Edger recommendation?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LarryF, Aug 7, 2008.

  1. LarryF

    LarryF LawnSite Bronze Member
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    LawnSite doesn't appear to have an equipment forum, so I'm posting here on the Commercial Lawn Care one even though I'm a homeowner. That's because I'm skeptical other homeowners would have sufficient experience to give me good answers. I also did a search on this topic, but didn't see much.

    There seems to be several different ways of edging a lawn, so I'd like some advice that explains the different methods and to help me select the best and hopefully easiest one as well as the edging tool I should buy. I have been doing edging with my string trimmer, but I don't have the talent to keep a neat straight line the way you professionals do. So the thought is that maybe I should buy something specifically designed for edging. I'm not aware of a tutorial on this subject, but if anyone else is, I'd like to hear about it. But more than that, I'd like specific advice from someone who has done a lot of edging using the various techniques. When it comes to tools in general, and to lawn-maintenance tools in particular, I prefer and always buy commercial quality. I already have tools made by RedMax, Stihl and Shindaiwa, so I'm partial to those manufacturers, but I'd like to hear advice an whatever you think is best
     
  2. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
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    You could spend $70 and get a Edgit for your trimmer. They work great and leave a perfectly straight line. Do a search for Edgit on here and you'll find a bunch of info. Then go to their site and order it. :)
    www.edgit.com
     
  3. freshprince94

    freshprince94 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Being in the South, I only use edgers, trimmers can't edge St. Augustine. An edger is actually faster and easier to use once you get the hang of it. An edger also will establish a new edge, while a trimmer won't. An edger can't scalp or otherwise damage the grass unless you lose control of it.

    As far as brands go, I like Stihl best, especially for edgers. They have the most powerful and easy to use IMO. I use a KM 90 R powerhead with a straight shaft edger, it cuts through overgrowth very well. Being a homeowner, you would be fine with Stihl's entry level curved shaft edgers, the FC 90 and FC 75. They cost the same ($329) and the difference is, the 90 has a 28.4cc 4 mix engine compared to the 75's 25.4 cc 2 cycle engine. I like the 4 mix engine myself, but some guys prefer a 2 cycle and go with the 75.
     
  4. redfox033

    redfox033 LawnSite Member
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    I have been thinking about getting an edger myself, do those edgits really work? Are they better than a stick edger?
     
  5. Genlandscape

    Genlandscape LawnSite Member
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    http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=241443 this is another thread on the same subject. If you ask about manufacturer you will get personal preferences (I'm an Echo guy), if you are a homeowner and will only be using the machine one a week or so; I would consider an entry level stick edger. You may also want to check auction sites for used equip. I run Echo PE 260's but these machines run close to $400.00 and if I only had to do 1 lawn a week I would definitly go with something cheaper. You may also want to look into man. websites for specs. on different machines. Good luck with your investigation !! P.S. Line trimmers edge St. Augustine just fine and leave a cleaner cut than a blade.
     
  6. H&H Lawn Service

    H&H Lawn Service LawnSite Member
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    Larry,
    I run about 12 accounts a week and just bought an entry level Echo Stick Edger - PE200, which is rated for light commerical or homeowner useage. You can pick one of these up for about $200. I've been really impressed with the results compared to just using my string trimmer.
     
  7. freshprince94

    freshprince94 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You must be cutting a different St. Augustine, because our FLorida St. Augustine looks terrible if edged by a trimmer. It just dosen't look as clean as with a blade.
     
  8. freshprince94

    freshprince94 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Even that little Echo leaves a better edge than the ole' weedeater. I used to have that same edger but it didn't have enough power for me.
     
  9. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have the Echo pas265 with a edger attachment that will cut through just about anything. Once I'm done with that on a first time customer with over grown edges, all I need from then on out is my 210 with the Edgit and I'm golden.

    IMHO a edger is only needed to cut over grown sod off clean. It doesn't need to be used every week if you have a good trimmer with a Edgit. I just wish I had come up with the idea! I'd be rich. :D The damn thing is simply dialed.
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  10. LarryF

    LarryF LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks Al & Greg.

    The edgit looks very interesting, and I guess that would be an inexpensive way to solve my problem. But there seems to be two totally different designs and one of them leaves me baffled. I can understand the design of the one for the curved-shaft trimmer. Essentially, its a little wheel that clamps onto the trimmer, and that wheel rolls along the sidewalk or curb keeping the string a constant distance from the turf. The one for the straight trimmer is the one I don't understand. It looks something like a circular saw blade which, I presume, replaces the string head. The video provided to explain the straight-shaft edgit is really terrible. There is no sound, and it appears that the guy doing the trimming has to hold that saw-blade thing in the correct position between the concrete and the turf. How he can do that is beyond my comprehension, and it looks like a lethal weapon. I called the Edgit phone number a couple of times today to get an explanation, but all I got was a recording saying no one was home. Well, I don't understand the operation of the straight-shaft one, and I also wonder why the one shown for the curved-shaft trimmer can't also be used for a straight-shaft trimmer. I suspect the real design of the straight-shaft one is completely different from what that very bad video shows it to be. I'll try to get in touch with them tomorrow, but if someone has seen one of those straight-shaft edgits and understands it, perhaps he'll be good enough to provide an explanation. The Edgit company doesn't seem to be very good a doing that.
     

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