lawn trimming / edging question

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Hi,

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.

Thank you!

 
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I have the original split shaft 15" trimmer. I use it for trimming and edging. Works great for both. It's a bit awkward at first to get used to using it as an edger, but I got used to it. This was before any EGO edgers came out so I didn't have a choice as to which to get from EGO. So, mine also doesn't have the rapid reload or the power load features. I think I'd love that power load feature but I won't buy another trimmer just for that. Carbon fiber shaft, while cool, really doesn't matter to me from an operational standpoint. 
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.
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That's what I was thinking as well (powerload technology in the multi-head trimmers), but since I need something fast, I'll probably get the combo soon.
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The new powerload system is truly innovative and the easiest to load trimmer I have ever used. However the power head trimmer is also very easy to load, just a bit more manual. For me, winding string is something I have to do 1-2 times per year, so I wouldn’t make that the deciding factor. Ideally it would be best to have the power head edger and powerload trimmer, but short of that I would still go with the power head and get the edger/trimmer combo.
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I wasn't really thinking about the power head edger and powerload trimmer option, but you're right, that would be the best of both world in case I don't get the combo. I'll look and see if I can order those separately. I just wish I could order these from Amazon as Home depot doesn't have them in stock.
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Hi Houmi,
 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.

Bob
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Thank you for your comment, I had been reading a lot of reviews and I agree and I think a 5.0Ah would be a better option, in case I get their other equipments as well. Right now I have a Worx corded blower and a backpack blower would be a treat for sure. Right now I am learning toward getting this combo as well, or buy a power head edger and a powerload trimmer separately. 
Hi, I'm very curious about how you manage to run a lawn service business on lithium ion batteries. I have a friend in landscaping and he swears by Stihl. Can you share some wisdom?
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Hi JAZ,

I've also used Stihl gas powered equipment for at least half of my 25 years in my own lawn service business.

I decided to try out the EGO equipment earlier this year, and I have been putting a lot of hours on them as our very busy "rainy season" is now starting here in SW Florida.
 
Here is what I'm using:

EGO PH1400 PowerHead with line trimmer and edger attachments.

EGO 600CFM backpack blower

EGO 580 handheld blower (mostly backup use, as the backpack is less fatiguing to use)

Nine 5.0 Ah batteries with standard chargers (charged at home overnight)

I'm really impressed with all of the EGO equipment, especially the PowerHead line trimmer (it's very comparable in power and precision to the Stihl FS130).

The backpack blower is not quite up to Stihl BR600 standards, but it is very usable
none-the-less with occasional use of turbo.

The edger is very good out of the box, and with a small modification, near excellent.

At this point in my career I've scaled back to working solo, and I'm only maintaining 42 lawns per week, mostly 1/4 acre in size. So I need to do 6 or 7 a day to stay on schedule. If you were doing more you would probably need more batteries, or a way to charge them out in the field.

I've been working in light to moderate rain a lot this week due to a tropical disturbance in our area. The PowerHead has worked absolutely perfect in these conditions,
I keep it and all of the batteries in a weather-proof box when not in use.
I have been using the Stihl BR600 a lot this week as it makes faster cleanup in wet conditions, and also gives me extra runtime for the trimmer and edger while
I'm putting in overtime trying to catch up from rain delays.

You have to think of the cost of the batteries as "fuel cost". I think that even if I only get two years out of the batteries they will pay for themselves in fuel/synthetic oil mix savings.

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask!

Bob
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What’s this edger modification you speak of?
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Hi dhau,

I figured somebody would catch that.  :-)

I opened up the PowerHead handle to see if I could make the trigger easier to 
keep held down.

I noticed that the "plunger" that the trigger engages wasn't reaching it's potential full range of travel, due to the trigger physically contacting the aluminum shaft.

I installed an automotive black rubber vacuum cap (cut to the appropriate length)
over the end of the "plunger" that the trigger engages, effectively enabling the full range of "plunger" travel.

I'm still evaluating the overall results, but it definitely provides more usable RPMs,
causing the edger to edge more cleanly in the tough-to-edge St. Augustine grass that we have here in SW Florida.

It also provides some more reserve power for the line trimmer attachment, 
although there may be a "rev-limiter" in the PowerHead, because I've noticed that it can shut down for a few seconds if you rev it up nearly full under minimal load.

As long as you avoid that condition though, it works great and has added reserve power under load. And also more comfortable triggering, as normal use is now about 1/2 to 3/4 trigger, instead of having to hold it nearly all the way down all the time.

Slow speed operation is also as good or better (more controllable) than before.

It's a completely reversible modification, although keep in mind that it probably
voids the warranty.

