Trimmer to EDGE with?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Doogiegh, Jun 3, 2003.

  1. Doogiegh

    Doogiegh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    Which trimmer do you find it best to EDGE with?

    My current trimmer is a Ryobi and it's what I started with. Although it has been said that Ryobi is ****, and I can see that it is, I have *NOT* been able to kill this thing for nothing! It just keeps on running.

    Well, anyway, on starting it last week, the pull-cord ripped out of the re-coil. So I have to fix that (if it is even fixable haha)

    So I'm looking for a new "REAL" trimmer.

    What I loved is that the Ryobi had the famous split-boom so I could turn the head 90 degrees and use it to edge with, all the while holding the machine in the same way I do as when trimming. I could walk around an entire property and switch back and forth from edger to trimmer in 2 seconds time, and it worked great. And using .95 line, it put down some great edges that are easy to maintain.

    So what do you recommend as a trimmer that is also easy to edge with? Thanks!

  2. jsr2741

    jsr2741 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 392

    Stihl FS 80. I've got a Honda umk431 I like trimming with better but it can not edge worth a hoot. The Stihl is a good solid trimmer and does a great job at edging, has a better head design too.
  3. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,062

    I had the same Ryobi with all the attachments that I just couldn't seem to kill. Well, I finally did. I bought a Stihl FS 85 R. It's a great trimmer. But I'm afraid you'll be a bit disappointed for a while coming from the Ryobi. The rotation option, attachments and most of all...clockwise head rotation are all features I miss.

    You may want to take a look at the split boom offering from the major companies. In ABC order, Echo, Redmax, Shindawia and Stihl all offer them. But other than the attachments, I "think" you still loose the other features I miss.
  4. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Messages: 1,878

    Shindaiwa T-270. Leave the edger at home. 'Nuff said.
  5. BobR

    BobR LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 714

    I use the Echo SB260, Bump Head and (believe it or not) an 'edgit' I got the edgit almost as a lark, just to see what all the fuss is about, well the darn thing is great.. 260 has enough muscle to spin the extra line when trimming and the edgit guide makes edging a real snap plus it cut down on a good share of the junk flying around the operator when using it.
    NOTE I do not spend all day behind the trimmer, if I did I would have to reevaluate because the edgit does add a lot of weight at the end of the shaft.
  6. Westbrooklawn

    Westbrooklawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 426

    husqvarna 323l .......light, powerful, you can run it all day...
  7. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    Any good "commercial " straight shaft (I have Echo) trimmer with and edgit. teach yourself to trim and edge with you right hand controling the head and your left hand the throttle, and learn to "follow the edge".

  8. turfcare

    turfcare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 276

    Stihl FS-85
  9. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    I have a Stihl FS80 trimmer but could not learn to edge with it. I got a used Echo SRM2400SB split boom with a hedge trimmer attachment for $140 (for unit and hedger) and bought an edger attachment for $99. I leave the edger on all the time and trim with Stihl and edge with Echo. Works great, plenty of power on established edges and it does OK for new edges. Most of my jobs only need edged every other week but if they needed it weekly I'd possibly consider getting an Edgit instead, to save time switching machines and cold starting the Echo.

  10. Jimbo

    Jimbo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,093

    Stihl FS85RT with edger attachment.


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