Walk-behind edger recommendation?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by partsman_ba, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. partsman_ba

    partsman_ba LawnSite Member
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    I work for a school district. Our grounds department uses John Deere E35 edgers currently. The reason they love the E35's is the drop-down curbside rear wheel for edging looooong stretches of curb. As of the last year or so, we cannot purchase certain critical repair parts for these units to keep them going. Can anyone recommend a walk-behind that will hold up to commercial (ab)use and has a drop-down curb wheel feature?
     
  2. WHIPPLE5.7

    WHIPPLE5.7 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Brown Mfg. The only one worth messing. Its built like a German tank.
     
  3. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Powertrim, been around forever and parts are available/reasonable.
     
  4. partsman_ba

    partsman_ba LawnSite Member
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    Jumpin Jiminy! $1329 and no bid assist! Might be a tough sell to the head of the Grounds department.
     
  5. WHIPPLE5.7

    WHIPPLE5.7 LawnSite Senior Member
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    If you purchased one Brown and 10 similar to the E35 the Brown would be running and working properly years after the others have been hauled off for scrap. You gotta pay for the good stuff.
     
  6. partsman_ba

    partsman_ba LawnSite Member
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    Just noticed they weigh 110 pounds! I'll bet they are hard to break! Loading and unloading would be a problem for the crews.
     
  7. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
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    Have you looked at the Tanaka? Shaft drive, no belts to mess with.

    Little Wonder has something a bit more similar to your JD E35.
     
  8. fritowrdo

    fritowrdo LawnSite Fanatic
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    Tanaka TLE600. Can't beat it, 50cc, big tank for two stroke gas and direct drive. Cut through anything.
     
  9. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
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    the tanaka is NOT tough. the height changing mechanism is flimsy and always breaking. the engine is tough and the shaft drive is too -but the rest isnt well built. i used one for 2 years . wont stand up to multiple crews using it.
     
  10. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
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    the tanaka has a tough drivetrain but everything else is filmsey.
     

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