BG 86 - $239.99 DSRP


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BG 86

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Our most powerful gasoline-powered handheld blower, designed for landscaping professionals.

Part of our low emissions handheld STIHL leaf blowers, the BG 86 has all the comfort features you need to work for hours at a time. This professional use gas leaf blower is equipped with a throttle lock and stop switch, along with a semi-automatic choke lever for smoother starts and ease of operation. Designed with our four-spring anti-vibration system, this leaf and debris blower is both powerful...Read More
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BG 86 Specifications
DISPLACEMENT 27.2 cc (1.66 cu. in.)
ENGINE POWER 0.8 kW (1.07 bhp)
WEIGHT 4.4 kg (9.7 Ibs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 440 cc (14.9 oz.)
BLOWING FORCE* 15 Newtons
AVG. AIR VELOCITY** Flat: 74 m/sec. (166 mph)
Round: 63 m/sec. (141 mph)
MAX. AIR VELOCITY** Flat: 85 m/sec. (190 mph)
Round: 69 m/sec. (154 mph)
AIR VOLUME AT NOZZLE** Flat: 620 m3/h (365 cfm)
Round: 755 m3/h (444 cfm)
SOUND PRESSURE RATING** 70 dB(A)
POWER SOURCE Gas
*Newton is the force needed to accelerate 1 kg of mass at the rate of 1 m/sec2. **Tested in accordance with ANSI 175.2 standard. All specifications provided by Andreas STIHL AG, as of April 2016.
Model Features
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    Built in the USA
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    Anti-Vibration System
    STIHL has a system for minimizing the vibration levels of handheld outdoor power equipment. The STIHL anti-vibration system helps reduce operator fatigue and provides a more comfortable working experience.
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    Throttle Trigger Lock with Built-In Momentary Stop Switch
    The built-in stop switch allows the user to turn off the engine with a simple press of the button or lever. When the engine is off, the throttle lock automatically returns to the “start” setting. Your power tool will be ready to be started when you’re ready to get back to work.
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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.
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    Soft Grip Handle
    This handle design provides a secure and comfortable grip.
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    HD2 Air Filter
    The new HD2 air filter on this unit is washable, providing extremely long filter life and lowering maintenance costs. The large surface area allows for longer run times between cleanings and high performance even while operating in dusty and dry conditions. Overall, the HD2 air filter provides better protection of the engine compared to standard air filters.
Standard Features
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    Common Features for Handheld Blowers
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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…
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BG 86 is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 182.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Second Blower Purchase Bought a new BG86 in 2011 for use around our home. Several times since then the screws behind the flywheel have vibrated out which locks the flywheel. At one point I had to re-tap the hole on one of them. The spark arrestor had to be cleaned a couple times and that's okay once you know it gets clogged. Now it doesn't run at all, assumedly needs a new carb per the service shop. I have always used premium fuel and the Stihl Ultra oil. Not worth putting any more time and expense into this blower.I bought another BG86 because overall it's a good machine.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from None Doesn’t seem to have the power my old one had. Trouble starting after shutting off then restart a few minutes later
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good hand held blower Bought this blower based on TV ad for Stihl dealer days. Unit I bought was not on sale but after evaluating the entry level machine, I opted to step up the next better (and more expensive) model. Have only had it a short time but so far I really like it. It is not too heavy and starts easily. Only thing missing on it is a throttle lock which is useful to keep the engine at less than full throttle for certain blowing tasks. Sales person in the store was extremely helpful, evidence of good training and good product knowledge. I also own an Echo hand held blower and the Stihl seems equally powerful despite a slightly smaller engine.
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I had high hopes! I own many Stihl products inclusive of many chainsaws and a trimmer. I purchased the BG86 and loved it for many years until the muffler came off while using it. I purchased new screws from the deal, new gasket, tightened everything back up and low and behold muffler flew off again after using two times. I took it to my local shop who advised this is common problem with Stihl blowers. They advised a new head would be needed, which is costly and not worth fixing. I am very disappointed that that I have to go out and purchase a new blower.
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from No Power Hi, I have several pieces of Stihl power equipment. Generally, its very high quality reliable equipment. I buy it all from my local full line dealer. The BG86 replaced my 15 year old BG65. I have both the BG86 and BG65. The BG65 is vastly superior. The BG86 takes forever to warm up and has no power once it finally gets going. It generally runs poorly. It really runs like needs a carb adjustments but all the adjustments are locked. I have had it for a year but got buyers remorse within a few days. I am rather disappointed with the BG86. I keep my equipment in pristine condition. I use E0 gas and Stihl oil.
