Multi tool w/trimmer vs string trimmer

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I cannot seem to find out if the stand alone trimmer is a better trimmer. I am 6'5" with back problems so weight distribution is important to me. 95% of my use will be as a trimmer so I want to get the tool that is best for the job.
However, if the difference is negligelable I would love to get multi tool so I can also use the pole saw. Nothing more frustrating than trying to start a gas engine on top of a ladder.
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The multitool has more power than the standard string trimmer, however the standard trimmer is not under powered. The multi tool just happens to be crazy powerful.

The multi tool string trimmer spins counterclockwise whereas the standard trimmer spins clockwise, in case you have a preference.

The multi tool string trimmer is slightly heavier and more robust feeling, but it is not what I would describe as a heavy tool. If you are planning to buy other tools in the multi tool set, I would think any slight disadvantages it has would be more than outweighed by the benefits of having multiple tools using one power source.

Just my opinions. :-)
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I personally find it uncomfortable and not suited well for my height of 6’1. I have to lean over. The regular string trimmer is a complete joy to use.

Speaking of weight, the multi tool hedge trimmer will break your back. Heavy as hell. But it could be mistaken as a chainsaw because it is so powerful. I like it for situational hedge trimming.

My preference over all is stand alone tools. Much lighter and Easier to use. My opinion only. Thankfully ego gives us many options, and top of the line tools.
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Good point about height.  I'm just under 6' and don't find length an issue, but at 6'5" the OP is in another category.
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I love the multitool hedge trimmer.  Great to trim the tall bushes without getting on a ladder.  I did not notice any weight issues when using it.
As you said that is why they make what seems like so many variations of the same tool.  Different options for different customers.
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Thank you guys. Really wish they had the multi tool at Home Depot so I could get a feel for it. I have an acre with more than normal areas to trim around, so I need to make sure it is comfortable.
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With HD you have 90 days to decide if you are comfortable with it.  If not, just return it for a full refund.
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ACE Hardware now sell EGO tools as well, see if they have some on display for you to try out.
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The multitool trimmer is heavier than the standalone trimmer, but I think that would be minimized by using a shoulder strap. I hadn't thought about the length issue though. But I'm a paltry 5'9".

I do feel the weight of the hedge trimmer attachment and pretty much only use it to trim a really tall bush in front of my porch and a neighbor's tall bushes along my back fence. For everything else I default to a standard hedge trimmer.

But the OP was asking about the pole saw, not the hedge trimmer. I don't find the pole saw to be too heavy.

I do wish Home Depot would carry these in stock so people could get their hands on them to see how they feel. But as szwoopp said, HD has a 90-day return policy. You could try the multitool and if you don't like it, exchange it for the standalone trimmer.