Straight shaft edgers

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by unkownfl, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. A Leaf Above

    A Leaf Above LawnSite Member
    Messages: 223

    I use stihl 110s with straight shaft and i love them ...The dealer i use here also has different blades that are actually used for different applications ....Straight shaft has a steel shaft were as the curved edger uses a cable to drive the head .....Personally i like the straight shaft ..
  2. GreenT

    GreenT LawnSite Fanatic
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    This is how we roll.... :)


    And for big jobs, we pull out the big guns....



  3. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    Tell me that faster than the gas powered models. :rolleyes:
  4. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,638

    No but he makes up for the time with the savings in oil and gas and blades:rolleyes:
  5. Sacredwaters

    Sacredwaters LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    I used a curved shaft edger. I am actually using the short pole hedger in a pinch (yup and it works great actually) and a trimmer with an edger blade above a fixed line string head. Remove the strings and you have an edger, put them in and you have a stringer/brush clear master machine. I tend to run with the edger backwards to clean out the line and/or forward just to get a fine edge fast. I make my lines then round them off with the trimmer. It takes more time to beat out the line with a trimmer alone and will not deal with SA runners very well. It can be done. I plan to try the edgit with a 30cc Maruyama, still shopping. That may be a good all in oner. I get massive accounts because of my edges. OF COURSE they want the same price, but there you go, I still win, I still average 30-50 per hour and I just enjoy doing it anyhow. My Shindiawa edger finally died. As for putting a metal blade on a 45 degree head, BEWARE, it takes practice and a little handle adjustments to work. It will travel and it will cause serious damage to edges and shrubs, not for the faint of heart. It works for now. I am in the market for a new edger, but can get by without one. Get a light weight edger, I am looking at the Kawasaki combo now, and always trace all beds and hard surfaces. Makes trimming a breeze if needed at all. If you use something like a 30" toro and edge at a slight back angle to dress the top edge of the grass 'edge' your trimmer will be better used for cleaning beds and touch ups. You can not get to all edges with a trimmer without hitting plants. I suggest you make a new line far away from any sprinkler heads if possible and go ahead and clean out any roots by hand or at least make sure its a root you are bashing into.
  6. rbljack

    rbljack LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 731

    x2. I have both a curved shaft stihl edger, and the 3 hp edger on wheels. The one one wheels sits in the garage most of the time. the problem is that it works great if you have LOTS of edging to do, and its all along sidewalks and driveways. BUT....if you have to edge along a curb, its a waste of time. The stick edger works better under those conditions, and is easier to transport.
  7. rob7233

    rob7233 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    The only benefit to a conventional edger is if you are constantly having to clean up edges that have not been maintained. Even then, I would have a tough time not picking one of the heavier stick edgers instead.

    I just couldn't see why to use a conventional edger when I have the biggest Stihl edger (FC110 engine) mated to a curved shaft instead of the straight shaft that was on it originally. (Stihl did not offer the FC100 in my region at the time).
    Overgrown grass growing a foot or more over the sidewalk? No longer a problem with this badboy. Preferred the curved shaft since the straight shaft had me walking up on the grass till I learned to hold off to the side. Still then it didn't feel natural.
  8. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Green T

    I see you choice of equipment isn't unlike your politics.

  9. GreenT

    GreenT LawnSite Fanatic
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    As American you have the right to be stupid. :waving:

  10. PappasPM

    PappasPM LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    Staight shaft for me forever. Ive seen alot of curved edgers that the metal at the curve was worn threw by the cable. + its easyer to edge next to a car parked close to a curb. Staight shaft edger on my km130 and i run with it. lol

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