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the angler
06-13-2008, 08:36 AM
i have a lesco stick edger that just conked out on me .....i was not happy with it at all didnt seem to have any power it worked fine for lawns i do but on a new customer that hasnt had edging all year the thing wouldnt power through a little bit of dirt or grass hanging over the side walk or drive...what do you guys have and are you happy ???? or would one on wheels be better

Carolina Cuts
06-13-2008, 08:41 AM
bent shaft Stihl...
next year... straight shaft Stihl.

bjack312
06-13-2008, 09:44 AM
Stihl FC 90.

okeefl
06-13-2008, 09:55 AM
Stihl fc110

ALC-GregH
06-13-2008, 10:00 AM
I'm picking up a Echo 230 with edger attachment today.

All_Toro_4ME
06-13-2008, 10:06 AM
I use the Shindaiwa LE 261. Has plenty of power and Im happy with it.

B&B LAWN
06-13-2008, 11:20 AM
go with the stihl

btnj47
06-13-2008, 11:39 AM
stihl km110 . works great

Valk
06-13-2008, 12:50 PM
I've never owned a stick edger...and am curious how you all (and your crews) manage to NOT hit sprinkler heads that are in essentially direct contact with sidewalks and curbs?

A string trimmer doesn't seen to do much if any damage to these little sprinkler heads...

DoetschOutdoor
06-13-2008, 01:43 PM
Tanaka TPE 250PF...got it off craigslist last week for $200 with a whole bunch of blades and only a few scratches. Used it on a lawn with at least 5 inches of sidewalk overgrowth and it really only took a couple passes to get it near perfect. I was going to be purchasing a redmax from our local dealer but at nearly double the price, Im happy with the barely used Tanaka so far.

doubleedge
06-13-2008, 01:59 PM
I use a lowes husquvarna stick edger. It was on clearance for $99 (i bought 2).

cgaengineer
06-13-2008, 02:09 PM
stihl km110 . works great

KM130 straight and curved shaft attachments...I like the straight shaft better (more power to the ground).

ProStreetCamaro
06-13-2008, 02:28 PM
I'm picking up a Echo 230 with edger attachment today.



That will likely be a little bit under powered on the thick over grown stuff. On areas that is maintained regularly it should be fine. We actually just ordered a PAS265 yesterday.

Richard Martin
06-13-2008, 02:38 PM
I've never owned a stick edger...and am curious how you all (and your crews) manage to NOT hit sprinkler heads that are in essentially direct contact with sidewalks and curbs?

A string trimmer doesn't seen to do much if any damage to these little sprinkler heads...

Our sprinkler heads are in the grass. I've never seen them up against the concrete.

BTW, I'm using a Stihl bentshaft. I'd replace it with a more powerful straight shaft model but it won't die. I've been using it since 2000.

Big C
06-13-2008, 03:04 PM
I use a Redmax HEZ2401S...works great!!

ResidentialOwner
06-13-2008, 03:10 PM
I just got a John deere XT140SSELE seems to work well so far, the 3 times I have used it. Took forever for JD to send it to the dealer though.

freshprince94
06-13-2008, 04:03 PM
I use an Echo PE-200. It is OK for regular growth, but if i use it on one of my thicker accounts or an overgrown edge, it sucks. I am purchasing either a Stihl FC 90 or 95.

Firefighter337
06-13-2008, 04:14 PM
Stihl 75 Does good, even when I double the blades for new bed edging.

Herrick
06-13-2008, 04:21 PM
I cheaped out and got the Stihl FC55 when I got mine... it works good for regular maintenance, but the overgrown new account can turn into a headache... not a whole lot of power to get through the thick stuff, and it tends to clog a lot. Eventually I think I'll get a KM110 with the edger attachment...

Travis E
06-13-2008, 04:27 PM
Stihl KM 90 R(Kombi) with straight shaft

Supper Grassy
06-13-2008, 04:34 PM
Which would be better a Tanaka or a Redmax?

ProStreetCamaro
06-13-2008, 05:09 PM
Stihl 75 Does good, even when I double the blades for new bed edging.


Must be something wrong with ours then because it will not cut through heavy growth very good. It bogs down pretty easy.

dura to the max
06-13-2008, 05:09 PM
ive had good luck w/ redmax. i use a fc75 bent shaft stihl. i want to get the straight shaft soon.

dura to the max
06-13-2008, 05:11 PM
Stihl 75 Does good, even when I double the blades for new bed edging.

i had doubles on mine. fried the gear box in a few weeks.

hunlimo
06-13-2008, 06:09 PM
FC55 Just got it back from the dealer ... throttle cable broke ....:confused:
I guess I got what I paid for :usflag:

slawn
06-13-2008, 06:16 PM
Shindaiwa LE 261

Firefighter337
06-13-2008, 06:26 PM
i had doubles on mine. fried the gear box in a few weeks.

