Best Lawn Edger: Reviews of Electric, Manual and Petrol Edging Tools

In this article, I’m going to list my top picks for the best lawn edger.

Now, lawn edging tools fall into two categories;

  1. Creating new edges but cutting into and removing the old edge, or
  2. Maintaining existing edges by trimming overhanging grass after mowing

So with that said, this article covers both types.

 

Best Lawn Edging Tools: My Top 6 Picks


Not interested in reading the whole of this article?

If you just want to see my recommendations, just take a look at the table below.

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bulldog lawn edger

Bulldog Premier Edging Knife: The Best Half Moon Edger

– Very Well Made
– Cuts Beautifully
– Lifetime Guarantee

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Texas EC1400: The Best Electric Walk-Behind Lawn Edger

– Easy to Use
– Double as a Path Joint Cleaner
– Very Good at What it Does

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Texas EC2600: The Best Petrol Walk-Behind Lawn Edger

– Easy to Use
– Double as a Path Joint Cleaner
– Very Good at What it Does

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long handles lawn shears

Wilkinson Sword: The Best Long-Handled Edging Shears

– Sharp Blades Which Hold Their Edge
– Very Smooth Cutting Action
– 10-Year Guarantee

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Wilkinson Sword: The Best Hand Held Lawn Shears

– Very Light
– Blades Rotate 180 Degrees
– 10-Year Guarantee

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black and decker strimmer

Black & Decker GLC3630L20: An Excellent Cordless Strimmer/Edge

– Fadeless Lithium-Ion Battery
– Fast Recharging
– Pretty Powerful

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Lawn Edger Reviews: A Closer Look At My Top Picks


In the following lawn edger reviews, we’ll take a close look at my top picks.

It goes without saying that the best lawn edger for me might not be the right one for you. A lot depends on you want, need and the shape of your lawn.

1. Bulldog Premier Edging Knife: The Best Have Moon Edging Iron

bulldog premier half moon lawn edging iron

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Key Features

Power Type: Manual; Type of Edging Job: Creating New Edges;  Weight: 1.36kg; Warranty: Lifetime;


If you like to edge your lawn manually with a traditional crescent edging iron, the Premier Edging Knife from Bulldog is fantastic.

OK, it’s more expensive than other edging irons but that’s because it’s quite a lot better.

The head is solid forged from one piece of steel which is riveted to a hand-turned Ash t-bar handle. The blade is thicker and far stronger than similar tools and as a result, it’s reassuringly heavy in the hand.

It feels like it’ll last 100 years!

I’ve used more edging irons in my time than care to count and I’ve broken many of them. Hit a root or rock in the ground and many will bend or break.

This tool cuts through turf as cleanly as you could wish and isn’t fazed by roots or rocks.

The Bulldog is a beast of an edging iron and it’s definitely the best I have used.

And it comes with a lifetime guarantee.

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2. Texas EC1400 Pro Lawn Edge Cutter: The Best Electric Walk-Behind Lawn Edger

Walk Behind Electric Lawn Edger

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Key Features

Power Type: 1400-Watt Electric; Type of Edging Job: Creating/Maintaining Edges;  Weight: 6.8g; Warranty: 1-Year;


If cutting new edges in your lawns manually with a half-moon edger sounds like too big a chore, or if you have lawns which meet straight paths or patios, the Texas EC1400 electric lawn edger is a good tool to have in the shed.

The blade spins vertically at 2,900rpm so it cuts the ground cleanly, creating a very nice, definite edge. Even where the soil might be hard or compacted.

It features an edge guide which you can use to follow the current edge and shape of your lawn.

I especially like it for edging lawns where they meet patios, or lawn edging blocks. Sometimes the grass can grow over the hard surface which looks pretty horrible. Cutting the edge of the lawn where it meets the hard surface creates a beautifully neat, crisp edge.

You can also decide how deep you want to cut your new lawn edge as it has three height adjustments; 15mm, 25mm and 38mm.

And once you’ve cut your new edges, this tool will easily maintain them. There’s no need to get the edging shears out to trim any long grass at the edge of your lawn after mowing. This machine will do that too.

Using it is very easy and comfortable too, thanks to its telescopic handle. Whether your short, tall or somewhere in between there’s an adjustment that’ll make it comfortable to use.

You can even change the blade for a wire brush (sold separately) and turn this machine into a path cleaner. It’s brilliant for removing moss and weeds from in between block paving.

I really like this edge cutter. If you don’t like what can often be back-breaking work of cutting new lawn edges, this does it with ease.

The only downside is the length of the power cord. You’ll need an extension cable – especially if you don’t have a power source outside.

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3. Texas EC2600 Pro Edge Cutter: The Best Petrol Walk-Behind Edger

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Key Features

Power Type: 26cc 2-Stroke Petrol; Type of Edging Job: Creating/Maintaining Edges;  Weight: 7g; Warranty: 1-Year;


Texas also makes a petrol walk-behind edger.

It comes with many of the same features including 3 cutting depths, a telescopic handle etc. and you have the option of changing the blade for a wire brush for cleaning block paving and patios.

However, because it’s powered by a 26cc 2 stroke petrol engine, you’ll not be limited by a power cable. As a result, it’s much better suited to large gardens.

The only downside is that it’s quite noisy. But then most tools are when they’re powered by a 2-stroke engine.

