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AWILLIAMS64
04-24-2009, 12:58 PM
i am looking for an edger and a guy has a pretty much new pe200. i only edge a couple of yards. He wants $125 but i am sure he would take $100. also is it better to buy a cheap pole edger like this or buy a newer walk behind like something with a 3-4hp briggs engine on it?

AWILLIAMS64
04-27-2009, 02:23 AM
i also found this mclane http://cincinnati.craigslist.org/grd/1140850830.html and someone who has a new fc95 sthil for $275.

jsosa
04-27-2009, 04:16 AM
just my opinion but i d say the echo pole edger is better just because lightweight and easy too manuver... i have always liked mine because edging always makes the yard look great

kaferhaus
04-27-2009, 07:23 AM
The PE 200 if fine for "light" edging or an occaisional "clean up". It's certainly not a brute power wise though.

We use Stihl FC90s stick edgers, more power and better on fuel. But for only a couple of yards you don't need anything more than the Echo.

WE edge every yard we do....

AWILLIAMS64
04-28-2009, 03:00 AM
after much reading, it seems the general consensus is the pe200 is not very good. I also found a stihl fc95, brand new, but not from a dealer, for $275. Now i am also looking at some new walk behind edgers from sears....my wife wants to do some flower beds with edging now so i am thinking i might need a walk behind to make the trench for them?

AWILLIAMS64
04-28-2009, 03:20 AM
here are some of the walk behinds i have looked at
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_07177246000P?mv=rr $265
http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=230266-270-TB554&lpage=none

so basically my question is, if i am establishing new edges, i have never edged my personal driveway and want to do a few edges for my wifes flower beds, would either of these do the job or would the "new" stihl fc95 be the better deal for what i am doing?

Smittie
04-28-2009, 07:40 AM
Get the Stihl and order a Trenchblade. They are one of the sponsors on Lawnsite. Blades are awesome. Stihl is the way to go though. It will last you longer than those walk behinds and be easier to maneuver. Just my opinion.

Allens LawnCare
04-28-2009, 08:03 AM
Look for a used Echo PAS 260 or 265....you can pick one up used with the edger and trimmer attachments for around $250-$275

AWILLIAMS64
04-30-2009, 12:28 PM
the guy with the "new" stihl called me back and now has a fs90r brand new as well to go with the fc95 and says he will sell both for $450..decisions decisions

dago52
04-30-2009, 11:09 PM
I have the pe200 and it is a great unit for light to normal edging. I also have the trenchblade and that blade works wonders. It is a bit under powered, but it is all I need. I use a star blade and that seemed to help. I also have a walk behind edger for heavy jobs.

Good Luck

S.I.
05-01-2009, 12:15 AM
I've got a PE200, but only paid $120 for it new at the dealer. It is a good little machine and gets tons of use, lightweight as well. The only problem I have run into is getting mud packed in the guard when the ground is damp.

AWILLIAMS64
05-01-2009, 02:24 AM
that would be a more like it price for $120 but $229 seems a little steep. i also found a honda fg100 tiller with an edger atachment for $75...i am going to do some research on that one...

ALC-GregH
05-01-2009, 10:01 AM
If your not doing a lot of edging, I'd grab the PE200. As mentioned, get a Trenchblade for the mulch beds. With the 2 different blades, you'll be able to cut clean edges on the walkways, driveways and mulch beds. Save your money on the walk behind. I feel they are only good if your doing say a university or some other very large property with 100's of feet of edging. Even then, a stick edger with cut the edge just as fast if the edge is already established. A walk behind is good if the edges are over grown that's about it.

Elite Outdoor
05-01-2009, 01:01 PM
I haved owned 2 pe200's, and for regular edging they work great. They are lightweight, and sip on the fuel. Plus, it won't take up room on your trailer like a walkbehind edger will. Also, a stick edger will be much quicker than a walkbehind edger. Overall for a $100 I would buy it.

AWILLIAMS64
05-01-2009, 01:03 PM
i tried to call the guy and he was not home, i also have the chance to get the fc95 stihl for $250 new but not from a dealer. i have been officially talked out of the walk behind!

Toy2
05-01-2009, 01:11 PM
I have the pe200 and it is a great unit for light to normal edging. I also have the trenchblade and that blade works wonders. It is a bit under powered, but it is all I need. I use a star blade and that seemed to help. I also have a walk behind edger for heavy jobs.

Good Luck
I have the same and does what I bought it for, also no issues with it..