8 Best Lawn Edgers | March 2017
- 9-inch dual-tip steel blade
- 6 position adjustable blade height
- a bit underpowered for heavy use
- comes with two batteries
- flip-down wheel for precision use
- continuous feed string spool
- long shaft with in-line grip
- charges in as little as 20 minutes
- 5-year limited warranty
- 12-inch cutting diameter
- easily converts between functions
- lightweight at just 6 pounds
|Model||20V Battery + Charger I|
- built-in cord retention
- lightweight yet efficient
- perfect for homes with smaller yards
Lawn Trimmers Versus Lawn Edgers: Is There Really A Difference?
There are not many other lawn tools confused with each other as often as lawn edgers and lawn trimmers. Both of these tools are used to get at hard to reach areas of your lawn to help you achieve a neater lawn with a professionally manicured look. While the mechanics of lawn trimmers and edgers are basically the same, and they are both used to clean up what a mower misses, they have different applications.
Lawn trimmers have a rotating head that spins in a horizontal motion when used as intended. Most often they have some type of string or plastic cord as the cutting object, but there are also models with metal or plastic blades. Ones with strings and cords used for cutting are also commonly called string trimmers. Lawn trimmers are best suited for chopping weeds growing close to walls, trees, and other objects that prevent you from using a mower. They are also used for trimming grass and brush on slopes, in ditches, and any other area where it would be unfeasible to use a mower.
Lawn edgers on the other hand, have rotating heads that spin in a vertical motion. Edgers most often use metal or plastic blades for cutting, but there are models that use strings. The main use of an edger is to cut grass that hangs over driveways, plant beds, or any type of hard surface where growing grass would be unsightly. An edger will leave a tiny gap between the grass and the area you want grass free. They help you obtain that beautiful lawn that is normally only achieved when hiring a professional lawn care company.
Lawn trimmers, while not ideally suited for, can often be used for edging when held in a vertical orientation, but it would be nearly impossible to use an edger for lawn trimming.
Types Of Lawn Edgers
Lawn edgers can be manual, gas powered, or electrically powered. Manual options are only suitable for homeowners who have a small area that needs to be edged, otherwise you will find yourself spending considerably more time on edging than you have to.
Electrically powered models are an environmentally friendly approach to edging and are more than suitable for the average homeowner. They can be powered via a battery or by being continuously plugged in. Battery powered models tend to be less powerful than models which stay plugged in, and both types of electrical models are generally less powerful than their gas-powered counterparts. Electrical models are significantly quieter than gas-powered models though and require less maintenance.
After deciding on an electrically-powered or gas-powered edger, you'll notice that they come in single wheel models and multi-wheel models. They do make lawn edgers without wheels that require you to keep them elevated the whole time, but they should generally be avoided as it will be harder to get perfectly straight lines. Nearly all single wheel models require you to push them along, but they are significantly lighter and easier to maneuver than multi-wheel models.
Multi-wheel edgers will usually have either three or four wheels and, while heavier than single wheel models, they are more stable and many are self-propelled. With a multi-wheel model, there is less chance of straying off your line and you'll experience less user fatigue as you won't need to hold up one end of the edger the entire time. If trying to make tight circles or edging around a lot of unusually shaped garden beds, a multi-wheel model can be more of a hindrance than a help, as you'll have to tilt the entire unit onto either its back wheels or front wheels for repositioning.
Using A Lawn Edger Safely
Lawn edgers use spinning blades or cords rotating at exceptionally high speeds to cut through grass and weeds. This can make them very dangerous if used incorrectly or without taking the proper safety precautions. If the blade or cord comes into contact with anything other than grass and dirt, it can cause significant injury.
Your first step should be to clear all debris from the area to be cut, this includes sweeping away all small rocks and sticks. If the blade or cord hits a small rock, it can send it hurtling through the air at great speeds. Most edgers have some kind of guard to prevent this, but it is still possible. Since it is easy to accidentally miss some small rocks when sweeping, you should never edge with children, pets, or any other people in close proximity.
Never ever turn your back on a running edger or walk away from it. If you walk away from one, it is possible for a curious animal or small child to walk up to the machine and accidentally hurt themselves. Many people often leave multi-wheeled models running and walk in front of them to open a gate, but this is a bad idea. It is possible that an edger could roll forward a few inches and catch your pants in the spinning mechanism.
In addition, you should always wear pants to protect your legs, closed-toed shoes to protect your feet, and safety glasses to protect your eyes.