Electric edgers, also known as edgers, are machines specially designed and specifically for trimming (as the name implies) the edges of paths, beds, fences, garages, sheds and any border between the lawn and any cemented area. A edger it reaches those places where the lawnmower cannot reach and is also part of the garden tools that are available either domestically or commercially.
In another article we talk in a general and introductory way about these machines so useful, in this, we will deal with various topics of interest about this tool that have more to do with applications and practical recommendations. We will indicate some tips to keep in mind to select the electric edger what are the uses that we can give to this machine, how to use it correctly and some recommendations for its maintenance.
How to choose the ideal electric edger?
There are several aspects to consider when selecting the edger adequate.
The terrain to work and the power of the electric edger
First, the type of terrain on which the machine is to be used must be considered. This criterion is essential, since it helps to identify one of the most important characteristics with which the edger to acquire, which is the power.
If the field is far from a power source, it is best to select a cordless trimmer. For this, there are manufacturers that already use rechargeable batteries for their tools.
If the terrain is covered with dense grass, a machine that has between 400 and 700 W of power is recommended. If there are small bushes in the field to work, the appropriate edger must have a minimum power of 700 W.
If the land or garden has an area of less than 60 m2, a 300 W trimmer can be chosen, even if the land is worked constantly.
The shaft or shaft of the electric edger it can have a straight or curved design. The straight shaft provides greater reach and allows you to cut grass in hard-to-reach places. For its part, the curved shaft is lighter and easier to handle, making it the best option for beginners.
If you need to cut, in addition to the grass around the edges, high weeds, it is best to acquire a edger that has two cutting lines. By cutting lines we mean the nylon used by some machines to cut vegetation.
Blade or suitable nylon
The nylon threads used by the trimmer, have come in different shapes and patterns. The most suitable model must be selected, according to the work to be carried out. You can also choose to use a machine that has blades, if the job requires it.
Regarding nylon or blades, the ease of replacement of these should also be considered. If the use that will be given to the machine is constant, this will imply a continuous change of the nylon or the blades, so it would be very useful if the model of edger makes it easy to make such a change.
It is very useful that the electric edger have a 90 ° or 180 ° swivel head. This will allow the machine to work in places that are difficult to access.
Additionally, there are trimmers that handle 5 tilt positions which allows them to work easily, on vertical surfaces and even in holes.
Comfort when working
If the machine has an adjustable handle, this makes the job easier. The handle can be adjusted to the ideal height for the user, providing balance and comfort during the execution of the work. Also recommended are trimmer with additional handle and ergonomic design.
Another very valuable feature that some have edgers, is the mechanism to fix the machine while it is being used. This frees the user’s hands a bit, providing greater comfort.
Safety when working
Some models of electric edgers, have a housing whose objective is to prevent cut grass from being thrown everywhere. This allows work to be done with the assurance that trimmed grass debris will not fly directly into the operator’s eyes.
Applications and uses of electric edgers
The edgers Thanks to their design, they can be used for other tasks besides cutting the edge of the grass. They can be used, for example, to define or touch up the shape of ornamental plants. In this section we will indicate other uses that can be given to this machine.
Mark a new orchard
To create a new garden, the first step to take is to decide the place that it will occupy.
The site should be selected with care that there are no electrical connections or pipes and that it is not a swampy place. If the garden must be located in a swampy area, it is best to raise the ground before starting.
The next step is to mark the location of the garden. This can be done with the use of string, spray paint, or chalk. Once the location is plotted, use is made of the edger to define the edges of the orchard, thus facilitating the digging work. You should start on the outside of the marked area.
Once the marking cut is completed, the second cut must be made at a distance of 2.5 cm from the first cut and on the inner side of it. This second cut should be made with a slight incline, towards the first cut. This in order to obtain a narrow strip of grass that can be easily removed.
Finally, the 2.5 cm strip of grass is removed, thereby obtaining the framework for the new orchard.
Define the edge of a flowerbed again
Sometimes the edges of flower beds deteriorate, so it is a good idea to maintain or redefine them with the use of the electric edger .
To do this, proceed by cutting a new edge at a distance of 2.5 cm. from the current edge. If the edge is badly damaged, the distance for the new cut should be greater than 2.5 cm.
At the end of the first cut, we proceed with the second cut, which must be made on the side of the orchard. As in the previous application, the idea is to get a strip of grass that can be removed.
Lastly, the strip of grass is removed and the flower bed will have a new border. If some type of mulch is used for the garden area, it must be redistributed to cover the new extension of the garden.
You can proceed in a similar way, if you want to extend the area of an existing garden.
Proper use and maintenance of the electric edger
Before starting to work
- Read the instructions for use of the equipment.
- Check that the workplace is clean and orderly, cluttered work areas can lead to accidents and injuries.
- Do not use the tool on damp or wet ground.
- Do not work with the tool in the rain.
Check the electrical connection of the place where the machine is to be used.
- The equipment must not be used if the cable is damaged or has any irregularity.
- The trimmer must not be used without the protective skirt.
- All pieces of equipment should be verified to be in excellent condition.
- Third parties must be kept out of the risk zone, approximately 10 meters away.
During the execution of the work
- The use of glasses, gloves, protective shoes and a dust mask are recommended.
- Contact of the tool with walls, stones and sidewalks must be avoided.
- Do not use the machine for any other work. Only use it for the tasks for which it was designed.
- If the grass is very tall, mowing should be done in stages to avoid overloading the tool.
- Check that the vents are free of debris.
- Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry, these can get caught in the moving parts of the tool.
- Keep the machine cord away from oil, heat, and sharp edges.
After the job is run
- Do not pull on the power cord to disconnect the tool from the connection point.
- Turn off the equipment and clean the grass under the housing.
- Check for loose or defective parts.
- Store the tool in a dry place, out of the reach of children and people who do not know the equipment.
- All maintenance and cleaning should be done with the equipment disconnected.
- Do not use a jet of water to clean the machine. Clean the tool using a damp sponge or cloth and a neutral detergent.
- Follow the corresponding lubrication and accessory replacement instructions.
- Check the cables constantly and replace them if they are damaged.
- Keep the tool clean and free from oil and grease.
With the proper selection, use and maintenance of this tool tool, you will be able to work constantly and efficiently in your garden, obtaining and enjoying a green and clean area.