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9 in. 79cc Gas Walk-Behind Edger

$199.00 /each

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This edger starts easily and performs admirably. It features an efficient 4-stroke OHV engine, manual recoil system and 3-point triangular adjustable blade. You can do bevel edging and more accommodating cuts. The curb hopping feature allows the front and rear tires to drop for a clean edge.

  • 3-1/2 ft. per lb. , 4-stroke OHV engine delivers powerful, efficient performance
  • Curb hopping feature allows the front and rear tires to drop for a clean edge
  • Triangular 3-point blade offers versatile cutting power
  • Blade angle adjusts +/-15 degree for bevel edging capabilities
  • Sturdy metal frame ensures a durable design that can withstand the challenges of a high maintenance yard
  • Gas-powered with manual recoil for an easy-start fuel delivery system
  • Metal blade-guard works to extend the life of the blades

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does wheel drop for curb edging?

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Idaho
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September 16, 2013
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Yes, standing at the back of the machine looking forward, the right rear wheel drops down. On the left front there is a lever to lower or raise the front wheel.
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Charlotte, NC
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August 23, 2013
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Yes. The right rear wheel can drop significantly with the twist of a thumb screw. The front wheel is also made to drop and can be slid right or left to find the best balance point. I have not used this feature but a person I spoke with at Home Depot that had bought this unit a year ago says he loves this feature and remarked that it works very well.
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July 16, 2013
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yes
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Virginia, USA
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June 10, 2013
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Yes! you can adjust the front and rear right wheel to desired height for curb edging. See it in action in my video
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June 9, 2013
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Yes, wheel is adjustable for edging at different heights.
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Litchfield, MI 49252, USA
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June 7, 2013
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Yes, and the adjustment is simple to make.
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Bonaire, GA
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June 5, 2013
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Yes, the right wheel is constructed to allow curb edging although I haven't used this feature yet.
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Louisburg, KS 66053, USA
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May 28, 2013
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yes there are three wheels one up front is adjustable side the side. The two in back , one of them is fixed and the other one is adjustable up and down maybe 6 inches I'm assuming this is for curbs or whatever else that may be offset. had about 2 weeks now so far I am pleased
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Central Valley, California, USA
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May 28, 2013
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I believe there are two versions of the 79cc Powermate edger, one with fixed rear wheels and one with an adjustable right (when viewed from behind the machine) rear wheel which allows for easy curb edging. At least this was the case when I bought mine last year. The adjustable (curb) edger is a bit more expensive but well worth the additional cost (I think around $70 more). Unfortunately I don't have the Read More
I believe there are two versions of the 79cc Powermate edger, one with fixed rear wheels and one with an adjustable right (when viewed from behind the machine) rear wheel which allows for easy curb edging. At least this was the case when I bought mine last year. The adjustable (curb) edger is a bit more expensive but well worth the additional cost (I think around $70 more). Unfortunately I don't have the two SKU numbers and the current listing on the HD web site does not show the two models. I could be mistaken but I think the one on the web site for $219 does NOT have the adjustable rear wheel. Read Less
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West Chester, PA, USA
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May 28, 2013
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I suspect you won't have a problem adjusting this to anything -- you can download the manual here -- but I'd look into other options as well due to the engine size. I used a steppin' edger before reviewing this, which you can visit at hound-dog -- I haven't tried any other powered edgers, but this manual thing gets the job done about as painlessly as possible, and much faster than with this powermate, Read More
I suspect you won't have a problem adjusting this to anything -- you can download the manual here -- but I'd look into other options as well due to the engine size. I used a steppin' edger before reviewing this, which you can visit at hound-dog -- I haven't tried any other powered edgers, but this manual thing gets the job done about as painlessly as possible, and much faster than with this powermate, due to the learning curve, multiple passes and almost-by-design stalling every few feet. Hope Home Depot starts to carry them. Looks gimickey but works and I'd be happy if I'd paid as much for it. Read Less
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is thus easy to walk with? I an a 73 year old lady can I use it

