It is powered by a heavy-duty industrial two-stroke Komatsu Zenoah engine and has a 44cm-long hardened spring blade. It is designed for maintaining golf course bunkers, and that is where the majority of UK sales have been made, but HW has tested it on the edges of beds and borders and found it worked to good effect (HW, 16 March 2006). The Atom starts from £299 but you should expect to pay £420 ex VAT for a top-of-the-range model.
Kawasaki Power Products also offers a dedicated lawn edger, the KEL26A. Resembling a loop-handled, curved-shaft grass trimmer, this machine has a 25.4cc engine and a 10cm-long metal blade. It has a price tag of £340 ex VAT.
There are other edgers available, mostly as part of multi-tool system. This could be the route to consider if you think you will make use of other attachments such as a grass trimmer, hedgetrimmer, long-reach pruner, cultivator or powered brush. Echo offers the PAS-2400 system based on a 23.6cc two-stroke engine unit. The power unit costs £235 ex VAT and the attachments start at £99. The edger costs £129 ex VAT.
Husqvarna makes two models of split-shaft brushcutter (from £272 ex VAT) where the cutting head can be changed for a variety of attachments, one of which is a lawn edger. And Stihl offers the Combi System, with a wide choice of engines from 25.4cc to 36.6cc, and including the Stihl 4-MIX four-stroke. Prices start from around £180 but expect to pay over £370 for the larger, more powerful machines. In addition, Stihl supplies the MM55 Multisystem for tackling a variety of jobs. Prices begin at £300 for the power unit. Again, both have a wide range of quick-change attachments. The edger on the Combi is a knife-like blade but on the MM55 a star-blade is employed.
All these machines are intended for making new edges. It is difficult to use them as a replacement for long-handled edging shears, and it can take practice to use them to good effect.
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