Can the 15: trimmers cut poison ivy stems?

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It's a typical string trimmer, albeit with more power than most. I've been able to get through pretty much anything with mine, apart from thick, woody stems.

That said, I don't know that it's a good idea to be slinging poison ivy debris around by using a string trimmer. It seems like a good way to get it all over you (I get poison ivy very easily). I prefer to spray the stuff.
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Thanks. Never caught it in 70 years so not too worried at this point.
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Roundup® Ready-To-Use Poison Ivy Plus Tough Brush Killer or. https://www.hgtv.com/outdoors/flowers-and-plants/how-to-kill-poison-ivy
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I never use chemicals. We have a well. But thanks all the same.
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Yes it will, with strong line installed. I cleaned years of growth along the fence row behind my shop. I'm not highly allergic. If you are, I wouldn't recommend using a trimmer. The EGO seems to throw a lot of debris back at you .
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Thanks. Not concerned. Never caught it even when chopping out out by hand.By your comment I'm guessing the EGO is more messy than others.
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The guard on teh Ego 15" trimmers is fairly open.  This is a huge benefit when it comes to getting into tight places and seeing what you're doing.  The tradeoff is that it protects you a little less from debris.  If you're into heavy bushwhacking it's strongly recommended you wear eye protection! :-)

As 40mm pointed out, the string will probably be the deciding factor.  With a tough enough string it should be capable.

If heavier brush cutting is what you plan to use the trimmer for on a regular basis, you may want to consider the Powerhead + string trimmer attachment.  It's a true commercial power level trimmer.  The string will be the limiting factor, not the tool.
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Maybe its english Ivy and not poison ivy.  They all look the same, reason why you are not reacting to it.  Otherwise, trimmer on a poison ivy is a death wish, in your case, other people.  The ivy tend to get woody at the base, I used a hedge trimmer for the job and a sawzall.  Then using pure muscle to yank the roots out.  Took 3 years to completely clear fence, shed and bed of it.  Good riddance.  I also killed it first with the product woody mentioned above with roundup.
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You are right, it is persistent.  Living in the forest takes a certain amount of cohabitation.