PowerHead vs String Trimmer

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Is the PowerHead with trimmer attachment more powerful than the 15 inch String Trimmer with rapid reload head? I understand that they come with different size batteries...2.5ah vs 5.0ah. So this is really a two part question I suppose. All things equal (if both products used the same size battery), is one more powerful than the other? Second, does the larger battery provide more power?
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In my experience, i see no difference.  I like the stand alone string trimmer because it just feels more natural to hold than the powerhead.
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The power head motor has more power, but the standalone 15" trimmer is more comfortable to use and has plenty of power for most any need.
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Here is a [literal] head to head comparison:



The rapid reload head is much bulkier, and thus also comes with a much bulkier (wider and deeper) guard. I am not a fan. The power head also has a lot more bite when the trigger is barely squeezed, so it looses some of the finesse that really makes the standalone trimmer shine.
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Why does the new guard require those screws  (not the screws used to attach it to the trimmer, but the ones on the right side of the guard in the picture above (there is 3))??
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it is bigger
it is made from 2 pieces held together by those 3 screws
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To address whether the larger battery has more power; some of the higher drain tools (like the chainsaw), will limit the maximum output so that the high current draw will not damage the battery.  So tools like the chainsaw, blower, mower and snow blower would provide maximum power with the 2P/3P (4.0/5.0/7.5) batteries, over the 1P (2.0/2.5).  But other low current drain tools like the string trimmer will not exhibit any more power.  Certain tools really should not be run with the 1P battery, the mowers are probably the first that come to mind; and the Chainsaw/Blowers are a close second.

The current attachment offerings (8" chainsaw, 15" trimmer, 8" edger) really don't need a 2000W motor to drive them effectively.  Of all my universal attachments (not Ego compatible), I would think the brush cutter would be the one that  benefits most from a high power (2000W) motor.
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My 2 cents, which effectively aligns with the above comments, is that unless you need the other attachments, esp Edger, then go with the standalone trimmer.  As mentioned, the power head is bulkier, the tool heavier (esp with the 5.0 battery) and the trimmer is more nimble.  Disclosure, I bought and returned the string trimmer after one use because I wanted the multi attachment capabilities of the power head.  I now use the power head for all tasks.  I don't have a big enough yard to justify having both, but if I did, I probably would.
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Thanks for all the helpful comments! I purchased the string trimmer instead of the powerhead due to price.  My biggest concern is the forest of weeds behind by back yard fence.  The area is pretty dense with a mix of weeds, and some are as big as 1.5 - 2 inches in diameter!   My old Black and Decker 40v used to do a decent job but after 30 minutes, I had to wait another 5-7 hours to fully recharge the battery.  I'm hoping my new trimmer will bulldoze what I'm up against (plus 30 min recharge!). I'll be finding out this weekend.  I'll take some pictures as well.  My main reason for wanting the powerhead was the edger attachment (and thought that I might need even more power).  Though, I figure I can buy a stand-alone edger for far cheaper than the $250 difference between the trimmer I purchased and the powerhead combo package.
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Roger that on the pics! Too much rain right now so might not be until this weekend that I can get to obliterating! 
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Was the trimmer on sale at the time? I looked at the trimmer, 5.0 A battery/charger and the powerhead/trimmer/edger combo and the difference was only $80. 
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I need a trimmed and a pole saw. EGO multi Head $149.00, Battery $200.00, Charger $70.00, Pole saw $109.00, Extension pole $50.00 (why wouldn't the pole saw come with a pole), Trimmer head $109.00, for a total of $682.00. And that's with the 4.0amp battery and slow/standard charger. EGO Trimmer $179.00 w/batt. and charger, Worz 2N1 pole saw $89.00, for a total of $268.00.
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That's the cost if you buy every piece separately. If you buy the multi-tool kit with the trimmer head, which comes with the 5.0 Ah battery and charger, you'd knock $180 off that price and have a battery with 25 percent higher capacity.
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What Ken said.  Always better buying a kit with the ego pricing.

As far as the pole saw, yes is does come with a pole which is about 54" for the pole saw attachment itself and about 91" total with the Power Head.
The extension pole is just that, an extension which adds another 31" of length.
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