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Stick Edger Vs. RedMax Reciprocator

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TheKingNJ, May 4, 2004.

  1. TheKingNJ

    TheKingNJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 781

    I've worked at a golf course for 4 years now(still there part time) and we use a RedMax Reciprocator for all edging. I can cut like crazy with these things, I do all the flowerbeds there and cut 58 sand traps 2 times a year.
    But anyway i've been getting flower bed jobs like crazy and i've been borrowing the Reciprocator from the golf course but now since i'm getting so much work I want to buy something.
    So i'm wondering since I have never used a stick edger should I get a stick edger to do flower beds or get a reciprocator(thing costs a small fortune). What is the difference between the two. I know the stick edger is faster but does it do as good of a job when renovating flower beds? how are they on really over grown beds and when making new beds. Which one should I get. How come I don't see any lawn guys with them? How come I don't see any other companies that make them other then Redmax?
    Thanks Guys



  2. Turf Technologies

    Turf Technologies LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 587

    Id think a Reciprocator can clean up an over grown bed faster then a stick edger. Myself when I edge a new home that hasnt been done in months , I have to go over it a few times witg asn edger. I to worked on a golf course and we used those too. Couldnt you change heads on that and make it a string trimmer as well?
  3. TheKingNJ

    TheKingNJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 781

    come on guys i need some more answers.
    what should i get?
  4. rookiemower

    rookiemower LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    king i don't get what your saying. i think your talking about re-edging flower and mulch beds, for that application i dont think the stick edger would work especially for new beds. i can see how the saw one worked, because it has a blade, but the stick edger probally wont have enough power:)
  5. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Messages: 4,350

    Umm... I would go with an edger because of a safety standpoint. You hit a rock or something that what crazy thing and it will send it flying because it doesnt have a guard like an edger does. Just my 2 cents. Get an edger with atleast a 26cc engine and you wont run into any problems.
  6. LakeWeeds

    LakeWeeds LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

  7. Jaeger

    Jaeger LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    Go with a high end edger from the likes of RedMax or Echo. I even like Robins edger. Its got a very heavy duty gear/shroud/blade area, although alittle on the weak powerplant side. I like Huskys also, which I believe make a Recip.
  8. traman

    traman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 712

  9. kmann

    kmann LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 298

    The Stihl 110 is the most powerful stick edger out there.
  10. ed2150

    ed2150 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 174

    If you're interested in the RedMax Reciprocator, Kawasaki has a trimmer attachment called the Twin Turbo Blade you should look at.....instead of reciprocating like a hedge trimmer one blade turns clockwise and the other turns counter-clockwise.

    I've got one and I really like it.

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