Help me pick a new edger

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Richard Martin, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm in the market for a more powerful edger than my Stihl FC90. The Stihl FC90 is great for weekly maintenance. But from time to time I have to edge along concrete that hasn't been edged in years and the Stihl just doesn't have enough power in these instances. I would like to spend under $400. This new edger would probably only be used a few times a year. In some years it may not be used at all. It depends on the new accounts that I pick up. This new edger would just make things a little easier for me.

    I've been looking at the McLane 101 for $299 shipped.

  2. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2,768

    I'd look around good. I'm sure you can find one cheaper used. Heck, I have two. One I got in a trade with a friend and the other I cut a lawn for the edger. I had to spend $20 on a carb gasket set to redo the carb on the one and it runs perfect now. It's like new.
  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    I'm not looking for a used edger. Thank you anyway.
  4. Spring Valley Lawn Service

    Spring Valley Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Messages: 142

    Do you still have the stihl edger. If so buy a stihl solid shaft trimmer with more power and swap heads.
  5. macgyver_GA

    macgyver_GA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 826

    I know you're not looking for a used edger, but I saw a Tru-cut walk behind edger for sale around here recently that was in excellent condition. Has a honda gc135 engine on it. Only $200.

    If you're interested in it, he's right down the road from me. I could pick it up for you and we can arrange to get it to you.
  6. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,711

    if going mclaine-you must have the honda engine. it is much more reliable about going for long periods between uses. its got a fuel shutoff and can be run dry so the carb dosnt gum up. its well worth the extra $. starts one pull everytime.
  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    I actually bought a Stihl FC95 which is the straight shaft. I swapped the curved shaft from my old FC75 onto it. So yes, I've already tried that and it still comes up short on power. Thanks for a great idea though.
  8. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
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    I have an older 3 HP walk behind, and it doesn't really do anything that I can't do with my FS90R and the edger attachment. The straight shaft version has a lot of torque. That set up may not be quite as good for weekly edging as what you have now, but I've yet to find any edging I can't do with relative ease with it, and that includes a very large job I did last year that required edging back in several places up to 18" x 3.5" deep with it. Power was never an issue, but I did have to make two passes in places to get down all the way through the turf to the hard edge. I had to do the same thing though when using the WB, which is one reason why I quit using it. The other was the stick edger is just lighter and easier/faster to move around. I have several attachments for the 90 which makes it a far more useful tool to have than the WB edger that only sees very light use these days, and they are all almost as fast to change out to as the same attachments on the KM model.

    Edited to add:
    I see that you posted again while I was typing this that you have the FC90/straight shaft. Still, I have yet to find much advantage in a WB unless you have a LOT of long, straight line edging to do that isn't more than a couple inches deep.
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2012
  9. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    That sounds like a great idea and I may take advantage of that.
  10. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    Yeah, those are way out of the budget. In excess of $600.

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