Bob
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Here’s another option for you. If you want you can create your own combo kit and save some money. You could get the 15 string trimmer, with a 2.5 amp battery and charger for 180, https://egopowerplus.com/collections/... and the 8 inch edger with multi power head, bare tool for 129, https://egopowerplus.com/collections/... That way your at 310 vs 399 for the combo kit you looked at. Granted that you get the 2.5 amp battery vs the 5 amp battery but everything else is the same. Only you know if you can live with the 2.5 amp vs the 5 amp. I guess it depends on how much you have to trim and edge. Keep in mind that either way you have the multi power head so you can add other attachments. Hope this helps. Steve
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I don't have a lot to edge / trim (around 5000 sq ft), but I was leaning toward 5 amp in case I get the lawn mower than the end. Buying items "a la carte" would be great and I would prefer to mix and match, but the combo deal seems like they have discounted the items somehow (for the powerhead trimmer, edger and 5amp battery and charger)

Ideally I'd want to get the powerhead edger, powerload trimmer and either a 2.5 or 5amp battery. 
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Good call on the combo, especially if you think you’ll be buying a mower in the future. That way you can buy the bare tool and use your 5 amp battery. Will definitely save you money there. These tools are amazing and once you use them you’ll want to expand. Sooner then later. Ask me how I know. Lol. Take care. Steve
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Thanks everyone for your recommendation, as I looked at the combo vs "a la carte", I think these two make the most sense you recommended, though I am not 100% if I should go with a 2.5 vs 5amps

Powerload trimmer + 2.5 amp battery
https://egopowerplus.com/collections/power-string-trimmers/products/power-15-56v-lithium-ion-powerlo...

8” EDGER and PowerHead Only (no battery)
https://egopowerplus.com/collections/power-edgers/products/power-head-system-8-edger

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.
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Hi Houmi,
For that small of a difference in price, I'd go with PowerHead combo with 5.0AH
battery, it should increase your runtime, and you will have a more capable trimmer to boot. The "rapid reload" head loads so easily, I don't think you will miss the powerload
option very much. As long as you don't mind the trimmer being a little heavier.

Bob
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Thanks Bob!

I thought a lot about this last night (combo w/ 5.0 vs separately and 2.5) and I ended up getting the Powerload one today at Home depot with 2.5 and I ordered the edger separately online w/o a battery but with the PowerHead.

I had a 10% coupon from Home Depot and it would only work in store and not online, so it brought the Powerload trimmer cost down a little bit. It wouldn't work for example on the combo which is only offered online. They also told me at the store that the coupon wouldn't work in store to order online items such as the combo (I tried) :)

I think down the line I might pick a 5.0 battery and rapid charger when they go on sale during black Friday and such. But I figured this way I own the best of both worlds, and the 2.5 battery was the tradeoff.

Again thank you and everyone for your invaluable help!
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Thanks for the reply Houmi,
You got a good deal, and that trimmer with a 2.5Ah will definitely be lighter and more comfortable to operate. And like you mentioned, you can always add more runtime later if you need it. And, the PowerHead with edger bare tool is an outstanding value.

Feel free to let us know how you like the new equipment, and also if you have any questions, there's lots of knowledgeable and helpful EGO users here. 

Bob
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Good choice Houmi. Like you I came to this site when I was researching and found invaluable information that helped me make an informed decision. Don’t forget the leaf blower. I have the 530 and it’s a real time saver. Steve
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I started using the trimmer and I love it, I wish I had done this move earlier! It's crazy how powerful the trimmer is, and I didn't have to bump feed at all and was able to do the work in fraction of the time I could do compare to my old B&D (and the line would break a dozen times with that), I can't wait to receive the edger and try that as well.

I'll probably get the mower down the line, as well as the leaf blower, though I already do have two functional units (other brands), so those will have to wait.

tbh I probably could have just bought the combo and use the powerhead trimmer as well. But this unit is really nice to hold and work with.

The only thing I have to say, during the assembly, the component that goes under the handle has 4 hex nuts, and I didn't notice those at first and two of them fell on the ground and I didn't notice until I started putting the handle and I was missing them, not sure if the documentation referred to those, but probably good to double check and make sure the customer is aware of them...
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So a quick update, I received the edger as well and I've been working with both the powerhead edger and powerload trimmer (with 2.5 battery) -- I am very happy with both and the 2.5 is more than enough for my house. 

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! :)
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The edger takes some getting used to. It's a bit awkward at first. I keep the wheel lowered so that I can adjust the depth of the cut with my right arm, either up to go deeper or down to reduce the cut. I was a bit tense at first and found that I was gripping the edger too hard, once I relaxed more it became easier.
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First edge is hard.  Subsequent edges are so easy since you already did most of the work.  Just let the unit drag you down sidewalk.
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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.

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Which blower do you have ? the 530 or the 575/580 ? Also what's the run time ?

$240 sounds like a deal! Kudos!
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I have the older blower...got it on ebay
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Hi again Houmi,
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!

Bob
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Thank you Bob for the edger tips, I'll try them next time.

I'll have to look closely at the Ego blowers next!
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FYI - I saw these sales today @ Home Depot:

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.
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Never cheap out on the blower.  Get the 580 with 5ah.  530 with 2.5ah is not adequate.  Battery runs out quick.