Bed edging, refining and reshaping as a niche stand alone service?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Exact Rototilling, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    Okay.....I do power blade edging [side walks and driveways] as a niche service but now I’m considering adding bed edging, redefining and reshaping and bed cultivation [think mantis tiller] as a niche service.

    However I am just NOT set up to do any real quantity of haul off or haul in of material other than say pre bagged product.

    I am considering getting the ECHO PAS –280 anyhow as a power head back up to my PAS-265, however I hear the bed redefining attachment is a clog fest in damp conditions.....?

    Any input appreciated....? :waving:
     
  2. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    If you going get in that type of business dont go cheap get something that doesnt take much effort to run
    Best thing I seen and I bought one is a Turf Teq bed edge groomer bed maker its a walk behind Its so fast you wont belive ur eyes when the job is done
     
  3. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    When I started my buiiness I bought a Brown bed edger for a good deal. I can say with the exception of my own customers and personal use I havend made anything off it. The good part is its likley worth more than I paid for it. I bought a stump grinding rotor that works ok for small stumps.
    If what your talking about is a attachment similar to the Stihl Kombi I would purchase one. I wouldnt invest 700$ for a stand alone unit.

    Alaways enjouy your post seems were like minded.
     
  4. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Give me my echo stick edger and a spade. Ill cut a bed edge tht no machine could compete with.
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  5. larryinalabama

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    Il just have to differ in opinions on that. The Brown puliverioses the dirt and theres nothing lef but a little raking then mulch. I can eaisly cut and rake bed lines in 20 minutes that would take a real hard day manually and they would look better.

    Im with Exact still trying to figure out how to make money at it.
     
  6. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
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    I have to say that around here, edging is really only done prior to mulching. Edging makes such a mess (especially if you use a machine) that mulching after seems like a no-brainer. That said, an edging combined with mulching business would be a winner.

    BTW, my echo BDR was an excellent investment. Expensive for what they give you, but a great deal based on the productivity that thing puts out. Sure it can clog in rainy conditions, but so do my boots. As does my spade. It is much better than a shovel, regardless.
     
  7. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I differ in opinions on you I use to do them with a spade
    Bought a Brown that was easier but still work
    My Turf Teq so much easier Say takes you 1 hr with a spade brown do it in 30mins Turf Teq would do it in 15 mins
    And they have other attachments
    Bushog
    Broom
    power rake
    Finish mower
    Snowplow
    I think offer a snow blower
    So turf teq you buy and use it for more then a bed edger
     
  8. Exact Rototilling

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    Thanks for the input I have thought of the full throttle WB edgers. Brown ....Turf Torque.

    Heck... I've even thought of the Brown sidewalk dedicated edger with the Honda GX160 but I'd need to be doing more edging jobs to justify that.

    I have a Tanaka TLE 600 and McLane WB.

    I'll just go for the PAS 280 and bed edger attachment to start and see how it goes. Much rather do that than trim bushes and prune. :)
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  9. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Bad thing with Brown model I had for bed edging you had drag it backwards by hand The turf teq is a true WB Drive kinda like a WB mower
     
  10. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have a few Trench Blades but I was not all that impressed.....:rolleyes:
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