15" String Trimmer with 5A Battery - Too Awkward to Use?

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Will the backend be too heavy?  Note, I primarily use my trimmer for edging beds.  I know there is another option, but I prefer string trimmers.  Can this thing even be rotated into the correct position for edging?

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Craig, tough to answer without knowing your physical condition. I have put hundreds of hours on the trimmer using the 2.5 and much prefer it but for the last month I have been using the 5.0 and haven't missed a beat and I run it in all positions and even one handed.. On the same note I ordered the backpack battery link with the thought of running the 7.5 in combo with the trimmer. I will have it Monday.
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Hi bigfootcountry,
 Please let us know how it goes with the backpack battery link!
It would be nice if they made one available in the States that would 
have even greater capacity, like the one for the European market.
I'm up to nine 5.0 Ah batteries now.
Bob
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Does the head rotate?
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As far as i know...no.
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Hi Craig,
 Like bigfootcountry, I also run the 15" trimmer with a 5.0Ah battery, it feels fine and is lighter than a lot of gas trimmers. I think that the weight of the battery helps to balance out the weight of the electric motor on the end of the shaft.

 It edges great, but bear in mind that, in stock configuration, it rotates clockwise which is opposite to 
commercial gas trimmers. You may or may not like this. I reversed the wiring on mine to make it rotate counterclockwise with good results.

 I also have the PowerHead with line trimmer attachment, with the 5.0Ah battery it's noticeably heavier than the regular 15" trimmer, but it still has a good feel/balance, and it rotates counterclockwise right out of the box. It excels at "trimmer-edging" just be very careful for thrown rocks, etc. as this one can really launch them :-)  It can handle .080 round line with a 23" cutting swath, and is very productive.

Bob
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Going on second season with my Power Head Edger/Trimmer w/5 amp battery.  I'm 65 and not in the best of shape but I use the unit weekly.  I can say it's heavier than the corded B&D dual line trimmer I used for over a decade.  The EGO is heavy but manageable.  It take me about 30 minutes to edge and trim my property.  I have a pool so I have a fence that needs trimming on both sides so that adds about 10 minutes to the job.  I have never used a gas trimmer so I can't compare the weight of the two, I wonder if there are any YouTube videos on the subject.  I know Ego has a shoulder strap but don't know if it works on the P/H, that may help with the load.  But man is the P/H powerful.  
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Thanks!  Speaking of line, any reason not to use the .095 line in the 15" string trimmer?
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Hi Craig,
 I prefer .080 round line (gatorline) for several reasons.

It runs more smoothly without oscillation allowing for more precise 
trimming and edging.

It creates less load on the motor, allowing you to run a larger diameter
and more productive cutting swath.

You can wind a little more footage on the spool.

It's tough enough, but also gentle enough for trimming around 
trees with fragile bark, etc.

In 25 years of mowing professionally I've tried about every kind of line there is
regardless of cost, and I've always come back to .080 round.

Bob
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When my .095 runs out I'll give the .080 a try.  Thanks for the tip.
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Lehigh Lawn in his 25 years of lawncare is liable to have hit the 100,000 yards serviced mark so his advice is very valuable. The 15", with the guard on, are capable of running .105.....vortex .105 is my is my day to day line. After I ran through my supply of .95 I tried .105 and it loaded and fed fine. You may find .105 in more durable for edging and even a little crack cleaning. If you buy a larger roll of any size line you may want to, from time to time, put it in a bucket of water for a few hours to kinda rehydrate the line. It helps the line to not retain the coil of the roll so much thus helping the heavier line run straighter even under less than full throttle. blah, blah...blah. Sorry....im a little bit of an equipment nut and details and methods are important to me.

Jersey
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The Powerhead string trimmer is surely powerful enough for the .105 line as well, as long as it feeds properly. During heavy brush cutting I found the .095 line would wear quick or break off. The machine itself was nearly unstoppable.
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I bought a roll of .095 line and it works just fine.  I load about 14" and have used it twice this season and still have line left.  And as others have said it can sling stuff so wear eye protection.  I do think the Ego line is better.  I operated my P/U trimmer all last year on the stuff that came pre-loaded.  I think when I need new line I'll buy Ego line.
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Hi all,
I'm new to the Ego world and thought I would throw my two cents in for whoever may come through. I just bought the ST1500SF and use it with the 7.5ah battery from my mower. I don't have any comparison because I haven't tried the trimmer with a smaller battery, but the 7.5 is definitely rear-heavy. I don't mind it, but I think it is a little heavier than would be ideal. I guess it ultimately comes down to preference or what you are used to.
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No doubt Carter. The 7.5 is really not ideal for hand tools.  But it is nice that all of the tools and batteries are interchangeable if needed or wanted.  Certainly get some good run time with the 7.5 in a string trimmer.

As you are new, I will mention that Ego makes a battery back pack link so you can get the great run time of the 7.5 to your hand tools while carrying the weight on your back.  https://egopowerplus.com/collections/power-batteries-chargers/products/ego-power-backpack-link
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