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stick edgers=time savers?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cutntrim, Jun 20, 2001.

  1. cutntrim

    cutntrim LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 474

    We use T-230 Shindaiwa's. Great trimmers, no complaints. I've been eyeing the Shindaiwa stick edgers though and seriously considering adding one to our equip lineup.

    Are they noticeably more productive than using string trimmers alone. We currently trim all sidewalk and bed edges every week except during dry spells. I'm envisioning only edging along walks bi-weekly if we used a stick edger. Obviously we'd still trim around objects and horizontally trim areas the mowers can't reach, weekly.

    Do those of you with stick edgers use them every week, or bi-weekly? Do they just save a little time each time you edge? Or do the cut down the NUMBER of times you need to edge?

    Are they versatile enough to handle different edge depths? Different properties have different depths to their edges. Do you adjust the blade on the spot to dig down to different depths? Also edges along some walks/driveways are wider than others. The grass doesn't cozy right up to the paved surface. How do they work for that? Do you run the wheel along the turf instead of the driveway?

    Lot's of questions and I'd know the answer if I wanted to drop $50 to rent one for the day, but that's what the forum's for right?

    Thanks
     
  2. cp

    cp LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 263

    I use an Echoe edger and really like it. I have had several comments on the use of string trimmers as edgers and I occasionally do the same but it doesn't take long for that edge to grow fat and my customers want the turf up to the sidewalk/drive, etc..

    Nice clean crisp cut, looks good...
     
  3. cutntrim

    cutntrim LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 474

    Having been doing this for over a decade, I'm able to string trim an edge without it growing in size. The same cannot be said for most of my employees over the years though. I'm thinking the stick edger will eliminate/reduce this problem.
     
  4. syzer

    syzer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,266

    Nothing can compare to a stick edgers edge and speed. We just picked up *another* account today who dropped their guy for chewing their edges up. Def. get one!
     
  5. George777

    George777 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 305

    my partner and I use both a stick edger and a trimmer. I like to use the edger first. The grass will stand up, than follow through with the trimmer to level it out. I've about got it down. For beds I'll use the trimmer and than feather it.

    Today, I was the strim trimmer man and I like the tech of using a combination of both. Try it one time and you'll see what I'm talking about.
     
  6. Bill K

    Bill K LawnSite Member
    Posts: 23

    I'm using a Shindaiwa edger, and I love it. To me, it's much faster than edging with a trimmer and does a better job. However, I don't edge less frequently than I would with a trimmer. Still, lots of potential customers have asked me, "What do you edge with?" That suggests that they're hip to the difference. And when I tell them I use a real edger, they say that's what they wanted to hear. So it's also a sales tool.

    Yes, it's adjustable to different edging depths, though I normally adjust the depth only as the blade wears down and begins skipping onto the concrete.

    I roll the wheel on the LOWER surface, whether that's the lawn or the concrete. Giving the edger a very slight bit of angle toward opposite side (leaning the power head toward the operator) seems to help, especially when the turf is the lower surface.

    Bottom line: Buy one and you'll be happy.
     
  7. Lawn DOG

    Lawn DOG LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 276

    You and your customers will be impressed with the new look. It gives that crisp professional finish. We use the Echo and Stihl. We also have the walk behind unit but only use this on properties that we take over and the previous LCO did not use a edger. Once you have got use to using one you will be just as fast as using a string trimmer. We go thru alot of edger blades(they are cheap).
    Good luck!
     
  8. TLS

    TLS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,940

    I use an Echo and sometimes I roll it on the wheel and other times I just float it along with the wheel just floating above the sidewalk or curb.

    I edge every time, no skipping weeks.

    Definately get one, their worth every penny.

    You CAN NOT dupilcate the quality edge of an edger with a weedwacker.
     
  9. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    I have the Stihl stick edger. It does a great job. I have not been able to bog it down once. It works best with fescue and zoysia. The aggressive runners of bermuda will sometimes get skipped. So on bermuda lawns we double check with the trimmer. It is much faster with the edger than a trimmer. As fast as you can walk forward it will edge. Cuts edging time for us in half.
     
  10. got an echo and a tanaka push both sit in shop can do just as good with weed eater with square line from Lesco .095
     

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