SH 86 C-E

SH 86 C-E
A professional-grade shredder vac/blower with top-of-the-line power.

Product Description

Like a strong wind with an off switch, the STIHL SH 86 C-E professional shredder vac is a powerful landscaping tool – and it comes standard with the necessary parts to easily convert this shredder vac into a handheld blower. It features the same STIHL Easy2Start™ system as the SH 56 C-E, but delivers higher air volume and velocity for tackling difficult yard waste. The shredder vac/blower also features soft-grip handles and four-spring anti-vibration technology for greater comfort on the job. And as it shreds, the clippings accumulate in a secure, easy-open zippered bag for convenient emptying.

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.
  • Soft Grip Handle
    This handle design provides a secure and comfortable grip.
  • Anti-Vibration System
    STIHL has a system for minimizing the vibration levels of handheld outdoor power equipment. The STIHL anti-vibration system helps reduce operator fatigue and provides a more comfortable working experience.
  • Throttle Trigger Lock with Built-In Momentary Stop Switch
    The built-in stop switch allows the user to turn off the engine with a simple press of the button or lever. When the engine is off, the throttle lock automatically returns to the “start” setting. Your power tool will be ready to be started when you’re ready to get back to work.
  • 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.
  • HD2 Air Filter
    The new HD2 air filter on this unit is washable, providing extremely long filter life and lowering maintenance costs. The large surface area allows for longer run times between cleanings and high performance even while operating in dusty and dry conditions. Overall, the HD2 air filter provides better protection of the engine compared to standard air filters.


27.2 cc (1.66 cu. in.)
0.8 kW (1.07 bhp)
5.6 kg (12.3 lbs.)
440 cc (14.9 oz.)
15 Newtons
63 m/sec. (141 mph)
76 m/sec. (170 mph)
756 m3/h (444 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.

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SH 86 C-E is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 211.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Engine sounds tinggy First thing I noticed is that the unit engine sounds tinggy? Not sure if this is normal with the new 2 cycle engines but my old Stihl blower did not sound like this. Someone told me that it has something to do with a new muffler and that it would go away after awhile? Other thing is that I thought there would be more power with this new unit. I use it to blow off the motorcycle and truck after I wash them. Just thought it would have more blowing power. One last thing is that the unit feels wobbly when pulling the starting cord (I have the SH86). Possible because of the rubber mounted engine?
Date published: 2019-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great power tool for cleaning my roof Our home has a metal roof with horizontal courses to appear like shingles. Our roof is plagued with needles, small twigs and cones from the Douglas Fir trees close to our house. The needles collect under the lip side if the metal shingles, around the skylight bases and under the flashing on the edges of the roof. I didn’t buy the shredder vac to clean the roof, but got the idea is might be better than sweeping or using my Stihl blower and moving the mess to the deck and walks. My Stihl 85CE is perfect for cleaning the dry needles and roof mess. I agree the bag could be improved. The dust gets on my arm and side and requires laundering my work clothes and I need to shower. It’s a great power tool!
Date published: 2019-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great mulcher and blower Love it it works great! Fast fine mulching and great power!
Date published: 2019-06-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Too slow for the size of my yard I purchased this vac/shredder to clear the leaves from my lawn. It does shred leaves and small stick quite well, however, it will take many days to clear my lawn at the pace the shredder works. I need to find a better way to clear my lawn of leaves than using this shredder. Since you are shredding leaves, be prepared for a lot of dust in the process. The machine and bag are bulky and difficult to carry for any length of time. After awhile, I just let the bag drag on the ground instead of holding it on my shoulder with the strap.
Date published: 2019-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Upgrade I had a Stihl Shreddder/Vac for 11 years and just wore it out so I purchased the SH86 C-E. It is definitely a significant upgrade from my old SH 85. New one is quieter, has a lot of design updates which I really like, and the anti vibration feature really makes a difference. The only thing I wish would have changed is the changeover process to vac. I was hoping that tools would not be needed but a screwdriver is still needed to unlock the guard and blower tube. Not a big deal but just means you have to have a tool handy. Only reason I gave it 4 out of 5 stars is that I am still having a bit of difficulty starting it, but each time I use it it gets easier. So this is probably due to it getting broken in and me getting used to a new starting process. Overall I really like the quality and performance of this great blower.
Date published: 2019-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product all around Easy starting, light weight, fun to use, works well for clearing snow from the walk ways . picking up leaves
Date published: 2019-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great so far Used twice in the 1st 30 days, does a great job. Plastic housing seems rather questionable as its very thin and gives way very easily but no issues to date.
Date published: 2019-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versitile Tool Not too heavy, great power, lots of features. Great for large residential property.
Date published: 2019-04-12
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Standard Features

  • Common Features for Handheld Blowers and Shredders
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