Rated 3.3 out of 5 by 51
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Faisal Well made, performs great with pro results
It needs an easy assembly of 15 minutes and a single person can easily task it. No mixing of gas/oil, just pour the gas and set the chock to start, it’s that simple. Entire body is solid steel and will last years.
The unit starts easy, operation is very straight forward and it does a nice job edging the grass encroachments.
Side walk or curb edging, it has full capability to deliver results just as the lawn service pros. Any DIYers with no prior experience can easily operate it. The depth handle that controls the blade edging depth is at your fingertips and allows the operator to adjust depth while the unit is in operation. There are 5 depth settings and the blade can go 2.5” deep at the highest depth. The top hole is used for storage/mobility and every subsequent depth hole adds ½” to the equation.
Just follow the great tips included in the User Manual and this tool will deliver 100 percent. Pick a day when the sun is high and the soil is dry and edge in increments of ½” (drop the handle to each hole per pass) and go slow.
It edged my front yard to perfection and the compliments keep coming. I love the results it produced.
Safety glasses and outdoor graded boots is a must when operating it. Replacement blades are cheap and easy to find so recurring cost is at the minimal.
All in all, it’s a great machine for homeowners and you sure enjoy working with it.
March 14, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by tilepainter makes the job much easier
I can compare this edger to what I used to use for edging: a weed-whacker, either with a string head or a dedicated edger attachment. Wow !!! This is so much easier - you basically just walk behind, guiding it, while the machine does all the work, and much faster than the weed-whacker as well. What a revelation!
The photo shows my first test of it - kind of a tough test too - a little path made of pavers, with gaps between and some snaky curves, that was badly overgrown. As you can see, the job is a little ragged on the curves, but that's probably more my inexperience handling it than the machine itself. It made short work of the job without nicking-up the pavers. I find the results are entirely acceptable, especially for a first try. That mid-March day just kept getting colder, and I called it quits, quite satisfied with what I'd done.
The edger has all sorts of useful adjustments - two of the wheels can be adjusted to for any kind of uneven situation, and there are five depth settings. Assembly is easy - wheels, handle, a few connections, add oil ( it comes with a starter bottle ) and gas, and it started easily.
This is very much a homeowner-grade machine. The engine is a rather small, and bogs down sometimes when you push it too hard. I think perhaps tweaking the throttle setting up a bit might help with that. Still, it's twice the engine of the weed-whacker.
If you are a landscaping service, you will definitely want something with more power to stand up to constant heavy use. But for a homeowner's infrequent light use, this machine does the job, without breaking the bank, or your back.
March 30, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by dcline Almost Too Many Adjustments
It took me several times using this before I came around and started liking it. I was very used to the controls and adjustments on our old edger, and this Powermate edger is very different. Ultimately, it can do more, but is difficult to adjust perfectly.
The adjustment mechanisms to get the perfect cutting angle are the front wheel, the back right wheel, and the blade. The front wheel slides side to side and can be raised or lowered by rotating the axel. The right rear wheel can be raised or lowered. The blade can be tilted 15 degrees left or right of center, and then there are several cutting depths to choose from.
My biggest complaint is definitely that the blade is always spinning when the engine is running. Our old edger disengaged the blade when it was raised all the way up, and that makes on-the-fly adjustments much quicker and easier. However the engine easily starts back on the first pull every time, so this is a minor inconvenience once you adjust to it.
It is worth noting that the rear wheel height is very difficult to adjust, and I have had it slide while cutting a few times because my hand is too large to get a good grip on the handle to tighten it completely. I also miss the 5 degree cutting bevel increments on my old unit. 15 degrees is too much, but a slight bevel looks much better than a straight cut.
I noticed some other reviews mention the engine being underpowered or stalling, but I have not experienced this a single time. I do notice that selecting the 2nd or 3rd cutting depth is equivalent to the deepest cut on our old edger, so perhaps selecting a very deep cut could cause issues with blade rotation. If I go past the 3rd notch, I start hitting rocks and roots that make the edger difficult to control, so I would never cut that deep. Until I get that deep it handles the Georgia red clay like a champ though.
Now that I've used it a few dozen times, I think it is a very capable and versatile edger. The trick is to know which adjustments to make and how to minimize the need to stop and make adjustments. It isn't perfect, and I am sure there are more powerful and easier to use options. However this is a good value and really does meet most edging needs, though perhaps in a somewhat cumbersome manner.
April 22, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LTUSNRET THE MOST POPULAR NEIGHBOR
As soon as I start to use the Walk-Behind Edger, a couple of neighbor's started to watch me.
