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partsman_ba
01-19-2010, 04:28 PM
I work for a school district. Our grounds department uses John Deere E35 edgers currently. The reason they love the E35's is the drop-down curbside rear wheel for edging looooong stretches of curb. As of the last year or so, we cannot purchase certain critical repair parts for these units to keep them going. Can anyone recommend a walk-behind that will hold up to commercial (ab)use and has a drop-down curb wheel feature?

WHIPPLE5.7
01-19-2010, 04:33 PM
Brown Mfg. The only one worth messing. Its built like a German tank.

dishboy
01-19-2010, 04:55 PM
Powertrim, been around forever and parts are available/reasonable.

partsman_ba
01-19-2010, 05:18 PM
Brown Mfg. The only one worth messing. Its built like a German tank.

Jumpin Jiminy! $1329 and no bid assist! Might be a tough sell to the head of the Grounds department.

WHIPPLE5.7
01-19-2010, 06:45 PM
Jumpin Jiminy! $1329 and no bid assist! Might be a tough sell to the head of the Grounds department.

If you purchased one Brown and 10 similar to the E35 the Brown would be running and working properly years after the others have been hauled off for scrap. You gotta pay for the good stuff.

partsman_ba
01-19-2010, 06:51 PM
Just noticed they weigh 110 pounds! I'll bet they are hard to break! Loading and unloading would be a problem for the crews.

pugs
01-20-2010, 11:36 AM
Have you looked at the Tanaka? Shaft drive, no belts to mess with.

Little Wonder has something a bit more similar to your JD E35.

fritowrdo
01-20-2010, 08:18 PM
I work for a school district. Our grounds department uses John Deere E35 edgers currently. The reason they love the E35's is the drop-down curbside rear wheel for edging looooong stretches of curb. As of the last year or so, we cannot purchase certain critical repair parts for these units to keep them going. Can anyone recommend a walk-behind that will hold up to commercial (ab)use and has a drop-down curb wheel feature?

Tanaka TLE600. Can't beat it, 50cc, big tank for two stroke gas and direct drive. Cut through anything.

lawnboy dan
01-20-2010, 09:12 PM
the tanaka is NOT tough. the height changing mechanism is flimsy and always breaking. the engine is tough and the shaft drive is too -but the rest isnt well built. i used one for 2 years . wont stand up to multiple crews using it.

lawnboy dan
01-20-2010, 09:19 PM
the tanaka has a tough drivetrain but everything else is filmsey.

Oldtimer
01-20-2010, 11:47 PM
Brown is the only way to go for a wheeled edger.

Why don't you use stick edgers? They are a lot faster and easier to use.


Oldtimer

theminigardener7
01-23-2010, 12:05 AM
Powertrim edgers are great walk behind edgers, however the blade is lowered by handle not by that foot thing. Never been a problem for me though

hornett22
01-24-2010, 09:11 AM
Powertrim.i have two.

the yellow JDs were awesome so in typical JD fashion,they canned them.