Updated 16 Feb 2018

Stihl

BGA 56 Compact Cordless Blower Kit

Snapshot: Stihl's garden gear typically cleans up in our tests. Is this unit an exception?

BGA 56 Compact Cordless Blower Kit
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$445

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Test results

Overall score
80
Performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Very good leaf blowing performance.
  • Good weight and balance.
  • Barely noticeable vibration.
  • Only moderately noisy for the operator.

But

  • Pressure must be constantly applied to the trigger, which can get tiring after a while.

How we test

Overall scores are based on:

Performance (70%). We spread a 5kg leaf mixture consisting of gum leaves and small twigs evenly across an area measuring 5m x 4m. On a windless day, we use the blowers to completely clear the mixture from the marked area. High performance scores are awarded when a blower clears the area quickly, leaving no twigs behind. Vacuuming scores for blower vacs are based on how quickly each model hoovers up 1kg of mixed leaf/twig material, and 2kg of leaf material only. We also measure the noise at the operator’s position and at a distance of 7.5m.

Ease of use (30%). We assess how easy each model is to wield based on its overall weight and balance. We also consider levels of vibration and ease of operating the trigger. For blower vacs, we measure the time it takes to convert from blower to vacuum mode, and how easy the bag is to empty.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$445

Specifications

Type
Blower
Power
Battery (cordless)
Run time/charge time (minutes)
17/150
Noise (from user's position/7.5m, dBA)
84/80
Weight (blower/vac) (kg)
3.35
Dimensions (LxWxH, cm)
86/102 x 17 x 23
Claimed bag capacity (L)
n/a

Features

Nozzle types
Extendable
Engine/battery (V)
36V, Li-ion
Battery size tested (Ah)
2.8
Tool-only price ($)
275

More Info

Notes

Includes AK 20 Battery and AL 101 Charger

Availability

Stihl shops

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