Register free!

The Green Industry's Resource Center



Reply
 
Thread Tools   Display Modes
  #1  
Old 11-24-2009, 07:49 PM
MikeKle MikeKle is offline
LawnSite Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Northern KY
Posts: 4,255
"Angled" or "vertical" edging with a trimmer?

On many of my properties, I just run the trimmer along the walks and driveway edges at an angled position, but some customers ask me to edge it more vertically, It does look better vertically, but on some yards, it doesnt. Most people do not care as long as it is at least done, but others are particular about it? Plus I always wonder if it is really good to run a trimmer upside down? And for some reason, I have to walk backwards to edge it properly! Ive tried walking forward doing it and it turns out looking bad? Just wondering which way other guys are doing it.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11-24-2009, 08:15 PM
STIHL GUY's Avatar
STIHL GUY STIHL GUY is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: CT
Posts: 5,169
i edge vertically with my trimmer. because it is 2 cycle the engine will not get starved of oil if it is turned upside down. i also walk backwards when edging
__________________
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
  #3  
Old 11-24-2009, 08:19 PM
grass_cuttin_fool's Avatar
grass_cuttin_fool grass_cuttin_fool is offline
LawnSite Gold Member
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Virginia
Posts: 3,505
I use and edgit and get good results with it....cost about 55 bux
__________________
To my dad, Thanx Pops you are my dad, my brother , and my best friend



Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-24-2009, 08:41 PM
DFLS's Avatar
DFLS DFLS is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: West Granby, CT
Posts: 354
Quote:
Originally Posted by STIHL GUY View Post
i edge vertically with my trimmer. because it is 2 cycle the engine will not get starved of oil if it is turned upside down. i also walk backwards when edging
I do it that way too. Just like cutting wood with a table saw you have to feed in the direction of the spinning blade. Keep the string fed out all the way and the rpms up and have the string get as close as possible to the (dirt, sidewalk) as possible without touching. The more the string contacts the ground the more line you waste. And try to resist the urge to cut too much off your "edge" -- just take off what is necessary to maintain your edge. As you get better at it you can go really fast. I find myself not looking where the string is cutting but more like a couple feet in the direction I am headed.
__________________
01 Ram 2500 CTD Juiced + Stacked with Aluminum Dump and 8.5 ' Boss V plow + Daniels pull plow
11 Ram 2500 CTD CC 4X4 with Boss 9'2" V Plow
18 X 8.5 Enclosed and 16 x 8 open trailer
Exmark 31 hp lazer 72" /w/ ultravac QDS
Exmark 48" Turf Tracer
Kubota with 60" Aeravator
10+13 hp Little wonder blowers
Shindaiwa and Stihl Trimmers + Blowers
CAT 303 C CR ASV RC50 + attachments
Solo Except When Absolutely Necessary
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-24-2009, 08:47 PM
SNAPPER MAN's Avatar
SNAPPER MAN SNAPPER MAN is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Spring, Texas
Posts: 2,441
We always edge vertically with a trimmer. My guys don't even use a edger. Once you get used to using the trimmer it is second nature.
__________________
Ford and Chevy Trucks
Scag, Exmark, Wright, Toro, Snapper
Echo, Stihl, Shindaiwa
Lesco application equipment




Having employees that enjoy what they are doing and care about quality is what makes happy customers.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-24-2009, 08:48 PM
GravelyGuy's Avatar
GravelyGuy GravelyGuy is online now
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Indiana
Posts: 2,345
Running the trimmer at 45 degree angle scalps the outside edge of the grass and causes problems with weeds, it also looks like hell. The edges around concrete are already the first to get stressed when it gets dry.

This is the preferred method by hack companies around here.
__________________
-Ryan-
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-24-2009, 10:28 PM
integrityman's Avatar
integrityman integrityman is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: North West Ohio
Posts: 1,682
Quote:
Originally Posted by STIHL GUY View Post
i edge vertically with my trimmer. because it is 2 cycle the engine will not get starved of oil if it is turned upside down. i also walk backwards when edging
yup- won't hurt your 2 cycle engines. I walk kinda backwards too. Sorta do a one foot behind the other side step. I generally like to do a straight down vertical cut. That way the grass is nice and thick next to the concrete sidewalk or driveway and weeds have a tougher time growing.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-24-2009, 10:50 PM
bobcat48's Avatar
bobcat48 bobcat48 is offline
LawnSite Gold Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Lansing IL
Posts: 3,180
I always edge vertically leaves a nice looking edge.
__________________
2011 Ford f450 Dump
Haulmark enclosed 16'
2 Wright stander 48" x
Wright 36" RH 07"
Redmax trimmer
Echo srm 225
Stihl fs90
Redmax hb28
Redmax eb7500 backpack blower
Rubbermaid cans 32gal
Solo backpack sprayer
A few more things..
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11-24-2009, 11:10 PM
Kutz Lawns Kutz Lawns is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Posts: 526
My trimmer actually runs better upside down!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 11-24-2009, 11:22 PM
MikeKle MikeKle is offline
LawnSite Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Northern KY
Posts: 4,255
Although I dont have many, Yards that do not see any fertilizer actually look worse edging vertically, so I always edge those at an angle.I can go forward doing the angle too. When I hold my trimmers upside down, they always make a weird noise like their not running right?
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 06:00 AM.

Page generated in 0.09146 seconds with 9 queries