McLain Edger

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DTM65, Apr 7, 2000.


    MRPLOW LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    I've had a few McLane edgers over the years. They always went aftre about 2 years due to engine failure. The last McLane I got had the 3.5 Briggs Industrial/commercial, with on/off swith, over sized fuel tank, and larger muffler. This machine has over 3 years on it and starts on the first pull every single day, I highly recommend it. I can edge very good with a string trimmer but it becomes very tiresome to edge with a string trimmer all day, and I can edge at power walking speed with my McLane, which I believe is faster for me.
  2. Gus

    Gus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    I don`t know what part of the country you guys are in but we use wheeled edgers more than<br>once a year. A stick eder is great for maintenance edging but worthless for establishing a new edge. A Mclane edger is good for homeowner use but every one I ever had usually fell apart either in use or on the trailer. I finally broke down a bought a Tanaka. Great machine and will cut through the most overgrown edge with ease. Personally <br>I use the wheeled edger year round. Its as fast as a stick edger and does a better job.<br>Sorry guys, but edging with a trimmer is like driving a nail with a skill saw and it usually looks like amatuer hour.
  3. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,979

    gus wrote:<p>&gt;Personally <br>I use the wheeled edger year round. Its as fast as a stick edger and does a better job.<br>Sorry guys, but edging with a trimmer is like driving a nail with a skill saw and it usually looks like amatuer hour. <br> <p>Damn, you must not have to edge beds out in the lawn or anything. Because rolling a heavy wheeled edger through a thick lawn would seem rather difficult and time consuming. As far as doing a better job....uhhhh I disagree.<br>
  4. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,411

    Hey gus, may I suggest you take your line trimmer out to a public park or somewhere so you can practice using it to edge, I can get a line along a sidewalk as good as, if not better than, a blade edger.<p>Around here, the sidewalks are made up of 3x5 slate or concrete slabs which shift over the eons and they rarely line up so you need a fudge factor which you can get with the trimmer that a wheeled edger could never do.<p>Bill
  5. Gus

    Gus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    Uneven walks aren`t a problem for me I just follow the countour of the cement or paver or whatever but then we each have our ways of doing things and carrying and using a wheeled edger works for me.
  6. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,144

    if you have xperience with a trimmer you can edge with it and make it look just as nice if not better than using a edger, i use a edger the first cut them string trimmer for the rest of the year. my edging is perfectly straight and even and i do it as fsat as i can walk... unlike a edger, a trimmer can acomadate for high edges and edges thata re far in from the cement... all the way areound string trimmers are much beter to egde with as long as you have the grove established
  7. grasscapeinc

    grasscapeinc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 175

    To answer your original question, the McMalne edger with the 3.5Briggs IP is<br>a excellent edger. It is McClanes top of the line, and sell for about $380 at the dealers. I actually got mine at the Home Depot like you were talking about. Great price. It is a very quiet, and sturdy machine. If it is what yoiu are looking for, then Get it!
  8. ChrisYanik

    ChrisYanik LawnSite Member
    from OHIO
    Messages: 50

    I've got a McClain Edger. It's a real piece. It's about 15 years old but the design is the same as the newer machines. My edger is on it's second engine. I bought the machine used for 40 bucks. I HATE THIS MACHINE. The bolts are always rattleing loose and the gaurd never wants to stay on. It's a very dangerous machine. I think I'm gonna throw this piece of junk against a wall and go buy a stick edger.
  9. tom

    tom LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    I agree with Gus! We use walk behind edgers everyday on most every property. On our bigger properties, the man that does the edging can complete it faster and better than trying a stick edger. We have tried stick edgers and have not had the guality edge we get with a walk behind. You guys might not agree, but I too can operate a string trimmer upside down and sideways but if you want a perfect edge use a walk behind. It works every time. My crews each carry one. when other cutters finally discovered my secret, the dealer said edger sales went up drasticly. <br>
  10. Toroguy

    Toroguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,075

    Chris,<br>You should make a cheap documentary of the thrashing of your edger against a wall. Sign me up for a copy of the tape.

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