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McLane 801 Lawn Edger Review

Despite the growing number of battery powered and electric edgers, gas powered edgers remain as popular as ever, and if you are looking for a heavy duty edger the McLane 801 5.50GT Gross Torque Briggs & Stratton 9-Inch Gas Powered Lawn Edger with 8″ Ball Bearing Wheels could be for you.

The McLane 801 is a modern gas powered edger that has been designed to have all the advantages of a modern edger, but without the disadvantages associated with gas powered edgers such as harmful emissions. In fact, it has been designed to emit much less harmful exhaust gases, and is environmentally friendly enough to be CARB compliant, making it available for sale and use in California.


The McLane 801 comes with 4 large 8 inch rubber wheels that make moving this edger about easy and quick. The 9 inch edging blade will certainly make quick work of the edging job that needs completing, and it has a single level blade clutch and depth control for more precision edging. The engine is a Briggs and Stratton 3.5hp gas powered engine that provides 4.74 gross torque for superior cutting power. It is constructed to be durable and long lasting, and there is minimum assembly required.

Pros and Cons

The Pros

One of the main advantages of using the McLane 801 is the fact that its power helps to take the effort out of lawn edging, and its large 8 inch wheels help you to propel the machine effortlessly, even over rough and uneven ground. Another advantage is that it can be used in California, thanks to it being CARB compliant.

The Cons

This edger is by no means perfect, but there are only one or two minor annoyances, the main one being that it is quite heavy, something that can make steering it around curves a bit of a struggle. Also, a curb wheel needs to be purchased separately.


If you have some serious edging to do, a gas powered edger is going to give you more power and more operating time than an electric or battery powered machine. The McLane 801 5.50GT Gross Torque Briggs & Stratton 9-Inch Gas Powered Lawn Edger certainly gives you enough power to tackle the toughest and longest of edging jobs, and it certainly deserves a place on your shortlist.


List Price: $329.99
Sale Price: $599.00
(as of 03/27/2017 06:35 UTC – Details)