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Edger v. trimmer

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Jmill88, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. Jmill88

    Jmill88 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 129

    Just curious how often you guys use a stick edger on your jobs v. just using your line trimmer to do edging. I'm sure it depends on what the client expects/wants and how much they pay. Thanks
  2. Grasshopper-ALC

    Grasshopper-ALC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3

    use stick edger on every cut on my better accounts. I think it makes it look better and you don't accidentally gouge the yard. takes a few more minutes but i think it is worth it.
  3. Silver Landscaping

    Silver Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 22

    I believe in using the right tool for the right job and always use an edger at all of my accounts. I think that it looks more professional. I try to market "attention to detail" customers seem to like it.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 5,225

    its cheaper and easier to use a trimmer for me. it does take a couple times to get the first initial cut with a trimmer but after that its easy to maintain. it looks about the same with a trimmer as an edger if properly done
  5. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,190

    Trimmers on all accounts for over 30 years and we can make them laser sharp all you need is a little experience. Brand new guys can learn in about a month to do a PERFECT edge cut on ALL grasses. Waste of space in trailers to carry extra stuff. NEVER EVER had a complaint on edges even on ones where we went in to do cleanup when yard was overgrown with St. Augustine grass. But 90% of the guys on lawn site use edgers and air impact wrenches and special tools to sharpen blades, and special tools to hold the unit up...etc. etc. And as a result they have to charge $1 minute to make money.
  6. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 7,053

    I use a stick edger for over grown edges only. After that, my Edgit equipped string trimmer handles it great. It leaves a edge as sharp and clean as a stick edger.
  7. RLS24

    RLS24 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,601

    I have a walk behind edger, and I use it all the time rather than the trimmer. To me, i think it takes longer to edge with the trimmer and it looks far worse.
  8. arcticcatzr580

    arcticcatzr580 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 10

    I have a Husky stick and use it on almost every yard. I just don't trust myself with the line trimmer for edging. Paid 100 bucks brand new for the edger and it's the best piece of equiptment I have.
  9. Green Finger

    Green Finger LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 839

    Second here.

    I didn't know that a trimmer can give you that look until I was cutting with another Crew and saw it. Wow

    It takes experience and steady hand and eye.

    Once you get it. You'll be a pro.:canadaflag:

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,443

    Amen Edhess, I use trimmers to do all edges. Its alot easier on the body than using a stick edger. Also saves time because you dont have to make another trip to the trailer.

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