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Stick Edgers?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Baytownlawncare, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. Baytownlawncare

    Baytownlawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 236

    So I have an old McLane edger. Found out the other day it has an oil leak. Not sure what I am going to do at this point about repairing it since it is like 7 years old. I am looking at a couple of stick edgers and was wondering if a straight shaft or curved shaft is better. I will be using it mostly for edging around flower beds and sidewalks and drives. I am also a tall so which seems to be better for you guys?
  2. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,712

    curved for everyday use and straight for tough jobs
  3. ShooterK2

    ShooterK2 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 816

    I've never used a straight shaft, but I can tell ya, I really like my curved shaft edger. I hear that the straight shaft esters spin slower.
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  4. Baytownlawncare

    Baytownlawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 236

    I am starting to think curved now stihl or echo. Leaning toward stihl. Seems like they have more power for the money than the echo do.
  5. mezammit

    mezammit LawnSite Member
    Posts: 94

    Curved or straight is really on the user. Being you are taller a straight shaft edger might be a little more comfortable becaude they offer a little more length I think. When I worked for a company we used curved echos and they did a fine job. I personally use all redmax 2 stroke equipment. I am 6'7 and use the straight shaft edger by redmax. Go try a straight and curved shaft edger at your dealer and see what is more comfortable for you.
  6. Robert Pruitt

    Robert Pruitt LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 552

    I like the curved shaft better because you can see what you are doing.
  7. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,719

    Having run stick edgers now for at least ten years I will give you my personal preference and you can do what you want to with that.

    As of right now I would recommend a Stihl 4Mix with the curved shaft. These seem to have more torque than the two stroke and have a high blade speed. The straight shafts are good for tuff cutting but the blade speed is less than half that of a curved shaft. If you look at Stihl's web site I think they list the FC90 [curved shaft] with a blade speed around 8500rpm's and list the FC95 [straight shaft] with a blade speed of around 4200rpm's. The higher blade speed seems to make a cleaner edge compared to the straight shafts. I would personally like for someone to make a straight shaft edger with the same blade speed as the curved's but I have yet to find one. I have run Echos, Redmax and Stihl two stroke edgers but none of these has the same torque as the Stihl 4Mix. I still prefer two stroke string trimmers, but for a edger give me the Stihl 4Mix until they make a straight with a high blade speed.

    Like I say this is just one mans opinion and that with 1$ will get you a bad cup of coffee, but after you run a stick edger for weekly maintenance on curbs, sidewalks and driveways you will wonder how you ever lived without one.
  8. Big C

    Big C LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,641

    Straight shaft=more torque...and will be easier on tough jobs.
  9. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,711

    Just an observation, but, it seems backwards that a curved shaft stick~edger would turn the blade at a higher RPM that a straight shafted stick~edger? Are we talking about gearing at the head perhaps?
  10. Robert Pruitt

    Robert Pruitt LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 552

    the reason i like the curved is that you have the wheel on the concrete and can see the blade working near the concrete and grass.

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