Updated 29 Jan 2016

Stihl

SHE81

Snapshot: This Stihl SHE81 mains-electric blower-vac weighs 4.5 kg. How well does it perform?

SHE81
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$345

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Test results

Overall score
79
Performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Very good leaf blowing and vacuuming performance.
  • Easy to use overall.
  • The controls are very easy to use and the throttle can be locked in the fully-on position.
  • Blockages are easy to clear as the tube can be easily removed.
  • Very little vibration.

But

  • The power cable limits your range and is annoying to drag around.
  • Very noisy in both blower and vacuum modes.
  • The vacuum to blower conversion process is quite slow for an electric model and the vacuum tube is awkward to position.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Performance (70%)
Ease of use (30%)

We evenly spread 5kg of leaf litter (including bark and twigs) over a car park. We then timed how long it took each model to blow the material into a pile, be converted to a vacuum, and then vacuum up the pile.

We checked how easy it was to use the controls. As well as turning them on and off, we assessed how easy it was to do the blower-to-vac conversion and empty the collection bag.

We looked at how easy each model was to use for blowing plus vacuuming. We also scored them for vibration.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$345

Specifications

Power
Mains-electric
Blockage clearing
Easy
Run time/charge time (minutes)
n/a
Blow/vac conversion (seconds)
66
Noise blow/vac (dBA)
97/92
Weight (blower/vac) (kg)
4.5
Claimed bag capacity (L)
not stated

Features

Nozzle types
Swappable
Nozzle wheel
No
Metal/plastic impeller (fan)
Plastic
Engine/battery (V/Ah)
na

More Info

Notes

Blower vacuums in our database have been tested to a different method than leaf blowers.

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