NEW Rapid Reload Head for 15" Trimmer

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Coming to a Home Depot near you (soon)!

"All the power of gas, without the noise, fuss and fumes now with the Rapid Reload Head for even greater convenience. The 15 in. cutting swath, bump-head line advancement and professional-grade 0.095 in. cutting line make quick word of yard clean ups."

Rapid reload head to quickly and easily load cutting line

http://www.homedepot.com/p/EGO-15-in-56-Volt-Lithium-ion-Electric-Cordless-String-Trimmer-with-Rapid...
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Posted 3 years ago

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This wasn't at all what I thought it was at first glance (as you know if you saw my original post that I deleted because it was completely wrong!). I had to dig into the manual to figure out what is different about loading string:



Looks easier than winding around the spool, but not significantly so. Maybe I'd have to use it to understand if this actually makes it much faster or easier to load string.
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Looks neat, but I can't see rushing out to upgrade since I load my trimmer about once a year.

Still nice to see some innovative features being added to the tools as we go. Keeping ahead of the curve! :-)
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It only takes a minute to load the line,  I love that this is now part of the tool, but not a reason to upgrade.  Agree!
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This is very cool and something I didn't know was even in development.  Love the refinement we are seeing on their tools.  They are really putting out some top notch stuff.  My favorite tools are the blower and the weed eater.  They are second to none in my books.  
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I feel like the edge trimmer is a bit "magical".  My Ryobi (POS) trimmer required me to bump the line frequently, and replace the line just about every other time I used it.  The Ego trimmer, OTOH has been used for a YEAR and I've yet to replace the line.  I hope when I do, using the "spiral?" type of line I bought at HD last year, will give good service as well.  If it doesn't, I hope I can find  the same type of line that Ego installed on the trimmer at the factory.
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I am in the same boat as you Dave, I LOVE my 15" trimmer. I have used mine for a year now and still going on strong with the original spool head. I bought my replacement string but have no need for it yet. This thing is everlasting like you said ... the first and best purchase EGO tool thus far !!!!!!!
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I failed to mention that I had also used .095 line on the Ryobi for several years (I drilled the head to accommodate that size.  it came with smaller size line).  But using the .095 didn't stop that Ryobi from eating line frequently.
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So what do you think is the difference .Dave? Why isn't the ego eating line like your ryobi did? I'm curious to what you think. I agree with you guys. I never have to replace my line. 1x in 2 years. Perhaps a shorter amount is put out per bump?
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And here I go through .096 line like it was made to paper. I throttle a lot to try and save the line, but all of my trimming is either against brick or concrete.
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Interesting Dave. Are you using the same line with the Ego as you did in the Ryobi?

I found with the .080" line in my corded Toro trimmer as well as the line in the 12" Ego trimmer, I was bump feeding several times every session, but with the more powerful 15" and .095" line I bump feed it maybe once each session. That's true for the heavier hexagonal line I'm using now as well as the twisted line that came with the trimmer.

I went almost a whole season with the line that came with the 15" trimmer before needing to rewind the spool.
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I am curious as well about the Ryobi eating through the line.  That said; I might be a "weird" one but since my original spool head is working fine, I will probably not buy the new "bump head" anytime soon.  If it ain't broken, why mess with it?
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Everyone, although the rapid reload head might physically fit on the older models, we strongly advise against it due to performance issues. Among many other issues that may arise, since the rapid reload head is taller, the line will not hit the cut off blade in the right spot and will cause issues when advancing the line. We LOVE your ingenuity, but be careful out there, guys! We DO NOT recommend using the rapid reload head on models ST1500 and ST1500-S.  There was a typo on that manual which we are rectifying immediately. Thank you for bringing that to our attention.
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My takeaway from Jen's post:

"...the rapid reload head might physically fit on the older models..."

Challenge accepted!
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Two words: "spacer block".  However, I verified the alignment in the picture above (in this thread) with the new head and the original line cutter, and the alignment is satisfactory for my purposes.  I'm planning on doing a detailed review at some point, and I'll be sure to cover the alignment in detail.  Also, I did not post a video, but there is much less vibration compared to the Echo 400 Speed Feed Head modification I did earlier (which required the spacer block):

https://community.egopowerplus.com/ego/topics/echo-speed-feed-400-head-on-15-trimmer
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Just received and really like this trimmer. My beef is that is states that it has a 15" trimming length...thinking 7.5" on each side. Not the case, it measures 5.25" each side to the line cutter for a total of 10.5" cutting length. How is this considered 15"?
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the center is about 5" thus 15" total.  It cuts left right front back so it is cutting a 15" path as it goes.
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Ahhh ok, makes sense now. Thanks!

I take it there is no way to rotate the shield? I use my trimmer for about 50% flat cutting and another 50% as an edger along driveway and gardens. Using it as an edger you get a bit of debris flying up. If I could just rotate the shield a little it would be perfect...otherwise I may be shopping for a face shield.
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Just installed this on my 1500s string trimmer.  It's fantastic and no vibration like the universal speed feed head.  Plus the design puts the string at the correct spot for cutting the line with the cutter on the string guard.  WELL DONE EGO!! I knew it would only be a matter of time before you all did this.  The rapid reload " speed feed " head is a fantastic add on to any string trimmer.  Makes reloading soooo much easier.  The bump feed also seem easier instead of the small area, the whole head is the bump!


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