Bump feed question - just got one of these on ebay for a decent price, with 2.5 battery, used.
Jury is out still, I *think* I like it, but.....I'm scared to smack that thing on the ground as hard as it seems I have to, to get the string to feed. I have noticed that it's way more powerful with more string out.
I have both a Black and Decker (good for edging) and a Ryobi, decent for trimming. I had to have the Ego because I read somewhere (I think here) that it is powerful enough to cut thru 1" bamboo. That is, in my experience so far, categorically not true. I have some unruly bamboo I was hoping to trim with it, but, yeah, no, it isn't cutting thru it, even 1/2" bamboo..
Main questions, is, do I really have to smack that sucker this hard on the ground, and do you smack it while it is spinning???
There are a lot of things to try. I had great luck changing to a non-twisted line, thicker. Also, since you purchased it used, you may want to clean the inside of the compartment that holds the string and wipe it out with some silicone spray. I barely have to bump to get a full line, I use thick orange grooved line. I am not at home, so do not have the brand or thickness with me.
Once you get the hang of the bump feed I think you're gonna love it!
Having said that, I don't think cutting bamboo is a fair expectation of any trimmer that uses non-metallic line. Bamboo is tough stuff more suited to a brush cutter I would think. Maybe Ego will fill that niche with a future model. :-)
Thanks! It also may be a hand wrapped line that came with it. With all my trimmers I never had good luck wrapping my own spools and on the other 2 have gone back to factory spools.
Yesterday I bought an Ego predone line and spool, maybe that will help.
I just felt I was banging it too hard and scared of breaking it.