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Need new stick edger

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by buddhaman, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. buddhaman

    buddhaman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 135

    Looking for a new stick edger. Preferably 4 cycle. What have you all used and were happy with? Should I purchase a stick edger or get a split shaft trimmer with attachments?
  2. The Captain

    The Captain LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 607

    You want a 4 cycle so I won't be much help. But I run the Echo PAS-260 units. 2 cycle I know, but work great. No down time on power heads or edger attachments. (2 units, 1 for 3 yrs ! for 1 1/2 yr.)
  3. buddhaman

    buddhaman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 135

    Captain, does your 2 cycle bog down when edging? I had a 2 cycle with split shaft and the edger attachment. It would bog down when edging any slight over growth, only good for already clean edges. Won't even go through an inch of over growth. That is part of the reason I would go 4 cycle.
  4. sawman65

    sawman65 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 751

    stihl 4-mix nuff said
  5. Juan_Deere

    Juan_Deere LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 301

    I use a Stihl KM85R split shaft. Granted they aren't available new anymore, but it is a 2 stroke and it never bogs down while edging(or weeding for that matter). Even on overgrown stuff. Before that, I had a Ryobi, in which the engine actually had a larger displacement 31 cc compared to 29cc, and it would bog down on the smallest of challenges. If you can find one used, I can recommend it as a 2 stroke. I've never used a 4 stroke, so I can't recommend anything of that type.
  6. RM n WS

    RM n WS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 55

    I use the stihl weedeater. You can take the head off and add an edger or hedge trimmer. Plenty of power but the change is time consuming!
  7. DSLND

    DSLND LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,205

    STIHL 4-Mix engines are amazing! I have the STIHL FC 110 straight shaft edger, theres nothing that can stop this machine. I think i paid like $400 for mine. -Mitch-
  8. MeadowsLawnCare

    MeadowsLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 192

    are the stihl 4 cycle an oil mix or are they seperate? I might consider one if its an oil mix. What ratio do they recommend also? I really like stihl equipment and plan on also buying a string trimmer too.
  9. The Captain

    The Captain LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 607

    Not unless it's real heavy growth or a first time edging or if the soil is wet. The I have to go slower. I clean it cutting head each time and put a new blade on about every 8 hours.

    Cost was about $400-450 for the power head and attachment. (Don't remember for sure.) I don't think there's much differance in cost between the Echo and the Stihl.
    Good luck with your choice....
  10. TheLawnBarber

    TheLawnBarber LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 539

    Stihl Fc-110 edger is all I will use until theres a different engine then the 4-mix.

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