SH 56 C-E

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A fuel-efficient shredder vac/blower with the convenience of the Easy2Start™ System.

Get ready for our new fuel efficient STIHL HomeScaper Series™ SH 56 C-E for occasional users. Powered by a low emissions engine, this handheld shredder vac/blower features the STIHL Easy2Start™ system, making starting almost effortless. While a specialized shredder blade on the fan wheel reduces yard waste, this shredder vac also converts easily into a handheld gas leaf blower. Fitted with a semi-...Read More
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SH 56 C-E Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 27.2 cc (1.66 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 0.7 kW (0.9 bhp)
WEIGHT 5.2 kg (11.5 Ibs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 540 cc (18.3 oz.)
AVG. AIR VELOCITY* 60 m/sec. (134 mph)
MAX. AIR VELOCITY* 71 m/sec. (159 mph)
AIR VOLUME AT NOZZLE* 700 m3/h (412 cfm)
BAG CAPACITY 1.5 cu. ft. = 1.2 bushel
*Tested in accordance with ANSI 175.2 standard. Newton is the force needed to accelerate 1 kg of mass at the rate of 1 m/sec2.
Model Features
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    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.
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    Shoulder Strap
    The STIHL shoulder strap allows for greater maneuverability and helps reduce operator fatigue, allowing the user to work comfortably.
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    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.
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    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.
Standard Features
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    Common Features for Handheld Blowers and Shredders
    View the features common to many STIHL handheld blowers and Shredders.

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.

STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL Dealers are for distribution in the United States only.
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Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 65reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Starts easily, blower offers strong performance. Bought it to replace an older blower made by a competitor. Considering how each perform when brand new, the Stihl is better by being easier to start and by offering a much stronger airstream. Although slightly more money, I am extremely glad that I spent the extra dollars. I now own two Stihl products and will never purchase a different brand. October 4, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by no complaints here this is a very good machine for its value.I have nothing bad to say about it September 6, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by make leafs dissapaer ... leafs got blown from the neighbor on my property only to get blow them back when it's my turn. With the vacuum, I can actually compact and get rid of them.Stihl starts very easy, has a strong vacuum, and compacts the leafs. August 18, 2016
Rated 1 out of 5 by SH 56 C blower/vac I purchased this blower for home use to clean up leaves and grass clippings.I have had it worked on by a Stihl dealer 2 times and have only had it a year and a half and motor is shot.It was supposed to have a 2 yr warranty but can't be fixed.1 st problem was the spark arrestor being clogged had tuned up as well after 6 months2nd problem was told I had bad gas but same mix I use in my Stihl trimmer3rd today found dirt had some how entered the intake system.Stihl product was always maintained and serviced and I have 20 yrs of mechanic experience.Stihl products are supposed to be better and it seems like they have been made to cheap to compete with others in the industry. June 14, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by This blow/vac is worth every penny!!! I've owned this product for about six weeks and have used it every weekend. I've used the shredder system twice. The easy to start system STIHL has is second to none. I've tried several other brands, and finally decided to spend the extra money and get a well known and reliable blow/vac. I wish I would have bought this a long time ago.The ease of use is superb. Switching over from blower to shredder is very easy; Especially after you do it the first time. Don't waste your money on other brands. Bite the bullet and get a STIHL. June 1, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by too much money for "average" trimmer Only average power, and the vacuum feature is less than that. BIGGEST disappointment: no constant ON switch. Never having had any blower without one, it didn't occur to me to ask. Buyer Beware!! It will cost even more money for this option on the BG 86 model..First and last Stihl May 11, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Typical great Stihl quality. Only problem I have with this unit is the leaf bag. Wish they would come up with a better sling to get it to stay on your shoulder better. Easy starting and light. Love it. April 4, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great vacuum for those tight places in your yard This thing does what it is designed to do. Great for vacuuming up leaves all over the yard. Instead of making a mess trying to blow leaves out of tight areas you can vacuum and be done. I only use the vac on dryer leaves so I haven't had any clogging problems. Great also for clean up after edging, mowing etc. Bag can get heavy as it fills but that just tells you its time to dump. Runs like a champ. So easy to start. Very happy with my purchase as I am with my Stihl chain saw. March 24, 2016
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