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Stick Edger vs. Wheeled Edger

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by theminigardener7, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. theminigardener7

    theminigardener7 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    I am wondering the difference of quality between the two. I currently have a wheeled edger because I grew up with them and the popular brand. Anyways I still looked into them but obviously the only way to really know is by using them. Also, my dealer said that the wheeled were better(probably because of the price) because the stick edgers were unwieldy and awkward. Thoughts would be appreciated!

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,780

    I've used both and as much as I like push edgers, I now prefer stick edgers because they are quicker to use and produce just as good of an edge in my opinion. Hope this helps.
  3. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,378

    I bought the Echo PAS 265 along with the stick edger option. Works pretty well as long as the edges are not heavily overgrown. If edges are heavily overgrown and you need to do sod cutting it becomes work. :cry:

    Bought the Tanaka TLE-600 last fall at a 25% discount and it will quickly blow through heavily overgrown edges in less than half the time with way less physical effort IMO. :)

    Others will say they can edge just as well with a string trimmer once an edge is established. Lots of debate on that.

    The Mantis tiller with the edger attachment works fairly well on curved concrete edging especially on inside radius curves.
  4. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    I'm a big fan of stick edgers.

    The stihl Four-mix is my favorite because the torque is enough to bust through tough edges with ease.
  5. 4.3mudder

    4.3mudder LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,227

    Stick all the way. Less time to load unload. Very quick and easy to use. Very maneuverable, espesially around curbs and tight corners, and you don't have to go as slow with a stick edge because you can constanly change the articulation of the head at the ground. I would never use a push edger again for all these reasons.
  6. LawnGuy73

    LawnGuy73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    I've used both, I like the stick edger myself. Mostly because we us the PAS products from Echo.
  7. Tommy Boy

    Tommy Boy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 220

    Stick edger no question about it. Easy to secure in the rack, easy to work on, easy to use. Our company policy is that line trimmer will not be used as an edger unless the stick edger goes down. So they work the stick edgers every day. My question to the group is this:

    Stright Shaft: More torque at the head

    Curved Shaft: Less Tourque,
  8. LawnGuy73

    LawnGuy73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    Only strait shaft here........
  9. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    Another vote for a stick edger. Retire the wheeled edger for new properties with overgrown edges.

    Power is your friend with a stick edger, I have a Sthil FC95 and really like it, plenty of power, you can even step up to the FC110. Redmax also makes some large edgers, straight shaft too.

    As for straight Vs. the curved shaft... The jury is out for me. I think my old Echo curved shaft was more ergonomic/more comfortable to use. The straight shaft does require it to be held differently, and I'm tall with long arms, yes it's awquard. But the power it has to blow through just about anything makes up for it.

    It would take me 4 times as long to edge some of my properties with a wheeled edger, and doing curbs with them is tough, at least when the curbs vary in height and style along a run!
  10. JPsDuramax

    JPsDuramax LawnSite Senior Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 346

    Here's a vote for the stick edger. I found its much quicker than the wheeled edger. The nice thing about the wheeled edger is if you have an overgrown edge. I have done many foreclosures that wished I had a wheeled edger or at least a straight shaft. The curved one works well but is not quite as powerful.

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