Echo Stick or Yard Machine Push Edger

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by steve124, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. steve124

    steve124 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I am a homeowner but thought I would post here to get a professional opinion. I only need to edge my own 2 car driveway and some basic sidewalk and curb area and am needing an edger.

    I can get the Echo PE200 Stick at HomeDepot for $200 or the Yard Machine 3.5 HP push edger at Menards for the exact same price. I know Yard Machine is a cheaper quality brand but I was thinking that maybe the increase in power might be good.
    I've read that the sticks are enough power for my application but I am still wondering which direction to go.
    I"ve never edged before and am guessing the time spent won't be that much different on my small job. I want something that will do a good job and have read the pushers don't do well on curves but I don't have any.
    I figure for the same amount of money, I would get the bigger one.

    What should I get?
  2. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    get an echo weedeater, you being the homeowner will not use the edger that much, you can use a weedeater as an edger and then you will have the function of a weedeater....

    2 tools in one
  3. steve124

    steve124 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I already have a very nice Snapper weedeater so I'm not looking for a combo.
    I was just wondering if the Echo edger will do as good of a job as the pusher or will I be battling the Echo edger.
  4. TheLawnBarber

    TheLawnBarber LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 539

    For your small area of edging the Echo would be perfect. I think it would be a hassle to get the bulkey walk-behind edger out every week.
  5. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 2,994

    I totally agree with TheLawnBarber. Much easier and faster to grab the Echo and edge than to get the cumbersome walk-behind out. Go with the Echo.

    RICHIE K LawnSite Senior Member
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  7. WJW Lawn

    WJW Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,330

    stick stick stick!
  8. Mark in MD

    Mark in MD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    If the edge already exists, and you plan on keeping up with it, go stick. If it is over-grown, or may become over-grown at some point, go with the bigger belt-driven one. That's because the centrifigal clutch in the stick edger will slip when trying to dig out all that dirt along the over-grown edge.

    If you can rent or borrow a belt-driven edger to get it done the first time, do that. Then buy a stick.
  9. unit28

    unit28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,554

    If you're a homeowner, just borrow your neighbors
    stick edger.
  10. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    I would look into the wb edger in this case or a larger echo unit. The PE200 is almost worthless and lacks power IMHO.

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