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Old 04-09-2014, 06:04 PM
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Stihl SH 86 C-E or Echo ES-255 Shred N Vac

Anyone own or use either the Stihl SH 86 C-E or Echo ES-255 Shred N Vac. If so what are your thoughts.
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Old 04-09-2014, 06:22 PM
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Ive been looking at buying one as well....subscribed!
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Old 04-09-2014, 08:57 PM
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I asked something similar last fall, I asked if the shred and vac was worth it for fall cleanups, most said no. if what you really want is a blower, then the vacuum is an obvious bonus.
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Old 04-11-2014, 06:55 PM
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I am assuming the shred n vac is not a highly desired piece of equipment. So instead I put a mulch kit on my Lazer Z.
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Old 04-11-2014, 07:11 PM
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Have two of the Echos. Great for high detail work and gutter cleaning. Can't fit a Lazer into a 20 ft deep planting bed. Not for everybody, but mine have made money. Very useful inside landscpaed pool cages where you don't want to blow anything into the pool.
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Old 04-11-2014, 07:23 PM
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Have two of the Echos. Great for high detail work and gutter cleaning. Can't fit a Lazer into a 20 ft deep planting bed. Not for everybody, but mine have made money. Very useful inside landscpaed pool cages where you don't want to blow anything into the pool.
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^^^ Agree. I have 2 echo's as well. Good for detail work. The biggest thing is if you suck up mulch. If you get a hard piece it will jam the grinder and you have to shut it off and clear the jam.
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Old 04-11-2014, 08:35 PM
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I have the Stihl one and agree with what the last 2 have said. If you don't have High detail work don't bother spending the money.
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Old 04-11-2014, 09:36 PM
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i have an ancient echo shred/vac that i use extensively for detail cleanup when doing shrub work and it saves so much time and makes the job look great. I actually have a brand new one on order awaiting arrival. I would have gone with the stihl except that the shutoff switch is totally a joke. i have given up fixing the switch on my stihl blower(86ce) which is the same design as their shred/vac
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Old 04-12-2014, 02:03 AM
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ive been considering the stihl myself. From everything ive read, blowers are more efficient most of the time, but my thought is that it would be beneficial for the detail work. There are times when blowing the debris is a problem. I don't want to be blowing them into the road or onto someone elses property either. For cleaning out the leaves from shrubs, or something like that, seems like it will be a hand addition. Id probably never use it as a blower, and keep it configured for vacuum duty.
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Old 04-12-2014, 04:51 AM
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Basement steps is where they shine for me. I'm going to give it a try when trimming boxwoods and similar bushes. It doesn't do well getting leaves out from under bushes. The suction of theses units leaves a lot to be desired.
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