Hi folks-which EGO trimmer is best for me?

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Recently finished construction on a new house and considering going "All in" on the EGO products. The lawnmower looks outstanding, and appears to be a product that will definitely meet my needs, especially with the 7.5AH battery. I am most certainly in need of the strimmer too, however I see mixed reviews here about that product. Lastly, the blower...it's a shame they didn't have a mulching/blower combo.
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I think the only problems that people have with the trimmer are not really with the trimmer. It has to do with not having a dedicated bladed edger. The trimmer works fine as a trimmer would...

That means you can use it just as you would any other gas string trimmer. Most Lawn Care Professionals use string trimmers for edging without any troubles. The string trimmers are there go to tool for edging.

They do take a little bit of practice to get a good edge between grass and concrete. Myself, I had a hard time learning how to use a gas string trimmer but eventually I'm really good at it. And I'm also very good at using my electric string trimmer for edging and wouldn't think of using anything else for edging.

Personally I think if you got the 15 inch string trimmer that you would be just fine after a little bit of practice. It might help if you ask some other people how they do it if you want to speed the process. Otherwise, some people just jump right in and use it for edging.
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As KR noted, the only real "issue" with the 15" string trimmer is when used as an edger, but I believe any string trimmer will have similar issues. As trimmers go it's really a fantastic tool.

There were some issues with the 12" trimmer model's bump feed jamming up, but the bump feed on the 15" model works great.
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And the problems with the bump feed of the 12" model may have been the line being wrapped too tightly from the factory. In other words, the fix was to rewrap the line.???

But you would be looking at the 15 inch string trimmer anyway. Unless you were looking at a used model. 15 inch trimmer is really many steps ahead of the 12 inch model...

The extra 3 inches makes a big difference from what I've seen in professional reviews. And the 15-inch trimmer has a brushless motor, whereas the 12-inch trimmer I think does not. There may be a difference in line diameter as well, but I'm not sure.

Definitely the line diameter of the 15-inch model is by most accounts (in the professional world and consumer world) is the correct size to shoot for. Some gas models may actually have the capability of using even larger lines. Unnecessary for home use. Even very large yard home use.
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I know the 15" uses .095 and I believe the 12" uses .080 line.

The 15" also added a variable speed trigger, a huge improvement over the single-speed 12"!
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Don't forget it also added boatloads of weed shredding torque!!!

The 12" was an adequate trimmer for light duty work, certainly up to most home owner use. The 15" leaves little to be desired and just rips through stuff without hesitation.

I have no doubt the 0.095" line has a lot to do with that.
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I think you have to try them for yourself to really know for sure, but that's why Home Depot has a 90 day return policy.

Keep in mind that this is a support community, so most people who come here are having some sort of issue. The Home Depot reviews probably paint a more accurate picture of how well these products are working for everyone who has purchased them.

I think the new 530 CFM blower and 15" string trimmer are among the very best in their respective categories, gas models included. I own both and have absolutely no complaints about either. But depending on your specific situation it is possible that you will find a better option for your needs.

Keep in mind that there are economies of scale with buying a single product line of power tools, even more so with electric tools than gas. I would buy a single line that is good enough in every category to meet your needs, not the absolute best of each type of tool if it means buying different brands. You don't want a wall of chargers with different batteries for each tool that aren't interchangeable.

Once you have a rapid charger and slow charger, plus two batteries, you can swap them out for virtually uninterrupted power. I can't imagine any situation where you would need more than 3 batteries if you have a rapid charger. I had 3 tools and 2 batteries for two years and never ran out of power. Buying bare tools make it much cheaper to expand your power tool collection.

I think you'll find that Ego has a very solid and capable line of tools across every category, but you'll still want to research it and try it out for yourself before making that kind of investment.
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WOW !

Incredible amount of detail in the responses everyone. Very much appreciated.

I like the idea of 90 day return policy. I did not know this existed. That said, I'm not sure I'll be returning any purchases. It's encouraging to read EGO has addressed the bump feed string concern in the newer model.

I guess it's time to go try these products out. Does anyone know if they offer package deals? One than one item etc
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Home Depot is giving away an extra 2 Ah battery with the purchase of certain tools, through Wednesday (June 1). That means you could buy the trimmer or leaf blower as a kit, get the free battery, and buy the other tool without the battery and charger and save yourself some money. Bare tools need to be ordered from Home Depot's website, but shipping is free, to store or to your home.
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Wow, the perfect thread... staying on topic, concise, excellent advice... all this thinking outside of the box is awesome.
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Outstanding indeed KR. A very helpful community. Thank you