edgers – Troy-Bilt, 2017

The Troy-Bilt TB516 EC is a wheeled lawn edger with a four-cycle engine, jump-start capability and a 9-inch double-edged blade. This garden-edging machine comes equipped with three wheels, two in the back for stability and ease of use, and a third wheel in the front that serves as a curb wheel.

This lawn-edging machine just needs a steady, smooth pull to engage the motor, but it does not come with a push-button start. The manufacturer offers the option of adding a power-start bit or electric starter. It has a start lever for when the temperature is under 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

You can adjust the cutting depth of this edger by raising or lowering the lever near the front wheel bracket. Moving the lever toward the front raises the cutting blade, and moving it farther back increases the depth of the cut. The maximum cutting depth is 1.75 inches, which is sufficient for most jobs, and the machine has six depth settings.

You do not need to mix oil with gas when using the four-cycle Troy-Bilt engine. It uses 30-weight oil, and the tank holds 0.4 quarts of gasoline. The four-cycle engine provides higher efficiency than a two-cycle engine. A primer bulb primes the motor. The machine operates in temperatures below 40 degrees by warming the engine first. On occasion, when cutting through heavy growth, the engine may heat up; you can cool down this gas edger by allowing it to idle.

The shipping weight for this edging machine is 22 pounds, which is relatively lightweight. The weight, in addition to the three sturdy wheels, makes it easy to use.

This gas edger comes with a two-year limited warranty, which is standard for this price range. It is voided if you use gas with ethanol content higher than 10 percent, operate the machine with the air filter removed or use replacement parts that are not from an authorized dealer.

The Troy-Bilt TB516 EC Lawn Edger is easy to start and lightweight for convenient operation. Its four-cycle engine saves you the trouble of mixing gas with oil to operate it.