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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
User Reviews
User Reviews

 
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.
The Stihl BG 56 C-E is part of the Leaf blowers test program at Consumer Reports. The Stihl BG 56 C-E Leaf blowers features and specs include Multiple speeds, Translucent fuel tank, Four-cycle engine, Spring assisted starting, Vacuum capability, cc/amp, Weight (lbs.). In our lab tests, Leaf blowers models like the Stihl BG 56 C-E are reviewed on Noise at 50 ft., Sweeping, Vacuuming, Noise at ear, Overall score, Handling and ease of use, Loosening. Consumer Reports subscribers share reviews of the Stihl BG 56 C-E based on personal experience. The user reviews of the Stihl BG 56 C-E include star ratings, pros, cons, best uses, and a bottom line review to help guide your purchasing decision of the Stihl BG 56 C-E.
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