Multi head or Single tool

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Im looking at replacing my gas string trimmer and corded edger in the spring.

First question... How much better is the EGO proprietary edger compared to using the EGO string trimmer to edge?  My current gas trimmer has a curved head which makes it difficult to edge a driveway.  Which is the reason I have a corded edger.

Second question... How does the multi head string trimmer stack up to the other model string trimmers?  

BTW I will be purchasing bare tools.  I have three 5ah from snow blower and leaf blower.
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I can speak to the first part of  your post. I was happy edging with the string trimmer. I got pretty good at it and was happy doing it that way. I ended up coming into possession of the edger and boy what a difference it makes. It's easier to use and makes a really clean, straight line. It may come down to expectations and I'd probably still be happy just using the string trimmer, but the edger does do a better, nicer, job. 

I'm still on the fence about the multi-head system. I like having standalone tools in case one tool breaks I'm only down that tool. In the multi-head system if the power part of the system breaks you have however many tools you can't use until the power part is repaired or replaced. 

My understanding is the power head, however, is crazy powerful and that seems to be a popular feature mentioned here on the forum.
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Agreed, the edger is an amazingly precise tool and I can’t imagine going back to using a string trimmer after using an edger.

Some people, usually those coming from gas trimmers, have an unusually hard time edging with the Ego string trimmers. My theory is because they rotate clockwise and pull toward the ground making control difficult. Many gas trimmers rotate counter clockwise, and many electrics rotate clockwise.

Just to complicate things, Ego’s Powerhead and rear-motor trimmers rotate counter clockwise like gas trimmers, so edging with those two models might be easier. :-)

Long story short, the edger is the way to go if you can swing it.
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So are you saying that EGO string trimmers are easier to edge with than gas trimmers due to rotation?  But you still recommend the edger.
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I can't answer for Blue, but I just adapted to the other rotation direction with my string trimmer. Using a string trimmer, regardless of rotation, takes a certain amount of technique to develop to get a decent edge. With the edger there is no real technique needed since it has a guide wheel and basically rests on the ground while using it. If my edger were to break I'd be perfectly comfortable going back to the string trimmer for edging because I developed good technique but I would recommend the edger for edging with the string trimmer coming in second.
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Most people seem to find them harder to edge with, if we’re taking about the regular models (not the ones with rear motors).

Agree with Mike; you just need to adapt. If you were used to a CW Ego and tried a CCW gas trimmer, you’d probably find the gas trimmer harder to work with.
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But absolutely, the edger is easiest of all and does a superior job with the least experience.
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When I bought the powerhead + edger bare tool combo at HD online, it was cheaper ($129)than buying the power head by itself ($159). [I was specifically getting the hedge trimmer attachment for the powerhead, but got the edger for free with a discount on the powerhead.]

I'm very happy with the edger, makes edging very easy with the roll along wheel.


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The hedge trimmer attachment rocks!!!
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Multi tool is the way to go.
Edging is easy and gives great results.
The hedge trimmer is great for tall bushes.
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Yup, no more ladders!
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Yes, no more ladders. 
Such a hidden benefit !
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I love the multi-tool. You just can't beat the flexibility, as well as the fact Ego keeps adding new attachments. The 2,000-watt motor also has plenty of power. The first time I used the edger it practically pulled me down the sidewalk!

Speaking of, I had been using the string trimmer to edge my sidewalk and driveway. I admittedly wasn't very good at it. That was user error. The bladed edger attachment makes a big difference, and once you've done it you really only need to do it every could of weeks to maintain the clean look.

I don't use the pole saw all that often, but I helped a friend cut down a big limb hanging over the roof of his garage. We had to cut it piece by piece so it didn't damage the roof. I was amazed at how long a 5.0 Ah battery lasted with that thing.

Be aware, the hedge trimmer attachment is a beast and can cut through about anything, but you will feel the weight. 
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"Be aware, the hedge trimmer attachment is a beast and can cut through about anything, but you will feel the weight. "

I certainly agree. I have 8-9' high hedges so needed the extended / rotating head trimmer on the powerhead system so I can trim them without ladders, but that guy is a beast compared to the lightweight handheld hedge trimmer.

The pole saw and hedge trimmer for the powerhead extend out a lot, and are Pro tools with Pro "weight". Not outrageous, and any professional lawncare guy would probably think it was lighter than his normal gas tool, but heavy enough that I've considered buying the standalone "handheld" hedge trimmer to use on my more "normal sized"  3' tall holly hedges.  [But it's hard to justify spending $150 when I have a "pro" hedge trimmer already that works great, just so I can be a weenie...]

