Well I finally got the new variable speed string trimmer. I took pictures, but my review will follow after I have time. I just wanted to give you my initial impressions.
Out of box to operational set up takes about 5 minutes.
The weight is in line with the previous version.
VERY heavy duty construction. Impressed!
The trigger safety mechanism is just fine. I really dislike some of these "features" as they make using a product uncomfortable, the design for this one takes no thought. I wish the blower was this easy to operate.
A complete redesign of the head made trimming in every angle a breeze, and no more metal bar.
Bump feed, works great.
The big deal is the variable speed. I like to use a slow speed when up against a hard surface, you don't eat up the cord. It works MUCH better than my gas counterpart, as I had very good control of the speed.
No more sudden slowdown and speed up. It runs at the speed you want and doesn't bog down. A lot of power.
I don't see how you could use up a battery with this. the 2ah is enough to do a LOT of trimming and angle edging.
In summary, this was exactly the improvement we needed. EGO definitely listened and evolved their product. What would I like to see included or sold as an option? A shoulder strap. That is all.