Easy off Rapid Reload Head or Smaller Size

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I would like to see the Rapid Reload Head redesigned and backwards compatible. The head is just too large for small hands. The prongs are too stiff and hard to engage for anyone with arthritis.

This unit should be a cinch to open and it just is not. I have watched the videos. I just lack the strength in my hands to do it. At home I use a hammer and screw driver to pound the prongs in place.

I took the unit to two different Home Depot Tool Rental counters. Neither man could put the rapid head reloader back on the tool without clamping the unit down and smacking it with a tool or really whaling on it.

I love the product. Hate the rapid rewind design.
As I stated earlier, I have watched the videos several times, called customer service and posted my frustration with the design here.
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Posted 2 years ago

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As someone with large hands I find the RR head to be very easy to load. I can also easily see how the head diameter would pose a problem for someone with smaller hands... it is pretty big.

While the argument can be made that disassembly should not be necessary on a regular basis, when it is necessary it is NOT easy. I have large strong hands and, after some practice, I can assemble/disassemble the head without issue, but it's much harder than it needs to be.

A 7/8 scale version of the RR head would be awesome. Not only would it (likely) work with the original 15" trimmer (it would be lighter), it would be less bulky and easier for smaller hands to handle. An improved clip design could also make maintenance much easier.
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I tend to 2nd Beth's opinion.  At times it's nice, at times I struggle with it.  And I have very large, strong hands.  I do wish it was smaller for other reasons.

Otherwise it performs fine and is a nice option.
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Given that the AH1500 is 4 ounces heavier than the AH1300 head, there definitely is merit to a 80% sized replacement (or 7/8 as stated above).  I might get out the drill and start lightening the AH1500 myself... for kicks.

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