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality blower Nice quality as expected. I specifically bought this for residential work and it’s light and powerful enough for what I need. Not too loud and runs quite a while on a tank. I recommend the moto mix fuel. Works very well with the gutter cleaning kit to save climbing on a ladder. No issues whatsoever so far and I don’t expect any.
Date published: 2018-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Walks and Drives This Blower is great for blowing off walks and drives. I don't believe it will have enough power to move a wet pile of leaves, but that is not why I bought it. It works perfect for my needs. This is a good product and in my opion out performs the Husqvarna counter part the 525BX hands down. I owned the BX and returned to the dealer after some issues.
Date published: 2018-05-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Skeptical user Brand new. Used it three times and it’s in the shop for no spark.I can’t recommend at this time.
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More powerful that loacal hardware brands Home is on 1/2 acre wooded lot, leaves can be 3-4 inches thick, unit is easy to carry, not as heavy as back pack, more powerful than light weight back pack. My first blower was a used Sthl (purchased @ Pawn Shop), when it failed after 4 years I purchased new unit. Now looking to purchase & replace weed trimmer with a Stihl unit.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hi quality overall good blower for residential use High quality Nice product but not as high vollcity of blower as expected Still great for residential use
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Weak blower Bought this blower to replace another brand that was hard to start and didn't run well. The Stihl starts easy but it cost $30 more just for the easy start system so it better be easy to start. Blower runs good . It is a little on the heavy side but still not so bad that I want to fight getting a backpack blower on every week. One surprise is that it seems weaker than the one that it replaced. It is fine for blowing grass clippings from the driveway and sidewalk but I don't think it would be powerful enough to blow heavy wet leaves around.
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is a great product that performs as expected Would give this five stars, but engine is slow to warm up. Cranks right away, but is slow to get to full throttle speed. This may improve with additional use, only had it a couple of week and used it half a dozen times. Once warm it performs perfectly. Great blower.
Date published: 2018-04-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Total waste of my money, sorry I purchased it. I was excited to try my new blower and shortly after I purchased it, we had a light dusting of snow. The blower fired right up, but the blowing power is so low it was much faster and easier to just broom the snow off. I thought it would be great to clean gutters, but if there are wet leaves it just doesn't do the job. Woefully underpowered,
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product, Needs Vacuum attachment. Love this blower. Works well and is easy to crank. I own many Stihl products and this one works welll with the gutter attachment too. Not perfect but it saves me from having to climb up over two stories to clean gutters. On the other hand the vacuum kit that is advertised to work with this blower does not fit. Stihl needs to work on creating one. I was unhappy with this because it advertises as being compatible but the only vacuum kit made stops being compatible after the bg 85. My belief that this would work with the 86 was one reason I purchased it.
Date published: 2018-04-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Jury still out Another brand with all “bells and whistles” died after 5 years. After initial trips to shop and finally a competent repair with a carburetor rebuild, no problems with until it recently just stopped. Used ethanol fuel even though not recommended by shop, but it started on 2nd or 3rd pull consistently. Too expensive to repair. Decided on moving up to a Stihl based on some research. New Stihl 86 starts on 3rd pull consistently but takes quite a bit of time to warm up to full power. Power OK but not impressive and appears at best equal to Previous brand. For sure quieter. Quite a bit more expensive and no military discount or sales. Stihl has the name and your neighbors will be more impressed with your Stihl but won’t know for awhile whether the signifiicant price difference is worth it. I’ll take it back to my really competent, friendly and certainly top shelf dealer and see how many pulls it should take to start and why it takes so long to warm up and maybe adjust carburetor for a little more oomph. Jury still out, but hoping for expected quality.
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lacks power of smaller models I bought this blower just a few weeks ago. I went with this model over the 56 due to it having the Locking trigger mechanism. Had recently borrowed my brother's 56 and really liked the power it had. I assumed that the 86 would it be just as powerful but once I got in home and started using it I was very disappointed with its performance. If I had it to do again I would go back to the 56 and save the extra money.
