Stihl Blower-Leaf Vacuum Bg 85

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  • Stihl BG 85, You Blow You Suck, You Have A Smile On Your Face!

    Apr 11, 2005 by lllopez is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Home and Garden
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Efficient Performance, Durability, Warranty
    Cons: Higher priced than most consumer units.

    Summary: Ahh..those were the days, what are we, NUTS? Remember the rake? It seems light years away. I remember, being assigned the task of gathering up the leaves and cleaning the yard for the impending winter. I had come to expect the summons each ... read more

  • Not until I actually used this product was I pleasantly suprised, Stihl BG 86

    Mar 1, 2010 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Balanced feel in your hand
    Stihl brand name quality
    Blowing power for a handheld
    Easy 2 start feature
    Cons: None

    Summary: Like a couple of other reviewers on this site, this review is about the BG 86 CE to be exact.  Apparently this model has not been out very long because of the reviews I was able to find about it.  I was glad to read about the BG 85 model ... read more

  • My new "LOVE"! Don't tell my wife.

    Nov 7, 2009 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Great wind output, Quality, Low noise. Easy to use choke.
    Cons: Gas tank should be more transparent. Slightly heavy at extended use.

    Summary:     Oh baby, where have you been all my life?  I mean my new Stihl Leaf Blower BG 86.  I am writing this review mostly to help someone else and also cause I notice that most older reviews here are for the BG 85.  The ... read more

  • Stihl BG86 Leaf Blower

    Oct 18, 2008 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Fairly light, great balance, ergonomics, feel, exceptional blowing power, easy to start and use.
    Cons: So powerful, it sucks my loose pants into the intake grill in my left hand.

    Summary: First, I will describe my environment: I live in 1.25 acres of woods in Zone 5 consisting of Shagbark Hickory (and their golf-ball sized nuts that squirrels break open in fall, leaving hard as a rock shell shards), lots of Pachysandra and Periwinkle ... read more

  • Stihl SH 85 Flower Beds

    Mar 31, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Lot of power, picks up and blows well.Not a bad weight.
    Cons: None yet

    Summary: SH 85 I was looking for something to help get the leaves out of my flower beds. My beds have pacasandra in them and it is tough to rake out. Read a lot of reviews and it came down to the Stihl which worried me because I saw a lot of good reviews but ... read more

  • Awesome little machine!

    Jun 16, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Very easy to use, and light weight....about 9lbs. Very forceful blowing power.
    Cons: None at the moment and don't expect any.

    Summary: After having a Craftsman electric leaf blower for years, I decided it was time to go cordless as all our other equipment is. As I usually do, I do my internet homework and read all the reviews very carefully. I was about to plunk my money down on ... read more

  • High Quality and Performance - the Bentley of Blowers

    Nov 3, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: High performance, very high quality, and easy to use. Excellent warranty.
    Cons: Pricey. Latching mechanism for fan intake/tube are a pain.

    Summary: My Craftsman blower ceased to operate a few weeks back. Nothing dramatic - dieseling, difficulty starting, inability to hold full RPM, and finally...nothing. The impending mountain of leaves following a couple of weeks out of town convinced me it was ... read more

  • Very Impressive

    May 7, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great product. No more getting up on the roof!
    Cons: Pricey

    Summary: I have a top rated Toro plug in leaf blower that I have used for several years. Coming into lawn season this year I was 1. not up to getting the cord out (I have a large yard) and 2. Wanting to look at gutter cleaning attachments because I am afraid ... read more

  • Does the job well, very very well.

    Dec 21, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Powerful performance. Comfortable to hold. Outstanding reputation for quality and durability.
    Cons: Heavy if held for extended periods of time. (One hour or more.)

    Summary: I have a fairly large yard to work with, which is also surrounded by many trees. Needless to say, leaf removable has always been a major source of stress and frustration in the fall months. One year I bought one of those plug-in leaf blowers, I think it ... read more

  • First Impressions and a Suggested Test

    May 1, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Ease of handling; Good ergonomics; Excellent power; Stihl reputation.
    Cons: Premium price.

    Summary: I tried using the blower attachment for my Ryobi weed eater. Forget that - there's no power in those types of blowers. I've also used a Toro electric corded version. Plenty of power, zero maintenance, very durable and absolutely reliable for many ... read more

  • Stihl Blower-Leaf Vacuum Bg 85....... Keeps those flowerbeds spotless.

