Maintaining your yard is easy with the right tools, which is why you are looking for a lawn edger. Not only will it help you create a neat appearance around your property, it can reduce the time spent on weekly maintenance so you don’t have to use the weed trimmer every single time you mow the lawn.
Edgers aren’t a new idea: Back in the 1940s, the first gasoline lawn edger was invented, a Briggs and Stratton 1.5-horsepower engine. Since then, edgers have changed and now have many features that help make caring for your yard much easier.
For crisp, clean edges around along your driveway, sidewalks, and garden beds, a dependable edger is a must. That’s why we created this reviews list of the top eight lawn edgers, so you can find the ideal machine, and our buyer’s guide will let you know what things to keep in mind when shopping for the best edger.
|Southland SWLE0799 Walk Behind |
|Remington RM2510 |
|Husqvarna 128CD 2-Cycle||30-Days||4.35/5|
|CRAFTSMAN E405 ||n/a||4.10/5|
The Southland is a gas edge trimmer that starts up with one pull on the manual recoil. The OHV engine is 79cc and offers 3.5 pounds of torque, which is plenty of power for trimming along sidewalks. The 9-inch three-point triangular blade can cut a depth up to 2½ inches, and with five-position options, you can adjust it to the perfect depth for your particular situation.
This machine is made with durability in mind, with its metal frame and blade guard, but it is still lightweight enough to maneuver around the yard because it only weighs 64.8 pounds. Other nice features are the bevel adjustment, so you can cut at different angles, and the curb-hopping capability, which means you can lengthen the outside wheels to trim along deeper curbs.
On the downside, we found this edge to be somewhat difficult to maneuver around curves, but we love that it is EPA certified and CARB compliant and comes with a two-year warranty. Some assembly is required, but the instructions are easy to follow and it is ready to work in no time.
The best gas lawn edger for the money is the Remington string edger because it is easy to use and is an affordable price compared to edge trimmers that have to be pushed. It offers a 25cc two-cycle gas-powered engine with QuickStart Technology. This means it has enough power to trim grass along the edges of your yard, and it starts up without any fuss every time you want to use it.
The shaft on the edger is curved to make it more ergonomic and easier to use, and it only weighs 13 pounds, which helps reduce arm fatigue. You won’t have difficulty releasing more string with the dual-line bump head, and it has a 16-inch cutting swath so you can trim more grass in less time.
This edger/trimmer is ideal for small to medium yards, and the edging attachment doesn’t come with the purchase of the trimmer. On the upside, it comes with a two-year limited warranty and is easy to assemble.
This lawn edger machine by McLane offers many desirable features that make it top of the class. It has four ball-bearing wheels with wide rubber tires, so it has optimal curb trimming. We like that the edger can be adjusted to trim vertically or horizontally and that the blade can be tilted to almost any angle and trim flat at any height.
It offers 5.50 gross torque and a 3.5 HP B&S engine, so it has even more power than the Southland. The handle and blade cover is made of metal, and this machine uses a single-lever blade clutch to adjust the depth control so you can achieve the perfect cut. The 9-inch spring blade is also durable and makes clean and smooth cuts.
The McLane is a pricey option, but it is made in the U.S.A. and meets all safety standards. It is easy to assemble and user friendly.
The Husqvarna string edger features a 28cc two-cycle engine that runs on a mixture of unleaded gas and two-cycle oil. Fortunately, a 2.6-ounce bottle of oil is included with purchase, along with mixing instructions. It is simple to start with the Smart Start technology that reduces cord tension by 40%, and the translucent fuel tank is a bonus feature so you can monitor the fuel level at a glance.
The shaft is ergonomically curved for ease of use, and it has a 17-inch cutting path with a quick-release trimmer head that allows more cutting string to lengthen with a simple tap. The cutting shield creates better visibility of the cutting area due to its design, and we love the fact that this Husqvarna can have attachments, like an edger, cultivator, and a pole saw, so you can do many types of yard maintenance with this machine.
On the downside, you have to purchase the edger separately, but the string edger does a great job at trimming edges free of grass. This is an affordable option if you can’t buy a large push edger, and it is lightweight at 11 pounds and comes with a two-year limited warranty.
Even though this edger has a smaller engine, it is also quieter than other models. Since it is also a four-cycle engine, there is no need to mix gas and oil. There are three wheels that are adequate for most edging jobs, though you can’t use it along a curb. The steel blade is dual-tipped, and we found that it cuts a nice, clean edge and stays sharp for a long period of time.
You can adjust the edging depth up to 1.75 inches, with six different cutting positions. The Craftsman edger is small and compact, making it easy to maneuver around the yard and to store when not in use. We found it to be simple to use and appreciate the throttle and idle controls located on the handle. It comes with a two-year limited warranty, and the oil is included.
Assembly is simple, and you only need to attach the handle and fill the gas and oil tanks, and it is ready to go.
The Earthquake is a large lawn edger that offers plenty of power within the 79cc, four-cycle engine. It is a durable machine and a great size for large yards. A unique feature of this edger is that it has a chain guard that protects debris from flying around and hurting someone. The head pivots to allow multiple cutting angles to match the contours of your yard, and the cutting depth is 3.5 inches.
