Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 123
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PeaceInPlants Only valued-priced (affordable w/quality) walk-behind edger I could find.
My ~15 year old Yard Machine edger wasn't worth fixing (carb, rust, etc). Tempted to buy a good stick edger for $230 but tried a friends' and debris gets under the wheel (right next to blade) making it hard to keep blade straight. Physically viewed other edger brands that had vertical shafts like a lawn mower that routed belts to blade. No way. Extra mechanics, weight, and power loss with that setup. Others had primer bulbs and plastic blade covers. REALLY?!! I run when I see that low of quality. My old edger had 3.5 hp. The Powermate has ~2.4 hp based on online cc to hp ratings. It looked well made in picture especially for ~$200 so I gave it a shot. The box was slightly crushed on arrival but no damage inside (see pic). Hardware and supplemental instructions for front wheel were loose in box but all was there, thankfully. Other hardware and docs were properly secured. The edger is impressively made of sturdy metal. Assembly is pretty quick. The image on the shipping box shows front wheel on outside of bracket (away from blade), instructions show it on inside. I think the correct location for the curb trimming feature is inside and it makes slightly more sense from a balancing perspective. I used oil with known SAE rating since oil supplied had none. Do not overfill (measure). Engine started on third pull initially, second pull ever since. Nice choke feature, works perfect. Engine is much lighter and quieter than my retired 3.5 hp edger so I don't need earplugs. The Powermate has plenty of power to cut through the Florida sand/soil. My sidewalk got overgrown during my edger outage but this edger handled it with ease (see pics). To be honest, I can edge with it even quicker than I could with my more powerful old edger. It does want to skate to one side because it only has one wheel in front (old edger had two) but it is very easy to compensate for since it is so light for a walk behind. Additionally, it takes up less room to store. The only part of the edger where I saw some cost cutting was in the plastic wheels. They are not inferior but rather typical for lawn equipment but are smaller (overall thickness is reduced) so they look kind of low end compared to the rest of the edger. They should hold up fine if you store the edger out of the sun, otherwise, they may get brittle faster than normal. Bottom line: For the price the Powermate edger is a great deal. It has neat features that I probably won't use (curb & tilt cut) but it is like you are not being charged for those things based on the quality versus the price. Perfect for the homeowner with average needs. I am quite detailed and picky (really?!). I am also frugal but do not buy just because an item is cheap. I doubt you will find a better edger for the price. I am very satisfied with my purchase. I got the extended two-year warranty just in case ($25). I feel the Powermate edger deserves my high ratings based on its value (quality & features vs price). It certainly beat any other affordable edger I could find.
August 21, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by TheRiz Good Edger for the money.
This Powermate 79cc walk behind edger is a Powerful Edger. The Features are Awesome. Such as the adjustable Wheels for edging my curbs, the adjustable front wheel for the height of the machine and the Adjustable Blade depth. I put in the 12 ounce bottle of oil it came with, put in gas and put it on choke. It started in about 3 - 4 strokes. The reason for the 4 star rating is the front wheel was bent at about a 30 degree angle. I had to take the front apart and bent it back into shape. I don't know if this is a factory quality problem or it happened in shipping. The box was pretty beat up. It does a good job.
June 26, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by timtsb Can't beat a proper edger
It seems to me that designated edgers are a dying breed. Everybody loves to use their string trimmers, which doesn't make sense to me - it doesn't leave a perfect edge, and it eats through string like crazy. I much prefer a designated edger.
This is a good product. It has enough power to cut through the dirt when necessary, and has plenty of adjustability for blade height. The wheels are also highly adjustable to work along side a curb, though I've never used that feature because I don't have curbs at my house.
The only reason I gave it 4 stars is I have a little problem with the safety release on the handlebar. I will be calling Powermate customer service and I'm confident it will be resolved.
July 11, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by radioseeker1 good tool for paved driveway or side walks
This edger is perfect for sidewalks, asphalt driveways and flower gardens. It could probably be used for digging small trenches too. It is not good for edging a stone driveway though! The rocks shot out all around me. The assembly was easy, it included putting on 3 wheels and a handle which only took 20 to 30 minutes and it comes with a can of oil. The heavy duty blade can be positioned at a 15 degree angle in, straight or 15 degree angle out. Front wheel and one of the back wheels can be adjusted for height. There are 5 different depth settings for edging and the blade locks in with ease. The wheels are a heavy duty plastic. Overall the machine seems powerful and will give a yard that well manicured look.
June 22, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Melissa Powerful
This is a strong, powerful edger. If you are not comfortable with a powerful edger - look for something smaller to start with. For instance, if edging your asphalt driveway, this edger will easily take a chunk out of your asphalt if you are not comfortable with driving it in a straight line. However, if you know how to edge, this will be great. In respect to other reviews - our box was delivered very well, without any damages and subsequently the machine went together easily without any damages. So, if your box is undamaged - you will be happy with the machine. If not - you might have problems.
June 27, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by ironguy Excellent product, only fair quality
I would have given 5 stars, but when I filled with gas the gas leaked from the bottom of the carburator. I checked the manual to troubleshoot, but nothing was there to suggest a solution. I took the bowl off the carb to check the operation of the float valve. Everything ok there. I noticed a screw with a spring wrapped on it. Initally I thought this was some kind of adjustment so I left alone. While I had the bowl off I found that this was there to drain the carb and it had not been tightened. When I tightened it stopped leaking and the engine ran fine. See attached photo. This drain should be mentioned in the operator manual. I did not call customer support, but that would have been my next step. Had I not been mechanically inclined I would have returned the edger and probably would have upgraded to a name brand unit at consideribly more cost.
Now that the edger is running fine I love it. Edging used to be a chore with the smaller electric edgers, taking two hours and a lot of frustration. Now it takes 15 minutes and is not the least bit stressful. Now I can do 100 ft of curb in minutes with the curb hop feature. I started on the second working hole of the depth adjustment and no problem for the Powermate edger. At hole 3 the unit started loading up and nearly stalling.
Something missing, but not a big deal, is a blade that guides the unit so you don't hit the edge of the pavement. I noticed in You Tube reviews none of the gas powered edgers had this feature. You can hear the edger blade hitting the pavement in all of the reviews. Come on manufacturers, the less expensive,smaller electric units have this feature. This would really help around the curves of pavements.
August 2, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Skye06 Average edger
I rated this edger 2 stars because it leaked oil. If it would not of leaked I would of rated it a 3 or possibly a 4. Upon opening the box and reading instructions it seemed the wheels were suppose to be on edger because it said to roll out of box but my wheels were not on and putting the wheels on was not in the instructions. Putting the wheels on, although easy with common sense, may not be easy for a novice without instructions. Once assembled I added the oil per instructions along with gas and started edger up. Edger started with ease. Once I began to cut I noticed a trail of oil leaking out intermittently on my cement driveway. Besides the oil leak the edger worked well and the adjustable wheel makes cutting along the curb a breeze.
June 27, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by SWong Decent edger for the money
Easy to assemble and use. Delivery arrived in a horribly beat-up cardboard box with many parts badly scratched and missing paint. My fears were misplaced when the assembled edger started on the first pull of the cord. Early to give a detailed review but the inclusion of a parts listing give me some faith this edger will be serviceable so long as I can source parts. 79cc engine is slightly anemic and underpowered but if you make multiple passes each time lowered another adjustment notch it does a very decent job chewing up overgrown clumps of lawn.
June 15, 2016