Do I really need a Stick Edger?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Gemini1971, Aug 24, 2006.

  1. Gemini1971

    Gemini1971 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    Would like your opinion on whether or not a stick edger is really needed or can you do basically the same thing with a line trimmer? Thanks!

  2. stuffdeer

    stuffdeer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,617

    A trimmer cannot break through 2 years of overgrowth.

    A stick edger can, but it is hard.

    A walkbehind eger along with a stick edger is the perfect combo.
  3. Gemini1971

    Gemini1971 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    I need to clarify here. I'm talking about for the driveway and walkways to have a nice property edge. Thanks!

  4. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,988

    If it's already edged, a lot of guys on here seem to like using a trimmer to maintain it.

    If there is a lot of overgrowth, I use a walk-behind for the initial edge, then use my stick edger to maintain the edge, usually hit it every other week. It's pretty fast using the stick edger once the edge is defined.
  5. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Stick edger to maintain for me. Much straighter line than a trimmer and you dont need to worry about rocks poping up and smashing through a window.
  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,369

    Probably not important when you are first starting out. We have several different kinds of edgers in the shed, never used any for the last 10 years.
  7. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,821

    These day's a walk-behind edger is never on the trailers, Stihl FC 110's ,power through two inch overgrowth along sidewalks, like a hot knife through butter.
  8. hughmcjr

    hughmcjr LawnSite Member
    from Oregon
    Messages: 183

    Walk behind edgers are the fastest and do the best job for normal level ground curbs and walks and you don't have to keep screwing with the trimmer line feeding out. If you have a sloped parkway strip with edging along the curb a stick edger works great and in fact sometimes a walk behind edger just won't work because of the steep angle or limited room. Once the grass gets to slowing down here in the hot summer and it is drier, it doesn't need edging as much and I use the string trimmer/weedeater more.
  9. cl&l c.c. Tx

    cl&l c.c. Tx LawnSite Member
    Messages: 59

    You can get by using a trimmer most of the time, but every 3 weeks or so you should use some sort of edger either wb or stick, both will get the job done just the same. Personally I use an echo stick edger on every job all the time, it's very versatile and very convenient. I think they are well worth the money.
  10. bigjeeping

    bigjeeping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 903

    I started with a cheap walk behind edger from lowes. It BARELY made it through one year and now it's junk, needs valve work. Then I bought a Stihl FC110 and WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW WHAT A DIFFERENCE. This edger is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

    Here's a trick I've found. When someone wants an estimate it includes mow, trim, and blow. If they want edging (some people dont even have sidewalks) it's extra. So I give them a "flat rate monthly fee" for edging. Which depending on if they want their curb edged, and how much drive/walk they have is around $15-20. I have a couple that are $60! FYI - I edge once every three weeks.

    Last year I didn't do any edging. Let's do the math and see how much extra money I'll make this year with my awesome Stihl Edger.

    I have 105 mowing accounts. 40 of them require edging. Averaging $20/month per house that is an additional $800/month I make from edging.
    Multiply that by 6 months in the season. My awesome Stihl edger will make me just shy of $5000 this summer.

    So, do you need an edger?

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