Trimmer for Edging as Well?

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Can the Ego string trimmer be used for edging as well? I currently have a Black and Decker corded trimmer than can fill both roles which I like, but I am just completely done with the cord, and I already have an EGO mower and blower which I love. A trimmer without an edging capability doesn't offer the versatility I'm looking for though. I see no reason to buy a separate edger.
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I use mine for edging all the time. I just turn it sideways so that the string is parallel to edge I want to trim. Take your time and carefully trim the edge using almost full throttle. Keep the trimmer head up high enough and you will not "use up" your trimmer string so fast. With a little practice, you will be able to trim just fine.
Admittedly if you had a large property with a lot of edging this method is not very efficient, but I have a smaller "city lot" and it works just fine.
Let me know how you make out.

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Hi Katy,


If you look around this forum, you'll see many many calls for Ego to make a bladed edger as a separate tool or even something that may be able to be built into a trimmer. 

There are some here who can use the current trimmers as edgers effectively as I'm sure you've seen lawn care professionals do in the interest of time and money.  I purchased the 15" trimmer around the time it was released and was very impressed by it's power as a trimmer.  In fact, it had more power than anyone would ever need in a trimmer.

The problem with the trimmer is that it's not a good edger for many homeowners posting here.  I tried it as an edger and only managed to destroy some of the areas along my sidewalk.  The edger has a dual line and they seem to fight each other when trying to keep the thing in a straight line.  You are going to see some post saying it's fine as an edger.  If it is to them, then more power to them but in my opinion it's not a good edger at all.  One because it's very hard to control and two a blade creates a cleaner look than a piece of line.

I returned it.

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It's really hard to edge well with any string trimmer.

Plenty of pros do it fine, and plenty of homeowners (like me) do it well enough to keep the grass contained, but not well enough for it to ever look very attractive.
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David, I agree, it does an OK job, but not a great job.
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I don't have the Ego trimmer, but have a Ryobi gas trimmer/edger. It is a dual string unit. The head can be rotated to use as a trimmer or edger and keeping the engine and controls in the same position. It does a very good job of trimming & edging. I couldn't tell by the video of the Ego trimmer if the head itself can be rotated or not. If not, I can see where it would be difficult to use as an edger if it can't be rotated. I went to the Home Depot site to see if it would say anything about using it as a trimmer and had a message come up with a red background, saying the 15" EGO trimmer has been discontinued and is not available. Any comments on this, anybody? 
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Hi John,

If you look closer I think you'll see that it's that particular combination of items that make up that model number that have been discontinued.  Other model numbers including the trimmer appear to be ongoing. 

Model # ST1501-S Discontinued

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Thanks Rob. I'm still trying to get used to how their model numbers work. It appears 1500 was basic with no battery or charger, 1501 included the small battery and charger and 1502 had the 2.5 AH battery and charger. It seems the higher the number the more upgrades it has. Is that safe to assume?
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That is currently more or less correct, but may not necessarily be the case in the future.

The base tools seem to begin with a size-based numbering system (ST12xx/ST15xx are 12"/15" cutting diameter string trimmers, LB480x/LB530x are 480/530 CFM leaf blowers, LM20xx/LM21xx are 20"/21" lawn mowers). So if a more advanced but smaller tool were introduced, higher numbers could be older models.

The kit numbering (the last digit) seems to simply be sequential release number or generation. A model number ending in zero is a bare tool. A model number ending in one is the original kit, two is a second kit version, etc. So far that has mostly just meant a newer/larger battery included with the same base tool.

The 20" mower had the most different battery combinations, so this related discussion may give some idea about future model/kit numbering for other tools:

Difference between LM-2000 and LM-2001?
https://community.egopowerplus.com/eg...
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Katy, if you are looking for a string trimmer with a wheel built in for edging then no, Ego does not have that option.

Plenty of people use string trimmers for edging, though how well they work seems to depend on how picky the user is with the results, the skill level of the user, as well as how patient they are.

My personal experience with the 15" Ego trimmer is it works and has plenty of power, but the results depend on how much patience I have. I need to go very slow when holding it vertical to do a good job without tearing up the edge of my grass. A wheel attachment would likely help with this.
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Practice alone will never give you a good line and experience if you don't do it RIGHT !!! Anyone can do it if done correctly and practice too.

READ ON....

