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Curious as to which weed whip, edger, blower and hedge trimmer you experienced individuals recommend? I see several options available for each, but can’t see what the difference is through specifications and I’m wondering if maybe I’m just missing something. Thank you for any help!
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Aside from some of the complaints about customer service, Here you go.

I have 3 of their blowers, the backpack, ad 535 and a 580.   I love the
Power+ 580 CFM BlowerLB5804 because of the cruise control and over all power, no need for a turbo.

The Weed Wacker.  I have 3 of them.  Earliest model with one speed, the Carbon Shaft one (most recent) and the the Power+ 15" String Trimmer with Rapid Reload HeadST1500SF because it has true variable speed.  The most recent Carbon spins too fast for delicate trim work.

All of their hedge trimmers are great, but the Power+ 24" Brushless Hedge TrimmerHT2411 is inexpensive and a workhorse.  Love it.

I have the multi-head edger and it works great.  I don't like the blade nor changing the blade, it has a bolt and cotter pin. 15” String Trimmer & Edger Combo Kit with 5.0Ah Battery and ChargerMHC1502.  I purchased a different brand blade and it is holding up better.  But did I say I love having an edger?

Mower, my old 20" is my work horse, but I have switched to my 21" self propelled.  I don't like how it mulches, nor how soft the blade edge is, but I love the mower.  Power+ 21" Self-Propelled Lawn MowerLM2102SP

That is my weekly "army" of tools I use for my lawn.  My other stuff gets used as needed, like the chainsaws, etc.
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Thank you for the breakdown!  So in your opinion, you'd recommend the power head combo over the stand alones?
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I like the power head and it will probably be cheaper, but I like having stand alone tools even better.  I keep the edger on my power head and use it more like a stand alone tool.  I just don't like messing with stuff, I want to grab the tool I need, and go.  If room is a problem, definitely the power head system!
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Is the changing out of tools a hassle or you just like to pick up and go? I first purchased the stand alone on a whim the other day and then when trying to find an edger, found the combo pack online. I ordered it with the intent to take back the stand alone, but thought maybe I’ll get others opinions first
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I just like to pick up and go.  The multi-tool / any multi-tool is a bit heavier and takes a few minutes to get everything removed/attached and put away.  Having individual tools is messier, but quick.  I'm sort of impatient, which is a bad thing sometimes.

Another thing to think about .  If you have two batteries and a rapid charger, you will probably be able to pick up and go.  BUT, the blower will eat a battery for lunch.  The only thing that will stop you in your tracks is a lot of blower use.  Otherwise you will be able to pick up the charged battery and continue.

Absolutely do your reading, it's a heck of an investment!
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Well I ended up buying the mower yesterday and thought with the 5ah that comes with that combo kit, I should be good. I just need to get a blower and hedge trimmer now and I’ll be good. I just need to decide which way to go and I’m trying to get all the information I can to make an informed decision. I appreciate all your feedback
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I have the HT2400 hedge trimmer. That's the one with 3/4" capacity. Haven't used it anywhere near 3/4" but it's worked well for me up to about 1/2" branches. I have the 575 blower. Holey moley is that thing powerful. I rarely use it at full power. It just isn't necessary. The 575 is being discontinued in favor of the 580, however, so maybe even a 530 would be a good one to get. Or the 580 to have the latest and greatest. 
String trimmer. I have the original split shaft 15" one. No rapid reload head or any of the newer models. I'd love to get my hands on a powerload but as long as mine keeps working well, it'll just have to wait. I would suggest whatever next tool you buy, buy one more kit with battery and charger. I bought my 21" mower and it came with 5ah battery and charger. Next purchase was the string trimmer and it came with 2.5 ah battery and charger. Blower and hedge trimmer I bought tool only. I can use the 2.5 ah battery in the string trimmer and blower when mowing the yards and it lasts just fine. Remember I don't use the blower full force so I think I get a lot more life between charges because of that. I also take advantage of the "off" function when moving from point to point with the blower and string trimmer so they aren't running when I'm not actively using them.
I prefer stand alone tools over a multi-head type setup. I guess part of my thought process is if the power head part conks out, I have however many tools I can't use until it gets fixed or replaced. 
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Hi Mike,
You made an interesting point regarding possibly maximizing runtime by letting the
blower and trimmer shut off while moving from point to point.

I've been thinking about this out in the field, especially when toting the PowerHead line trimmer. I've also heard that electric motors use a lot of power to start-up from a stop, and not so much just to keep them spinning, kind of like a ceiling fan.

So, I've been trying to keep the trimmer spinning at low speed during short to medium walking distances to the next area to be trimmed, instead of multiple on/off cycles.

It seems like it may be extending my runtime, although it's hard to know for sure.
If nothing else, I imagine it would be easier on the tool long-term, and it also keeps the active cooling fan inside the PowerHead spinning and cooling.

Bob
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A response so nice you posted it twice. LOL. Anyway, yeah, who knows. I'm a child of the first oil crisis and in order to save gasoline we'd shut off our motors when stopped, waiting in line, things like that. Didn't seem to cause any undue wear to engine parts so likely not really going to cause any undue wear to these parts. But, I don't use mine like you use yours so there could be a difference. There may be a small current surge during startup but the stand alone tools, at least, seem to spool up sort of gradually. Or maybe that's me sort of bringing them up to speed gradually with the trigger. A recent example. It usually takes me about 45 minutes to mow both of my yards. Just about the average runtime on my 5 ah battery in my 21" push mower. I also use the string trimmer and blower with the 2.5ah battery before mowing for around 15-20 minutes to edge, trim, blow stuff onto the grass for the mower to catch when I mow. Recently, the battery ran down in the mower as I was getting almost done. I think it wasn't fully charged when I started. Anyway, still had plenty of juice in the 2.5ah battery to finish mowing the yard. I like to think the way I'm using the tools with the 2.5ah battery helped the battery last a bit longer before needing a charge.
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Bob,

You actually make a great point.  I can be cutting my grass with my 21" mower and stop to do something, when I restart my mower, it's like clockwork my battery goes red.  I think Start/Stop of high amp motors takes a huge draw in comparison to it just running along at speed, not under much of a load.   Of course I'm talking the time frame that I usually have 5 to 10 minutes left on the battery anyways.  But that restart seems to take it over the top.
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I've never seen that happen with my 21" and 5 ah battery. Interesting. In fact, I've seen the opposite. When the indicator on the mower shows red indicating the battery is running low, if I stop for a bit and restart the indicator on the mower will show green for a few more minutes then go red again. 
One other thing I've gotten in the habit of doing is when I restart after a stop, I'll slightly raise the front of the mower so the blade isn't sitting right in the grass as it comes back on. Thought being to give it a bit of an easier startup. Who knows if it's doing anything.
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Mike,

Sometimes I Laugh at what happens here.  When one person experiences one thing, another experiences the opposite.  Kind of makes either a mute point. 
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Not a moot point at all. It's all in how we use it and our experiences. And, I'd like to think this sort of discussion gets back to EGO engineers so they can see what their end users are experiencing. There may be little design tweaks they can make so we don't see exactly opposite things happening. But, that could just be a part of normal usage variation. It's good you posted what you did, just as it's good I posted what I did, because it's more data for EGO. (Provided they see it, of course.)
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Good Point.