I just finished edging over 200 feet of concrete sidewalk that had not been cleared in many years. The edger had no problems cutting through the mess which contained many stones. The blade is still in excellent condition after this heavy workout. The sidewalk is curved and it was easy to navigate. I thought I might need a more powerful edger but this worked just fine.
I purchased this edger in April 2010. The first season it started with the pull rope. The beginning of the second season it took the power drill to start and then mid summer it regressed to power drill plus starting fluid to start. Finally it would not start at all. Since it was still under warranty, I took it to the Sears store where purchased. They do not evaluate it where you bought it. They ship it to Dallas. A customer service rep called me about a week later and said it needs a new short block because it was caused by too much or not enough oil. I find this hard to believe since it did not smoke at all. It was only hard to start. The rep could not direct me to anyone higher and said my option was to send it back. After it arrived at the Sears store where I purchased, I spoke with the manager who read from the service report what they found. No leeway. None of we are sorry that our edger is a piece of dung. She did ask if I wanted to purchase a new edger. Are you serious? I told her I will buy one from ********** or ********** said but their warranty is not as good as ours. Geez, how much worse can it be when a warranty is not really a warranty. Bottom line -- I have a Sears lawnmower, blower, power washer and many power tools. But you know what? Never again will I purchase anything from Sears.
I borrowed a neighbors edger to do my front lawn this July. The lawn has not been edge since then. I picked up the edger on October 25, 2017 from the local Sears store.
As soon as I got home I put edger to work. As I mentioned earlier, my lawn had not been edged since mid July and growth was pretty heavy. I raised the blade high to get a first cut. Then lowered blade down a notch etc.
So, after going over twice with the edger, I was able to get a nice clean edging of my lawn. Edging took about hour and half but bottom line was that front lawn looked great! It won't take as long when I edge lawn again due to lack of edging etc.
Edger did not bind or show any signs of lack of power while I was edging my lawn etc.
People take your time! Lower or raise the blade in order to work the edger. In my opinion edger has enough power to edge any type of grass. Again, it is not always the machine. It tends to be the operator who does not know how to use properly.
P.s. Make sure you use fresh gas w/stabilizer in order to not have carb problems. Also, drain the edger (or any small gas engine) of gas when not in use 30 days or longer. Especially, during winter season
The edger does start well, however, a little underpowered and more importantly, Sears does NOT carry replacement blades for this edger in their stores! You have to pay for shipping costs, about 1/2 the cost of the blade!
So far, I've only given it a good workout once. Works fine. Wished it had an adjustable side wheel to use on contoured curbs. Good enough power. Could start a bit easier. Could use a bit bigger gas tank. I'm satisfied.
I received it the day following the order. Outstanding!!!!
The edger works OK on light to medium demand, but as other reviews noted, it is a bit under powered. The blade snags in thick grass making it difficult to keep a straight line unless you slowly lower the blade to the grass and move forward slowly.
Recently purchased: So far it is doing the job intended. It is not as easy to start as the description implies. I pull the rope, no speed starter with a drill, yet. It is more complicated than the electric edger I owned previously, but hopefully will last a long time. It was easy to order and came to my home in good condition. I was pleased with that, and of course free shipping. Much better than going to the mall!
Have used this product before and it is wonderful