Can the trimmer be used as an edger ?

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Not wanting to plonk the extra $100 on an edger I was wondering if I could use the string trimmer as an edger without causing horror-flick bodily harm on me or anyone nearby.

AND it is not in stock online (like so many other things I need from EGO) 

I remember my B&D Cordless could be used so but this one doesnt rotate the same way to be used as an edger

Thanks in advance !
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You certainly can, it will all depend on how good you're able to get at using it (and how high your standards are for the finished cut).

The consensus seems to be that, for Northern grasses anyway, once you have that groove machined into the lawn the trimmer will track in it. Most pro landscaping companies use string trimmers to edge.

Most people with southern lawns report needing a dedicated edger to cut through the tougher grasses in use in hotter climates.
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Of course. Try it out
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I did, but it was awkward specially when trying to maintain a straight cut
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Mine looks like it was cut with an axe.

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I personally preferred a "straight edge" edger, but the EGO 15" trimmer actually works well for this purpose.  It's light enough for anyone with "steady" hands to edge with - me, not so much which is why I used the new Edger Attachment & Power Head for my lawn.  Good luck and keep us posted on how the trimmer works out for you ... :-)
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My hands must not be steady enough, but I've tried and have trouble keeping it in a straight line.

My lessor powers trimmers (Black and Decker or Ryobi) are much easier to use for edging.

AMOF I think I'll go out and do some edging right now, with the B & D.

Sounds silly, but I think the Ego is too powerful for that.

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I keep hoping, and have suggested it in the ideas area, Ego will offer a set of wheels to attach to the string trimmer while using it as an edger. That would be a very useful accessory.
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It may sound funny, but I think the extreme lightness and huge torque of the 15" trimmer that makes it such a joy to use for normal trimming actually hurt it a little when edging... it's so powerful it just pulls itself off course.

I think this is an area where the heavier Rapid Reload head will make an improvement. Not only does it add a little static mass to the end of the tool, but ibecause that mass is contained in a relatively large diameter head that's spinning at speed the resulting additional "gyroscope effect" will help steady it.

Just a theory. :-)
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Oregon Mike, where is this ‘ideas’ section? I have the Power Head edger and trimmer, and want to suggest (too late for me, tho) adding a blade guard (to help me avoid edging my concrete sidewalk) and a second roller for stability. My old corded Craftsman had both and I liked that design much better. Also, I guess the straight shaft trimmer is the consensus now, but I find using the curved shaft favorable.
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Thanks Amber. I totally missed this question from Mark J.
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I just went out and used all 3 of them.  Maybe the ego would be easier to edge with a strap, as it is brutally strong, and I should turn the handle over for edging.  I'll try that next, tho it isn't as easy as with the other ones.  I ran it until my little 2.5A battery went red then d-e-d.  It cuts, tho, and now I need to see if that rapid reload if for this one, as I had to remove the string a couple times when it bound up
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That's the part that I dont get - why EGO didn't make it convenient to turn the handle or the shield over to make it easier to use as an edger

I should have been more specific, apologies - I dont have the trimmer, I have the Power Tool that is too powerful to utilize the trimmer as an edger :)

Maybe they could add a step down feature, even when I was cutting branches I felt the amount of power was waaay too much for that poor li'l branch
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Ego had the metal trimming clip on the original 12 inch model.  Don't know why it was not added to the later models.  Considering ego is predominantly used by home owners, the ability to easily edge is a major plus. 

Edging with the string trimmer is too difficult for the average home owner.  I tried many times with the carbon trimmer and its just way to powerful and can easily wreck your lawn if you don't maintain your concentration.  And once the trimmer goes off track, the trimmer powers you all over the place causing even more damage.  What's even worst is, I use the lowest speed setting on the trigger, but once it goes off track, the shaft moves and I instinctively hold on tighter to stabilize the trimmer and that causes me to unintentionally squeeze down on the trigger and cause a huge mess of damaged edges and grass.

