brown bed edger? worth it??

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Holleys Landscaping, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. Holleys Landscaping

    Holleys Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    I am looking at buying a brown bed edger (model 991 i believe). wanted to know what people thought of them and if they are worth the $2,000 their listed at. i could always use a shovel but this would save me a lot on labor costs.
     
  2. Stuttering Stan

    Stuttering Stan LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have had one for 3 years. I paid $1300 for a used one. It is a great tool, makes quick work of beds and does a beautiful job. The only downside I see is it gets minimal use for such a expensive machine. In summary, it's a great tool to have when you need one, but it's expensive for the amount of use it gets.
     
  3. Holleys Landscaping

    Holleys Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    it is pretty expensive. but it is either investing money into it or labor. the edger would also save me a lot of time this spring on all of my mulch jobs.
     
  4. Stuttering Stan

    Stuttering Stan LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Rental may be the best way to go financially. I probably only use my edger 1-2 days a season. If I could go back, I probably wouldn't buy one, I'd rent one for a day or week at a time.
     
  5. Holleys Landscaping

    Holleys Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    I never even thought of that, I'll have to look into that tomorow and get some prices. I'll rent it for a day and then run to all 30 jobs and redefine them real quick and save LOTS of money.:laugh:
     
  6. ambersLawnmowing

    ambersLawnmowing LawnSite Senior Member
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    I had to rent one this year while mine was getting fixed and it was only $113 for the day.
     
  7. huskertaz

    huskertaz LawnSite Member
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    I have had my bed edger for 3 years now and it helps out a lot. There are times where a shovel is easier and requires less clean-up. But we have used the edger to trench in lighting wire on a $35,000 lighting job and it did amazing. We buried about 2500' of wiring and it saved us so much time and minimized damage to the grass.
     
  8. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Another thing to consider is that you can use a paddle bit on the the brown bed edger, and it will cut a trench so you can install brick/mortar edging, so if you've got a market for that then it will pay back more.
     
  9. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette LawnSite Gold Member
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    If you buy one, you can use it a few times a year for the rest of your life...PRICELESS

    or you could rent it 15 times, and let the rental company make some good money. the cost is the same. You'll be in this busness for 30 years before you know it...I have been
     

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