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first stick edger.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LAWnENFORCER, Mar 27, 2002.

  1. LAWnENFORCER

    LAWnENFORCER LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    I just used my first stick edger today. It's a Echo pe-2400. I know there are many who say they can do just as good or better w/ a trimmer, but I must say this thing will pay for itself fast. I edged a yard today that normally takes me 10 minutes. With the Echo it took me 3. For those of you out there who are not "master trimmers" like LGF; get a stick edger.

    Just wanted to brag a liitle.

    KB LAWN SERVICE
    CENTRAL TEXAS
     
  2. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    I'm pretty good with a trimmer, but nothing can compare to a stick edger. At least now with bermuda.

    Stihl stick edger is the way to go for me.
     
  3. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,872

    I am fully proficient with both a stick edger and string trimmer. A stick edger is best for hard edges (e.g. where grass meets concrete) and a string trimmer is best for soft edges (e.g. where grass meets a flowerbed).

    The string trimmer will make a more crisp edge than the stick edger will on soft edges and if you are good at it, you can always go faster with a string trimmer. But a string trimmer will NEVER do as good a job on hard edges as a metal blade will (e.g. stick edger).

    The stick edger will make a great edge in either case, don't get me wrong. They're great. And your edges will look just fine if you do them all with a stick edger. But I just prefer the edges to be as crisp as possible and soft edges just look a tad better when done properly with a string trimmer.
     
  4. LAWnENFORCER

    LAWnENFORCER LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    Jim,

    I agree with you on the flower beds. It is a little difficult to run a stick edger on any type of grass. In TX most of the nicer, irrigated lawns have st. augistine. St. Aug. is a hard grass with thick roots and a string trimmer usually will not make crisp, clean edge; unless you edge a couple of times.

    I guess it really boils down to how good one is w/ a triimer and more importantly, what type of trimmer is being used.
     
  5. TJLC

    TJLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,308

    I for one am NOT very good at edging with a string trimmer, I admit, thats why I own and use a stick edger. (Echo PE2400) It's one of those tools I should have bought a long time ago but didn't think I had any use for it. Boy was I wrong, I'm wearing that thing out.
     
  6. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,872

    KB Lawn and others,

    Be sure to change that blade OFTEN on your stick edger. Especially if you are using it a lot against hard edges. We change ours twice a week, or about every 40 lawns.

    If you don't change the blade often the edge quality goes down. If you don't believe me, just try edging half of a lawn with the older blade then switch to a new one half way through. BIG difference!
     
  7. AltaLawnCare

    AltaLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 961

    I just got to play with my new FS85 split boom edger, works great.

    I couldn't ever have gotten that good of an edge with a trimmer. :rolleyes:
     
  8. johnhenry

    johnhenry LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 488

    Stick edgers are the way to go. Like Jim said change the blade alot.Down here in the ozarks if I get 20 lawns out of a blade I am lucky.
     

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