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4. Wilkinson Sword Long Handled Border Edging Shears: Best Long Handled Edging Shears

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Key Features

Power Type: Manual; Type of Edging Job: Trimming Grass Edges;  Weight: 1.46kg; Warranty: 10-Year;


For that razor-sharp, hand-cut finish when trimming overhanging grass at the edges of your lawn, these shears Wilkinson Sword are hard to beat.

Firstly, there are two types to choose from;

  1. Traditional edging shears, and
  2. Lawn shears

The traditional edging shears are for vertical trimming of your lawn edges while the lawn shears cut horizontally and are perfect for cutting part of a lawn your lawnmower can’t reach. Around trees and corners of square lawns for example.

Their carbon steel, non-stick blades are sharp and hold their edge over time so the quality of cut is impeccable. The cutting action is also very smooth unlike some which can be quite ‘jerky’.

The smooth cutting action combined with the soft grip handles makes them a joy to use and I expect them to last years.

This is backed up by the fact that Wilkinson Sword offers a 10-year guarantee.

One downside to these shears might be the length of the handle at 850mm. They’re perfect for most people but if your particularly tall, you might find yourself having to stoop while using them.

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5. Wilkinson Sword Unknown Single Hand Grass Shears: Best Hand-Held Edging Shears

wilkinson sword unknown hand lawn edging shears

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Key Features

Power Type: Manual; Type of Edging Job: Trimming Grass Edges;  Weight: 222g; Warranty: 10-Year;


If you like to get up close and personal when trimming the edges of your lawn, or if you need to trim an area you can’t get to with long-handled shears, these hand shears from Wilkinson Sword are perfect.

Using them is like giving your lawn a hair cut!

As you’d expect from Wilkinson Sword, the blades are sharp and deliver a beautifully clean cut.

The blade head rotates through 180 degrees at 30-degree increments so you can cut vertically or horizontally and anywhere in between.

The scissors themselves are light in the hand and the cutting action is very smooth. Just a little squeeze fully activates the blades which are 13cm long so you can cut a metre length in around 8 strokes.

When you’re not using them, the blades lock shut by the press of a button.

And like the long-handled shears above, they come with a 10-year guarantee.

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6. Black & Decker GLC3630L20: The Best Cordless Lawn Edger/Strimmer

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Key Features

Power Type: Cordless; Type of Edging Job: Trimming Grass Edges;  Weight: 3.5kg; Warranty: 2 Years;


The Black & Decker GLC3630L20 is a very good lawn edging tool which doubles as a strimmer.

In fact, it’s a strimmer first but it does a fantastic job of trimming grass edges.

It features a wire edging guide to keep you on track and the head spins at 8,500rpm so it’ll easily cut through thicker grasses.

And because it’s cordless, you won’t have to worry about wrestling with an electric cord.

It’s powered by a Lithium-Ion battery that’ll give you fade-free strimming for 30-40 minutes which should be plenty of time to edge even large lawns.

The cutting line is fed through an auto-feed system so if you do break it on a path, stone or root, it’ll release more without you having to fiddle with it.

And it weighs in at 3.5kg so it’s light enough to handle fairly easily.

I have to say, it does take some practice to keep edges neat with a strimmer but if you’re looking a tool that’ll strim as well as edge, the Black and Decker is excellent.

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How to Choose the Best Lawn Edging Tool For You


The type of lawn edging tool you invest in really comes down to two considerations;

  1. Do you want to take your time to edge your lawn manually, or do you want to speed up the process and use a machine?
  2. Your budget

Edging Your Lawn By Hand or Machine

For small lawns, manual edging tools are perfect.

For larger lawns, however, creating a new edge with a half-moon edging iron, for example, is very laborious.

Creating straight edges requires either a string line or wooden plank as a guide and smooth edges can be even more difficult to create. It’s hard to keep curved edges smooth when you’re cutting them with a straight-edged tool!

Also, if part of your lawn meets a path or driveway it can be difficult to use a manual tool, especially if that edge is curved. It’s like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole.

Not only that but if, over time, the edges of the lawn become matted as it tries to grow over and onto the hard surface, cutting through it with a manual tool is very tiresome. It’s hard on the hands and back.

Even trimming the grass at the edges of your lawn with a pair of edging shears can take a fair amount of time.

On the other hand, a powered lawn edger makes light work of creating new edges and trimming the grass after mowing on large lawns. A job which can take a couple of hours when done by hand can be completed in 10-15 minutes.

Your Budget

Of course, the amount of money you have to spend on a lawn edging tool will ultimately dictate whether you invest in a manual or powered version.

A decent edging iron and a pair of edging shears will cost you less than £60. However, a powered tool will cost at least double.

 

In Conclusion


Choosing the best lawn edger for you and your lawn will save you time and hard work. All while producing a better result.

Remember, when it comes to edging your lawn, you can create new edges by cutting into and removing the old edge or and maintain existing edges by trimming the grass with shears or a strimmer.

Some tools do one or the other, some tools do both.

You don’t need to spend a fortune on powered machines if you have small lawns. At the same time, don’t buy the wrong product for your large lawn just to save a bit of money. Trust me, what you save in money will cost you in time and sore hands!

Whichever type of tool you buy though, buy the best you can afford.

Hopefully, my recommendations will steer you in the right direction.