Need help with best configuration for my needs

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I am moving to a new house in Western Colorado with roughly 4000 sq ft of lawn.  It is all flat with a few trees to mow around, but otherwise it is a rectangle.  Grass is nowhere near as thick as St. Augustine.  I have a few configuration ideas on how to buy my ego products, and would like some input:

(A) 21" push behind mower with the 5.0 Ah battery, and the 15" string trimmer (ST1500F) without the battery - $530 total (all prices based on Home Depot + before tax)

(B) same mower with the 7.5 battery plus the same trimmer with no battery - $680 total

(C) same mower with the 5.0 battery plus the same trimmer with 2.5 battery - $600 total

I'd obviously like to spend less money, but if it means I need to stop and recharge on a hot summer day, I'd rather spend a little more money for something that is going to get me through mowing and trimming without a break.  Also, I will likely be getting the 24" brushless hedge trimmer for a few bushes too.  While I probably won't be doing that every week like mowing, and maybe not even in the same session, if I want to get that done without waiting on charge time, that'd be nice too.

Thanks!!
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Get the mower with the biggest battery you can afford and the trimmer with the 2.5ah battery. It's a great combo and the smaller battery is a nice back up.
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So that configuration with the 7.5 would be $750...  Okay, I'll think on that.

Do you think the 5.0 could handle that amount of work on its own?  Much appreciated!
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The 5.0 might be able to handle the work at first but will leave you little reserve for blowing. As the battery wears you might not have enough. The other problem with only the 5 or 7.5 battery is the weight when used in the blower. The 2.5 battery offers a good balance of weight and power.
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Luckily, I may not need a blower as the front yard is xeriscaped, so no blowing a sidewalk or driveway.  The only thing that might need a blower in the backyard is the patio, but I could probably just sweep there.  The weight is a factor I didn't think of though... 
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Sure - buy the mower and hold off on the blower.  Then you will see a great sale on the blower at HD this fall and can pick it up then if you are feeling the need.
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In my opinion, if the hedge trimmer is in your future you’ll definitely want the smaller 2.5Ah battery. Holding the hedge trimmer out at arm’s length for any amount of time will be an exercise in pain tolerance with the 5Ah battery.

The 2.5 will also run the mower in a pinch, so it’s a useful backup. The 7.5Ah is a nice to have if you can afford it. The 5Ah would get you by if not. If you think you’d ever want Self Propel then the choice is easy.
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Awesome, thanks for that.  So at the very least, it looks like I'm going with option C (if not the more expensive and previously unthought of option D).

Appreciate everyone's input!  Looking forward to "firing up" my new toys.