The machine was so easy to use, and offered me the ability to make my yard look great.
By the time I was done with my yard, which was not long with this machine. I had a crowd of people gathered around looking over the Edger.
The best compliment I had was from the wife, who said " It looks like a Golf Course"
One tip-This requires (2) 14mm sockets to install the rear wheels, I unfortunately only had 1 on hand, no big deal though, it gave me another reason to shop at Home Depot.
April 1, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Aayan Works well for me
The edger requires a 10 minutes easy assembly of 3 wheels and a handle. Wheels assembly would be easier if you place the unit on top of a 1 square foot solid box/table. First time start was quick then I powered it off to scale the area I was supposed to edge. When I ran it in a test area which had a bit hard/wet clay soil, the engine stalled within a minute. Same time, a good amount of gasoline started to leak from the carburetor. Just like other reviewers mentioned, the gas cap requires a vent which is missing by design, causing the pressure to build up, resulting the gas spill. After the spill, it took some time to start again. That’s when I read the Manual to see what am I doing wrong. Manual says not to go too deep too fast which I did. It says to edge when soil is dry but I tried it few hours after the rain and soil was wet. For deeper edge, you have to make multiple passes, start with shallow depth and slowly move to deeper depth. When I followed the edging tips from the Manual, it worked quite well. So, first read the manual so you know what it does and how it does in certain conditions. Keep in mind that you are looking at a 79cc engine, so don’t expect that it will edge through everything in its way on first pass.
Mostly, I would be edging the front yard sidewalk which I had been edging using the trimmer that had always done the job but never gave a professional and even edge.
Now, edging the sidewalk/curb gave me no troubles of stalling or spilling but you do need to follow a technique to make an even edge without damaging the blade. Start from the top depth setting and then bring the depth control lever to a lower setting slowly until you think you reached the depth you desire. Once the depth is set then walk slowly and just follow the line/pattern. When edging sidewalk, blade might grind with the concrete, that’s normal.
5 depth adjustments and 3 bevel adjustments are very convenient. Edger provides the capability to adjust the rear and front wheel height to edge the curb side and I find it extremely useful. It does not acquire much space so storage is easy.
For sidewalks, driveways and curbs, it will work just fine and since I only plan to use it on sidewalk and curb only, it works well for me.
June 10, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by hpiguy Precise Edger With Height and Bevel Adjustments, Quiet Engine, Stores Easily
This Powermate Lawn Edger is what you need when you want to give your lawn that picture perfect line any time your turf meets a hard surface.
After unboxing the edger, you'll need to assemble the handle, connect the dead man switch wiring, connect the depth adjustment handle to the swing arm and bolt on the wheels. That's it for assembly. It doesn't take much. The belt, blade and swing arm are all attached and adjusted at the factory.
The edger's chassis, swing arm, handles, depth lever, pretty much the entire machine aside from the wheels is made of thick steel with a nice coat of orange and black paint. There is no plastic to break or wear through. It has a nice rubber mudflap behind the blade to stop debris from flying up at you.The handle is thickly padded and the wheels, while firm, are made of a flexible rubber that minimizes vibration.
The "Quick Start" page they include is lacking in good detail. Instead, use the much larger operation manual that they include and assembly will take less than 30 minutes, similar to other Powermate products. The parts manual may be downloaded at Powermate's website if you like having one around for maintenance.
Fill the engine with the included 10w30 oil where marked and fill with regular gas. Even though it's a small sized engine, this is a four cycle so you do not mix oil and gas. Set the choke lever, hold the dead man lever (just like the engine kill lever on your mower) and give it a few swift pulls. Once the engine is purring, pull the choke lever back to open, let the engine warm up for about a minute and then begin edging. It's that simple.
Like most edgers in this price range and of this design, when you run the engine, the blade is spinning at all times. My Dad has an edger similar to this by a bigger name company, and his does exactly the same thing. I've had lots of experience borrowing his and know what to expect. This is completely normal, but may be a bit off putting to those that have never used an edger this size or type. The engine kill lever ensures you can't leave it running with the blade spinning while making adjustments. It's there for your safety.
The edger has five settings for depth adjustment and a three setting bevel adjustment. You always start at the highest depth setting, and then move down with successive cuts. Dropping the blade all the way down, or even half way down into anything but the loosest soil will cause the engine to stall. If you attempt to work in very wet or rock hard soil or an area with lots of roots, you will have to proceed slower to avoid stalling the engine. When you want to add a beveled look to your lawn, simply move the lever to the angle you want. It pulls out and resets at the new bevel degree easily and the angles are clearly marked.
