Just bought a trimmer and then got home and saw the videos for the new Multi-Head.

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Just bought a trimmer and then got home and saw the videos for the new Multi-Head. I'm so happy and frestrated at the same time. I just spent a lot of money and trashed the boxx and now I find out the tool I really needed is right around the corner. Not sure what to do really.
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He trashed the box though so that is a no go. We handle returns but they need to be sellable. Was told the multihead is coming in May. I had the same dilemma. Ulti.ately I needed the trimmer and am happy with it.
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I was thinking the same. Thanks for filling us in, Beth.

How awesome is it to have an active forum member who happens to work for Home Depot!!! :-)
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I would try returning it anyway.
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Food for thought:

1A) String Trimmers: 12" -> 15" bump head -> 15" speed feed head

1B) Mower: 20" -> 21" -> 21" SP

1C) Blower: 480cfm -> 535 cfm  -> 585 cfm (or whatever the numbers are, I didn't look them up)

1D) Chainsaw: 14" gen 1 -> 16"/14" gen 2

1E) Battery: 2.0 -> 4.0 -> 2.5 -> 5.0 -> 7.5

So this has been my acquisition history and experience:

2A) I had the 12" trimmer, but returned it because the performance was sub-par (mainly power).  Now I have the 15" gen 1, which I converted to the latest speed feed head (both with the Echo 400 kit, as well as bolting on the AH1500 kit; though this is not endorsed by Ego).

2B) I have the 20" mower, and it works great for me with the 5.0 AH battery. Performance is presumably better than the original 4.0AH battery (2000 vs. 2500 mAH cells).

2C) Had the 480cfm blower w/ 2.0AH battery, returned it because the performance was sub-par (mainly run time).

2D) Bought the original 14" gen 1 CS, but returned it because the performance was sub-par when compared to  the Kobalt 80v, and the Echo 58V.  I currently own the Kobalt 80V, but may change over to an Ego someday.  The run time for the 2.0 w/ the 14" CS was a little short, and the power was a little less than the 80v KB.  The gen 2 CS I am sure is much improved over the gen 1.

2E) In addition to adding more strings (e.g. 2.0/2.5 are 1P, 4.0/5.0 are 2P and 7.5 is 3P); Ego also increased the cell size from 2000 to 2500 mAH, which is why you see the bump up from 2.0 to 2.5  and 4.0 to 5.0.

So with all that said, I am excited to see what capabilities the new multi-tool will bring; however, I might wait (and it will be pretty difficult) to wait for Gen 2 of the Multi-Tool based solely on my personal experience of the above Ego tool acquisitions.  I am extremely hopeful that Ego has noticed this trend, and the gap between the initial introduction and follow-on "improved models" is shortened, to the point where they are perfect with the first iteration.


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I don't know... I think they may have gone all out on the Gen1 multi tool. We've been told it has a 2000W motor, which is almost difficult to digest, so I can't see a Gen2 tool needed in order to step it up in the power department.

I can't blame you for your point of view based on what's happened so far, but if I were a betting man I'd wager this multi tool will stick around a while. :-)
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Also keep in mind that the multi tool has been released in Europe for over 2 years. So it's not a brand new product. It is only new to us.

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