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Old 05-07-2007, 07:07 PM
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Tanaka vs. 4-stroke walk behind edgers...

I was looking at Tanaka's edger today at my dealer. It looks like a REAL quality machine.

I'm wanting to buy a WB edger. I'd go for the Tanaka, but am a bit concerned about engine longevity because it's a 2-stroke.

I can get a McLane, etc WB with a 4 or 5 HP Honda 4-stroke for roughly the same price.

I don't doubt the Tanaka has enough power, but If the 4-stroke will last longer I'd rather purchase that.

What do you guys think?
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Old 05-07-2007, 08:10 PM
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I would go with the tanaka. Belts are a hassle in my opinion. I would get a stick edger before messing with a walkbehind that has belts.
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Old 05-07-2007, 08:13 PM
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i have seen tanaka edgers beat to death but the engine still going strong. the engine is the most durable part of the unit-sort of like the suzuki toro.
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Old 05-07-2007, 08:20 PM
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I've had my Little Wonder edger for 10-12 years. It has a Honda engine. As far as I can tell, it'll run forever, as long as I watch the oil. I can't comment on Tanaka, I've never had one.
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Old 05-07-2007, 08:31 PM
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Thanks for the opinions so far.

I do have 2 stick edgers, a PE-200(useless, zero power, only used as a backup) and a PE-311 which has a lot more power, but it's still slowed by thick overgrowth. Since I edge every single customer I want something to speed up the process with less strain on my arms
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Old 05-07-2007, 09:13 PM
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tanaka is the BEST edger period. Above ALL stick edgers as well as all other w/b edgers (mclean, power trim, little wonder, scag, et al) The shaft drive cannot be beat!
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Old 05-07-2007, 09:54 PM
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Do you use one? Just curious.
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Very rarely. I usually never am on a mowing crew. I bought stick edgers for my guys as they are easier to get on/off a trailer, but IMHO they do NOT do the job nearly as well as a w/b edger. I have used little wonder, power trim, McLean, scag, tanaka & redmax straight shaft stick edgers and by far, the tanaka gives the best edge & will do the "initial" overgrown edges better than any bar none.
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Old 05-08-2007, 09:56 AM
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Well that settles it for me, thanks.

Now I just need to get the courage to part with $779 + tax
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Old 05-08-2007, 02:45 PM
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tanaka is the BEST edger period. Above ALL stick edgers as well as all other w/b edgers (mclean, power trim, little wonder, scag, et al) The shaft drive cannot be beat!
Couldn't have said it better myself! All I'd add is that I also run an Echo trimmer with an Edgit. Between these two tools, any edging situation is covered perfectly.
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