Since the engine on this model is 79cc, compared to the average 140-150cc size engines used on other models in this category, you'll have to walk slower when making cuts. Take your time, get a good edge and you won't have the engine stall often. If you edge once a week like you would with this type of larger machine, you'll notice a lot less stalling once you have an established line to cut on.
If you have to edge along a street or border, this edger lets you drop the right side wheels on the road and lets the blade and left wheel sit on the top side of the curb for perfect edging and no precarious balancing of the machine is needed. Adjusting the wheels for curb hopping is as simple as loosening and then tightening two knobs where you want the wheels to be. You can even adjust the front wheel in towards the blade or away depending on where you need it to make your cuts.
I looked at replacement blades and the belt and you can buy the same belts and 9 inch blades that fit other larger name edgers, making them affordable and very easy to find.
I do have some issues with this machine. One, I want a bigger engine. 150cc would be ideal. 79cc is really pushing the engine and this machine will stall more often than the larger engines on the same jobs. You'll need to walk slower and recut some areas to achieve the final depth if you want a deep cut.
Two, the gas cap on this machine is not vented. Combine that with a metal gas tank sitting above the engine, and that causes a good amount of pressure to build up. Sometimes when it's hot and then shut off, the tank pressure will force a small gas leak from the carburetor. Each time you shut it off, you need to open the gas cap and let the pressure out. That is simply unacceptable and unsafe. It needs a gas cap with a small vent like every other machine. Those issues have caused me to give it a three star rating. If they increase the engine size, and vent that gas cap, this machine is five stars all day long.
Overall, it's a very nice edger but lacks in the power category. High quality built machine with all steel compnents, numerous adjustments for depth, bevel and easy curb hopping settings. It just needs a bigger engine to go with the excellent chassis and adjustment capability.
June 4, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Judson Good But Could Be Better
This product does do what it says it will do - it starts quickly & consistently & when used with the proper amount of patience, it will produce a nice clean edge around driveways, sidewalks, etc. However, some simple fixes on Powermate's end would require a lot less patience on the user's end.
First, a blade guide would be really, really helpful. It takes a whole of of practicing & nicking the curb before you have a good feel for how to judge this thing.
Second, a way to disengage the blade without having to turn the machine off & restart it would be a major timesaver. The curb-hoping feature is nice, albeit somewhat cumbersome, but unless you have a perfectly level yard, you'll find yourself adjusting the wheels quite frequently, and every time you do, you'll have to stop & restart the machine. You also must stop it to reset the angle of the blade, but you can at least adjust the depth of the cut without stopping the engine (and other reviewers are correct - you have to start shallow & make another pass or two to get it deeper or the engine will stall).
Lastly, and I'm not sure what the quick fix on this is, but they need to come up with a way to make this piece of machinery a little less awkward. First, I finally mastered the straight line cuts, but it's incredibly difficult to get a smooth cut around a curve. Not a sharp curve either - just a rounded elbow corner of a sidewalk, for instance. Second, this thing has tipped on me twice. Not all the way over & not while in use, mind you, but while I've been trying to transport it from the front of the house to the back. Both times, it caused the engine to flood, meaning it wouldn't crank for 15 - 20 minutes. The three wheel design obviously makes it lopsided & no, you're not usually edging on uneven ground, but you do sometimes have to at least be able to push it through an area in order to use it where you want to use it. I understand that all edgers have to be a little awkward just b/c of the nature of what they do, but it seems like there has to be ways to make this a little easier to maneuver.
So, bottom line - I can easily recommend this product for anyone with a small to medium sized yard that's mostly level with lots of straight lines. If that's not you - I'm not saying don't buy it, I'm just saying be prepared to be patient & to invest some time in figuring out how to get the best results.
June 17, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Rbcrewser Simply terrible
Easily summarized: don't buy it.
1. Hot starts are impossible
2. Terrible control quality on engine (carb leaks fuel, fuel cap not vented)
3. Did I mention hot starts are impossible
4. Missing important features like guard to prevent the blade from hitting pavement
5. Did I mention you cannot restart it if it's been running more than 2 minutes
6. Terrible after-purchase support which you will need
7. Governor is set too slow so blade doesn't develop enough rpm making it impossible to use on anything more than very loose/sandy soils.
8. And worse thing yet, if you need to adjust the height/wheels/cut after running it for a while, you cannot restart it.
Should have stuck with my 25+ year old product/
July 25, 2014