My thoughts on the 15" trimmer vs. the Competition

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I purchased the 15" version thinking it would be great since I really like the Ego mower and blower. It had tons of power to the point where at full throttle, it could be hard to control (something that needs to be worked on). The bump feed feature in general is a bad idea. I had to actually bang it on the pavement to get the string to advance. No, on the grass would not work. I then tried to train myself to edge with it. No go. Too hard to control. The two ends of the string seemed to be fighting each other. The bump feed and lack of being able to be used as an accurate edger made me return it.

I picked up the Worx 56 volt trimmer and it worx (get it?) like a charm. Not as much power as the Ego but hey, I'm attacking 4 to 5 inch grass here. I maintain my lawn at least once a week. I don't allow weeds to grow 4 feet tall.

Anyhow, back to my point. The Worx has plenty of power and has wheels you can attach in two places on the unit itself which makes edging a breeze. And as far as the bump feed...not needed. The Worx has a button on it that you press to advance the line. Easy peezy.

If you have miniature tress in your yard you need to mow down, the Ego trimmer is your tool, if you have ordinary stuff, I'd say look else where for an all around edging/trimmer tool.
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Rob, as I am only cutting grass along the side of the house, flower beds, and trees, the 12" string trimmer is all that I need. The variable speed may be a nice feature but I don't need it and I solved bump feed issues by changing the string. As far as edging goes I think nothing beats an edge done with a blade. Until Ego produces a blade edger I'll use the Ryobi 24 volt cordless blade edger that I picked up at Home Depot.
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It's funny that everyone wants an edger so bad. I have a nearly brand new one that I almost never use because it's just so much hassle to get out an extra piece of equipment. I find that 3/4 of the time the trimmer is good enough that I don't want to drag out the yard work any longer.
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Could be that you're one of the few non-professionals who is pretty good at edging by just turning a trimmer on it's side or upside down.
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Far from perfect, but perfectly fine for our needs...

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Meanwhile, my experience with the 15-inch EGO trimmer is the polar opposite of Rob's, as usual.

I started with the 12-inch trimmer and found it difficult to control because the power was all or nothing, and the bump feeder didn't work well for me. So, I exchanged it for the 15-inch trimmer.

Night and day. The whole point of the 15-inch trimmer having a variable-speed trigger is so that you have all the power you need when you need it, or you can slow it to barely moving for delicate jobs. This also tamed the power to be able to use the trimmer for edging. There just is no such thing as "too much power" with this trimmer because you control the speed completely.

And, the bump feed works wonderfully. It does work better with virtually any string other than what came with the trimmer, which I also found to be too brittle. I've used the trimmer with Echo and Rino-Tuff line with great results.

Yes, it might be nice to have a wheel to guide the trimmer for edging. Or a wheel might just add weight and get in the way.; I don't know. But as-is, it took me about three minutes to get the hang of the 15-inch EGO trimmer in order to be able to use it for edging.
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Hey Man, what can I say. You may just be better at using a trimmer than myself. I know about vatiable speed because the Worx has it as well as my old Ryobi but both have a wheel attachment and neither used a bump feed method to get the string to release. I will say that the Ryobi had an issue with releasing enough string because it depended on a change in speed of the cutting head to get string out.
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I guess no one product is going to satisfy the needs of every consumer, especially when it comes to string trimmers. Just look how many different models are currently offered by some of the more established manufacturers.

The fact that Ego only has 6 tools out and 2 of them are string trimmers speaks volumes about just how fragmented that space must be. When I go to the string trimmers section of Ryobi's site, I see 29 different models/variations/bundles currently being offered. So of course Ego's two models are not going to perfectly compete with every single unique model on the market, but they do have two very solid offerings that are very capable of meeting most trimming needs of the average consumer.
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This string trimmer is by no means an edger.  You cannot get a nice clean cut into the soil and cut the talons of centipede to get a nice clean finish against the driveway or any solid surface.  It required a bladed edger to both cut and dig.  An edger's purpose is completely different from trimming "weed eating".
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I certainly agree. Although a string trimmer can edge, there is no substitute for the clean and consistent edge that a bladed edger provides.
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We appreciate all of the healthy conversation comparing and contrasting different string trimmers.  We appreciate everyone taking the time to give their input.  We're going to close this conversation since everyone has had a chance to chime in.  As mentioned, there are so many varieties of string trimmers, this thread could go on forever! 

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