Replacement Line & Goggles for 15" String Trimmer

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Can anyone suggest a Replacement Trimmer Line and a good pair of Goggles to use with the EGO Rapid Replacement 15" String Trimmer? I know Home Depot has some packages of 125 Ft. of Yellow 0.95 Line that they sell. Any comments would be much appreciated. 
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If you search this site you'll find many suggestions for trimmer line. Also, searching on the US Home Depot site (.com) will give you lots of choices and hopefully lots of reviews.

Goggles? Can't help you there, I wear glasses. Not perfect but good enough for me. :-)
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Personally I have no recommendations on either.  But I can pass on some of the names I have heard.  I just got a donut of Oregon Magnum Gatorline Supertwist.  Haven't tried it yet, but it appears to be robust stuff.  Its pricey and the only place I could find it was on line.  I bought it at Amazon.   I believe Ken, a member here, says he has great success with Husqvarna Titanium Force line, I think Lowes has it.  Another member was looking into Echo Black Diamond available at HD.   For years I have used Rhino Tuff at Home Depot without really thinking about it, and it works but not that great.  I found it welds (melts together in coil in the head), wears quickly and snaps off.  The line that Ego provides with the trimmer seems much better.  

On goggles, I have no opinion other than wear them and they should be good with side protection.  The young man that cuts my steep hillside in the front (my knees are junk) swears by Jackson Nemesis. He is a landscaper and uses them at work.  He likes them because they don't fog up and the stems are soft but grip the back of your head and holds them on.  I bought a three pack for him to use here, but they haven't come in yet.   Amazon has a huge variety of them varying in price.  

Another item I would suggest is ear protection.  Yes, Egos are quiet but still if you like hearing the triangles in the symphony, wear it, even for the reduced noise of Ego.  The kind of ear plugs I really like are 3M Classic E-A-R model 310-1060.  Amazon sells them in boxes of 30 pairs for less than 10 bucks.  I used them at work for years, but the only place I could find them was Grainger in boxes of 200 pairs when I retired.  When Amazon started carrying them at a reasonable quantity and price, I was delighted.  

Good luck with your new trimmer. 
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Yep, I'm really liking the Husqvarna Titanium Force line. It's about $14 for 280 feet at Lowe's, much cheaper than Amazon. I've also used Echo line and likes its performance. I just didn't like the bright orange color because it would show up in the yard.
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Amazon's prices jumps all over; and if you can find an Amazon Warehouse Deals, it's usually damaged/open packaging and marked down 10-20% (none available for this trimmer line).  Being in Hawaii, Lowes is more expensive because of shipping it here.

https://smile.amazon.com/Husqvarna-639005102-Titanium-Trimmer-095-Inch/dp/B000N1XPMG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=U...

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Husqvarna-280-ft-Spool-0-095-in-Pre-Cut-Trimmer-Line/3277131
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+1 on Hearing Protection!  I have ridden motorcycles for over 25 years, and even with a full face helmet, I still wear ear plugs.  And absolutely whenever I'm operating OPE.  When cutting heavy brush, the noise is definitely over 80 dBA, above which OSHA recommends hearing protection (actually it's 85 dBA):

85 Decibels (dB) - the "Action Level" where hearing protection is required. 90 dB - the OSHA, 8 hour average exposure limit. 100 dB - exposures longer than 15 minutes are not recommended. 110 dB - regular exposure of more than 1 minute risks permanent hearing loss.
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Note the Amazon link you provided is for 140 feet, not 280. So for about $2 more at Lowe's (or $4 more at Lowe's in Honolulu) you get twice as much: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Husqvarna-280-ft-Spool-0-095-in-Pre-Cut-Trimmer-Line/3277131
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Good catch, the 280' on Amazon is $20, so I'll be buying it locally from Lowes.
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There is a bit of tutorial on line at this site that explains the different types:



https://www.jackssmallengines.com/diy/choosing-the-best-trimmer-line-for-you/
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That is a very good cross reference, and absolute irrefutable evidence that the consumer has too many choices!
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Yeah, like just try to find standard ordinary Oreo Cookies or Ritz Crackers on the supermarket shelf.  It will take you an hour.  
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For the goggles, recommend you look into mesh lens.  When I was using the Chainsaw a lot, my safety glasses would always fog up, especially on hot and humid days.  I found some pretty good mesh lens safety glasses.  There are a lot of styles, but one of the main differences is the mesh size, either very small/fine or large/course  They are a little different and you need to get used to them.  It's basically like looking through a screen door; and if you want to see what it's like, just put you nose to the screen and look outside.  At first it will be weird, but your eyes will adjust.

After getting used to them, I use them for all my yard work; the bigger wrap around ones provide better protection from flying debris while trimming.  Here are the two I bought:

https://smile.amazon.com/Crossfire-19218-Wire-Safety-Glasses/dp/B00A1B71KK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qi...

https://smile.amazon.com/Pyramex-Safety-Trifecta-Eyewear-Punched/dp/B00AJCXR8Q/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&am...

And if you want a goggle version:

https://smile.amazon.com/Vktech-Hunting-Airsoft-Tactical-Protection/dp/B00LSELNEY/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8...
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Never heard of such glasses, other than screened side shields.  I will have to check them out.  
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Interesting glasses, I wonder if the Mesh Lenses would be hard to get use to?  A video on that Amazon Site shows  a 3 - Clear Lenses version but looks like there is no buying option for purchasing them? Thanks for the great info.  
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I have tried the ECHO 0.095" line, and just could not get it to work.  For some reason when you turn on the cutter, it would keep on spilling out more line and the cutting blade would not be able to trim it to the correct length so it would keep pulling more out.

Now I tried to trim it to a shorter length but that didn't seem to work either.  I have yet to get this head to work properly.  I got a replacement finally from EGO and will have to find my socket set to remove the 13mm hex bolt to replace the mechanism.  Perhaps the new head unit will work better.  Will have to see.