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Walk behind edger choices?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Jason Rose, May 22, 2005.

  1. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,858

    I normally just use the trimmer to edge, works fine for me... I own an Echo stick edger, but it's the gutless small one and for breaking new edges or bermuda it's worthless and hangs in my garage collecting spider webs.
    I have several properties that have a lot of sidewalks to edge and with the ant hills along the edges and the bermuda popping up here and there using the trimmer gets a bit tough, it can be done, but with the damn ant hills it's hard to keep the line straight.

    I suppose I should just kill the ants... But a new batch will be around in a month I'm sure.

    Soooo, I'm looking to buy a walk behind edger, just for the properties with lots of sidewalks, to save me some time and make it look perfect.

    My heart is set on a McLain edger, but our whussy Home Cheapo here dosn't sell them anymore. They have an MTD I believe, but not half the machine the McLain looked to be. Sears sells a few different models. Would their best model be worth anything? Haven't looked at them really yet. Or, should I just drive the hour to Wichita to the Home depot there and get the McLain?

    I honestly have never even ran a walk behind edger in my life. been mowing since second grade, started business at 16, currently 26 and have never ran one. I know that the stick edger just dosn't have the guts to break new edges, or go thru sod that's a few inches higher than the concrete so that's why I want the walk behind. Am I going to be dissapointed with the preformance? Or is it going to cut thru the stuff like butter?

    Also... What type of blade works best? Stock straight? Star shaped? + shaped? I see them all in catalogs, I'm sure there is a reason...
  2. Thirdpete

    Thirdpete LawnSite Member
    from Chicago
    Posts: 236

    i'm using a craftsman, 4.0HP model that i really like. the drawback is that there is a nice amount of moving parts. but its very powerful, ive seen mowers with smaller engines than this edger. an overall nice piece.
  3. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 1,517

    I have used a Tanaka, and it was a monster! It would drive through dreadful sod that sat up 4" above the sidewalk without effort. They are high doller, but a good machine!
  4. clncut

    clncut LawnSite Member
    Posts: 94

    I to use a craftsman wb edger. 3.5 horse I believe. Cuts great and does not lack power for cutting new edges.

  5. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,858

    Nice thought, but the Tanaka edger hasn't been made in years now... I had the opportunity to buy a slightly used one a few years ago for $350, but I turned it down because I had little if any use for it and I thought that was way high$$$. Turns out they retailed for around $700 when new I believe...
  6. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
    Posts: 3,256

    But it looks like they're coming back (check out the Tanaka forum here on LS).

    But as was said, they were (and probably will be again if/when they are offered again) very pricey.

    I've always read good things about the Mclanes, especially the commercial model.
    You can check on ebay, I've seen some ok deals on them there.

    One thing I like about them is they appear to have an offset blade from the machine. My cheapy wb edger (Trim Rite or something like that) has the blade right inline with the wheels, which I don't like when I'm cutting back really overgrown edges. The wheels ride up over the overgrowth and make the whole machine unlevel and it makes it hard to keep a straight edge that way.

    The Mclane (and the Tanaka's) have the blade offset a bit so that the wheels of the machine can stay on the flat sidewalk while the blade cuts along nice and straight.

    Little Wonder wb edgers are offset a bit too, but they are pricey also.
  7. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,177

    Little wonder is the best. I kick myself for not buying one for a $100. I had a customer who decided to sell a brand new one. Well I didn't have the cash on me. So I told him I would come back. Well 3 days later when I came back. His neighbor has a really nice littlewonder edge. He thought I didn't want it. ARGH :angry:
  8. surfisher211

    surfisher211 LawnSite Member
    from Jersey
    Posts: 141

    yea little wonder all the way cant beat them . wish i still had mine but it fell off the trailer last year and was destroyed :cry:
  9. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,503

    I have a craftsman, its 10 years old and it has a 3.5hp enginge on it and it purrs like a kitten on new edges.Im using a straight blade right now but I have a 4 cornered balde to put on and try, I cant rreally say which is better, just in previous post alot seem to like the 4 corner blade
  10. TPnTX

    TPnTX LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,776

    I thinking about buying a stick edger.

    I have a WB that I've owned for years and it's always worked great until recently. Now I get no spark from the briggs motor.

    So I should probably get that thing fixed instead of spend the cash of stick edger?

    I got a lot of edging to do and I'm tired tired of using the line trimmer.

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