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My forman and I have a never ending arguement on which style of power edger is best.I prefer the standard walk behind where as he prefers the stick edger. Before I buy my next edger how about some feed-back.
I've used a WB edger my whole mowing life (17 years, since I was 15 y.o.), but my next edger will be a stick edger. It appears the speed/maneuverability factor will save me several minutes a job, and that adds up...
I guess it really depends on what you're doing. Here, in central Florida, we edge pretty much every week, so a stick edger is the best way to go. If you don't edge all that often and you have to deal with heavy over-growth on drives and walks, the push edger is probably best.
I agree with JAY and TGC on this one, they covered why each is better than the other.
The point I want to bring up is if its your foreman and employees that are going to be using it than you should get equipment that they are comfortable with using, so they'll be happy with it. It'll get the job done a lot better, I gurantee it!!
I know some companies, as a morale booster and to make their employees feel more like a part of the team, they let them have a major role in choosing new equipment. I wouldn't let it go too far, but if you narrow the decision down to a couple machines, it wouldn't hurt to let your foreman decide which one to purchase.
I use a stick edger and love it! I can run behing the thing. Saves lots of time! I run with a Lesco 2500, if you get one make sure to remove the spark arester located in the muffler (looks like a screen) It will get clogged and reduce hp. Blades are easy and quick to replace! That's just my 2 cents worth----hope it helps.
One thing you should consider when choosing a stick edger over a walk behind edger is the machine's life span. Obviously you'll get many more hours of use with a well built walk behind edger were-as the 2-cycle engine on a stick edger will wear out faster.
I've used both types of edgers and both have there pro's and con's but for the most part......I think i'd prefer the stick edger over the walk behind edger.