View Full Version : Weed-eater or Edger???????

07-21-2007, 11:29 PM
i wanted to see who really thinks an edger is necessary. who thinks a weedeater will work just as fine?

07-22-2007, 09:50 AM
Every once in a while or for first timers I use one to get a nice deep edge. Then I just maintain it with a string trimmer.

07-22-2007, 09:59 AM
I use both depending on the location & obstacles. If I'm along a busy street or around an area w/ rocks, I use the edger so I don't end up paying for some glass.

07-22-2007, 10:09 AM
I use an edger for pretty much all my edging, it is just so much easier to make a nice edge.

07-22-2007, 11:51 AM
edger cleaner cut more profesionalmakes the yards i dont mow look messy

07-22-2007, 04:12 PM
What kind of edgers are ya using?

Just Mow
07-22-2007, 04:27 PM
What kind of edgers are ya using?

I use an edger because of the nicer look and with the power that the Stihl FC110 has I think it is faster than a trimmer.

07-23-2007, 07:17 PM
same stilh fc110 lots o pep

07-23-2007, 07:21 PM
Only the newbie's use sting trimmers all of the time. Everyone around here uses the tanaka. They stopped making them for a few years and a lot of them grew legs because they were so beloved.

07-23-2007, 08:21 PM
I have always used my trimmer but if I could afford one I would get it to do the first initial edge then mantain with trimmer.

07-24-2007, 11:34 PM
always w/ a stick edger for me, stihl km90, leaves a clean, straight line every time and you dont end up eating up string like you do when you use the trimmer.

07-24-2007, 11:40 PM
I use both but normallly an edger its alot easier most the time.

02-29-2008, 06:56 PM
I use a trimmer for pretty much all my edging.

03-02-2008, 08:59 PM
I always use an edger...I personally like the look of it better. I use a Redmax stick edger but I am also thinking about the Tanaka push edger.

09-28-2008, 11:19 PM
Let me preface myself by reminding the original poster that a "Weed-Eater" is a brand of line trimmer. I take it you aren't doing maintenance with home-owner grade tools so call it a line trimmer.

Stick edgers are for making edges and it happens to be that a line trimmer can be used; but a line trimmer can be used to trim a hedge, too.

If you are a specialist you will use specialist equipment.

09-29-2008, 02:20 AM
Edger leave a better edge so thats what i use.

Kennedy Landscaping
09-29-2008, 10:15 AM
I have been using the trimmer, but beginning of next season I plan on purchasing an attachament stick edger for one of my straight shaft trimmers, or jut a regular edger maybe. No more big purchases for me for while anyways. I would like to pay off my Gravely first. That'll probably happen over the winter.

11-16-2008, 10:46 PM
i always edge with my string trimmer and you cant tell the difference

12-01-2008, 10:32 PM
Always an edger. Some guys can pull it off with a trimmer, but edger is faster and leaves better results IMO.

Jerry Lee
12-11-2008, 12:12 AM
im 10 times better with my trimmer and faster. but if the property is huge like a walmart or something i will use an edger. other than that i do a heck of alot better with my trimmer.

12-11-2008, 07:48 PM
For the record:

When one edges a bed or hardscaping, an edger should be used to control growth of the turf roots, too. The only exceptions I see are when there is significant wiring that is known to be shallow, and when the turf grade is high enough above the hardscape or bed to visibly see the roots (line trimmer will hit these easily). Since I don't like running an edger around the beds, I stress that the bed edge is created properly so that the mulch meets the turf down by the roots.

Edging isn't just about cutting the grass, gentlemen.

12-11-2008, 08:26 PM
there is no way you can establish an edge with a trimmer (weed eater) so if its bad i use a walkbehind edger... not to bad i use a stick edger.. but once i establish the edge... i only use the trimmer... beginning of each season i use the stick once then the rest of the time its the line trimmer

12-11-2008, 09:47 PM
i use a weedeater

12-12-2008, 01:32 PM
I only use an edger, no offense to the guys who use a string trimmer to edge with, that why they make them.

12-12-2008, 01:45 PM
I'm on my third tanaka edger, love 'em. It the only shaft driven edger, and its nimble enough to go anywhere. I even use it to tidy up existing beds.

12-12-2008, 08:46 PM
This has been asked before. I thought about it for quite awhile. I have used both and have decided...edgers don't cut grass and line trimmers don't cut dirt. Use an edger to establish an edge and a trimmer to maintain it.


12-20-2008, 11:21 AM
I use a Stihl 2-Stroke trimmer for all of the walk and bed edging. I think it does a satisfactory job.

12-21-2008, 02:20 AM
Trimmer. It might take you two or three times to get that perfect edge.

Green Earth Inc.
12-21-2008, 02:55 PM
All depends if you want curb appeal. Hardedging is clean, crist and fresh. Detail matters in our indestry. Line Trimming is sloppy. Gaps develop by L.T. Bad!

12-30-2008, 02:37 PM
Cheap $40 walk behind Craftsman edger (Craigslist) at the beginning of each month and the line trimmer the rest of the month.

12-30-2008, 03:07 PM
I use a Redmax edger for edging.

12-31-2008, 01:45 AM
Lawn care business is about being efficient, while also offering quality service. Using a stick edger gives a better, more consistent edge along concrete curbs, sidewalks, driveways, etc. You will also be able to complete your work faster. Use a string trimmer for edging natural or hard to reach edges. Stick edgers do not work well if you don't have something solid to run against. Strig trimmers can give you the versatility where you need it. In my opinion, both stick and string edgers are a necessity.

12-31-2008, 05:23 PM
Edger to create the edge then maintain with a trimmer held upside down and above my shoulder. And I always have my guys use edgers on apt. complexes and whatnot it just saves time.

12-31-2008, 07:57 PM
april n may, every week the edger.

june, july, august, september, october, november, and part of december RIP thru it with the trimmer.

half an hour extra for 8 weeks then half an hour less for 6 months

07-13-2009, 10:08 AM
I almost always use an edger

07-13-2009, 12:48 PM
Stick edger first cut of the month, then line trimmer to maintain through the rest of the month. Keeping this cycle going through season provides a great manicured look for the customers IMO!

08-23-2009, 01:08 AM
stick edger- cleaner edge @ a faster pace