I believe I have found a UK dealer willing to ship one to me, but it was a struggle and I had to be REAL persistent. I'll let you know if and when it shows up. Supposed to be here in about 2 weeks. From what I have been told, the reason it is not sold here in the USA is because Home Depot doesn't want to carry it. That is absolutely NO reason to keep me from buying what I want, now is it?
I'm actually also evaluating an extended hedge trimmer made by Stihl via a loaner from the local dealer. Nice unit, but it's a definite workout using the thing since the motor is down near the blades. But if I like the Stihl better than the EGO, I might be willing to let the EGO go.