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Not Happy with it as a vacuum, Good as a blower.
Has a plastic blade which is nearly disintegrating and is part of the motor. Put it down heavy once and the motor fell out of its location and jammed the blade. Had to disassemble and put the motor back in place.
Purchased in August 2021.
Seems to work very well.
I also have a petrol one but this one is easier for the patio if I don't have petrol.
I use this one to blow rather than vacuum. The petrol one is more mobile.
Its ample strong and good quality. Might be too strong for an older person who may like a cheaper lighter machine.
how badly designed
this must be the worst investment I have ever made.
used only twice since new,the fan disintergrated vacuuming up ivy leaves. could not remove the union nut as it was locked on.this had to be split to dismantle the machine to change to the blowing mode. when I started it up in the blowing mode the machine made a hell of a noise due to the damaged and unbalanced fan. As an avid fan of stihl and a long time user I was very disappointed both with the product and after sales service. to replace the damaged fan is very costly almost as much of buying a new machine.as a retired design engineer I think this machine was drawn up by a first year apprentice on the back of a behind packet.
STIHL SHE 81 Electric Vacuum Shredder
Very good and powerfull, dragging a cable is annoying but you get used to it, problema is it dies a day after the warranty expires.
Fan collapsed its plastic, needs to be metallic. Not impressed with service people attitude, not encouraging to continue doing business
charged me $55 to tell me new fan was $160 maybe should have encouraged me to get a new machine and waved the $55.
It's a good product. I 6ft-er would probably appreciate it more than a 5ft-er in terms of handling height. Extension wires can also be heavy to lug around.
I have the BGE81 which is essentially the SHE81 without a vac.
Extremely powerful. Took 2-3seconds of blow each way to clean my patio of 20m sq. As this has to be done daily sometimes twice aday - it is a real timesaver.
Gum leaves however takes a fraction longer to lift off rough concrete driveway. Another fraction longer fo...
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