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Do I really need a Stick Edger?

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

  1. SLC  LLC

    SLC LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 667

    Little Wonder walk-behind edgers on all trailers at all times. Each property gets edged weekly. Employee caught using string trimmer on a property - find somewhere else to work!! All of my employees complain about it initially, but everyone of them loves it when they try out the walk-behinds. Nothing beats a clean straight edge along all the walks and drives.
  2. hughmcjr

    hughmcjr LawnSite Member
    from Oregon
    Messages: 183

    Better and faster than a weedeater was what I initially said. I do not like the stihl stick edger I have that much. It seems short. I am only 5'10 and it seems you still have to bend over a bit with it. One thing that hasn't been mentioned is that although I do believe a good walk behind edger gives the best look, etc., chipping away at cement does happen and is inevitable. I am sure that will open a whole other can of worms with responses like, " what are you doing grinding against cement", etc.

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    Tilt the top away from the cement. That way you are not hitting the top edge.

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    Wow every 3-4 weeks with Bermuda, I believe you will love a stick edger. It is very quick to do every week and than the grass will always look neat. It will edge as fast as you can walk--if you do it weekly
  5. Hartnett Lawn Care

    Hartnett Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    Hi there...I work in RI but have a friend (customer in NY) who only gets her grass cut so she can have the nice edges on her driveway and sidewalk.

    Seems like whatever you use it is important to some people.
  6. anj

    anj LawnSite Member
    Messages: 167

    I Use The Stick Edger On All Yards That Have Drive Ways And Curbs. Only Use The Weedeater On The Yards That Have Be Edge With Weedeater By Previous Lco. I Train Anyone That Works With Me To Use The Stick Edger . The Old Heads Like To Use The Weedeater. Its Hard To Get Them To Use The Stick Edger. Its Much Easier For Me To Stick Edge When That Old Head Has Quit On Me That Thinks You Should Use The Weedeater To Do It.
  7. Gemini1971

    Gemini1971 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    Thanks for everyone's comments and advice. I have to say for me an edger will be a must for a quality LCO business. Now how to actually use one properly will be another story.. :p

  8. M and S Lawn Care

    M and S Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 612

    you shouldn't have much trouble using one.. haha. I love stick edgers. Ours broke the second mowing week this year so we used a walk-behind until this week, because I was finally un-lazy enough to get on line and order the flex shaft, which was the broken part. Came in three days. If I had only done that months ago..! It's a ryobi by the way.. so parts arent easy to find at dealers. Anyone want to give me a stihl or redmax?:confused:
  9. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 2,994

    I have a Husqvarna stick edger and love it. Much better than using a trimmer.
  10. KINGjosh

    KINGjosh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 531

    Yes Sir, mandatory for a nice sharp clean edge. True story: I do this yard next to this grass nut, who is crazy about his yard. He cuts it himself ferts. etc...
    And we would always some how cut at the same time. And my sh!t always looked better. He asked me what he was doing wrong, I said," Your technique is wrong brotha".
    Now he has the basic essential equip that will do the job, trimmer,stick edger, mower, blower.

    What he does not know is how to use them and in the proper manner.

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