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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From the Manufacturer
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I bought a Troy-Bilt Model 554 Edger - I had used a Troy-Bilt Roto-Tiller 30 years ago, so I thought it still was a good brand. Oh my, was I wrong. Worst tool-type purchase I ever made, and I'm 63. Hated it from the first time I used it. Under powered, not steady, and it had the oddest geometry - when pushing it along flower beds, it felt like you were pushing down on it instead of forward, causing it to be terribly awkward to use. A $10.00 piece broke and I used that as an excuse to buy a new, different edger.
So, I started doing online research, and found this McLane. I'd never heard of McLane before, so I relied on reviews like this one and purchased it. First of all, it has an honest-to-goodness throttle and choke. So I was immediately happier than I was with the Troy-Bilt. It was easy to put together out of the box, started on the first pull. Excellent power - I wasn't used to it and I sliced up some turf a couple of times.
I've now used it for four weeks, and really like it. My wife, who usually doesn't even notice when I mow the lawn, commented on how the flower beds look so much better because the edges look clean [like I said above, I edge every week, I'm kind of a yard geek]. I rate things based on the value I believe that I've received. So far, it has exceeded my expectations. But maybe I had low expectations after the Troy-Bilt. I'll try to remember to add to this review in a year, and let you know if it's still meeting my expectations.
Once I was ready to start the unit, it fired right up and ran like a Briggs engine does. The smell of burning rubber and white smoke was everywhere. I thought, "Oh, I filled it with too much oil." That was until I realized the belt guard was the culprit. When in neutral, the belt guard is so tight against the belt it engages the blade and through friction, melts the belt. Hmmm.... So, I took off the guard, but I doubt that is what McClane intended. This is a safety issue !!! Where is the quality control? Why did this unit leave the plant if it was burning up belts? Read all of the reviews! I am not the only one who has this belt issue. This unit does not seem to have a setting in which the belt is loose enough to stop blade spinning. Again, another safety issue. It does not bother me too much, but someone is going to get hurt with a unit that does not fully go into neutral and stop the blade spinning.
Finally, the throttle travel that everyone else complains about is right on the money. The travel on the level is only about half of its potential, why? It does not bother me too much, but I felt like I need to let a potential buyer know that I experienced the same issue that others have expressed.
Overall, I think the McClane company needs to revise the instruction manual on both the engine and the unit itself. They need to fix the travel of the throttle cable and most importantly, they really need to review the design of the pulley system. It seems like a simple design could be developed that keeps belts from melting and stops the blade from spinning when in neutral. That sounds simple, right?