    Feb 23, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Makes clean-up a snap. Still working fantastic in 2011
    Cons: Shoulder strap could be longer.

    Summary: When I bought this Stihl Blower-Leaf Vacuum BG85 last Spring, it received a overwhelming positive remarks from my customers. This versatile machine can be used in two different ways. One it can be used as a blower to blow driveways, clean gutters, blow ... read more

  • Express Customer Reviews

  • Do not buy

    Sep 16, 2011 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: When it starts the performance is reasonable. 
    Cons: Very hard starter 

    Summary: If you value your time and dont want to waste it attempting to start a leaf blower that may or may not go ? Keep looking. This machine is a pile of junk. I have a woodboss and a pro saw from Stihl, and a decent line trimmer, but the BG86 blower is a ... read more

  • The Vacuum Sucks!

    Nov 15, 2010 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: Great quality, easy to start, powerful blower
    Cons: A little expensive.
    Vacuuming a large pile of leaves was not efficient

    Summary: Sorry to rain on the 5 star parade but I would not recommend purchasing this blower for it's vacuuming ability. Why?1) with the bag attached it's awkward and uncomfortable. 2) it does a very poor job of mulching the leaves. My leaves were maybe ... read more

  • Stihl BG86 Blower

    Jul 5, 2010 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: quiet, runs smooth, quick throttle response.
    Cons: unreliable-high priced

    Summary: I purchase this blower to replace a craftsman. They run about $120 and last about 2 years. I thought I would upgrade and buy the Stihl BG86 and be good for 6 years or so. Man was I wrong. This is the biggest waste of $255 I can remember. It has only ... read more

  • Stihl sucks, or at least the quality of their products does

    Nov 25, 2009 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Worked fine while it lasted. 
    Cons: Very poor quality to break after just a few uses is not acceptable. 

    Summary: I purchased a Stihl 85, and I am not impressed with the quality of the product. It works fine as both a blower and a vacuum/shredder, but the hinge on the door that covers the blade broke and the parts are sill on backorder, I had only used it a few ... read more

  • New Owner Not a Review Writer

    Nov 24, 2009 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: Powerful.  Relatively light-weight.  E-Z to start.
    Cons: None so far.

    Summary: Lot's of research to replace a Toro electric (ugh) blower.I looked at Stihl b/c a friend has three stihl chainsaws and swears by Stihls durability and reliability.The BG 86 attracted alot of attention from neighbors the first time I used it ... read more

  • Stihl BG 85 Blower

    Nov 19, 2007 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Good volume and velocity
    Cons: None that I have found

    Summary: I bought this blower during October, 2006. After two seasons of leaf blowing on my two acre lot of mature trees, the blower still works fine. Has plenty of power, volume and velocity, to move large amounts of leaves. The blower can get heavy after a ... read more

  • Unwieldy

    Sep 28, 2007 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Good vacuum draw, and okay for small jobs
    Cons: Unwieldy, cheap plastic impeller, fatiguing on larger jobs

    Summary: I did not buy this machine, but was allowed to demo it by a very good local lawn and garden retailer. It is only good for smaller jobs. It is hand-held and the leaf catch bag is intended to be supported by a strap over the users shoulder. This ... read more

  • Godsend

    Sep 18, 2007 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: power, ease of use, quality workmanship
    Cons: none yet..

    Summary: Wow - this machine is worth every penny. It fires right up, the engine runs smooth, it has ALOT of power not to mentions is very sexy. I also purchased the vacuum kit and took another posters advice, I ordered the shredding blade ($5.69) that normally ... read more

  • Stihl Leaf Blower BG85D

    Nov 7, 2006 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Style, Weight, Performance, Cruise Control, Rubber Feet, Expandable - (Vacuum, Gutter Attachment), Trusted Name
    Cons: PRICE, you get what you pay for. Air intake next to leg for left-handed people.

    Summary: I just bought a Stihl Leaf Blower BG85D. This is the easiest machine I have ever pull started. Fill the primer bulb with fuel, choke, pull once, unchoke, pull again and it starts. I have other less grade products that require 10+ pulls to start. I ... read more

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