how to edge shallow stilh kombisystem stick edger fcs

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by proudx, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. proudx

    proudx LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    I've worked really hard leveling out my lawn and do not wish to erod the edges of sand with my stick edger. Whats the best way to work a stick edger so that it is shallow but effective. The manual says the stick edger shouldn't go lower than .20" below soil surface, however, unless I duck as I edger and hold it very far back on the back wheel, I really can't get it higher than about 1 to 1.5" above the soil.

    will a shaft extension help, or is a shaft extension more used on say pole pruner/trimmer.
  2. Mowbizz

    Mowbizz LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 970

    Your statement doesn't make much sense..."2 tenths of an inch" deep???
    That's obiously, wrong. Then you say "1 to 1.5" above the soil" ????
    Makes no sense at all...:hammerhead::hammerhead::hammerhead:
  3. Whitey4

    Whitey4 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,448

    Sand as opposed to soil? In any case, I edge about an inch deep with my stick edger. Then I blow whatever soil it pulled up back onto the lawn. Continue to do that and that soil will make any erosion problems a moot point. You could try using a shorted blade on the edger, but that lowers the blade tip speed, and then uncut grass will droop over onto the walkways.

    I found that my Redmax stick edger left too many blades of grass uncut and protruding over the edge. I went to a slightly longer blade and that solved that problem.
  4. proudx

    proudx LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    the manual for stilh says not to edge deeper than .20", no kidding. I think 1inch is reasonable. Sand, sure I could use soil, but I have found sand much easier to get a smooth flat surface than top soil. I use a levelawn tool to spread it over a heavly aerated clay soil to mix the soil profiles. the river sand fills the holes, improves drainage and levels surface and works very well.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    well i just use my trimmer for edging. it a bit tough for the first cut but its really quick and easy to mantain
  6. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    I have topdressed my lawn with will be fine edging as you would have if you didnt topdress.

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