Stihl SHE71 Review

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Stihl SHE71

“What a great piece of kit! The Stihl SHE71 electric...”

Written on: 18/05/2011

What a great piece of kit! The Stihl SHE71 electric garden blower/vac. I purchased this to replace my Flymo garden vac that had given my 7+ years of decent service. The Stihl is a quality tool and make no mistake. On opening the box you get the blower unit itself, which is basically a wopping great 1100W motor with a handle attached. At the rear, beneath a removable cover is the actual shredder/blower part. It is a heavy duty plastic fan, which is probably around 6-8" in diameter. More than enough to shred anything you can come across in the garden.



There are three sets of pipes, straight blower, straight vacuum and a smaller, curved one to attach the vacuum bag with. The vacuum bag is huge and well made and there are also a pair of Stihl branded safety glasses thrown in.



Attach the straight pipe to the front and switch it on and it works as a blower, literally dislodging plants/stones/small children with the power of it's blast. Attach the wider vacuum pipe, the second, curved pipe to the rear and the vacuum bag (which is in itself a work of art) and it becomes a powerful vacuum shredder.



The bag has a strap to wear across your shoulder and a zip along the short edge to empty your shredded waste from. Its easy to use and reasonable quiet and, unlike my old Flymo, doesn't rely on a weedy piece of plastic strip to do the shredding. Ideal for small to medium sized gardens, but anything above that would really need the petrol powered version. All in all, I can't fault this shredder. High build quality, all the parts ready to go in the box and easy to use. And, I got it new, from an official Stihl dealer at less than the official catalogue price, so can't be bad!! Treat yourself to a Stihl catalogue, as it is proper power tool p*rn!

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 17/07/2011

I don't like this. Guest review - only one. Does he work for Stahl????

Can't anyone back up what he says???

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Written on: 05/06/2012

My Stihl SHE71 is on its second summer and has needed a new plastic fan each year because the blades also act as cutters and the material wear away quickly. It will not suck up small Leylandii trimmings but will just about tackle small pieces of privet. I spend a lot of time dismantling the suction and blow pipes to clear small twigs which get wrapped around the fan assembly where they scream loudly and produce burning smells. The fan needs to be made of much harder and sharper material if it is to cut anything more challenging than leaves and grass trimmings. It is light to carry around and the bag is very robust.

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Lance11's Comment

Written on: 07/08/2011

I would also like to see another review. This one has all the expressions and wording of a typical manufacture's product marketing plug.

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