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Ghost compared to the former BG-85 I had a BG-85 for many years. It always took a beating and came back for more. It had the velocity to do the job handling wet leaves & layers of pine needles. After a decade of many hours, it was time to replace it.My neighbor bought a BG-86 about 5-yrs. ago. He had it a short time & then I never saw him using it. I asked him what happened to it & he said, "I took it back." He's reluctant to criticize, so I didn't press the issue.I bought a BG-86 replacement for my BG-85 last fall. When it came time for spring clean-up, I was really disappointed in it's performance. The velocity & power seemed anemic. I took it to my servicing dealer for a check-up & they said it was fine. I told them that it was remarkably less-powerful than the BG-85.The dealer contacted Stihl USA and was told they had heard similar complaints, but attributed them to the fact that the BG-86 was designed to be quieter leaving the impression of less power.What I noticed wasn't the change in decibels...it was the change in "pitch" of the sound! This unit does not turn the "revs" of it's predecessor. Further, manual throttle response in the BG-86 is noticeably slower. What doesn't lie...is the inability to accomplish the task adequately handled by it's predecessor. I would not be so critical in my analysis, but this is Stihl's largest, hand-held professional blower. I hope that the neutering of this model was not the direct result of cities passing noise restrictions on these models. There is still a valid need for a heavy-duty, powerful, professional model for use in rural applications.I returned & replaced my BG-86 with a BR-600 backpack blower. It performs admirably, but please consider offering a POWERFUL hand-held model in your line for the pros. I am a very satisfied owner of other Stihl equipment!!!
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is dependable and powerful. I am really enjoying my Stihl BG 86 CE. It provides the blowing power I need to blow the hard- to- move Live Oak leaves in my backyard where I want and is lightweight and easy to handle. A quantum improvement over my previous gas blower!.
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product!!!! Great blower!! Starts easily and is very powerful for a handheld blower!!
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great features My old blower SH55 (2007) died and this new one is great. Starts very easy and the new controls are a great improvement.
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is very easy to use and has lots of power. I would highly recommend this blower. Well built and does a great job. Good power and efficiency.
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comfortable blower Blower seemed very sluggish from the start. I did fine tune carburetor for better throttle response and top end power. That made a noticeable difference. Blower is very smooth, no vibration. Also it is very light. I do think this is a quality machine.
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lots of power for a hand held I have 3 of these, great product, only problem is the spark arrestor screen gets restricted after about a year
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Bad gas leak Started and ran good except for a bad gas leak while running. Gas leak was not due to a spill while filling or leaky gas cap. It was from the carburetor area but could not see exactly where. It was started in the store when I bought it and I used it twice. All three time it had a very strong gas smell afterwards. Returned it to the store for a refund. Quality control?
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very sluggish This unit takes forever to warm up until it can go full speed. You feel you are at half throttle until it warms up, which take time. I wouldn't buy another product from Stihl again. This is strike two. I have also had problems with my chainsaw.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Factory setup poor I've had a bg55 for the past 10 years. It has been the most dependable leaf blower I've ever owned. I still have it but decided to add a new bg86 to my garage. I've had nothing but carb tuning issues since day one. Took it back to have it looked at and was determined that it's fine. The blower does start everytime on the third pull and does have a nice sound. But once warmed up it loads up with fuel and bogs terribly from idle to full throttle. The major problem is the blower gets extremely hot in a short matter of time at wot. If I let off the throttle to about 3/4's it actually picks up rpms and cools down a bit. Go full throttle and the rpms drop substantially and starts making a popping sound and gets way to hot. Not impressed at all compared to my bg55.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dependable, weight is just right for older user. I purchased at a neighbor's recommendation and I have been very pleased.. Cleared a large area three times and it worked well and started easily.
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lots of power & fairly lightweight The BG 86 blower has lots of power. Leaves don't stand a chance. It's easy to start & very fuel efficient. The vibration reduction built in helps a bunch.
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall the blower and mulcher works great Little cumbersome in changing over from Blower to Mulcher. At times, it does dye when in use, but starts back up easily.
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The BG 86 is indeed Powerful! The BG 86 is the answer if you are looking to get the job done and quick! I was absolutely amazed by the power of this blower! I own several Stihl products and all have delivered! I love the lock in place lever that gives you constant power! Just like a straight line wind ripping the leaves and brush around like it was nothing! The easy start cord is a plus also! I did not have any issues with the weight like some reviewer were complaining about! I experienced constant power and performance!
Date published: 2017-10-30
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