That sucks. I reckon I won't be doing that anymore. Covered under warranty?

Works like a charm with single blade too.

dura to the max
06-13-2008, 06:40 PM
nope
they figured it out, and no i didnt have but one on it when i took it in.

ed2hess
06-13-2008, 07:04 PM
I've never owned a stick edger...and am curious how you all (and your crews) manage to NOT hit sprinkler heads that are in essentially direct contact with sidewalks and curbs?

A string trimmer doesn't seen to do much if any damage to these little sprinkler heads...

It simply damages them.....a lot of heads end up close to the sidewalks and curbs because the big machines push them over. We have no use for edgers.

STIHL GUY
06-13-2008, 07:11 PM
strait shaft stihl

BarrFarms
06-13-2008, 08:15 PM
I use a stihl kombi 110R with a curved shaft, for new jobs we run'em twice, other than that once over no power problems at all.

metro36
06-13-2008, 08:18 PM
Echo pas 260 with edger attachment. Soon to be a pas 265.

Evans Lawn Service
06-13-2008, 09:49 PM
i have a fc 110 stihl straight shaft and would not have anything but the 110

MileHigh
06-13-2008, 11:13 PM
I have a Stihl FC 75 and a Shindaiwa LE261.

The LE261 is a more powerful unit which help cutting through some thicker grass/dirt.

But I was looking at the redmax edgers/trimmers/blowers @ the dealer, and they looked far more superior than than either stihl or shindy imo

railman
06-14-2008, 07:45 AM
I use echo PE-200. works good on maintaining already edge account but have to double pass new over grown edges. I also have a walk behind edger for those edges that have not any edging in years.

ProTouch Groundscapes
06-14-2008, 10:32 AM
when we first got a stick edger we bought the fc75, i used it at my house and a couple lawns, and then i took it right back, it didnt have enough power for me. So i got the fc110 instead and this thing rocks, tons of power and cuts through anything.

Lazer_Z
06-14-2008, 10:40 AM
FC110, soon to be a KM 130 R with the straight shaft edger attachment.

cgaengineer
06-16-2008, 10:46 AM
FC110, soon to be a KM 130 R with the straight shaft edger attachment.

You are gonna love the KM130...boatloads of power and very quiet. Before I would ever consider a dedicated machine I would buy another KM130 power head. I love mine and it all fits in a locking tool chest mounted to my trailer...its out of sight and out of the weather.

shepoutside
06-16-2008, 10:52 AM
Stihl is what I use now,and love, but echo was ok too. More is the dealer in your area, as to which one suits you better.

Lazer_Z
06-16-2008, 07:22 PM
You are gonna love the KM130...boatloads of power and very quiet. Before I would ever consider a dedicated machine I would buy another KM130 power head. I love mine and it all fits in a locking tool chest mounted to my trailer...its out of sight and out of the weather. Yeah I can't wait Chris, I'm finally going this Saturday as I need a couple edger blades and mix oil. I'm planning on taking my FC110, hedge trimmer attachment and 3 spare trimmers that hardly get used to see what my dealer will do for me and how much out of pocket it'll be.

Honestly, if I would have done a little more research and it would have been out I'd have wound up with a KM 130 for sure. I feel like that little kid on Christmas morning :laugh:

Chris G
06-16-2008, 07:31 PM
ive always used my trimmer for edging but now im starting to wonder if getting one of these isnt to bad of an idea

J&R Landscaping
06-16-2008, 07:38 PM
Echo PE-310. Might now be called the 311. Its a great powerful unit!

cgaengineer
06-17-2008, 07:44 AM
Yeah I can't wait Chris, I'm finally going this Saturday as I need a couple edger blades and mix oil. I'm planning on taking my FC110, hedge trimmer attachment and 3 spare trimmers that hardly get used to see what my dealer will do for me and how much out of pocket it'll be.

Honestly, if I would have done a little more research and it would have been out I'd have wound up with a KM 130 for sure. I feel like that little kid on Christmas morning :laugh:

Yeah thats how it works for me...go to get something cheap like edger blades and oil and come home with a power tool!!!