Curved or straight shaft edger.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by smcunningham, Mar 26, 2008.

  1. smcunningham

    smcunningham LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 775

    What do you prefer and only reply if you have used both.....I've only used curved edgers so I did'nt vote. For those that have used both what are the pros and cons of each?

    I tried to add a pole to this and goofed up
  2. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,719

    I have curved shaft. I tried a straight shaft for about 30 min on a property and could not get used to the feel of it. I do not run echo much any more, but I do like how the shield is open on the side because they don't stop-up as bad. I guesse it all depends on what you are used to.
  3. BentleyOutdoors

    BentleyOutdoors LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    :usflag:used both types but prefer the Echo-PE-230 that i am currently using, easiest on my back for long periods and tons of power. Hope that helps
  4. jbannick18

    jbannick18 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 490

    straight shaft
  5. Ed Ryder

    Ed Ryder LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 541

    I get excellent results with a straight shaft string trimmer. I haven't seen an edger yet that can match what the string trimmer can do. (In my neighborhoods I am number one with edging.)
  6. CFB

    CFB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 515

    FWIW I have the Stihl FS110 (straight shaft). I have to hold it up so high that it is tough to use for long stretches...and I am 6'5". Definetely not comfortable for me. I have not used a curved shaft but I wonder if it would be better for my height, and if you don't have to hold it up as high.

    But, this could all be because I'm left handed and walk to the right of the edger...haha.
  7. kleankutslawn

    kleankutslawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    i use both but i am more comfortable with the curved shaft.i will not use a curved shaft weedeater though
  8. J&J Customs

    J&J Customs LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    straight shaft pretty much makes you hold your hands above your head go with the curved but i perfer a straight shaft string trimmer unless its an ungodly long walkway or driveway the string trimmer in my opinion has the best control and amazing results ive gotten several random neighbors ask if i will just edge their drive with a string trimmer
  9. 02DURAMAX

    02DURAMAX LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,801

    Straight Shaft for me
  10. S man

    S man LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,562

    Curved imo gives the best results. I had a big bad boy stihl combo unit with a straight shaft edger attachment and it would NEVER give clean even edge even with a new blade. Go with a curved shaft. Redmax makes a nice light weight 23 cc model. It doesn't get used much though because I prefer using the trimmer most of the time for edging.

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