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Tanaka vs. 4-stroke walk behind edgers...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by fiveoboy01, May 7, 2007.

  1. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,988

    I was looking at Tanaka's edger today at my dealer. It looks like a REAL quality machine.

    I'm wanting to buy a WB edger. I'd go for the Tanaka, but am a bit concerned about engine longevity because it's a 2-stroke.

    I can get a McLane, etc WB with a 4 or 5 HP Honda 4-stroke for roughly the same price.

    I don't doubt the Tanaka has enough power, but If the 4-stroke will last longer I'd rather purchase that.

    What do you guys think?
  2. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,022

    I would go with the tanaka. Belts are a hassle in my opinion. I would get a stick edger before messing with a walkbehind that has belts.
  3. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,712

    i have seen tanaka edgers beat to death but the engine still going strong. the engine is the most durable part of the unit-sort of like the suzuki toro.
  4. Mark in MD

    Mark in MD LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 322

    I've had my Little Wonder edger for 10-12 years. It has a Honda engine. As far as I can tell, it'll run forever, as long as I watch the oil. I can't comment on Tanaka, I've never had one.
  5. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,988

    Thanks for the opinions so far.

    I do have 2 stick edgers, a PE-200(useless, zero power, only used as a backup) and a PE-311 which has a lot more power, but it's still slowed by thick overgrowth. Since I edge every single customer I want something to speed up the process with less strain on my arms:)
  6. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,900

    tanaka is the BEST edger period. Above ALL stick edgers as well as all other w/b edgers (mclean, power trim, little wonder, scag, et al) The shaft drive cannot be beat!
  7. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,988

    Do you use one? Just curious.
  8. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,900

    Very rarely. I usually never am on a mowing crew. I bought stick edgers for my guys as they are easier to get on/off a trailer, but IMHO they do NOT do the job nearly as well as a w/b edger. I have used little wonder, power trim, McLean, scag, tanaka & redmax straight shaft stick edgers and by far, the tanaka gives the best edge & will do the "initial" overgrown edges better than any bar none.
  9. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,988

    Well that settles it for me, thanks.

    Now I just need to get the courage to part with $779 + tax:)
  10. naturescape

    naturescape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,694

    Couldn't have said it better myself! All I'd add is that I also run an Echo trimmer with an Edgit. Between these two tools, any edging situation is covered perfectly.

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