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My wife is 75 with back and neck problems. While she was able to use it with no problem she still thought it would be too much for a woman her age to use. She said it was heavy and that it would be too much for her. I think it depends on the person as to whether they can safely use it. I suggest you go into Home Depots garden center and have one of the customer service folks help,you make this decision. Read More
My wife is 75 with back and neck problems. While she was able to use it with no problem she still thought it would be too much for a woman her age to use. She said it was heavy and that it would be too much for her. I think it depends on the person as to whether they can safely use it. I suggest you go into Home Depots garden center and have one of the customer service folks help,you make this decision. They will be more than happy to assist you in making a choice that is right for you. Read Less
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You should have no problem as it is very light.
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January 2, 2016
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It's very light, but any uneven surface will get it off course, and any compacted soil will stall the engine at any but the shallowest depth setting, which you'll set lower on subsequent passes. If you have flat, even, sandy soil, it has an engine cut-off feature for your safety, for my misery -- so with those caveats, yes, you could probably use this safely and effectively.
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It's very light, but any uneven surface will get it off course, and any compacted soil will stall the engine at any but the shallowest depth setting, which you'll set lower on subsequent passes. If you have flat, even, sandy soil, it has an engine cut-off feature for your safety, for my misery -- so with those caveats, yes, you could probably use this safely and effectively.
Otherwise, look for a green steel walking stick with a wedge blade and a foot pad, I can't remember what they're called, but you just walk on it, shuffle it forward, walk some more. Effortless, and much faster than using this edger accommodating any soil other than mentioned above. Read Less
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July 26, 2015
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not on an unleveled plain
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Harrisburg, PA
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July 21, 2015
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Yes it is I am 75 and have no trouble operating it. If you know how to start a walk behind lawn mower you should be able to operate this.
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July 21, 2015
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Yes, its easy to start(use the choke) and lower the arm, its that easy!
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Jacksonville FL
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June 28, 2015
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"NO"
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Pittsbugh, PA
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June 12, 2015
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Walking behind the unit will be the least of your issues. The unit is difficult to start and keep running. Unless your pull strength is better than most 23 year old men, i'd look else where.
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North Ridgeville, Ohio
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May 23, 2015
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Yes, but the machine is not reliable.
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Ma'am, if you are only edging around a walk and driveway where the wheels are always on concrete or other hard surface, and if you can currently operate a self-propelled lawn mower, you may do just fine. However, it may be tough to handle if you use it to edge flower gardens and other places where the wheels must be rolled through the grass.
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Can this machine be used to edge flower beds?

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Blauvelt, NY
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By this I mean, rather than hand digging the edge of my landscaped flower beds each year, will this do the trick?
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This should allow you to edge anywhere and/anything you want. It's light weight and the wheels make it easy to push
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I have never used it for that purpose I would read the owners manual and see if it mentions that use.
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No...Unless you pull it backwards...........
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yes
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Yes, but the machine is not reliable.
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Westminster, MD
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Most definitely ! It does a beautiful job edging flower beds. Very professional looking job.
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In my experience it will if your soil is really soft. If the grass is thick or the soil is hard/compacted, it will not. I have tried doing that and engine chocked every time I tried to go a bit deeper.
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I will add, it also does a great job helping cut out the sod (make little squares to scrape out) to make new beds, as well as digging into the sod to bury sprinkler hoses or low voltage wires.
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Yes, edging around flower beds is mostly what I use it for. I suggest mowing around the beds first to ensure the grass is lower and even, because it will make it easier to push the edger along. If it gets stuck, consider dragging (pulling it) or pushing it like a wheelbarrow using the front wheel to hold the weight. But that isn't needed often.
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April 21, 2015
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Yes, this product can be used to edge your flower bed area.
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how to change blade

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The direction booklet shows graphically how to install a new blade. It also shows how to uninstall the old one too. You can find it in the product specs of the page. The directions for this edger are also available online.
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It's very easy. You just need two adjustable wrenches or 3/4 sockets. Use one on the blade side and the other on the side of the drive shaft housing. Turn the locknut on the blade side. Once the nut is off remove the blade and put the new one on. Tighten the locknut back up.
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Follow the instructions in the owners manual, they are step by step and easy to follow.
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Very easy. Just follow the directions in the owners manual.
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If memory serves me correct, in the owners manual the cover this topic. Also I found a video on You tube.
Also if you type in "Powermate 79 cc Walk Behind Gas Edger" into a search engine, you should get a wide variety of how to videos. I hope this helps you.
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August 22, 2014
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Hello oldman. I'm Chris from the Home Depot's how-to Community.
Notice the large nut just on the outside of the blade. There is another one just inside the blade. Two opposing wrenches will free up the outside nut and thus the blade.
I hope this helps,
Chris.
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Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 123 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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