Potential longevity problem with string trimmer?

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What is the specific question? I'm not aware of any longevity problem and have that same product.

I see a title but nothing else here.

Thanks!
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Having trouble getting it to post. Has anyone had this trimmer an extended period of time .I read one review where the user said he used it about 80 mins. a week for 10 weeks then one morning it started running at half speed and a puff of smoke came out and that was it. Has anyone got several hundred hours on the ST1501-s before it cratered ?!
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Member Steve Valdez uses the Ego mowers in his lawn care business, maybe he uses the 15" string trimmer as well? Maybe he can chime in...

Either way, the tool is covered by a 5 year warranty if you're using it in a residential application.
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I don't want to have to replace it after every 15 hours of use. Does it hold up for the 5 years of residential use ?
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Who can say? There are some defective models for anything you buy.

It's just a stick with a battery on one end and a motor on the other end.

Will a motor in a furnace last for 5 years? How about a desk fan motor? The motor in your Blu-ray drive, Xbox, PC fans, multiple motors in your car, microwave, CD player, hair dryer, shaver, drill, laptop, hard drives, dishwasher, dryer, washing machine, disposal, blender, mixer... Just your car has so many rotary and linear motors it's insane (20 +)!

My point is that electric motors are common, used all the time and fairly reliable to last more than 5 years.

Again, some products are defective but if it lasts 1 year of regular use or 2 years then it's not defective.

And some people trash their products. Run them insane loads.

Use common sense when you use it, like the 5 year warranty, know it's a stick with motor on the end... Not guaranteed to work for 5, but warranted to work. Be happy.
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It's only been on the market for a year or so... When mine is 5 years old I'll let you know! :-)
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Don't baby your tools, use them as you would a gas tool.  They should hold up just fine.  If you have a problem, then the warranty is your best friend. 

I don't believe in babying an expensive lawn tool, it kind of defeats the purpose, and doesn't really become a gas replacement.

I'm on year 3 with some of my tools and the only problem I've had was a defective battery which was promptly replaced.  The other problem with my mower was my fault for thinking I could cut a tree stump with my mower  :(.  (ran over it by accident).  I had to replace my own mower.  No way should anyone try to say that is a warranty issue.

Power on, engage!

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It's just that most of the reviews say i've used it a couple of times and so far it;s great. The one I did see with some regular use wasn't so great. Offering a long warranty is a good ploy to sell an item .Let;s see what the reviews say 3 to 5 years out.
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Ego is a brand of a company designing and making power tools for decades!

Remember people are more likely to post with a problem than if everything is going well. So because you found 1 problem doesn't sound like a concern.

Electric motors have always been more reliable than gas engines.

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Ego is not new at designing and making power tools.
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Jennifer (Ego moderator) stated in another post...

"Hi Jason, Thanks for your question. EGO is a new 56 Volt Lawn and Garden Equipment brand from Chervon. Chervon is a manufacturer with 20 years’ experience in the power tool industry-- both corded and cordless-- and is one of the top 10 manufacturers of power tools in the world. Among its customers are global professional brands and leading home improvement retailers. So, while the brand is new, our design, engineering and manufacturing capabilities are not. We hope that this information, along with our industry-leading warranty, will give you the confidence to try our products."
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Don, my one year review says all is good! I pulled it out of the garage last week after letting it sit all winter and it fired right up, no drama. :-)
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Thank everyone for their comments. I'm feeling better about the product ! I take many of the negative comments if they are a small minority with a grain of salt because from experience not everyone uses the equipment properly. i was just concerned because I've had bad experiences with other electric and battery operated trimmers ,none of them lasted and there wasn't  very many long term use reviews on this trimmer. I'm going to try it out. Thanks again for your responses and info.
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I tend to forget about older or lesser quality electric yard products. Thanks for the reminder!

The ones I don't think about are either older tech or they are lesser quality/inferior products.

But after using (owning) the 21" SP mower, 15" string trimmer and the 480 CFM blower... I am still amazed how much power these things have. And the build quality.

Very old bad experiences... If you like trivial memories...

