When you purchase lawn equipment, one of the most valuable pieces is the edger which actually has a long, distinguished history in lawn care. For those who want a very neat, trim appearance to their lawn, the edger is a must-have device.
Originally a lawn implement, the gas powered edger was first developed in the 1940s. Today, there are four different types of edging devices that are used on lawns around the world.
What is an Edger?
The definition of an edger is a device designed to separate the lawn from the sidewalk, curb and driveway. The result is a neat, clean appearance of the lawn as removes any grass or weed that might have been sitting on the paved surface.
An edging device could be described as a weed eater that sits sideways, but that only goes so far. The overall construction of an edger is such that it drives down into the grass, weeds and dirt in order to provide a proper edge to the lawn. While there are certain weed eaters that are built to edge as well, a dedicated edger is a much sturdier, more reliable device.
Typically, an edger has a long handle and blades that are set vertically instead of horizontally like a weed eater. Next to the blades is a wheel that allows the user to not only guide the edger, but also set the depth of the edging as well. The result will be a simple, neat cut into the lawn next to the curb, driveway and sidewalks that gives the property a very neat, clean appearance.
What Makes the Best Edger?
First and foremost, it is the best device to do the type of job that needs to be done on the lawn. An edger needs to be the following:
- Easy to Control
- Intuitive to Use
- Easy to Repair or Replace
Considering the type of work that it has to accomplish, durability and toughness should be at the top of the list for an edger. While most of the machine itself will generally not get stressed because it should ride smoothly on the wheel, the cutting blades and motor will undergo considerable stress as it cuts down into the lawn itself.
An edging device needs to be intuitive to use and easy to control because precision is the key to obtaining a neat, clean trim of the lawn.
The Different Types of Best Edger Devices
There are four basic types of edging devices that you will want to compare in order to find the one that works best for your needs.
The traditional gas powered edger will look something like a traditional lawn mower at first. However, it will have the blade on the side and in the vertical position. A gas powered edger will provide plenty of power and control, but are generally on the more expensive side as they are best suited for medium to large properties.
A typical gas powered edger has either a pull or key start and will operate in many ways like a typical lawn mower. You simply need to maneuver the edger along the paved surface, set the blade into the lawn and start going forward. If you value power, performance and size to handle a large property, then this is the best edger for your needs.
The best of the gas powered edging devices are as follows:
|McLane 801 5.50GT Briggs & Stratton 9-Inch Gas Powered Lawn Edger With 8" Ball Bearing Wheels||3.5HP / 4.75GT||$$$$||4.2|
|Troy-Bilt TB516 EC 29cc 4-Cycle NO MIX OIL AND GAS Wheeled Edger with JumpStart Technology||29cc 4-Cycle||$$||2.9|
|McLane 4G-7-P 9-Inch 4HP Honda Gas Powered Lawn Edger (CARB Compliant)||4HP 4-Cycle||$$$$||4.5|
The electric edger is one that uses a long cord plugged into a wall outlet for its power. Most of these devices will appear similar in size and shape to a typical electric weed eater. The major difference is that the electric edger will have one or two wheels to help guide the blade or cutting tool as you travel along the paved surface.
Electric edging devices tend to be very lightweight because they have no motor, only the blade, wheels, and long handle so you can maneuver the unit. On the plus side, the electric edger is very lightweight, easy to maneuver and perfect for smaller lawns and properties with less paved space. However, as with any electrical lawn device the cord can get in the way. Plus, they are not well suited for larger properties.
The best of the electric powered edging devices are as follows:
|Black & Decker LE750 Edge Hog 2-1/4 HP Electric Landscape Edger||2-1/4 HP||$||4.3|
|Earthwise Corded Lawn Edger||11 Amp, 120-Volt/60 Hz, 4,200 RPM Motor||$||4.6|
|GreenWorks 27032 12 Amp Corded Edger||12 Amp, 2HP||$||4.2|
|Toro 51480 Corded 14-Inch Electric Trimmer/Edger||5 Amp||$||3.9|
The battery powered edger uses a small, but powerful battery to power the device as it works its way across paved surfaces. There are some battery powered edging devices that double as weed eaters by simply turning the blades or cutting string from the vertical to horizontal positions. However, dedicated battery powered edging devices tend to be tougher and more durable.
The best part of these types of devices is that they are easy to start and operate while being free of that annoying electrical cord. However, they are also heavier than an electrical edger and are best suited for small to medium size properties. If this fits your needs, then this is the best edger for your property.
The best of the battery powered edging devices are as follows:
This is the traditional type of edger that is the lawn implement. It usually consists of a single, large blade at the end of a long handle. You place the blade next to the pavement and then place your foot atop the blade and push down into the earth. Or, you run a circular blade next to the pavement just like a standard powered edger. Simple, neat and effective, the traditional edger has been in use for centuries.
Naturally, you’ll never run out of gas or battery power or accidentally cut your extension cord. However, this type of edging device does take a considerable amount of strength to use and is only well suited for small lawns with a limited amount of edging to do.
The best of the standard, no motor edging devices are as follows:
|Poulan PP1000E 7-Inch Pro Lawn Edger Attachment||$||4.6|
|Ames True Temper HDP38 Steppin' Edger for Sidewalks and Driveways||$||4.3|
|Radius Garden 206 PRO Ergonomic Stainless Steel Edger||$||4.5|
Overall, choosing the best edger will come down to the needs that you have for your lawn. You should choose wisely and find the best that will fit your budget while doing a good job.