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Using trimmer to edge?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by AMW Landscaping, Apr 8, 2014.

  1. Poopy Shoe

    Poopy Shoe LawnSite Member
    Posts: 70


    /\ This.

    Plus on beds, I may tell a customer, if they cut in the edge in the first place, I'll maintain it on my weekly visits.
     
  2. Caddyshack Lawn Care

    Caddyshack Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 732

    I use a stick edger for high-end customers and picky ones. Everyone else seems to be alright with just the trimmer.

    I used to use a McClane edger on everything. $450 for the edger and $10/wk in blades. Once it finally gave out it occurred to me that 90% of my customers didn't really care about the edge and probably never noticed.
     
  3. Porcupine Lawn and Snow

    Porcupine Lawn and Snow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 335

    How we Canadian boys do it :canadaflag:
     
  4. Nate'sLawnCare

    Nate'sLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,001

    I use an edger for walks and driveways. It's a lot faster than a string trimmer and easier to maintain consistency. With the edger, I can do it at a fast walking pace, after the first time of the season.
     
  5. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,513

    Exactly. A stick edger is twice as fast and a trimmer uses far too much string when edging.
     
  6. mathews

    mathews LawnSite Member
    Posts: 170

    String trimmers on all residential. stick edger on each property that takes over 1hr to stick edge... Stick edger is only faster when you use it for at least 30min. my .02
    90%of ours are weekly so it not near as fast to go back to get edger when you already have trimmer in hand
     
  7. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,051

    It really boils down to what you're working with. (the turf, not the equipment)
    If I edged every week, you know what the blade would do? Nothing. It would be spinning along an already established little "trench" doing nothing.

    The grass isn't creeping into that established edged, nor does it magically fill with dirt - not in a week, not in two weeks, not in a month. Not where I'm working anyway.

    Once I cut an edge, it stays that way for a while and a trimmer line makes quick (and neat) work of the few blades of grass that are "falling over" into the edged area.
     
  8. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 16,246

    A metal blade is faster and looks alot better.
     
  9. A. W. Landscapers  Inc.

    A. W. Landscapers Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,287

    One machine is called an edger and the other machine is called something entirely different.

    Both machines are named for the job they were designed to perform.

    Some of us edge the edges with an edger and some of us use a trimmer to edge but one thing is for certain...no one uses an edger to trim.:laugh:
     
  10. Nate'sLawnCare

    Nate'sLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,001

    It does depend on the turf and down here, with warm season grasses that creep, the edges can be a real challenge to maintain.
     

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