I was looking at online reviews @ wirecutter : https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-string-trimmers/ and they recommend the ST1502F model. However digging on the EGO website I noticed that the new ST1521S model has the Powerload option.
I also read reviews from people, that these trimmers aren't meant for edging (though some people do with them just fine) and on the Twitter EGO support they recommended me that I take a look at the Multi-Head system and I found this combo: https://egopowerplus.com/collections/power-edgers/products/power-head-string-trimmer-edger-combo which seems to be what I am looking to get.
However I see that the trimmer doesn't have the Powerload option. So I was wondering how easy it is on those systems to load the feed as well as adding more when they get cut during trimming.
It's tempting to say if I were starting out now I'd go with the multi head system to be able to have an edger and trimmer. Oh, I also have the stand alone 24" hedge trimmer.
If EGO could somehow incorporate the powerload trimmer head into the multi head trimmer that would be really awesome. Might get me to sell my trimmer and hedge trimmer.
Changing the line in the original 15" isn't too difficult. It does take a bit of oomph to get the head apart to get to the line spool, but it's gone smoothly the one time I had to do it so far.
I have the PowerHead, with the edger and line trimmer attachments.
I use them commercially in my lawn service and I'm very impressed with the performance of both attachments.
I'd rate the performance of the edger 8 out of 10, and the trimmer 11 out of 10 compared to commercial gas powered equipment, plus all the added benefits of cordless electric.
The "rapid reload" head on the trimmer attachment is outstanding, it's easy and quick to load,
it bump feeds consistently, and it has never jammed once for me in many hours of operation, way better than the Stihl heads on my gas trimmers.
With the 5.0Ah battery you can expect an average of 30-40 minutes of runtime depending on the conditions.
The unit is a little heavy at 15-16 pounds, but you can get used to it, and it's worth it's weight.
The backpack blower is very good as well (8 out of 10 compared to BR600) and would provide an affordable way to get a second 5.0Ah battery for additional runtime.
All highly recommended.
Powerload trimmer + 2.5 amp battery
8” EDGER and PowerHead Only (no battery)
The original combo is $399 and comes with a 5amp battery (powerhead edger and trimmer), but in this case it comes to 358 with 2.5amp battery.
The edger is a little bit difficult to master and I am still learning how to use it -- i.e. adjust the wheel up and down, and holding the edger against the sidewalk, etc... I watched a few youtube videos online but still not there, but it's very powerful and hope I can learn how to use it better down the line.
I've been thinking to maybe get a blower as well, my current one is corded and is a Worx Turbine (very powerful), if you have any recommendations, I am all ear! :)
I've been using the 2.5 battery now for couple years with the trimmer and the blower - it has plenty of power.
But I recently sold my string trimmer and got the power head with edger and the string trimmer attachment for total of less than $240 - but didn't need the battery since I already have the 2.5 and a 7.5 - trimming and edging much easier with the 2.5 - way lighter
I haven't tried the trimmer attachment yet - but think I will this afternoon.
Thanks for the update!
I'm glad you like both of your new tools, and the 2.5Ah battery.
What I do with the edger is I leave the wheel all the way down all the time,
and vary the edging depth on the fly, by simply adjusting how high I hold the back of the edger.
Also, to maintain good edging performance, remove and reverse the blade once the leading tip becomes rounded.
Definitely get the EGO backpack blower, or a handheld one if you prefer, and don't look back!
Powerload Trimmer is on sale at $179 down from $229 and I was able to get my purchase price adjusted.
The 530 blower was on sale for $149 and I picked one up, I couldn't make up my mind previously between the 530/580 but the price was right.