Walk-Behind Edger Buyer's Guide

Walk-Behind Edger Buyer's Guide

How to Pick the Perfect Wheeled Edger

Jake, the Lawn Mower Expert
Lawn Mower Expert

If you measure your driveway in yards instead of feet, you might find that trimming those edges with a handheld edger or string trimmer keeps your grass tidy but strains your shoulders.

The solution? Get a walk-behind lawn edger instead!

The steel blade on a wheeled edger delivers a precise cut along driveways and sidewalks. Plus, the powerful engines on gas-powered edgers provide plenty of torque to edge through compact soils and overgrown grasses.

Let's not forget the point we started with, either: it's much easier to push a wheeled edger than it is to carry a handheld one for long stretches of time.

When shopping for a walk-behind edger, you have three important features to consider:

  • Number of wheels
  • Engine style
  • Blade position

Three vs. Four Wheels

Walk-Behind Edger Wheels

Many edgers sport a three-wheel design that includes two wheels in the back and a guide wheel in the front. Although these types of edgers might wobble, the front guide wheel allows them to be maneuvered easily along driveways and sidewalks for a close, precise cut.

If you plan on using your edger along a rounded surface like a curb, or if you simply want more stability, choose a four-wheeled edger instead. The two front wheels and two rear wheels will provide you with steadiness and balance.

Plus, on some four-wheeled edgers, the front wheels are adjustable, allowing you to set the perfect width to hug your curb.

Four-Cycle vs. Two-Cycle Engines

Wheeled Edger Engine Cycles

Although electric wheeled edgers are available, gas-powered edgers are more common. Gas engines come in two styles: four-cycle engines and two-cycle engines.

Four-cycle engines (also called four-stroke engines) have more moving parts that two-cycle engines. This makes four-cycle edgers slightly heavier. However, all those moving parts work together to power a quieter and more fuel-efficient engine.

Two-cycle engines (also called two-stroke engines) might be louder and less efficient, but they're also lighter and easier to push. Additionally, because two-cycle engines require you to add oil to the fuel, they don't require oil changes and are easier to maintain as a result.

Straight vs. Angled Blades

Wheeled Edger Blades

The most basic walk-behind edgers use what are called straight blades. These blades cut straight down into the soil to create a consistent vertical edge.

Models with more features might offer blades that can be angled. These blades will be attached to a pivoting head that allows you to rotate the blade up to 110 degrees. With a greater variety in cutting angles, you'll be able to create distinct looks alongside all the various edges of your lawn.

 NEXT: Top-Rated and Best-Selling Walk-Behind Edgers

Jake, the Lawn Mower Expert
Lawn Mower Expert
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