Fixed line string trimmer

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I would like to see a fixed line string trimmer accessory to replace the bump string release mechanism on the EGO string trimmer.
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What benefit would a fixed line string setup have over the Rapid Reload head?
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A fixed line never tangles and never jams.  You put the cut lenth of string in and it works until it wears out.  I had this feature with an old Craftsman trimmer and loved it.  It eliminates the problems with winding the line, excessive line use from accidental bumping, and failure of the bump mechanism to let out the string. It is less complicated and much less likely to fail than a unit with a spool.
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Honestly, the new rapid reload head is so easy to use I just don't see this happening.
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As an owner of the 15" trimmer and a "standard" bump head, I have been extremely pleased with its performance!  Honestly, I am still using the line from the original bump head and have not replaced the "original" line yet - after 1 year.  That said; I do see the value in having a fixed line, but this current trimmer is working so well for me, that I don't see a need for it or the "rapid reload" head.

I too used to own a Sears Craftsman string trimmer, and honestly, that tool ate up my line so quickly - that a fixed line for that tool would have been PERFECT.  Eventually, I went to a thicker line to resolve this issue without any luck.  When the trimmer died on me, it was the "happiest" day of my life, and that was when I switched over to EGO and never looked back .... :-)
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You should be able to find a universal one hit Home Depot
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Sid Parish, find a "universal one" what?
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Probably a universal fixed line trimmer HEAD assembly/kit.
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Sid, Ego's string trimmers are not designed to work with aftermarket accessories. ATE fanagled an Echo (?) head onto his string trimmer, perhaps he can elaborate? :-)
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Details here, and it wasn't a straight bolt on (like the AH1500 kit):

https://community.egopowerplus.com/eg...
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Ego fan, have you used the 15" trimmer? I have a feeling your concerns would disappear quickly if the answer is "no". These heads work very well.
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I guess I am incredulous that people buy products from Home Depot, use them, and then return them for a full refund when the product is not defective.   And I'm even more amazed that HD goes along with this despite its written Return Policy.
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Agreed 100%. I gues the majority of us are just honest people. There's no way they could support a policy like that if everyone was abusing it.
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Agreed Blue! That said, I don't buy products with the intention of returning them. If and only if my purchases were defective, then I like to have the option of returning them or exchanging without any problems.
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I've only ever returned new in box items, or things that were defective. I've never used something and taken it back simply because I didn't like it or had a change of heart.

Having said that, HD promotes that exact activity, likely as part of their sales pitch; I think if most people bring something home they're not likely to bring it back.
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I have bought, tested and returned the following from Home Depot:

1) 14" Gen 1 Chainsaw (replaced by a Kobalt 80v)
2) 12" String Trimmer (replaced by the 15")
3) 480cfm Blower (replaced by the 530cfm)

Non-Ego:
A) Echo 58-volt Chainsaw (replaced by Kobalt 80v)
B) Milwaukee M18 Fuel Drill/Driver set (replaced by Gen 2 set)

After 30 days (up to 90 days), you'll get a store credit.  Sometimes over 30 days, they would still return it to the charge card (depends on the HD associate).
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I have used many string trimmers with bump and feed heads, including ones with "rapid reload" heads. In my opinion, fixed string heads are much simpler and faster for changing line. As soon as Ego sells a fixed string head, I will buy their string trimmer to replace my current gas powered, fixed string trimmer.
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You won't be bumping it by accident - it takes a firm bang on the ground to fee line....

As for returning - it's part of the Home Depot deal - if you don't like it, you are welcome to return it. 

I see nothing wrong with taking advantage of that deal - it's a large/huge part of why they get so much of my business.

Oops just realized this is an OLD thread - so - whatever