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Great Trimmer, minor issue,
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This review is from: McLane 101-4.75GT-7 9-Inch Gas Powered Lawn Edger, 5.50 Gross Torque B&S Engine 7" Wheels (Lawn & Patio)For years I would just use the string trimmer on its side to edge my lawn and although that works I always wanted a better and safer edging system. A year ago I purchased and attachment for the string trimmer and this gives you a better edge but still can be dangerous and can pull when it digs into the dirt. The blade has worn down so I went and purchased a new blade even though my thoughts were to start looking for better alternatives, I could not get the old blade off the attachment after several different ways of trying so I thought to myself, this is a sign that I should get a stand alone trimmer. (Of course my wife wasn't thinking along these lines). I took a look around the standard places, Home Depot, Lowe's and Sears prior to looking on Amazon, which always seems to have the best deals. I read all the reviews for this model and decided to purchase it; I received the product faster that the expected date which was a bonus. Assembly was easy and the engine started up on the first try. I took it out for a trial run and like all the other reviews this product worked great, it gives you a nice clean edge and will save you a ton of time if you have a large area to edge which I do, I have over and acre and I have a lot of flower beds to edge around. I do not anticipate and kick-back or pulling from this machine which eliminates any of my safety concerns. Although you can use this as a trimmer, I don't think this will save you any time, I tried it out but don't think I will be using it as a trimmer, you will still need to use your trimmer to get close to areas which are against vertical items such as foundations or any other structures.
The only issue I have is with the throttle cable, it is very flimsy and actually broke away from the engine area (a plastic piece that connects the cable). I can probably fix this myself as I am pretty handy but it is brand new so why should I have to. The alternative is to just manually adjust the throttle that is located above the choke, in my opinion this is just as simple to do as pushing the little red throttle cable lever. I will give McLane a call to see what they have to say but over-all this is a great edger. I would have given this a 5 star rating if it weren't for the throttle issue.
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Initial post: Apr 10, 2010 2:33:21 PM PDT
Geoffrey Santoliquido says:
did mclane help you out with the throttle issue? I've seen another forum where a gal had the same prob and wondered whether to buy one of these machines....
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2010 12:26:12 PM PDT
Timothy S. Movalli says:
I actually never called them, got sidetracked and just blew it off. If I had any other issues with the machine I would have called but that was the only issue and you really don't even need the throttle cable, it's just as easy to manually push the throttle. I wish they made the connections to the cable with higher quality material because the connections are plastic and I'm sure the replacement parts would have been as well so I just ignored it. The machine is great though, I would highly recommend it, the rest is built very well. I would suggest buying the three pack of replacement blades along with it because you will more than likely use a blade a season if you use it a lot like myself. Good Luck
Posted on Jul 23, 2010 11:02:52 AM PDT
Kid Prometheus says:
am wondering if you must adjust the throttle at all during the actual job. I have never used this sort of machine, only those crappy hand tools. I would get this one if I knew if frequent throttle adjustment was needed as you are doing the work of edging. My drive way( about 50 ft or so, and a curb) takes too long and it also has wild crab and burmuda that grows thick after rain/hot sun. it will have a few catches when I cut into the driveway. I don't want to have to go fussing arond the engine box in some emergency I think that is why the throttle cable is there. you could get kick back.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2010 7:37:53 AM PDT
Timothy S. Movalli says:
You would just keep the throttle at full at all times, no need to adjust anything. If you were to hit a rough spot the machine will actually give itself more power. I am very pleased with this product, one suggestion I would make is to purchase the three pack of spare blades, you will go through a blade a season I bet, they are pretty reasonably priced.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2013 10:00:06 AM PDT
HeyIowa. com says:
Great review. It's helpful in my decision to buy the McLane 101 or a similarly priced model at my local Lowes store.
Regarding the edging you do around flower beds, do you have edging around your flower beds (if so what kind are you using)? If not, do you use the edger to edge vertically or do you edge the flower beds at an angle?
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