Stihl BG 50 vs BG 56: In Depth Comparison

A Guide to Buying a Stihl Leaf Blower

With fall fast approaching and the leaves starting to turn into beautiful shades of orange, red and yellow, you may be thinking of investing in a leaf blower. Having a good quality leaf blower will allow you to clear your lawn, patio, and garden paths with ease.  Stihl makes great leaf blowers.  When comparing the Stihl BG 50 vs BG 56, there are a few key differences.

If you’re looking for a leaf blower, it’s good to compare different products from the same brand to see which one is likely to be right for you. Different products have slightly different features and benefits, and comparing these before you buy is a wise idea.

This article will look at the Stihl leaf blowers. Stihl is a good quality brand which stocks a selection of leaf blowers and other garden tools. Two of their leaf blowers have recently caught my eye; the BG50 and BG56. While these products are both similar, there are some obvious differences between them. Here’s a quick comparison of the two leaf blowers.


Stihl bg 50 vs. Stihl bg 56

At a glance, the bg50 is lightweight and very easy to use, whereas the bg56 utilizes easy to start technology and has a bigger fuel tank. Let’s look at the similarities and differences between these two products.

Similarities between the Stihl bg50 and Stihl bg56

Both of these leaf blowers are manufactured using high-quality products. They are both hand held and easy to use, with the bg56 being slightly easier to start. The bg50 and bg56 are gas-powered and can be quickly filled with fuel.

These leaf blowers both have the same CFM (412.) and MPH (159) (here’s CFM vs MPH and what they mean for a leaf blower). They provide a powerful air volume and should, in theory, be able to shift the same amount of dry leaves per minute.

They are both very efficient for blowing leaves, whether you’re using the machines on grass or on pavements or patios. They can also blow heavier items such as wet leaves, small twigs and branches, and acorns. Perhaps a downside for many people, especially if you’re looking to pick up acorns, is that neither of these leaf blowers has a vacuum function.

Both of these leave blowers have a noise rating of 70 dB. They have an identical engine displacement of 27.2 cc and require similar fuel amounts for the same output. They both have a 2-cycle engine that operates using an oil and fuel mix.


Differences between the Stihl bg50 and Stihl bg 56

There are a couple of differences between these two leaf blowers. The BG 56 is slightly heavier than the BG50 weighing in at 9.3 lbs compared to 7.9 lbs. This makes the BG56 physically harder to operate.

The BG56 has a larger fuel tank, with a volume of 18.3 fl.oz, compared to the BG50, which has a 14.5 fl.oz tank. This means that the BG56 can be operated for longer.


Conclusion:  BG50 vs BG56

As you can see, there are more similarities between these two products, then there are differences. If you’re looking for a leaf blower for a large garden, the bg56 is the better product for you as it can be used for more extended periods of time. On the other hand, if you find operating heavy machinery difficult, the BG50 is a better option as it’s lighter.