Some may even like the tool and drink holder that attaches to the handlebars so there’s no need to keep running back to the house for essentials. There are four wheels on this design, which keeps it more stable so your lines are straight and remain clean.
On the downside, the assembly instructions are difficult to understand, but once it is put together, it starts right up and idles nicely.
This edger manages rough-terrain like a champ because it has two 8-inch back wheels and two 7-inch front wheels. The handle is large and designed like a lawnmower so it is easy to hold onto, as well as to move the machine and keep it running in a straight line. Many users like the curb-hop ability because you can trim along the curb or any other raised areas by adjusting the wheels to the height difference.
The edging depth will go to 2.25 inches, with six different adjustment depths, and there are three positions to the adjustable bevel that helps you achieve different looks. The 132cc engine is the largest on our list, and the 9-inch tri-tip blade cuts through the grass and soil effectively and efficiently.
On the downside, it is a large edger and can be difficult to maneuver around curves.
The Echo 21.2cc hand-held edger offers a reduced-effort starting system that makes pull-startups easy to achieve with minimal effort. There is an open-faced debris shield that protects you when running the edger and helps reduce the chance of it clogging with grass and dirt.
It is a two-stroke engine, so you have to mix gas and oil together, which is a little time-consuming. The shaft is straight with a large adjustable handle, and the 7.75-inch blade produces clean edges. There is a captive wheel mount where you can adjust the wheel height easily with the turn of a knob. We like that it is EPA certified and backed by a five-year consumer and a two-year commercial warranty.
On the downside, it doesn’t have enough power for heavy-duty jobs, and you have to go slower in order for it to edge effectively. It is also pricey for a handheld edger.
This section provides a quick overview of the desirable features you may want to have on an edger, whether a single pole or a walk-behind. Choosing the right edger for your garden will save you time and money when creating a manicured lawn that can be the envy of your neighbors.
Pole single-wheel edgers: These are similar to a weed trimmer or may even be weed trimmers with an edger attachment option. They usually have two to three wheels to help maintain balance, and the engines will be smaller with less power. They are also lighter in weight and easier to maneuver within the tight areas of your yard. These are ideal for small to medium yards.
Walk-behind edgers: The engine on these are larger and more powerful, so they can handle bigger yards and tougher terrain. They may be more difficult to maneuver around curves and tight spaces but will leave a clean, crisp cut.
Four cycle engines are best for heavy-duty jobs, and you don’t need to worry about mixing the oil with the gas. They are heavier and more costly but more environmentally friendly.
Two-cycle engines are great for light-duty work and are more affordable. On the negative side, they are less friendly to the environment, and you have to provide a mix of gas and oil for them to run.
A straight blade can do a nice edging job, but there are different blades that may be a better investment, depending on what you want to accomplish, especially if you have an edger that positions the blade at multiple angles.
Flat blades with plain edges are the most common and are great for basic jobs along your driveway or sidewalk. Flat blades with scooped edges work well for hard, uneven soil. Star-shaped blades are ideal for cutting the lawn next to a solid barrier, such as a retaining wall.
Each blade will also cut at a different depth, and some of them have a greater amount of variation and you can adjust the depth. Different areas of your lawn and garden will require a certain cut, so it is a nice feature if you can adjust the depth and the angle. Also, the larger the blade, the more depth and area it can cut, which will save you time if you have a big area to cover. For small yards, smaller blades are typically adequate. Keep in mind that larger blades are typically seen on the more expensive models.
You don’t want to purchase a power tool that is not suited for your garden/yard. Think about how big of an area you need to edge and how many pathways and flower beds you want to maintain. Don’t forget about any grass near the curb and pathways or flower beds that are curved.
The lawn edger should be comfortable and easy to use. If it isn’t, you won’t want to use it to its full potential, or it may even just sit in the garage after one use. Get one that fits your stature, as well as your yard. If you can’t handle a large amount of power or weight, you may want to opt for a smaller version so you don’t hurt yourself. It should be easy to start and not require more maintenance than what is typical of that particular machine.
The cost of the item is always at the forefront of most individuals. Try to find one that is affordable for you but also provides the features to get the job done. If you opt for too cheap of a machine, you may save money in the beginning but regret it later when you don’t like it or problems arise.
Spending a great deal of money on a yard tool is difficult sometimes, but if it comes with a good warranty, this can help ease some of the burden. Before you purchase, educate yourself on what the warranty covers so you are aware of the pros and cons.
It takes a great deal of time and work to maintain a lawn and garden — it can also be expensive if you need to purchase many garden tools and machines.
Our top pick is the Southland walk behind gas edger that is made to be durable and has five depth positions and can go up to 2.5 inches deep — it is a great option because it has many desirable features. The Remington Rustler is a handheld gas trimmer with an option to attach an edger, making it an affordable choice and the best value on our list. If the price isn’t a concern, consider the McLane lawn engine that has quality features, such as four wheels, a lever-blade clutch for depth control, different cutting angles, and a 9-inch spring steel blade.
We hope that we have provided you with plenty of information about edgers, as well as resources on how to choose one that is right for you. Once you find one, you will see that it can be easy and fun to edge your lawn and help it stand out from the rest.
Featured image credit: Remington RM2510 Rustler 25cc 2-Cycle 16-Inch Curved Shaft Gas String Trimmer, Amazon
Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!