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Stick edger versus walk behind 4 wheel edger

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by ITL, May 1, 2005.

  1. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,503

    Something else I forgot and had over looked till this week. I have a craftsman wheeled edger and it has an adjustable cutting head. This week I wasnt pleased with the edge and I put the head in the 15 degree angle and it put a nice gentle slope on my edges.Im not gonna say that you cant do that with a stick edger, but this way its uniform and with a stick it wouldnt be. BUT I still say both edgers have there place on the trailer and I carry both all the time
     
  2. ITL

    ITL LawnSite Member
    from SW OH
    Posts: 188

    Craig

    The reason I would pick the 4mix sthil over the conventional 2 cycle sthil is the fuel economy gain (engine output the same) over the standard 2 cycle. The problem with the standard 2 cycle is that it uses about 25 to 30 percent of its air/fuel mixture to push the spent exhaust out. The 4 mix saves this wasted fuel through added piston cycles. The Redmax with the Z engines, letter at the end (_ _ Z) use a stratified charge mix. The carb has two ports, one with air only and one with air and fuel/oil mix. The air only is used to start the push of spent exhaust out of the cylinder chamber. Both of these solutions, 4 mix and stratified charge, are used to meet emmissions but as a side benefit should yield a 20 to 30 percent fuel savings for similar engine output. This saves fuel, reduces our expenses, and requires less fuel in the tank to meet similar run times. This means less weight to lift. Thats why I am looking at the 4 mix Sthil or Redmax with Stratified Charge engine. My choice is narrowing down on which will be easier to use and produce the best results.


    Wayne
     
  3. craigs lawncare

    craigs lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 310

    ITL,

    Thanks for the reply...
    I will do a search on the Redmax edgers. :)

    Craig
     
  4. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,564

    then you are not using it right.....

    it has a wheel to roll on and is no more work than weed eating......
     
  5. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,503

    My stihl fs85 with the edger attacment tends to rise and I have to keep down pressure on it :waving:
     
  6. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,275

    Agreed! You would not believe how easy a stick edger is to use. I can use mine faster than I can trim. When I trim I am worried about keeping it perfect....when edging, the edger make it perfect. I run along with a slight angle away from the concrete, and have no problem.
     
  7. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,181

    Its a tough call really. I got both but don't carry the 4 wheel on my trailer unless I'm going to do a new property or one I haven't seen. You just can't beat 5hp for breaking a new edge with the 4 blade cross type blade. To maintain its just so much faster to grab the stick edger. I got the echo. Seems bit underpowered sometimes compared to my friends redmax if there is overgrowth but mines considerably easier too start and lighter.
     
  8. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,905

    My fellow Houstonian summed it up, But I'll add my nickel.. The extra weight/inertia and extra cutting edges od the "star" type blades make them invaluable on a stick edger.. Plus they last longer and make the machine easier to control, at least in my experience..
     

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