Picking an Edger

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by lawnsquadnc, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. lawnsquadnc

    lawnsquadnc LawnSite Member
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    I am looking to purchase a edger for the upcoming season to make my work look better. Currently I have a Echo srm 266 trimmer that I use for both trimming and edging. I am open to any brand give me your edvice on which on I should purchase for the upcoming season.

  2. jiggz

    jiggz LawnSite Senior Member
    from jerz
    Posts: 646

    I dont know the model number, its a few years old but i have a 25cc Redmax stick edge that i love couldnt ask for more.. It shits all over my friends Echo..thats the only two I have used

    GARRETTWOOD LawnSite Senior Member
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    Little wonder makes a nice one.
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  4. JimsLocalLawn

    JimsLocalLawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    Consider stihl. The 4mix is amazing efficient and powerful....nothing else comes close in my opinion!
    Straight shaft for more digging power, curved shaft for higher blade speed. That's what I am told.

    Stihl FC90 curved shaft $359 (28.4cc)
    Stihl FC95 straight shaft $449 (28.4cc)

    Both are considered "commercial grade" and will give you many years of reliable service. I personally use all stihl handtools. They last longer, use less fuel, and have more power than ANY other brand available. The ONLY complaint I have is they are slightly heavier than competitive models. Total cost of ownership in 10 years, you will find stihl beats everything available. Just my 2 cents.
  5. lawnsquadnc

    lawnsquadnc LawnSite Member
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    Are you talking a 4 stroke engine or 2 because I have always heard that 2 stroke last longer.
  6. ddixon7

    ddixon7 LawnSite Senior Member
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    He is talking about a 4 stroke motor that runs on 2 stroke mixed fuel.

    Don't listen to him, Stihl, Husqvarna, Redmax, Tanaka, Shindaiwa and some others are all comparable. Don't buy on brand name. Buy on what your dealer has and will support. Look at what particular model has the best reviews. People get so passionate about the particular brand they use. It turns into a cult following. Look at the parts that make up their engines, and they are all about the same materials.

    I myself prefer 2 stroke. I have had problems in the past with those 4mix hybrids from both Stihl and Shindaiwa. But then again, they ALL have went down hill since the EPA started jacking with the regulations. If you could some how magically come across a new old-stock unit that is from the 90s and early 2000s era, that is where the quality is at from all of the brands.
  7. Lazer_Z

    Lazer_Z LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 2,579

    You left out Stihl's second straight shaft edger, the FC110. At 31.4cc it's Stihl's strongest edger, I loved mine, but eventually stepped up to a KM 130 R Kombi system with the straight shaft edger attachment.

    To the OP, check out Stihl's edgers as well as what Redmax has to offer. I'd skip Echo all together.
  8. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,094

    Some Home Depots carry an Echo dedicated edger (not the PAS system.) Anyways, I've used this for a while and it works really well.
  9. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,711

    Be extra careful around sprinkler heads adjacent to concrete.
  10. lawnsquadnc

    lawnsquadnc LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for your info Im going to go to the stihl dealer near by to see what they have.

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