Return to the Tool Shed Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Old-fashioned rolling edger

Posted by cecilia_md7a 7a/Baltimore,MD (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 16, 09 at 16:51

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!


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Old-fashioned rolling edger

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.


 o
RE: Old-fashioned rolling edger

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: Ames Manual Edger


 o
RE: Old-fashioned rolling edger

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!


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Tool Shed Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here