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Hard on the hands and good on the leaves...
I use the Sthil BG56 every day for about 2 hours in the morning and intermittently throughout the day during my course of work.
The BG56 is powerful enough to blow off wet leaves on concrete and blow out leaves from larg gardens and even leaves that have grown into hedges.
My biggest gripe is that the vibration transmitted through the handle takes a big toll on your hand(s), you are left with pins and needles for hours after using it solidly and I fear that this will do some nasty damage to my hands soon enough. The older Sthil unit that...is far weaker and much heavier, has a anti vibration handle and is far far far more comfortable to use even if it weights half the weight again. For short periods of use, this unit would be ideal; even buying anti vibration gloves would be better than going bare handed. Otherwise the unit works flawlessly. We removed the baffle in the exhaust which have it some extra low down rev torque which helps move litter quicker and saves a little on fuel. Light weight compared to older unit, good on fuel, blows away stubborn leaves! VIBRATION is hard on the hand(s). Noisy without the baffle - however fixed fuel use and low down performance issues.
Perfect tool for annoying the neighbourhood, and target the clean drive or pathway right next-door to your own.
Weight not too heavy, but heavier than some cheaper brands, power lasts well for small jobs. Haven't had any issues with it, does what I need of it and of course the neighbours.
Purchased in October 2021 for $279.
it will start up on a cold start first pull but after use go and start it takes 6 7 pulls
its good enough for anything.small stone leaves dirt its not the best blower i will not buy another stihl product it broke down with not even 2 hrs on it i have a weedeater brand blower 8 years old no issues and only 65 bucks and is more powerfull
Purchased in April 2021 at colsons for $158.
Yeah works great brought 1-2years ago and it still last good
They showed me how to start it happy with it
Now brought a stihl hedge trimmer and gonna see how that works
Purchased in April 2019 at GYC for $250.
OK for about 4 years but Stihl agent did not service well.
We have had this blower for about 10 years now so it has lasted the longest of all the previous cheaper brands we have owned. However although the blower always starts, after about 4-5 years it then lacked power and seems to only run at about 2/3 power .We took it to the Stihl dealer they charged $150 to do exactly what I did, ie changed the sparkplug and new fuel, cleaned the air filter, and said it would cost alot more to cleanout the carb and pull the motor to bits and do a full check. I was a little annoyed with its lack of power and final...ly just now have decided to clean out the exhaust port, which required me to remove the exhaust pipe and clean out all the black coke that had almost blocked off the exhaust port. Once I had done this half hour job it now blows like a new one. Back to full power. Slacked off the agent (Stihl shop) did not do this job or diagnose the problem properly. Now happy with it again.
Purchased in January 2011 at Stihl Dealer for $500.
Light, Powerful, but had a few issues
We have had this blower for about 7 years now so it has lasted the longest of all the previous cheaper brands we have owned. However although the blower always starts, after about 3-4 years it now lacks power and seems to only run at about 2/3 power . We took it to the Stihl dealer they charged $150 to do exactly what I did, ie changed the sparkplug and new fuel, cleaned the air filter, and said it would cost a lot more to cleanout the carb and pull the motor to bits and do a full service. I decided to take of the exhaust which was when I saw ...the exhaust ports were at least 50% blocked up with blackened gunk, I chipped and scraped this away, which fully opened up the exhaust port put it back together and it started up and ran perfectly, full power again, took me about 1 hour to do this work, I cannot think why the Stihl service agents did not do this. Anyway I eventually ended up selling the Stihl and bought a Makita 4 stroke blower, the reason is that the wife likes to do most of the leaf blowing, and does not like mixing the 2 stroke oil and petrol -- hassle. So now we have a Makita (petrol only) cost $350.00 BUT.... now you have to service / check and change the engine oil, which I have to do as she has no idea on this. She now complains that the Makita is a bit heavier than the Stihl, but likes the fact it starts very easy, and we only have the one can of fuel to supply the blower, lawn mower, motorbikes, cars etc.
Purchased in January 2013 at Stihl Dealer for $450.
Entry level blower
The blower itself is a little disappointing in power. It also does not come with a flat nozzle. It does excel in its design features with the adjustable choke and carby adjustments.
Purchased in June 2019 for $249.
Awesome little blower!
This blower has paid for itself again & again! I have used it since 2011 as a contract cleaner (cleaning gutters, car parks, you name it, it’s done it) without one problem. Never changed the spark plug, starts nearly first pull every time. Its weight and balance in operating the machine is perfect. Always use ear muffs as they are alittle on the loud side. The plastics used and internal components in this model are made to a very high standard. It’s been dropped numerous times (accidentally) sometimes 5-6meters and nothing has ever broken on it. It just works. It’s Simply an Awesome little blower! When it eventually dies, I will back for another for sure. Thank you Stihl
Purchased in January 2011 for $299.
