Star Blade on Edger

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by grass_cuttin_fool, Feb 4, 2005.

  1. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    Well I recieved a new order of goodies yesterday and one thing I ordered was a star balde for my handheld edger. :rolleyes: Well I put it on and had trimmed about 20 feet of my side walk and the engine went ZZZZingggggggg and I look down and the blade isnt turning ;) It was a Ryobi that I had used for 2 seasons and it was cheap well not really it probably cost 1/2 what a good one would have. I still have my walkbehind edger to fall back on, but it is 10 years old. Instead of a new blower I may be in the market for a new stick edger and put the blower off till fall of the year. Im just wondering if that star blade was just too much for that edger or if I had just got the best use of it in 2 seasons? Has anyone else had a bad experience with the star blades?.
    Oh btw the Ryobi was a split boom trimmer and I could get another lower 1/2 for it or probably a new cable but I dont really see any use in sinking more money into it. I still have the weed trimmer 1/2 and can get some use from it around the house
  2. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    Yeah that would be my guess as I have them on our RedMax ones with no problem.
  3. packerbacker

    packerbacker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,433

    Buying a Ryobi anything is the first problem. Anything they put out is junk!
  4. Mycannon

    Mycannon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    First off you don't use a blade like that on a stick edger the shaft is a flex shaft and will not hold up to a blade like that even on a commercial stick.
  5. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    This edger has been used 1 and 1/2 seasons, starts on the 2-3rd pull each time and was abused alot cutting in new walks. Im not complaining I think it done very well to be a home owner model
  6. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    Interesting, I have been searching the sites and comparing. Tanaka are cable drives (8 layers), Echo (4layers) cable, John Deere flex shaft
    Stihl, redmax and Shindiawa are shaft drives
    Kawasaki didnt state how theirs are driven
  7. PTP

    PTP LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,398

    I doubt that the star blade did it. I had a Ryobi for a couple of years a while back and broke in the same place. I was going to change out the cable but as far as I can tell, they don't sell it.

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