Old-fashioned rolling edger

cecilia_md7a(7a/Baltimore,MD)April 16, 2009

When I was a kid, my dad had a edging tool that was similar to a human-powered reel mower. It was like a small reel mower that had been cut in half. I use a hand-powered mower for my yard, but would like to find a replacement for my noisy string trimmer, especially since I'm weed-whacker impaired, having broken about 3 of them in the past 5 years. Do they still make the reel edgers?

Another question: I see that some gardening supply companies carry long-handled grass shears, which might do the trick for me. Has anybody tried these, and if so, do they work well?

Thanks for your input!

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Yes, they still make that rotary edger on a stick. Works pretty well I'm told as long as you are diligently using it with ever mow--it maintains the edge well but may take some doing to first create a clean edge.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2009 at 6:54PM
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First of all, they stopped making the "half-mower" type edgers in the 1950's if not earlier. Maybe you can find one at a yard sale or flea market.

The rotary stick edger is still made, and sold by Sears, Ace Hardware and others. Sells for about $30. "Works pretty well" is rather optimistic. If you google the Ames 1975900 you'll find some people think they're OK and others hate them.

At least you'll be green.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   April 17, 2009 at 3:45PM
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I just recently got one of these old fashioned rolling edger. It looks just as you described, half of a reel mower. It has one wheel and on the handle it says Ace mower edger. It's in good shape and works. I had never seen anything like it before and just had to have it. There is hardly any information on the web about these. Any history or information will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    Bookmark   April 7, 2010 at 10:11AM
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