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Thankfully I had my hedge trimmer before the multi-head hedge trimmer attachment came out, so I didn't have to make that decision.  But, I can't imagine trying to trim smaller 2' tall round bushes with the multi-tool. That would be tough to maneuver.
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Not addressing the primary question, but you mentioned having only 5 AH batteries.  While the run time is obviously great with the big battery, I much prefer to use smaller 2 or 2.5 AH batteries with my multitool.  With the rear-mounted motor, having extra weight of the 5 AH makes it somewhat unwieldy, and will tire you out much faster.  Run time with the 2.5 AH is good, especially at low speed. 
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Excellent point, Jason. I agree 100%.
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on the flip side the 5.0 makes a nice counter balance to the pole saw and hedge trimmer.  Especially when using the extension.
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hmm,  i might consider that when and if i pick up the small hedge trimmer.
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Get the edger!  It is practically a miracle tool that I would not have thought possible in a battery powered edger.  I started with the string trimmer, but with a corner lot I have a lot of sidewalk and curb to edge, plus a front driveway.  The string gets eaten away by the concrete in no time.  Plus you get the "weedeater edge" look.  The EGO edger on the multi tool head is frankly amazing.  In fact, it takes me back to the old gas edger days in terms of quality of the edge it leaves.  And for some reason, the edge even lasts longer than with a string trimmer.  I've even had people stop and ask how I edge my walk (not many, though, as I'm one of only a handful in our neighborhood who tends his own lawn!)

In combination with the motor head, once you get the handle adjusted right, it edges with a natural feeling grip.  In fact, if you were so inclined (no pun intended), you could adapt a bit of a lean in the handle and get a nice beveled edge...again, like in the days of gas edger and angled blade.  Also, the blade turns forward, with the clippings blocked by a flexible guard, so you don't get hit with grass clippings, but the blade actually pulls the edger along.  I use my 5AH mower battery with the edger, and it seems to balance well plus has a really long life--after edging, when I put the battery on the charger, it has over half a charge left.  Did I mention I have a LOT of concrete to edge?

I know so far it sounds like I work in the EGO marketing department.  I don't.  I also have the dedicated string trimmer, and frankly had I bought that before the mower and edger, I probably would have no other EGO tools.  It has the worst ergonomics of any string trimmer I've ever used, and my trimmer use goes back to the original 1973 WeedEater (r) electric and a later gas powered string trimmer (I forget the brand), another unknown electric, and finally a small B&D battery trimmer which was perfect for our last house with a tiny yard.  Now, I use a string trimmer along fences and in flower bed trenches plus around trees, and even after nearly two years, I find it awkward to use.  It seems to have been designed for 7'2" basketball players, it is so long.  I've even considered disassembling the unit, cutting 3" off the shaft, then reassembling (the dedicated trimmer has the motor at the bottom.)

Bottom line.  Get the multi tool edger.  If you still need a string trimmer, I have advice to offer, although the string trimmer for the multi tool might work.  Seems like swapping out the edger and trimmer might be a nuisance, though.
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I also plan on ordering the multihead weed eater attachment.  Im 5'10" how awkward is it to use?  My gas one currently is a stihl curved shaft.  
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I think i'm going to pick-up the edger and the standalone hedger.  My Home Depot store has both in stock so I can take advantage of their 11% back.  Thanks for the input.  No more extension cords for me.
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Let us know how you like them once you put them to work Matthew
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I have the EGO Blower, hedge trimmer, and mower all of which work great....so yesterday I added the edger. Today I returned the edger. To me an edger needs to do two things: move a little dirt between the sidewalk and the grass, and trim the grass.  In spite of EGO's claims of gas performance, my edger stopped with almost every little piece of resistance it encountered. Now if I already had a beautifully manicured lawn and edge, then perhaps the EGO could keep up. But doing a new edge from scratch? Nope. Went through my 2.5 amp battery in under 10 minutes while doing a really terrible job. I went back to my old electric edger which--other than the cord--works great. Sorry EGO, there's nothing remotely "gas performance" about the edger in my opinion.
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I wonder if you got a bad copy. My edger even edges dirt just fine without stopping. 
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Could be possible.....but it took a week to get the first one, and would take another week to replace it. If HD had another in stock, we could have tried that....but in Idaho they don't seem to stock the edgers.
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Is this a stand alone edger, or the Power Head + Edger attachment? The edger attachment & powerhead combo is very powerful and I've never had it stop on anything (sparking off concrete, etc....). You do need to have it up in the air with no resistance as part of the "startup" safety check, but once it's going, I've never had it stop.