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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by moneyclass, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. moneyclass

    moneyclass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    Was wondering what you like better.......a walk behind edger or a stick edger?
  2. FoghornLeghorn

    FoghornLeghorn LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 753

    I can't think of a single instance where anyone would ACTUALLY prefer to use a huge 3.5HP walk behind edger instead of a stick edger. They're heavy, hard to maneuver, take up a ton of space on a trailer. Maybe I'm living in a bubble, but I just can't see their use anymore.
  3. lawnkingforever

    lawnkingforever LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,280

    I tend to agree. I had an older wb edger and sold it a few months ago. It came in handy for really overgrown sidewalks. I also used it in the spring for the first edging on some of my larger properties. This edger along with some other seldom used equipment had to go to free up space in one of my sheds.
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  4. Aaronnc

    Aaronnc LawnSite Senior Member
    from Zone 7B
    Messages: 354

    I can think of quite a few. A local high school with 14k feet of sidewalks. (Almost 3 miles.) You gonna edge with stick edgers? I doubt it, unless you have 8 people doing it. Plus sometimes, you might catch a property that has those funky 12 inch tall curbs, and yeah, your gonna need a wheeled one for that. The Tanaka TLE-600 is the one I see the most, maybe a little wonder or McClane here and there.

    While I agree wholeheartedly, that for 90% of jobs, your gonna want stick edger, but there are definitely properties that exist that has me wanting a wheeled one badly.
  5. moneyclass

    moneyclass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    Thanks everyone for the info...

    Any certain name brands you recommend? Echo or Stihl?
  6. Aaronnc

    Aaronnc LawnSite Senior Member
    from Zone 7B
    Messages: 354

    Myself, I like the Stihl FC 90 (curved shaft: higher blade speed) or FC 110 (straight shaft: slower blade speed; higher torque). Experience with both, and they are both great. Highly recommended.

    I've been really wanting to check out the new Redmax HEZ3060S also, but haven't yet. It looks great on paper. (If anyone has this one, hit me up with some info!)

    No experience with Echo or Shindaiwa, (edgers that is).. etc..... can't help you there.
  7. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,510

    My advice is get the most powerful stick edger you can afford. There is absolutely no need for a walk behind edger if you have a powerful stick edger.
  8. clydebusa

    clydebusa Inactive
    Messages: 1,660

    You live in a bubble, walk behind is easier on my back.
  9. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,539

    You need both kind's. A walk behind for that initial edge and then a stick to maintain it.
  10. douglee25

    douglee25 LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 298

    I use a walk behind edger for the initial cut in the spring time. I maintain it with trimmer used on the side. The key to using a trimmer when edging is to use it from the sidewalk or curb side, not the grass side. Many people who use it on the grass side tend to remove more and more 'edge' every cut which ultimately turns that nice edge into a trench. Customers hate the trench!


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