My family had a Toro string trimmer (corded) and it was so loud and pathetically underpowered. But that was... I think ~20 years ago!

And we had a handheld device (battery) you would use while on your knees. For use on grass around trees and gardens. The end was like a hedge trimmer with 2 or 3 slots. It was also around 20 years ago and the rechargeable batteries took a dump after a season. Plus, it didn't even cut grass that well.

I know plastics have come a long way too from those that deteriorated so fast in the sun, were brittle & weak. Now I don't even worry about a dashmat!
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Don, please stop back in and let us know what you think of your new trimmer! I have a funny feeling you'll like it. :-)

I always try to keep some perspective when reading on line product reviews. People who have negative experiences are so much more likely to report that it tends to skew reality a bit. The ratio of bad experiences reported to good ones reported tends to inaccurately represent the ratio of good to defective products.

Should you ever have an issue with an Ego tool, you can rest assured that they have one of the best customer support systems in the business.
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How are you comparing power? I replaced a 4-cycle 30cc 18" string trimmer with the 15" Ego last year and can't tell any difference at all. And I have cut back some pretty big tree-like weeds and thick ornamental grasses with both.

What are you not able to trim with the Ego that you could with your Echo?
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Just an experience with my one Echo curved shaft gas trimmer... Then I got my 15" Ego String Trimmer. The Echo is much more powerful in RPM and torque (to ability to keep the RPM going.

When trimming tall thick grass (thick grass blades) and when edging particular kinds of grass. Sometimes I get those thick clumps of grass in certain spots along the edge of my lawn and the gas string trimmer that I was using and referenced above could tear through it, even though I had to slow down with it. But the Ego trimmer really bogs down and I have to slow down very very very much on some of those. Even at full throttle. I literally have to stand there, still with the throttle at full speed and just holding it against the clump til it eventually cuts through.

I have a choice of grass in my front yard and I also have a lot of weeds compared to other people. So I would imagine if I had a nice green line with mostly the one kind of normal grass... I may not even notice a difference in the power.

Ego claims that their mowers provide the same power or more compared to gas models. But I'm not sure that Ego claims the same for their string trimmers. But even if they do it doesn't mean that the Ego trimmer can match specific gas trimmers. Nothing to be ashamed of. And I'm very proud and love my Ego trimmer.
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My Echo trimmer is a 2-Cycle professional trimmer and I don't know the HP. The cc could be smaller (or not) but 2-Cycle engines are much more powerful than 4 cycle engines.

That's why two cycle engines are used in chainsaws and a lot of professional string trimmers, it cetera... Because they are having to be held in hand and can be dangerous and over long periods of time, can cause fatigue, etcetera.

So the lightweight engines with lots of power and lightweight are preferred.

If you want to know the difference in speed, go ahead and look it up on Google. I just did a Google Search and no I didn't look at the details specifically... it looks like some of the Echo trimmers are 10000 RPM. This Ego trimmer I think was specified or commented to be 5800 RPM.
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I guess that's the difference in priorities between pro and residential. For me 2-cycle is tantamount to hell. 4 cycle is slightly better, but battery is by far the best.

If I can't find any brush thick enough to tell a difference (after changing to proper rino-tuff line) then ease of use all comes down to convenience starting up and maintaining.

To be honest, my lawn looks much better with the Ego because I actually use it, where often my old gas trimmer was such a hassle that I would often just skip the trimming.
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Correction... I looked at the details of the PDF manual for a Echo GT-200R listed 1st in my search :

The 10,000 RPM is a do not exceed RPM in the PDF.

Idle Speed (RPM) ---------------------- 2,750 - 3,250 RPM
Clutch Engagement Speed ------------ 3,500 - 4,100 RPM
Wide Open Throttle Speed (RPM) ----- 7,500 - 8,500 RPM

The Ego 15" is ~ 5,800 RPM according to Pro Tool Reviews.

So Protools conclusion summarizes both of us :

"EGO has once again developed a product that is what I’d like to describe as a “Pro’s tool for home use”. If I’m trimming all day, I’ll likely still want to use a gas model to give me enough run-time and unlimited power, but for home use I love the simplicity of battery powered outdoor power equipment. "