Holding the trimmer upside down is awkward.  The trimmer head is blocked by the guard so you can't really see where the string is so you just lower the trimmer until it hits where you want it to hit.  Then you start the process of walking while maintaining a straight line adding to the challenge. 

The edger with the powerhead for $129 is one of  my favorite tool.  Perfect edge every time and after the initial edge, edging became insanely fast.  So worth it for the money and you get a powerhead, too.  I think that's a price mistake.

My main issue is edging around the beds or any areas without concrete.  The edger can't be used.  So I'm forced to use the trimmer to edge and always find it to be an unpleasant experience.  Wish Ego would release a guard addon with wheels or a metal clip to make edging easier.  I have a ryobi 40v trimmer that rotates its head 90 degrees when stepped on and goes on wheels for extremely easy edging.  Despite having the carbon trimmer, I had to take my ryobi trimmer out of retirement just for garden and decorative edging. 

Edging with trimmer best left for the pros.  For the average home owner, a wheel or clip to assist with edging will be a  much sought after feature. 
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Commercial string trimmers and the Powerhead string trimmer rotate counter clockwise, which makes edging way easier. A clockwise trimmer pulls itself into the ground, making it very difficult to control.
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I disagree.  The spin is irrelevant.  Instead of going right to left, you go left to right.  Counter clockwise will pull you right to left and clockwise left to right.  Otherwise, no difference.  You just need to adjust to the tool. 
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If you change your grip to adjust to the tool rotation, then yes, the rotation doesn’t matter. But for a right handed person with their right hand on the trigger and left on the handle, edging with a clockwise spinning trimmer is going to be tough. As soon as it starts cutting it pushes back towards you and down.

A counter clockwise trimmer using the same grip pulls away from you and up. This is one of the reasons pros like CCW trimmers; they can edge with them very easily without changing their grip.

FWIW, edgers work the same way; they pull away and up.
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Just tried what you suggested and still found it awkward. But my point is, the average home owner will do a poor job of edging with a trimmer. If ego wants the consumer market, then it should cater to it.
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Agreed, that’s what edgers are for. :-)

But you do have a point in that Ego could increase their 15” trimmer appeal with some accessories. Many folks could get by with an easy to use string trimmer, instead of a dedicated edger being the only option.
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When I upgraded from ryobi to ego, I never expected to purchase an edger.  Been trimmer edging all my life.  Started with a black and decker lead acid cordless unit with a metal edging assist and then the ryobi rotatable head trimmer.  Then I got the ego carbon fiber trimmer and its all sorts of adjustments.  Watched plenty of youtube videos and everybody does it differently.  The hardest part was the guard blocking the string, I just couldn't see what I was doing.  Perhaps that's the reason so many people leave the guard off.  Then I saw the powerhead and edger combo for a ridiculous $129 at home depot.  I always wanted a powerhead, so I jumped on it.  Absolutely love the edger.  Beautiful, clean and crisp lines you can never achieve with a string trimmer. 
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The edger really does take it to the next level.
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Just tried again, my take is it is far from a good edger.  String broke and bound up 3 times, (because of whacking along concrete probably) and hard to control.

I ended up getting out my electric (cords, yuck) to start it and finishing off with my Black and Decker.

This string breaking is a pain in the a$s.
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I was wondering this same thing. I have the 3 in 1, but would like to be able to rotate the string trimming head to use it as an edger??????
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3 in one?. The multi tool?. If so just get the edger for it
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Yes, I edge it once or twice a year but want to just wack off the grass for the times in-between.
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@Troy You can certainly use the EGO string trimmer for edging, but results will vary depending on your skills / steadiness of arms. A slight movement too far to the left or right will either leave a slight "scar" in the turf or wear down the string a bit as it hits concrete. Give it a try, take your time. . . and be sure to wear goggles or a face shield!!! You can always opt to get the edger at a later date.
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Second the goggles.  Got something in eye a couple of days ago trimming, still bothering me. 
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I gifted a 15” trimmer to a buddy of mine as a housewarming present. I told him to wear safety goggles, and a couple weeks later he thanked me and said my recommendation was right on the money! :-)

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