Lawn Edger Buying Guide
Lawn edgers come in different styles, from gas and electric motors to dual purpose string trimmer/edgers, as well as manual tools for smaller yards. In this article we will go over all of the best models of each type of edger, so no matter what size lawn you have to manage, and no matter how large or small your budget, there is sure to be an edger in this list for you. If you do not see the perfect tool for your needs, click here to browse more edgers.
1) BLACK+DECKER MTC220 20V Lithium Ion Trimmer/Edger | 2) GreenWorks 21212 4Amp Corded String Trimmer | 3) Black Decker LE750 11 Amp Landscape Edger | 4) BLACK+DECKER GH900 6.5-Amp Trimmer/Edger | 5) BLACK+DECKER LST136W 40V MAX String Trimmer | 6) 16″ Electric Corded Grass Trimmer | 7) BLACK+DECKER LST420 20V Trimmer and Edger | 8) Scotts SYNC Lithium-Ion Trimmer/Blower Combo | 9) HONDA VersAttach Multi Too | 10) WORX WG896 12 Amp 2-in-1 Electric Lawn Edger |
Lawn edgers are different from string trimmers in that edgers use a fixed metal blade to create clean, sharp edges. Many people don’t realize these are two very different items and in fact many retailers even group them into the same categories. They work by cutting a small gap between a hard surface (like a sidewalk or flower bed) and the grass to create a precision edge and a very clean look.
There are a variety of edgers available on the market to fit any price range or lawn care need. For small areas and those who truly don’t mind using a little elbow grease, there is a manual edger which is a single fixed blade that can be purchased for around $25.
Battery powered or electric edgers offer a bit more flexibility and can conquer larger areas with ease and generally start around $80. Larger jobs with more rugged terrain can be conquered with some two-handed walk-behind models and can range in price from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, depending on the engine size and the model.
Electric and Battery-Powered Edgers
Many homeowners can tackle almost any of their edging needs with battery-powered or electric edgers. These types of power tools are often less expensive than their gasoline engine counterparts and are capable of handing a lot of tough jobs. Electric and battery edgers tend to be quieter than gasoline edgers, though there are a few drawbacks.
For electric edgers, users are often limited by the length of the extension cord they are using. Electric edgers also don’t always have the same amount of power as a gasoline edger. Battery powered edgers are often a good middle ground between electric and gasoline.
They offer more mobility than electric ones, yet are tough and durable. They are also more environmentally friendly in that they produce no emissions and cost less over time since there is no gasoline to purchase. There are a few drawbacks to battery powered edgers, though. The batteries tend to be heavy, which can be cumbersome on large jobs. They also are limited by the life of the battery before it needs to be recharged.
Gasoline Powered Edgers
The gas powered engines of edgers have come a long way over the years. Not only are they cleaner burning and quieter than previous generations, but their capabilities often go far beyond simply edging. Many of the two-handed walk-behind edgers also double as trenchers and are an extremely versatile tool to have for large jobs.
Gasoline powered edgers often offer longer running times than battery powered models and are lighter-weight in many cases because there isn’t the additional weight of a battery. Since you are not tethered by an extension cord, they are also a good option for those who need more mobility.
The downside is that these edgers are often more expensive than their battery powered or electric counterparts. Their engines, though usually larger in size, are also louder than electric or battery engines. They also rely on two-cycle gasoline in order to run, which means mixing oil and gas.