Stihl BG 86 C-E Leaf Blower

stihl bg 86 c-e leaf blower

There’s no doubt that cordless outdoor equipment is fast becoming the go-to for handheld gear. Actually, the shift is happening faster than many of us anticipated. Nonetheless, gas models are still going pretty strong, particularly with tools like leaf blowers. While high-powered, longer-lasting battery versions are becoming more common, gas definitely gives you dependable performance and runtimes. Take, for example, the Stihl BG 86 C-E blower, which made our Best Leaf Blower Reviews list.

Let’s take a look at what this model has to offer.

Stihl BG 86 C-E Leaf Blower Performance

First, we love the fact that Stihl makes the BG 86 C-E right here in the USA. And it has some nice components to boot.


  • Model: Stihl BG 86 C-E
  • Engine: 27.2cc
  • Blowing force: 190 mph, 444 CFM
  • Fuel capacity: 14.9 oz
  • Weight: 9.9 lbs
stihl bg 86 handheld blower

At the heart of this blower is a 27.2cc engine that generates an output of 190 mph and 444 CFM. With a total blowing force of 15 Newtons, it can certainly hold its own in performance, particularly when you pair this power with other strong features.

For instance, pull-start systems historically have had a reputation for being temperamental, sometimes requiring more physical effort than they should. Indeed, they’ve long been the bane of weekend yard warriors and Pros alike for that reason.

However, the BG 86 C-E sidesteps this potential nuisance thanks to Stihl’s Easy2Start technology. From what they tell us, a quick pull overcomes the engine’s compression, thus minimizing the physical effort needed to get the tool going.

Yup, Stihl has backpack models, too, and you’ll find one on our Best Backpack Leaf Blower Reviews list.

Stihl BG 86 C-E Design

On the design side, the BG 86 has a few things worth mentioning.

As noted above, we think this blower’s easy-start system is an enticing performance feature. Moreover, Stihl included a stop switch that automatically returns to the start position and a semi-automatic choke lever to help prevent accidental flooding.

Finally, the BG 86 has a washable air filter with a large surface area that allows for longer run times between cleanings. Together, these design elements should enhance the tool’s overall reliability.

Stihl Leaf Blower Pride

The BG 86 sells for $309.99.

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