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echo string trimmer vs. edger

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Bryan McMullen, Jan 18, 2001.

  1. Bryan McMullen

    Bryan McMullen LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    I was wandering what is preferred trimmer or edger.I have been thinking about buying an edger this year for sidewlks driveways and curbs.Is it more trouble than it is worth
  2. BigEd

    BigEd LawnSite Senior Member
    from MD
    Posts: 299

    If there is no defined edge it is hard to make a decent edge with just a string trimmer,but once you have made a nice edge from a edger it is very easy to "freshen" it up with a string trimmer and still looks good .
  3. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,205

    i would recommend the echo split shaft trimmer. i bought that and you can switch attachments. i have the trimmer and the edger attachment. i can switch them in about a minute. well worth it and not too much more. i also bought the rotary broom for it. they all work good.
  4. Man Joe

    Man Joe LawnSite Member
    Posts: 29

    An edger or an edger attachment is definitly worth having. A nice clean edge on sidewalks,driveways,etc. is just another way of advertising that you do good work.Word of mouth advertising by customers and their neighbors is just another way of getting more lawns near where you are already mowing.
  5. Ssouth

    Ssouth LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 437

    Go on and get a dedicated edger. If you ever plan on having help, both of you can edge/trim at the same time. If you plan to stay a one man operation the split shaft might be a good idea. I've never used the split shaft design, but I do own Echo edgers, trimmers, and blowers and think they are all great.
  6. Skookum

    Skookum LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 675

    The stick edger attachments or dedicated stick ones work for light edging like maintaining a previous edge, but it is simply not enough power to do neglected edges or those that have never been done before.

    If you can afford it, get a wheeled edger, use it in the Spring and maintain with a trimmer all year. You can use the wheeled ones also for beds, installing edging, etc. If you ever had a lot of edging like a apartment complex you would dream of a wheeled edger after a few hundred feet with a stick edger.
  7. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

  8. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,662

    We use a stick edger for maintaining the edge once per month. However this is done after we have used a wb edger to establish a crisp clean edge during Spring Clean-Up.

    If I had to choose I would purchase the stick edger because 8 of 10 times there has already been trimming done prior and the stick edgers can cut thru them just fine.

    You can always rent a wb edger until you purchase a unit for those overgrown accounts that need it and then just tack it onto the billing afterwards.

    Hope this helps.
  9. Bryan McMullen

    Bryan McMullen LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    Thanks for the info,I called the echo dealer yesterday and he saide not to go with the model that switches heads its more for the homeowner.The one he reccommended was the heavy duty one with a lot of power for 400.00
  10. Ssouth

    Ssouth LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 437

    Bryan, which model was he referring to. I paid $329 for mine and it has all the power I need. In my previous post I didn't mention how often I used mine. On fescue I only use it once a month and a trimmer the other 3 weeks. and for bermuda I alternate between the edger and trimmer. Although the edger will edge faster it does take time to switch machines. The edger gives a much crisper look but isn't required with each mowing. Good luck with your decision.

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