Anyone have anything bad to say about the Kawasaki edger?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Keith, Aug 20, 2007.

  1. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
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    I'm likely going to purchase a new edger later today. I have probably owned 15 of them over the years from various manufacturers. I think the Shindaiwa LE260's were always my favorites. They were comfortable, but like everything else they had their flaws. They are pretty much off the list because there are no Shindaiwa dealers in the area that I really buy from. Currently I have a couple of Redmax edgers, but I have never been overly satisfied with them. The clutch went out on one of them last week and I think I might step away from that brand for a while

    The dealer I will be going to has Redmax, Kawasaki, Tanaka and Husqvarna. I've never owned any Kawi equipment, but I am thinking about the KEL27A...unless someone tells me something that I do not want to hear about them.
  2. YoungGun

    YoungGun LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    i have shindaiwa and kawa edger and trimmer
    but havent used the shindaiwa once in 2 years sence i bought the kawasaki s
    man there weight to power ratio is amazing
    there the ****
    " a worker used staight gas in it before and i didnt catch it till it was on its 2ed tank still runs like a gem...
    kawa hedger tooo
  3. swingset

    swingset LawnSite Member
    Messages: 231

    There's something really bad about the Kawi edgers and all their trimmers for that matter, I don't have some yet.
  4. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    Like YoungGun said, the power is excellent. I have a newer RedMax 25 or 26 cc. I also have a one year old Kawasaki 26cc. I don't mind usind either one. But when it's a big overgrown job to be edged, the Kawasaki always gets the job. The power is considerably stronger than the similar RedMax.
  5. naturescape

    naturescape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,696

    I bought mine because of the light weight. Now it's for sale. It's TOO light. I've found my Echo has more weight on the gearbox which is required to hold the edger down. With the Kaw, I am always "fighting" it to hold it in the groove. From this experience, I'd say light weight is not important, or even good, in a stick edger. (Although the top end should be as light as possible.)

    Doesn't really matter to me though, as now 90% of my edging is done with my Echo w/ Edgit.
  6. YoungGun

    YoungGun LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    Swingset??? do you have history
  7. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,979

    Honestly, the weight is what had me concerned. For lawns that have 35 beds scattered around, the light weight seems to make it the obvious winner. But I was wondering how hard it was going to be to keep the head planted on the ground when you have a few inches of St. Augustine running over a sidewalk.

    I love my light weight string trimmers. I see no reason to keep anything much more than those on the trailer. But I do remember years ago, picking up what I remember being a Robin edger and it being really heavy. At the head especially. And I remember thinking how that thing must stay put when you put it on the ground.

    I appreciate your replies. I might hold off a day or two, since I still have one properly working edger right now.
  8. ed2150

    ed2150 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 174

    I've been using Kawasaki trimmers for 3 years and love 'em. I got a Kawi edger this year and think it does a fantastic job. As long as Kawasaki stays with their current design for trimmers and edgers I won't even consider anything else.
  9. Rhinox29

    Rhinox29 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    not one bad thing to say here. Love em
  10. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,979

    Well, I thought I would have been able to find something today, but no luck.

    I've been through this before. Our closest dealer is not really on top of their game. I usually deal with one place that is about 17 miles away, and the another that is about 25 miles away. I called those two instead of battling traffic only to be disappointed. And it's a good thing I did. The first one had nothing but one Echo in stock. No Kawi's. No Husky's. And no Redmax's. Unbelievable. I'm not a big Echo fan. I spent a lot of years with their equipment. Maybe it's top-notch now, but I'll pass.

    I called the other place figuring they would have more in stock. Just Stihl. They carry other lines, but keep nothing in stock. I'm not terribly fond of this dealer in the first place, that goes way back. But I do purchase some stuff from them. I won't say anything bad about Stihl, I'll just say I'm not particularly looking for a Stihl right now.

    One more chance. I went to the local place. They had several Echo's, but I've been over that. They are a Tanaka dealer, but only had a single hedge trimmer in stock. They could not even locate a current catalog or dealer's book with the Tanaka in it. The closest they could find was a distributor's sale sheet from 2005. I thanked them for their time and headed back to work.

    So I called Travis down there in Texas and he told me exactly what was going to be wrong with the broke down Redmax. And he was right on the money. No damage to the clutch drum, just the shoes. So I am going to order the parts for that and read up some more on the current crop of edgers before I buy anything.

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