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Dedicated Edgers - Straight or Curved (edited)

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by Bobbo22, Jul 27, 2014.


Do you use a dedicated edger?

  1. Yes

    14 vote(s)
  2. No

    12 vote(s)
  3. Straight Shaft

    13 vote(s)
  4. Curved Shaft

    8 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Bobbo22

    Bobbo22 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 25

    Do you really need all that power though? (31 cc's?)

    I've seen a few crews using Echo PE-266 curved shaft 25cc and it never bogged down on them. (Use it on regular accounts every other week typically).

    I will say, that the Echo PE-266 and Stihl FC110 seem to be the most popular models I've seen on jobs.
  2. LawnMowerMan2003

    LawnMowerMan2003 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 768

    I've used the smaller Echo curved shaft line trimmer and even that worked fine for regular mowing, most of the time, as far as power was concerned. Does it take more power to spin the blade than the line?

    Even if I had bigger engine I would still need a straight shaft because I'm too tall for the curved shaft.
  3. Utah Lawn Care

    Utah Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,406

    Does it have enough power to plow through the edge of a lawn that hasn't been edged for 10 years? Is it practical for daily use? I personally use the Stihl 90 curved shaft. I am over 6 foot 8 and I get so used to everything being too small for me I have not thought about a straight shaft helping this issue. I appreciate any input!
  4. rbljack

    rbljack LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 702

    I run a FC75 curved shaft edger and prefer it. I picked up a kombi system this year, and bought the straight shaft edger attachment for it, but found the wheeled larger wheeled system to be bulky and awkward. Overall I prefer the curved shaft to the straight for my purposes.

    And yes, we do use dedicated edgers. I prefer the straighter more consistent lines from the dedicated edger vs using a string trimmer for the job.
  5. chrisherring

    chrisherring LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    stihl fc95
    straight shaft has more torque/power to the blade.
    if you get a new client that the previous lawn care company or the homeowner themselves haven't been edging you can pretty much just blow right through the over growth.
    My opinion about using a string trimmer....looks like crap...but then its just an opinion.
  6. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,187

    I don't think it matters all that much, we aren't having to reach under trees etc... with an edger.
  7. kawasaki guy

    kawasaki guy LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from S. New Jersey
    Posts: 11,820

    Shindaiwa LE242. used stihl for a year, and it sucked!
  8. vanncann

    vanncann LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 456

    I run the Tanaka TPE-260PF which has a curved shaft and runs great... Comes with a great warranty which I have never had to use and the perfect dealer for all my needs...

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