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Leaf blowers

Stihl BG 56 C-E
 
Approximate retail price:
$170
Summary: This Stihl 27.2-cc, handheld leaf blower is gasoline-powered, weighs 9 lbs., and lacks vacuum capability. It comes with a 2-year warranty.
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Type: Gasoline handheld blowers
About - Stihl BG 56 C-E
Sweeping: Indicates the speed of moving a pile of leaves.
Loosening: Indicates the speed of removing embedded leaf particles from the lawn.
Vacuuming: Reflects how quickly and effectively models with vacuum capability pick up leaves and how finely they are mulched.
Handling and ease of use: Includes ease of maneuvering, using controls, and changing modes.
Noise at ear: Blower-mode noise is based on our measurements at the operator’s ear level. Models rated Fair or Poor at ear level emitted at least 85 dBA, loud enough to warrant hearing protection.
Noise at 50 feet: Blower-mode noise is based on industry-standard measurements at 50 feet. Models rated Very Good or Excellent at 50 feet should meet common municipal limits of 65 decibels (dBA).
About This Brand

Stihl makes professional-grade gas leaf blowers and high-end electric models. It sells exclusively through outdoor power equipment dealers. Stihl uses the HomeScaper line name on some consumer-grade models. The Stihl line of gas handheld and backpack blowers features high power and high amount of air moved, measured in cubic feet per minute.

Features & Specs - Stihl BG 56 C-E
info Weight (lbs.) 9.0
info cc/amp 27.2-cc
info Multiple speeds Yes
info Vacuum capability No
info Translucent fuel tank Yes
info Spring assisted starting Yes
info Four-cycle engine No
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User Reviews - Stihl BG 56 C-E
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4.0
A Good Buy
7/23/2014
Pros
Easy to Use
Powerful
Well Balanced Feel
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
I have owned electric leaf blowers, this being my first gasoline-powered model. The great thing about Stihl dealers is that they have the products you buy tested and ready to go. For this product, I got home, read the Operator's Manual and got the blower started on the second pull after adding premixed fuel. Follow the instructions carefully and the product should start easily. I have two other Stihl products and have had great experience with both, one being a chain saw that is over 15 years old. For best longevity and service, I always use gasoline for my small engines that does not contain ethanol and add a stabilizer before adding the oil and then gasoline to the fuel can. An alternate is to buy premixed, ethanol-free fuel. The Home Depot sells it. This blower is reasonably quiet, idles and runs smoothly and has enough power. My neighbor has the same model and uses his for blowing light snowfall from his sidewalk and drive. I have used it to blow-dry my car after washing it. I mow the lawn we have 3.5 inches high and do not pick up clippings. My lawn tractor does not mulch so I use this blower to force the clippings down into the turf for a better lawn appearance after mowing, and of course, for blowing the paved drive and sidewalks clean. This is a great product. I wish I had gotten it sooner.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Far less than satisfied
5/22/2014
Pros
Powerful
Cons
Difficult to Start
Best Uses
Blowing Leaves
Comment:
This Stihl 56-CE blower blows leaves and clippings just fine - when you can get it started. I have been meticulous about using the right gas, using the right Stihl 2-cycle oil mix, and draining the tank during winter. However, it is still hit-and-miss on whether it will start or not. I can yank it 100 times, and it won't start (like just now...). But then, when the stars align, it will only take 5-6 pulls.<br />It's ridiculously frustrating that I have to coddle this thing like I do. I cannot recommend in any fashion, whatsoever.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
Its a Stihl
12/18/2013
Pros
Easy to Use
Powerful
Well Balanced Feel
Cons
Best Uses
Blowing Leaves
Blowing Light Snow
Clearing Sawdust
Comment:
Have owned Stihl chainsaws and weedeaters. Its always a good product for the money. This blower is no different. Highly recommend. All Stihl dealers/service centers I have dealt with have been good. Made and assembled in Virginia Beach Virgina USA.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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