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McLane 801 5.50GT Gross Torque Briggs & Stratton 9-Inch Gas Powered Lawn Edger With 8" Ball Bearing Wheels

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  • 9-inch edging blade and 8-inch wheels with ball bearings
  • 3.5 Horse-power and 4.75 Gross-torque
  • Single level blade clutch and depth control
  • Curb wheel sold separately
  • CARB Compliant For Sale In California
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McLane - manufacturing the best quality, precision cutting lawn and garden equipment since 1946. The McLane facility covers over 75,000 square feet in the city of Paramount, CA. McLane produces reel mowers, green mowers, rotary mowers, and edgers. All edgers are made of heavy duty steel frames with dual cutterhead bearings for smooth cutting. Smooth live rubber replaceable tires and chip resistant baked on powder coated paint. McLane has many dealers and distributors located nation wide for your convenience. For a McLane dealer in your area please contact us by phone at (562) 633-8158 or email info@mclanemower.com.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 67 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: This item is available for shipping in the U.S. except for California and to select countries outside the U.S.
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  • ASIN: B001SARMPM
  • Item model number: 801-5.5GT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,742 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)
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80 of 84 people found the following review helpful By BIG AL on July 8, 2009
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Assembly is easy.
Engine is easy to start and runs well.
Unit cuts properly and is easy to use BUT ......
the belt pulley on the cutter head keeps coming off of the shaft.
It appears to be a friction fit.
There is no set screw or mechanical device to keep the pulley on the shaft.
I have reinstalled it 3 times but it keeps coming off.
I will have to call the factory and find out how to get it fixed.
Other than this defect it is a good unit.
UPDATE:
I contacted the factory and they promptly sent a new cutter head assembly.
Very simply installed in 5 minutes with minimal tools.
Now it works great!
I now rate it 5 stars.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By TinCupp on June 20, 2010
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The title of this review pretty much sums up my experience with my McLane 801 Edger.

For the last 20 years I have been a Craftsman Edger user, but have really noticed an overall drop in quality with their products over the last 5 years. That is a sad story for another day. I researched the internet for a new edger and after many reviews and talking to my neighbor who also owns a McLane, I decided this was the unit for me.

When I received the edger from Amazon, it arrived in perfect condition. Assembly was easy and the instructions were very well written. The unit comes in two pieces. Since the throttle cable comes pre-attached, the handle assembly was semi-attached with only the upper section requiring assembly. (6 nuts/bolts)

Next was the oil installation. The engine comes with both a front and rear oil access port. (Note: The front one is inaccessible due to one of the front tires resting next to it.) Engine drank almost an entire quart of oil via the rear oil access port. Gas installation was easy.

The final step was a bit of a challenge. The throttle cable only moves to the center position of the full throttle lever range. (50% Range of TRAVEL) Seems this is the maximum travel allowed for this engine. My super human strength teenage son, figured that some "additional" pressure was warranted and instantly BROKE the cable off the lever housing with one swift push.

Seems the cable attachment is secured with a very cheap plastic clip attaching it to the main housing. I found an OEM cable assembly from an online distributor and had it shipped to my house within 4 days. Installation was a breeze, however I noticed the throttle again only has a 50% travel range. From what I can tell, this is maximum speed for this edger.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Tom on November 30, 2009
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The McLane 801 edger is a much better design than the brands at Sears or Home Depot. It works well, however, it was advertised as having steel wheels but they are plastic. The wheels seem to be the only difference from the lower cost model 101. Also, the throttle is somewhat flimsy. Overall, a nice unit that starts easily and has plently of power.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By W. D. Boxmeyer on June 25, 2010
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I purchased this edger to replace a real old brand X model after I had finally run it into the ground. With a bit on online research I concluded that the McLean 800 series was the most cost effective solution for me to edge my 1300 feet of lawn and garden. It arrived on time form Amazon with no damage and was stone simple to assemble.

I filled it with oil and gas, set the choke and it started on the first pull. Once I got it running I also noticed that the throttle handle would not move over the full range. As long as I run it, this is no problem but I noticed that a younger member of my household feels that it was necessary to force the lever to the stop. In any event, the plastic housing holding the throttle lever did not break because the clamp securing the cable to the carburetor was loose enough to allow the cable to slide. I made a simple throttle lever stop and tightened the clamp. Now even Godzilla is not going to be able to push the throttle lever far enough to break it. This is my solution but the factory should really set the lever movement to match the carburetor throttle plate range. I don't know why this is this way but it may be because this model is available with different engine and they are saving a few pennies with a one size fits all approach. It is no big deal and most certainly not a reason to not purchase this model.

In operation, this thing edges just great. The wheels are large enough so it is simple to push (at least on level ground). I can edge my 1300 feet almost as fast as I can walk. That said, with the blade in the trimmer position it leaves a bit to be desired unless the wheels are on an absolutely flat and hard surface. Any softness or bumps and it will hang up or scalp your lawn. For trimming, my suggestion is to stick with a weed wacker.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Busa13 on April 6, 2010
My wife bought me this edger for Christmas and since we live in the NE I wan't able to use it until last weekend. It works perfectly. The blade angle adjustment is very easy to use and the height adjustment is just as easy. The engine starts on the first pull cold or hot and has plenty of power. This unit is a night and day difference from the old B&D electric edger or upsidedown weedeater I used before.

As some others have mentioned, as delivered the throttle sticks. This is easily remedied with some lubrication of the moving parts of the lever, cable and where it pivots on the engine. It's as smooth as can be now. Why McLane doesn't do this at the factory is a mystery because it is so well engineered and assembled otherwise. Overall, I couldn't be more pleased... and Amazon did it's usual great job getting it to us.
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