I had been watching Craigslist for a lawn edger for some time, and happened upon the Black and Decker Edge Hog on clearance. It’s full description and product information can be found here.
First of all, my edging needs are mostly lawn to flower bed rather than lawn to curb, though I do have one stretch along my driveway.
The Edge Hog was easy to put together – simply a couple bolts with large knobs to put the 3 sections of the handle together. There is a reversible secondary handle that also uses a thumbscrew and bolt.
The Edge Hog has 3 depth settings: 1 inch, 1 1/4 inch and 1 1/2 inch. The adjustment is made by moving a guide wheel – again released using a easy to handle knob – on a pivot.
The other nice feature is a guide that can be raised or lowered in order to follow along a curb or driveway.
My first usage was on about a 50 foot length of driveway where the grass was over the concrete in some places and below in others. It took a little getting used to as I aligned the edge guide to the concrete. The edging blade spins counter-clockwise, so any dirt or debris are pushed out in front and away from you as you walk forward. In about 10 minutes, I had a clean line along the driveway. Feeling confident, I thought I’d move on to defining the edge of some existing flowerbeds.
To do these edges I adjusted the depth to 1 1/2 inches and raised the edge guide up and out of the way. I live in North Carolina, where we have dense clay (at least in my yard) but for the most part, the Edge Hog had no trouble cutting a clean line. One nice design feature is that the plastic guard over the blade has a plastic molded line on both the front and rear in alignment with the blade, so you can visually see where the cut is going to be made. I did a length of about 30 feet pretty quickly. Since the groove is only about 1/4 inch wide, the key next step is that I then came back along the groove with a flat edging shovel and dug a small angled trench down to the groove. Since there was a cleanly defined line it was very easy to dig against, and I was very pleased with the edge that was left. It will definitely keep the mulch in place when we refresh it this Fall.
I must say that I am very pleased with the Black and Decker Edge Hog. I’ve since used it to define the edges on several other flower beds and our garden area, and I have not encountered any lack of power from the electric motor, or awkwardness in its handling. I am happy to have come across it, and feel it was well worth the $45.00 I paid.