Stihl BR34OL and SH85

Stihl's BR340, which is not tested here, is a professional-spec blower intended for the clearing of large areas — it's a piece of kit for a local authority or contractor. Stihl's BR340L is the same machine but in a low-noise version.

It’s unfortunate but often when a new feature, such as low noise, is introduced, there has to be some sort of trade off. In this case it’s less oomph. To be accurate, it’s 0.1hp less oomph. But really, that’s not a huge amount to go without in the event of you specifically needing low-noise equipment.
And this kit has other features that are worth looking at. We are particularly impressed by the long-term filter system. It should prove useful for those very dusty jobs and should provide longer working periods between services.
The BR340L model comes complete with carrying frame and harness, but back padding will cost you an extra £15.33 plus VAT and a hip belt is another £22 plus VAT.
The SH85 is Stihl’s 27.2cc vacuum shredder, but in its standard form it’s actually a blower — and that’s how our tester likes it. He reckons, in blower format, this compact handheld unit could be ideal for memorial, for clearing steps and terraces and for working in confined spaces. The SH85 has plenty of good features but we particularly like the throttle lock to set the revs and the comfort grip on the top handle.

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