ego spindle design

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home depot ryobi 40v-x will accept rino-tuff brushblade with the rino adapters. i took apart ego spool (and ryobi to verify) to see if I could add this brushcutter onto ego spindle( that holds the spool), but it was not the common hex shape of Ryobi and the rino brushcutter - or the round spindle for a blade brushcutter. is there a way to attach anything other then the grass cutter spool. By itself will ego cut small woody growth like buckthorn.
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can you post pictures of the ego spindle attachment point? I don't yet have the string trimmer (I plan on picking one up this week) but I'm sure an adapter could be created (even if it is not recommended by the manufacture)
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George and Dominic, just a friendly reminder that our trimmer was not designed for use with adapters or accessories not recommended for use with the trimmer, so modifications like this would invalidate the product warranty.
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Quoting Jennifer, " just a friendly reminder that our trimmer was not designed for use with adapters or accessories not recommended for use with the trimmer."

Thinking like that is what bothers me.  This is a new product line, with no track record, where people will be spending hundreds of dollars to buy into.  And yet, instead of making the trimmer the most versatile possible, EGO's designers purposely made this unique design in order to prevent using with other already established products such as trim spool made by somebody else.  Is the EGO design superior to the Ryobi common hex shape?  I highly doubt it.

I had spent most of my time researching the mower, which is by essentially all accounts fantastic, and thought something like a trimmer should be straightforward, as I have 2-cycle system with a trimmer / edger interchangeable parts.  I just didn't want the problems of gasoline, not a new problem of non-interchangeability. 

On the Home Depot website the trimmer spool is poorly rated, Home Depot won't carry them in stock so a person has to special order them, and ordering directly from EGO is not feasible because of shipping charges (which is understandable when ordering one instead of Home Depot ordering 100).  The Bump Head is highly negatively rated here too, with at least one person returning the entire trimmer due to this problem.

So what can be a GREAT trimmer is wrecked by a terrible decision to make the trimming line / spool proprietary.  Now I'm not sure you're even supposed to use a different trimming line, even if it is the same diameter (0.080), if it is from a different manufacturer.
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Jennifer VandeWater, Community Manager

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From your other posts, Kevin, is clear that you are a well-informed consumer. We hope you understand that we cannot guarantee or warrant the performance of our product with adapters or accessories that have not been tested and approved for use on that product. That is the reason for the statement you quote.
 
For replacement line, we recommend Rino-Tuff Universal 0.080 in. line, which is available at The Home Depot. In July, The Home Depot will also stock a Rino-Tuff 0.080 in. twisted line that performs very well on our trimmer. 
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Check this out. This puppy will take all attachments. https://community.egopowerplus.com/eg...

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