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Blade spins counterclockwise = FAIL
on July 4, 2012
I thought it was assembled backwards, but have since learned that the counterclockwise blade direction was purposeful! What pure idiocy. I purchased this item with the intent of using it as I have every other edger I've purchased, to edge my driveway and sidewalks. It is lightweight, starts easily, and is easy to manuever. Looking like a 5 out of 5. Go to edge grass, cutting like I am dragging an edger backwards, not cutting well at all. Notice the blade action, it is spinning backward, so as you move the edger forward the front edge of the blade is moving up and the rear moving backward, the unit wants to kick back and when it strikes the concrete (as all blades occasionally do), it does so not as a glancing scrape but as a blunt thud. Horrible design. Pure idiocy. I read that the Troy Built astroturf is out here trying to do damage control by having commentors appear and make comments like, "oh,you want rocks and grass to hit you?, this is much safer" and "don't you know that all edger blades spin that way?" Really? With a straight face? I only wish I could switch the blade action, then I'd be writing a favorable reivew. But since I can't I am going to beat it with an aluminum bat and shoot fireworks at it tonight. Happy Birthday America! 7/4..... I'd like someone from Troy Built to answer for this. This thing is awful. Who thought of this? Who let this fly out the door, did some consumer safety twit scare you into doing this so that a pebble wouldn't fly out and hit a customer? So you make the cutting action completely safe and completely deficient. FAIL.