edger keeps clogging

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cutrite, Apr 6, 2005.

  1. cutrite

    cutrite LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    I just bought an Echo power edger model PE-200. I don't like it at all. It kept clogging every other minute. My blower and trimmer are stihl's but the Echo dealer is 3 minutes from my house,boy I think I made a mistake. I plan on taking it back.Am I the only one that had this experience.Please give me some input.
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Most stickedgers are known to clog. Stihl is about the only one that is known to never clog. It is probably just too wet to edge for you, right now. Do yourself a favor and hold off on it a bit. It will make it easier AND it will have better results.
  3. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    i cut the outside of the blade case off .....this seems to have helped a bunch with clogging

  4. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,640

    You may be going too deep to. Shorten up the cut and see if that helps. My Shindy doesn't clog too often, except for when the edge is WAY over grown.
  5. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 963

    If its clogging it's too wet. Try just getting the grass cut until it dries out, then go deeper on next stops as the ground dries out. All stick edgers will do this. I just got an echo unit too and its not the edger.
  6. nt1

    nt1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    I cut off the outsides of the plastic blade cases as well, I just leave about 1/4" lip on there. The newer higher end edgers come without an enclose blade case. Also that pe-200 is a little under-powered for commercial use but it will not clog nearly as often if you open up that case.
  7. jaguar4000

    jaguar4000 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    my thoughts exactly. Adjust the wheel. I have the same echo edger and it never clogs on thick bahia or st augustine. Think it did clog once but this was b/c I was edging an overgrown drive.
  8. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995

    Not a good idea liability wise.

    As others have mentioned you are going to deep in wet soil. And Stihl's will do that too. Mine does and every one I have ever used does if you try to edge deep in wet soil.
  9. Mac B.

    Mac B. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146

    I have the Stihl FC 85 and do not have a problem with clogging. I also have edged right after a rain and it does not clogg. I have centipede grass, don't know if grass type would make a difference in clogging.

  10. Spirit Lanwcare

    Spirit Lanwcare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 86


    You bought a HOMEOWNER Echo edger. Of course it's going to clog. What freakin dealer sold you a homeowner edger for commercial use? You can't buy a decent commercial edger for $200-$220!

    You need to go back to that dealer and pay the difference and get the PE-230 or PE-260. Completely different commercial units with plenty of power!

    PS...If it's used.. good luck getting the dealer to take it back unless you buy something else in it's place.

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