stick edger blade

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Clint, Mar 1, 2003.

  1. Clint

    Clint LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 97

    yeah i've never had a stick edger before now, but I just recently bought a stihl fc85 and im pleased with it, although I cant run it to it's full potential because I gotta break the engine in. Anyways, when I bought it, the blade was all squared off, I didnt know if i should sharpen it or what, and sharpen all 3 sides of the top and bottom?call me dumb haha

    -clint
     
  2. Lawn Specialties

    Lawn Specialties LawnSite Member
    Posts: 207

    The only maint. to do to an edger blade is to replace it when it gets to short to make a decent cut .they work the best when they're new and flat.
     
  3. coonman

    coonman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 682

    There are different types of blades for the stick edger. Don't waste your time trying to sharpen them. I use the squared off kind that have no edge. Whatever you want to use they are very cheap. I think around 2 for a buck or so.
     
  4. kppurn

    kppurn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 426

    Yes, it should be squared off.

    You may want to experiment with blades. I have a Stihl FC 85 also and started using the star blades midway through last season. I like the star blades a little better than the regular blades. I got mine at http://www.j-thomas.com
     
  5. wojo23323

    wojo23323 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 608

    How much longer does the star blade last compared to the rectangle blade?
     
  6. kppurn

    kppurn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 426

    The regular ones were lasting me about one to one and a half weeks. The star blade lasted me well over a month.

    I found it cut better in areas that hadn't been edged in a while. (New accounts, etc.)
     
  7. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    Lesco also sells these. The arbor size on most stick edgers is one inch. Home Depot sells them for four dollars a blade- ouch!
     

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