Noob Edger Question

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mastruck04, May 16, 2010.

  1. mastruck04

    mastruck04 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    I'm just starting out and have only a few small lawns. I want to stand out from my competition and from what I've seen no one edges. I would like to offer this to my customers and set myself apart.

    I haven't used and edger before, but I'm pretty handy with my trimmer. Would you recommend a walk behind or a stick edger? I only would have around driveways to worry about.

    What brands should I be looking at? I dont need top of the line at this point, but dont want crap either.

    Thanks for the input.
  2. jhawk60

    jhawk60 LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Messages: 241

    Walk behind edgers are much quicker for establishing an edge where there is a lot of overgrowth, stick edgers are much quicker for maintaining an established edge.

    In your position, with just a few lawns, I would go with a walk behind.
  3. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    Stick edgers are only faster if you arent very skilled with a walkbehind.
  4. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 9,497

    Are you talking about asphalt driveways? If so, you don't want to be using an edger on them but instead turn your string trimmer on edge.
  5. B Gillespie

    B Gillespie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    Stihl FC75 is one of the best and priced at about $300. Used models go for 125-175.

    If you're cutting a lot of overgrown edges, look into the straight shaft models. They spin about half as fast; switch to the 4 sided Oregon blade after the edge is established for the cleanest cut.
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  6. mastruck04

    mastruck04 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    Is there a brand to steer towards or away from that matter? I've seen some used with 2 hp engines? Is that enough HP?
  7. clean_cut

    clean_cut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,327

    I might also look on craigslist for used edgers, I use a stick edger but it sometimes is difficult to make new edges. I can't really suggest which is better because I 've haver use a walk behind edger.
  8. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    I've actually got both a stick edger (straight shaft) and a walk behind edger. The walkbehind is a "yard machines" and actually does a pretty good job and has been running for quite a few years. My stick edger is a Stihl, but I just got that over the winter, so I haven't used it much.

    If you are just going to be doing driveways then the stick edger would probably be the best choice. When looking for a good edger, check out the major brands (stihl, echo, redmax, shindaiwa, etc). It just depends on what your favorite dealer carries.
  9. Merkava_4

    Merkava_4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,334

    Are you edging against concrete or asphalt?
  10. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,142

    flip your trimmer upside down.

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