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How to Use a Bed Edger

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Overview

An edging machine helps cut a narrow trench between a lawn and a landscaping bed. Regular use of an edger whenever you cut your lawn will help keep grass runners from encroaching on your flower bed, and will give your lawn a neat, finished look. Edgers range in operation from a string edger that resembles a string trimmer to a blade edger that functions similar to a lawn mower. As with all heavy lawn care equipment, read the individual manual to familiarize yourself with specific operating instructions and safety warnings.

Starting the Machine

Step 1

Set the stop switch to the start position. Set the choke control to the choke position.

Step 2

Squeeze the primer bulb 10 times to inject fuel into the carburetor for a faster start.

Step 3

Press the machine's body into the ground with your non-dominant hand to steady the machine. With your dominant hand, grasp the handle of the recoil starter rope and gradually pull until you encounter resistance. Pull the rope quickly and firmly outward to start the engine.

Step 4

Move the choke lever to throttle.

Push Edging Machine

Step 1

Raise the blades while moving the running edger by pulling back on the depth control lever.

Step 2

Position the machine at one end of the bed you wish to edge.

Step 3

Engage the depth control lever to lower the blade. Move the lever to the mark that controls the depth of the blades.

Step 4

Push the machine slowly along the length of the bed to cut a trench.

Step 5

Pull back on the depth control lever to raise the blade.

String Edging machine

Step 1

Adjust the cutting depth and speed before starting the machine. A locking handle on the head of the string trimmer controls the cutting depth adjustment. A needle on the back of the machine controls the speed.

Step 2

Position the cutting head along the side of the landscaping bed.

Step 3

Press down on the throttle to engage the cutting head.

Step 4

Walk slowly along the bed to allow the string cutting head to cut the vegetation.

Step 5

Release the throttle to stop the action of the cutting head.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear safety gear, including close-toed shoes, long pants, a long-sleeve shirt, leather work gloves and safety goggles.

References

  • Manuals Online: Husqvarna 325E-X
  • Manuals Online: Murray EV3850x4NA
  • Manuals Online: Craftsman 4-Cycle Gasoline Lawn Edger

Who Can Help

  • GrassTools.com: How to Use an Edger
Keywords: using power tools, lawn care tools, edging tools

About this Author

Tracy S. Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published two novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World."

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