Piece of ****
Absolute waste of money! Do not buy! Purchased it to both blow a vac. It’s easier to just rake. Cheap construction, time consuming to change attachments that are crappy plastic. If the stupid thing sucked as well as it ‘sucks’, happy days. But not to be. DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY!
Purchased in December 2020.
A great blower, a very poor vac - see below
Let me state first that I have great respect and liking for Stihl.
I have a Stihl chainsaw. It works flawlessly.
However, It bought this blower vac to round up leaves on my 1/2 acre property and free me from my power cable Ryobi vac.
It blows beautifully!
I used my neighbour's before buying and declared that "I didn't WANT it,
I NEEDED IT!"
Today I used it for the second time in Vac mode.
1. It takes a lot of messing about to reconfigure it, from blower to vac. I mean a LOT of work.
2. Once done it is obvious that this is not ergonomically designed. It can lead to backache. It is so awkward to hold my hand kept wandering close to the exhaust. ...
Purchased in October 2020 for $389.
received my stihl
the stihl is very powerful ,it certainly does the job, important to wear googles overalls , using this machine creates a lot of dust. Also wear a mouth and nose mask and a hat. Excellent for making short work of piles of leaves
Purchased in April 2019.
I got sick and tired of plug in electric blower vacs dying on me and dragging an extension cable around the yard. The SH 56 has liberated me from cables! It's easy to start, light to carry around and easily chews through the mountain of leaves I get every Autumn. Swapping over from blow to suck is a minor inconvenience, but as another review notes, it takes less than a minute. The bag quality is good and filters nicely when vacuuming up leaves, it's great not being covered in dust and grit.
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I bought Stihl as I have several good Stihl products. Works really well in suck and blow mode. My wife uses it every couple of days in both modes and finds it easy to start and to change modes. It does seem a little underpowered at times but, all round does a great job.
Initial thoughts are excellent.
I can't understand the previous review's comment on the difficult change-over from blower to vac (and back)
If you can't change it over in under 1 minute you're doing something very wrong.
Strong vac that shredded a huge pile of dried gum leaves in no time, leaving only a finely chopped amount in the bag.
Not as comfortable as the anti-vibration SH86C, but won't be a problem if you're not using it for long periods regularly. Plenty of power and smooth operation.
I'll post back if any issues arise.
way over priced
This blower is not nearly what I thought it would be. Changing to bagging to blowing is not easy and the power is not nearly what I thought it would be.
I went with it due to the Stihl name thinking I would love it.
Going back to a cratsman
power, price, changing from bag to blower
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