Less than 12 months and on my third repair!
We purchased the Stihl on a deal we saw with the leaf Hoover at Sunshine Mowers in Moololaba, after a visit to my accountant. It worked fine for about 8 months and then the finger power controller got stuck on full power. I live at Peregian about a 40 minute drive back to the Sunshine Coast mowers. I drove down to drop it in for repair, the guy I saw fixed it on the spot! Great, I thought! The next time I used it, it lasted about 10 mins before the finger controller becoming jammed on full throttle again. I worked out how to start the Stihl by ...keeping the choke open whilst starting, so i ignored the issue. Eventually I was going to drive past SC mowers so I dropped it in for repair. 10 days later I received a call to say there was nothing wrong with the unit and to come and collect it. When I arrived I could see that the finger trigger was stuck on full power!!! GrrEEEEE another 80 mins of driving for nothing. The guy at the counter said he would repair on the spot, so I hung around for 30mins whilst he took it apart and repaired the unit. At home it worked fine on its first outing, today (2nd outing) the same problem reoccurred. I am over Sthil I thought I was buying a premium product backed by premium service. I was close to buying their electric lawn mower, but never, again. I now have another 2 x 80 minute drives to rerurn this peice of garbage and see if they can repair the Bl*^%y thing!
Purchased in May 2018.
6years of contracting use and still going strong
Bought this back in 2013 , never had an issue. I use it up to a couple of hours daily to finish off lawn mowing jobs and couldn’t be happier with it.
I wire brush the spark arrestor every few months to get rid of carbon build up and that’s it for maintenance
Was thinking about getting a new one soon and will definitely be going for a stihl
Purchased in February 2013 for $249.
Works well, starts easy
It's reasonably light and easy to use, provides plenty of blowing power that gets the job done, I use it for grass trimmings, leaves and also for our 20mm gravel driveway clean-up so it has enough power to blow the gravel back where it's supposed to be. The only thing that makes me wish I had bought the model up from this one is the anti vibration that this unit lacks, you don't really notice the vibration too much though (until you try the better model and you can barely tell its running from the feel of it).
So Far So Very Good
I Do Believe I Have Finally Bought a Blower that Will Keep The Wife Happy for a Decent Time Lets Hope So. After Two Bad Experiences with other Brands, It is Light weight Powerfull, quiet & Well Balanced Very Happy to this point with it, I should have bought a stihl in the first place
Do Not Buy
That starter spring is extremely weak be prepared to spend $35.00 for repairs or learn how to replace the $2.00 starter spring on a regular basis, you must barely pull the starter or it will bend every time, just kicked mine to the curb. This unit is NOT Stihl quality.
Have had two of these one to blow the leaves and the others to vacuum and mulch. Works okay but both have developed fault that causes the engine to die when revved up. The fault is almost as expensive as a new one to fix. I will look at alternative brands.
bought what i thought was a good blower, Brand new from Stihl Dealer took it home started it, used it for approx 10mins put it in the shed went to use it about 3 weeks later & it refused to start. Followed starting instructions as per the manual. It just refused to start. I have tried about 6 times since to start it, it kicks, idles for about 3 seconds then cuts out. Took it back to the dealer who said it was my fault that it wouldnt start,(typical) the dealer tried starting it & it refused to start. Bull shi*ted to me & Wanted to charge me to fix it biggest piece of sh*t i have bought, Threw it in the shed & went & bought a cheap Ryobi from Bunnings. that has not let me down.
Stihl Malaga sell good quality equipment and a reasonable price. I have been going there for 15 plus years and still have the products I bought then. I get lawnmower, whipper snipper and edger serviced at Stihl in Malaga. Good customer service. I will be going back again this week.
Questions & Answers
Unusual situation. The blower has worked well for 12 years. Today , for an unknown reason the blower shaft literally blew off. Trying to reattach it did not work, unless I held it in place. Any explanations or suggestions? Thanks
Hi Take it to your nearest Stihl dealer, Im sure they will reinsert it for no charge.
how do you atatch vacuum,please
Hi Andrew you need a flat screwdriver, turn the sthil on it's side white air intake upwards. Locate the slot that you can insert the screw driver to release the cover. Pull cover back and look for the...imprinted arrows on the side of the intake and the large tube which will suck up the leaves, line them up and twist the sleeve to lock the two together. Repeat the same for the bag collector. There might be a video on youtube?
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