cutting & bending steel Colmet edging

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Armadillolawncare, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. brandongentry23

    brandongentry23 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    use a grinder. cuts right through it no prob. and you can clean up you edges at the same time. only thing is you might get a little rust on the cuts
  2. frotis

    frotis LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 396

    How well does the Colmet 14guage metal edging hold up? Its just powder coated and not galvanized.
  3. Summit L & D

    Summit L & D LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 269

    Honestly, it's all junk. The paint will last 4 years tops, and the rest of the product will disintegrate within 10 years. That said, for the customer who wants an edging product on the can't be beat. I would get the thickest you can find...the stuff at Home Depot/Lowes is really the bottom of the barrel.

    Oh and we put in about 460 ft. of the product today alone. And to reply to the earlier post (two years ago)...we use a reciprocating saw now.
  4. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    Amen, since that Colmet stuff sold at out nurseries and garden centers are only 4 inches tall and not worth installing to keep bermuda and zoysia grass from invading beds. We purchased some 1/8"x6"x20' sections 20 years ago and did a Doctor's personal lawn landscaping. This stuff rusts out perfectly to that brown color that colmet has today. This steel edging that we purchased was from a local steel fabrication company and the stuff is still performing well around his shrubbery beds and has taken multiple years of all abuse.

    Other responders from above,
    Takes a 4.5 inch grinder and a reciprocating saw to score the material and some manpower to bend this stuff. If it takes some extra manpower to bend colmet steel edging, then I suggest you do some bar pull ups for those forearms. That stuff is sub par and is strictly homeowner grade. It is the only material available around here and the homeowner wants it. The funny thing is the commercial accounts want it because it is the least expensive to install.
    The steel edging that I mentioned above was installed back in 1990 and cost us around 4.00 a running foot. After labor, travel, cutting,etc, it was installed for almost 9.00 a foot. The job has 3,000 linear feet of border edging. Not alot considering it has lasted for 20 years compared to the colmet.
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  5. ltdlawn

    ltdlawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,745

    Bring up this thread for a bit of info on how the 90 degree corners and end pieces work out.
    Have a customer that is insisting on using them I've always bent corners.
    Is it just cut and insert?

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