Power Head Trimmer Updated Review

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At the beginning of the week I decided to use the power head trimmer with the backpack link exclusively instead of switching between the 15" and power head depending on the property.

Probably put 15 hours on it give or take.

Surprise......I think it runs longer on the 7.5 than the 15" does! I think what is happening is torque with adequate head spread is besting the less torque higher rpm 15". I generally ran it on the 1 setting and tried to be smooth on the throttle. As Lehigh has experienced the power head trimmer will handle anything easily on a weekly or Bi-weekly basis.

The over stiff throttle is easily overcome by using two fingers....either pointer and middle or middle and ring. Plus the throttle has a more true variable speed trigger than other models.

In past posts I compared it, power wise, to the venerable fs130. Well yes, yes and then no. On a clean up situation, where the grass is measured in feet, not inches, the power head has the power but the programming will cut the motor before maximum potential is reached. It is absolutely not overheating ....but will cut out under a heavy load. I was thinking it might have a problem so I bought another power head only and same thing. So it is what it is until, maybe, ego brings out a true commercial model. So ultimately the fs130 wins, for now, in the top end heavy load department.

Jeremy
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Thanks for the update, Jeremy!

What line are you using with the trimmer, and are you using it greater than 15" diameter?

I ask because I used it on a thick pack of thistles about 1/4" round and it tore through them like nobody's business.  The string was the limiting factor - if I went crazy the string would just break off, but I still pushed it VERY hard.  I was using it at 15" with the guard in place and some hexagon-ish 0.095" string I got on clearance at Lowes that's surely a little tougher than the Ego string.
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Hi Jeremy,
Thanks for the update!

I've got three PowerHeads now, lol. I absolutely love them,
with the exception of the issue that you mentioned.

I don't often cut heavy brush, but when mine will cut-out is if I get the line a little too long.
It runs fine that way until I let off the trigger briefly, then it won't restart (for five seconds).
It can be very annoying, because otherwise with .080 round the PowerHead runs best and really smooth with about a 22" to 23" cutting swath.

I might take another look at the wiring and see if there is a way to bypass the cut-out circuit.

Either I've become used to the stiff trigger resistance or they relax somewhat with use, it doesn't bother me anymore. And you're right, variable/low speed control is very, very good.

The PowerHead trimmer with .080 round really excels at trimmer-edging, which I do a lot of.

Also, I've been running the PowerHeads in the rain a lot lately with no issues.

Bob
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Blue.....I generally run 105 guard on.....but probably ran some 95 also. I run vortex line and although I have tried others I keep coming back to it.

Brush'n with string is hard even on the thickest line.......a 3 pt brush blade helps some but kinda sucks in that it just lays the brush over usually in the way. There is a MUCH better brush blade available but I haven't tried it on the ego yet. It's is a 2 pt design with a twist.....it is nearly 1/4 in thick and at the tips it tapers and then about the last inch it turns 90 degrees down. Can't remember the name right now but NOTHING can hang with it on a trimmer.

Jeremy
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Brush Blender....listed on eBay. I am in no way affiliated with them. If you buy one and run it be a little cautious and suit up. Chainsaw pants and a nice layer on top including full face shield and leather gloves.

Jeremy
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You wrote that you are using it with the backpack link (I guess the one with a regular battery slot, not the 20 AH monster), does the lack of weight on the rear side disrupt the overall balance?
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I wish Ego offered a larger backpack battery in the U.S. but no I use the link with a 7.5

I feel balance is better......but you mileage may vary.

Most people will use the power head with a 5, and although manageable, does make a fairly heavy unit. By moving the battery to my back I can use an even larger battery and it makes the machine much more pleasant to use for extended time. Plus remember that the power head has the motor in the rear so with a battery it feels a little tail heavy....move it to your back and it balances pretty well.

Jeremy