Like my previous Echo gas edger, I use my String Trimmer (Ego 15") for edging exclusively. I have 3 lawns I take care of. Professional lawn maintenance people use String Trimmers all the time for this. If you haven't used it this way, it does take practice with either gas or electric.

ACTUALLY, PRACTICE MAY NOT BE THE RIGHT WORD. YOU HAVE TO DO IT RIGHT. THERE IS A TECHNIQUE THAT IF YOU DON'T USE WILL RESULT IN A BAD LINE, ETC. (See the bottom of this post.)

And previously, I have worked for a lawn maintenance company and string trimmers are all we used for edging.

Ask around and you'll find it's a main use for them. The two Home Depot stores I shop at don't even carry gas metal bladed edgers!

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I had a hard time but really I think all people would do fine if they kept at it (trying what I suggest below). It's not just to save time and money. It does a great job (if done right). I had a gas bladed edger but got rid of it. It was a McClain... The same kind many pros used to use.

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One person said to run near full throttle. I think people tend to do this if they don't have a good crack or don't brace their arm against their body as they walk or move.

Take your time the first time or do it a few times. And that crack will be nice and clear and you can run through the edge at half throttle easily. If you run it at too high of a speed for the amount of grass in the crack then yes it can get away from you. The trick here.....

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¬ Don't run the trigger too fast for the amount of grass.
¬ Keep your walking speed up.
¬ Have a nice crack for the edger to ride in (crucial).
¬ Brace your lower arm against your body. (fairly crucial).
¬ be on the concrete side and walk to the left so it's spinning into the grass (crucial). Make sure the head is trailing behind you. This last bullet has the edger locked into the crack and riding at the right height. (of course if using the right spinning speed for how fast your walking). (this whole bullet is crucial).

( the crack and walking helps to keep your edger going in a straight line)

Ps... The better the crack the lower the speed you run the trimmer at. Thicker grass and especially dirt in the crack will require more trigger.

K
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Seems to make sense.

I guess part of my issue lies in the fact that I'm not really "edging" I guess... I don't dig a trench for the line to follow in, I just try to brush along the surface of the concrete/asphalt/bricks that the lawn grows up against and maintain a somewhat straight line... hence the "patience" required. :-)

I was always under the impression having a trench between the grass and the border would allow the soil to dry out and give my grass problems. Maybe I should try actually edging and see how it turns out?
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Hey blue,

I've never had my lawn dry out. I really wouldn't call it a trench though. Maybe you could look around a bit closer and see if others are having issues with the edge drying out. Then you could do what is best for you?

I've seen people maintain a thin edge and others a thicker line. Either way it looks good IMO.
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Kate, I use NY 15" trimmer as an edger too, works fine for me. I cut the edge of my grass at an angle the turn trimmer and edge the lawn. Years ago I had to use a hand edger which is a flat half circle to edge parents lawn.

Kid Rock, after 50+ years my crack is just fine, guess it was made and grown just right!
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This video shows a rotating handle for the trimmer to edge easier..hope the USA allows this or offers this for existing 15inch trimmers..

https://youtu.be/ujYu94qBTS8?t=69
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I know Ego knows both markets well. In the future, they may want to think of the UL qualifications for both markets on the drawing board.
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That would make perfect sense as long as the relevant specifications for both standards can be practically and cost-effectively met with a single product.
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Geez Rob. Why don't you go work for EGO. They would have a Riding mower by now if you were in charge. And it would be available to purchase everywhere on Earth, and on the moon.
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If the pay was right, I would. We'd have all the cool stuff in weeks.
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I've been keeping my handle screws loose enough so I can rotate the handle for edging.  I know this isn't a good solution, but I am able to edge well with it this way.  I don't understand why many (not just USA Ego model) string trimmer handles don't seem to be setup for edging.  Actually, Ego's promotional video (39 seconds in) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ag7dHVggxa8 shows holding the handle on the side for edging, but this feels awkward to me.  Maybe I need to try it again?
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I use mine for trimming my edges around sidewalks, driveway, street, and getting grass out of sidewalk cracks. It works great for edging.
You just turn it so the head is sideways and let the string whip the edge to cut.

I had an electric black and decker edger and stopped using it. I only use the ego trimmer for edging now.
It is actually better to use the string trimmer for edging since the string does not damage the concrete like a blade edge trimmer does.