Register free!
Search
 
     

The Green Industry's Resource Center


Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 06-20-2009, 01:08 AM
proudx proudx is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Norcross
Posts: 10
how to edge shallow stilh kombisystem stick edger fcs

I've worked really hard leveling out my lawn and do not wish to erod the edges of sand with my stick edger. Whats the best way to work a stick edger so that it is shallow but effective. The manual says the stick edger shouldn't go lower than .20" below soil surface, however, unless I duck as I edger and hold it very far back on the back wheel, I really can't get it higher than about 1 to 1.5" above the soil.

will a shaft extension help, or is a shaft extension more used on say pole pruner/trimmer.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 06-20-2009, 12:39 PM
Mowbizz Mowbizz is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Salem NH
Posts: 970
Quote:
Originally Posted by proudx View Post
I've worked really hard leveling out my lawn and do not wish to erod the edges of sand with my stick edger. Whats the best way to work a stick edger so that it is shallow but effective. The manual says the stick edger shouldn't go lower than .20" below soil surface, however, unless I duck as I edger and hold it very far back on the back wheel, I really can't get it higher than about 1 to 1.5" above the soil.

will a shaft extension help, or is a shaft extension more used on say pole pruner/trimmer.

Your statement doesn't make much sense..."2 tenths of an inch" deep???
That's obiously, wrong. Then you say "1 to 1.5" above the soil" ????
Makes no sense at all...
__________________
2004 Ford F250 ext. cab Lariat
EZ Dumper Short Bed Dump Insert 2009
Billy Goat Force 9HP Honda
Redmax EBZ8001 Backpack Blower
Stihl FS90 string trimmer
Stihl Kombi 130 System w/cultivator/trimmer/edger/power brooms
SnoWay 29 series 8ft plow
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-20-2009, 04:07 PM
Whitey4's Avatar
Whitey4 Whitey4 is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Long Island, New York
Posts: 2,448
Quote:
Originally Posted by proudx View Post
I've worked really hard leveling out my lawn and do not wish to erod the edges of sand with my stick edger. Whats the best way to work a stick edger so that it is shallow but effective. The manual says the stick edger shouldn't go lower than .20" below soil surface, however, unless I duck as I edger and hold it very far back on the back wheel, I really can't get it higher than about 1 to 1.5" above the soil.

will a shaft extension help, or is a shaft extension more used on say pole pruner/trimmer.
Sand as opposed to soil? In any case, I edge about an inch deep with my stick edger. Then I blow whatever soil it pulled up back onto the lawn. Continue to do that and that soil will make any erosion problems a moot point. You could try using a shorted blade on the edger, but that lowers the blade tip speed, and then uncut grass will droop over onto the walkways.

I found that my Redmax stick edger left too many blades of grass uncut and protruding over the edge. I went to a slightly longer blade and that solved that problem.
__________________
Just me and Badger the beer dog!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-20-2009, 10:50 PM
proudx proudx is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Norcross
Posts: 10
the manual for stilh says not to edge deeper than .20", no kidding. I think 1inch is reasonable. Sand, sure I could use soil, but I have found sand much easier to get a smooth flat surface than top soil. I use a levelawn tool to spread it over a heavly aerated clay soil to mix the soil profiles. the river sand fills the holes, improves drainage and levels surface and works very well.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-20-2009, 11:28 PM
STIHL GUY's Avatar
STIHL GUY STIHL GUY is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: CT
Posts: 5,159
well i just use my trimmer for edging. it a bit tough for the first cut but its really quick and easy to mantain
__________________
2005 Chevrolet 2500HD LS 4x4 6.0L
8' Fisher MM Snowplow
6.5' x 14' Big Tex Open Trailer
61'' Scag V-Ride 29 HP Kawi
48" Exmark Lazer Z HP
48'' Bobcat Ransome Mower
21'' Husqvarna Mower
Stihl FS55R Weedwacker
Stihl FS100RX Weedwacker
Stihl BR600 Backpack Blower
Stihl MS180C Chainsaw
Giant Vac Walk Behind Blower
Kawasaki KHT600S Hedge Trimmer
Giant Vac 16HP Leaf Loader
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-21-2009, 12:56 AM
cgaengineer's Avatar
cgaengineer cgaengineer is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Winder, GA
Posts: 15,777
Quote:
Originally Posted by proudx View Post
I've worked really hard leveling out my lawn and do not wish to erod the edges of sand with my stick edger. Whats the best way to work a stick edger so that it is shallow but effective. The manual says the stick edger shouldn't go lower than .20" below soil surface, however, unless I duck as I edger and hold it very far back on the back wheel, I really can't get it higher than about 1 to 1.5" above the soil.

will a shaft extension help, or is a shaft extension more used on say pole pruner/trimmer.
I have topdressed my lawn with sand...you will be fine edging as you would have if you didnt topdress.
__________________
Georgia Applicator License Number 09102

"A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:38 PM.

Page generated in 0.08572 seconds with 7 queries