Are you considering buying a vacuum shredder, but unsure if it’s suitable for your garden? While leaf blowers are a handy way to keep your lawn tidy, unless you have a clearing nearby, you’re often still left with the task of cleaning the leaves and debris afterwards. One possible solution for this is the Stihl SH 86 C-E Vacuum Shredder (currently on sale).
When to Use a Vacuum Shredder
Keep in mind that vacuum shredders work best on small-to-medium sized, well-manicured lawns. So if you have a two-metre pile of leaves you are not going to get the results you’re after. But if you have an already reasonably tidy lawn with small piles of leaves, this could be the thing for you. It will pick up rubbish and debris also without disturbing soil beds, mulch or gravel.
The Stihl SH 86 C-E also functions a leaf blower using the included attachment, so you’re essentially getting two devices for the price of one. The SH 86 C-E also comes with a bag attachment and hose for its vacuum function. It can suck leaves not just from the lawn, but from your decking, drive and gravel, as well as mulch and straw. It’s strong enough to vacuum up the leaves without disturbing your garden or gravel or sucking up other unwanted material. It also does a fine job of mulching the leaves so that they can be used for fertiliser. Weighing in at 5.6kg, it’s not too heavy and it’s comfortable enough to use for extended periods. It’s also handy if you used a hedge strimmer and want an easier way to dispose of the trimmings.
Turning your Stihl Vacuum Shredder into a Blower
Transforming the Stihl SH 86 C-E into a blower is also quite simple. You just remove the bag and hose, remove the vacuum nozzle, then slide on the blower nozzle. Then crew it in so that it is airtight. To set this up, you’ll spend less than five minutes in total. The Stihl saves a lot of space and cost, especially if your shed is already full enough!
Interested in finding out more? Check out this great review of the Stihl SH 86 C-E. If you’d like to purchase a Stihl Vacuum Shredder at Douglas Forest & Garden, or you simply have a few questions, please don’t hesitate to call us on 0214965132.