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Going Commercial
10-04-2008, 10:17 PM
Is it worth it to rent a bed-shaper edger? I have a job that has 2000ft of edging to be done. It is a commercial site and I am not sure how to charge. How much $ per foot or should I charge by the hr. I am not sure how long it will take, I am used to residential work. I never used a bed shaper before. I usually hand edge with shovel. Thanks.

10-05-2008, 07:56 AM
I would buy one. Doing that by hand would take to long. Even if you didnt make any money on that job after paying off the bed edger. you would have saved alot of time and have been able to take other work.
Plus you would have a bed edger that you OWN that will start making you money.

10-05-2008, 08:48 AM
once you try one you never use a shovel ever again

Going Commercial
10-05-2008, 09:16 AM
Any input on what I should charge for the job. I don't know how much to charge. How much /ft or by hourly rate. If hourly is suggested how long do you think it will take? The beds are not terrible.

10-05-2008, 09:27 PM
How long will it take you to walk 1/2 mile? Thats how quick it will edge. They rent for $65/day around here. Well worth the rental price.

Going Commercial
10-05-2008, 09:54 PM
Do you charge by the foot or hour. This is a 12 acre site and I have beds everywhere. It is not like walking a straight line. I am looking for a ballpark figure to charge. ???

10-10-2008, 04:36 PM
2 a sq foot

Going Commercial
10-10-2008, 09:46 PM
Thanks for the info.

10-11-2008, 07:44 AM
2 a sq foot

Do you mean $2 per linear foot? So that would be $4,000 for 2,000 feet of edging?

So rent an edger for $65, run it for 20 minutes, and charge $4,000? Nice!

10-12-2008, 08:16 AM
What do these things go for brand new? Ball park?

NC Greenscaper
10-12-2008, 09:56 AM
The brown runs from $1295 - $1500.

10-12-2008, 10:36 AM
We have the Little Wonder Bed Shaper. This thing is so freakin fast I have to charge a minimum of 100.00. There are many types of edgers out there. I'm not sure what type your local rental store have, but you will have to clean up the debris after the edger goes through. Ours leaves a nice ribbon of sod that you just go behind the edger with a wheel barrow and clean up. Some grind up the dirt then you deal with either removing that or just kind of spreading it out back into the bed and covering it with mulch. Both type are much faster than a shovel and give a better result but the ones that just cut a ribbon of sod are much faster imo. If it where me I would charge hourly and include the price of the rental.

10-12-2008, 10:42 AM
Do you mean $2 per linear foot? So that would be $4,000 for 2,000 feet of edging?

So rent an edger for $65, run it for 20 minutes, and charge $4,000? Nice!

For 4k I'll make the 1.5hr drive to Buffalo and do it! And buy lunch,lol.

10-12-2008, 02:59 PM
On a new edging I would do $1 per foot. I havent got good numbers yet but a touch up edging would maybe be $ .50 per foot. This is using a brown bed edger (new is with the 6 inch blade, touchup is with the 3 inch bed reshaper blade). Both of these assume that you are putting new mulch in.

If you are not putting new mulch in you might want to double the price because you will have to move the mulch away, edge, spread the soil pile, and then put the mulch back over the top!

10-12-2008, 04:11 PM
Look @ Blue Birds...... BED BUG!! Its a kick butt machine!!!!!!!!! It cost about $2,000...... but i tell you what i while never use a shovel to do the edging again...... It takes the dirt and grinds it up and all you gotta do is spread the dirt all thru the flower bed!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!

Kennedy Landscaping
10-12-2008, 11:38 PM
I would say to rent the edger. Thats probably what I would do. I did probably a god 40 feet of edging here around my house and it almost killed me

10-16-2008, 10:10 PM
I used to edge beds by hand I could maby do about 1500-2000 feet a day but I was pooped after that. So I decided to Rent the bed shaper which is an awesome machine, A week later we owned one. We charge .50 a foot for edging but that also depends on the condition of the existing edge. because sometimes you have to go back and do back cut on the edge. We primarly deal it clay soils it may be different if you are working down south but the Bed shaper is your best bet for bed edging hands down. If you have some real crappy edeges there is a machine callled a sidewinder which has a bed opening blade. We rent this to get a deep edge then go back and smooth is out the the bed shaper.