounded how much material this thing mulches before the bag is full. Weaknesses:-Even my dealer couldn't figure out how to get the front black plastic blower pipe off when I was given my "demo." It's a finicky thing. We figured it out, but I wish I didn't need a tool to release the lock. It should be a push-button release.-There are no identifying marks to get the locking ring on to secure the pipe in place. Sure there is an arrow for where the pipe goes on, but not the ring. Maddening.-That little muffler is nowhere near as protected as it should be. I already burned my hand.-The "door" that must be opened (again, with a tool) to change the blower-to-a-vac is basically screaming "take me in the bushes so can get stuck on everything." Yup, it got stuck on the holly bushes and nearly broke off when I was vacuuming the leaves around them.-I wish the vacuum pipe was adjustable so I can move the angle of the mouth. I feel everyone will carry the machine a little differently. Apparently I do, because I can't quite get the opening to be flush with the ground for the best "suction." Maybe it's designed that way. I don't know.Over all a neat machine. It has it's place here in my garage regardless of the shortcomings.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sucks Literally Difficult to get started. I haven't had mine an entire summer and its already hard to start. Junk. I have trimmer that is the same way. Junk Junk Junk.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from After six months Good concept, but has its limitations. I bought this as light duty blower and shredder for my landscaping business. It is six months old. First the cons. DO NOT buy the model with EZ recoil. After the guys stretched the internal spring 4 or 5 times, I coverted to the traditional recoil. Now it is durable! The other negative is the shredder has limitations. Not intended for big jobs or wet material, otherwise it works great. For the pros, light weight, agile, decent blower performance for a small package, great in small places, and reliable motor.
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I wish I'd tried thisblower 10 years ago, cuz I would've bought it then. I've only had the blower a few weeks and only used it a few times, but I love it. I've had electric blowers in the past, and most recently had a multi-head option for a gas powered weed eater that had a blower attachment. And while both the electric and multi-head option did fine, they pale in comparison to this unit. If I'd have tried this unit 10 years ago I would've saved my money and found a way to buy this. There are cheaper options, but they are also cheaper and inferior products. I have a large deck and a large driveway and I can clear/clean both in less than half the time. This Stihl just puts out so much more air volume than those other blowers I've owned and used in the past. I would recommend this to anyone. And I have!!!
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Value for the price. My yard is about 1/2 acre and with a lot of trees, pecan and oak trees. With all the trees in my yard and so many leaves in the fall, I needed a good dependable leaf blower and vac. I researched them and talked to yard maintenance people about the equipment they use. Most used stihl products and were extremely satisfied. Stihl was what I purchased. I am extremely happy with it, so this year I purchased a stihl line trimmer, and am pleased with it. Stihl equipment is my choice for lawn tools from now on.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to start Great product, easy to start. Take a couple minutes to warm up, then it really moves the air. Love using it.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome blower Very happy with the new blower. Starts right up and runs just like all my other Stihl products
Date published: 2017-06-05
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