Request for a rotating head on the 15 inch string trimmer to make it easier to switch between edging and normal trimming

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I currently use the string trimmer both as a normal trimmer and also as an edger. To make the switch, I carry a screwdriver with me around the yard and stop to unscrew the four screws that hold the front-assist handle, rotate it 180 degrees, and then re-tighten the four screws. I'm sure other people have already requested this, but I'd like to add another vote for EGO making a string trimmer in the future with a rotating head so that we can all make the switch between trimming and edging a lot more easily. Plus, even when I do rotate the front-assist handle 180 degrees to use the trimmer for edging, I don't like how it's your fingers that are on the safety switch and the palm of your hand that is operating the variable speed trigger. I find that I don't have as much control using the palm of my hand to depress the variable speed trigger as I do when it's being used as a normal string trimmer and it's my fingers that are depressing the trigger. So, I would LOVE for there to just be a rotating head on the trimmer.
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Posted 10 months ago

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I solved this problem by moving the front handle below the middle joint and loosening the bolts enough that the handle turns easily.  Then I just rotate the trimmer and handle 180 degrees. 
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Can you orient the handle at a 45 degree or some other position such that it will work in BOTH configurations?  Or can you mount a second handle?
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Thank you both for your suggestions! Yesterday I loosened the four screws on the front-assist handle and used the trimmer like that. It worked really well. I left the screws tight enough that the handle wasn't sliding all over the place, but loose enough to be able to rotate the handle around the trimmer shaft, and also to move it up and down the shaft. When I wanted to go from trimming to edging, I just rotated the handle 180 degrees and flipped the whole trimmer upside down. When I wanted to go from edging to trimming, I did the same thing over again. When I wanted to hold the trimmer at a 45 degree angle to the ground, I just rotated the handle 45 degrees. Being able to move the handle up and down the shaft of the trimmer as I used the trimmer around the yard was really helpful too, because sometimes I need more length on the trimmer (in which case I slid the handle up the shaft towards the battery) and sometimes I need less length (in which case I slid the handle down the shaft towards the trimmer head). This kind of adjustability was a massive help to me.

I still wasn't liking the fact that with this set up, when I'm doing edging, I've got my fingers controlling the safety lever and the palm of my hand controlling the variable speed trigger. I have more control when it's the opposite way - with my palm on the safety lever and my fingers controlling the variable speed trigger. So, here's where Lewis' suggestion earlier in this thread will come in handy next time. I don't want to move the front-assist handle to the lower half of the trimmer shaft below the middle joint (I've got a hinge-shaft 15 inch trimmer) because then the trimmer is too short for me (it doesn't reach down close enough to the ground). However, if I just leave the handle where it is on the upper part of the trimmer shaft, I can remove the lowest two bolts on the trimmer shaft below the hinge (middle joint), and then the bottom half of the trimmer becomes rotatable. When those two lower bolts are removed, the bottom half of the shaft is still connected to the rest of the trimmer shaft tightly enough that it won't fall off while trimming (at least so it seems), but is loose enough to be able to rotate. That way when I want to go from trimming to edging or vice-versa, I can just leave the front-assist handle the way it is, and rotate the bottom half of the trimmer 180 degrees. This way I can edge with my fingers controlling the variable speed trigger and the palm of my hand on the safety lever (the same setup as when the trimmer is being used as a normal string trimmer).. I plan to try this out next time I use the trimmer.

Having this kind of adjustability is so nice! So, I'm hoping EGO will make their next string trimmer with this kind of adjustability built in (the ability to move the front-assist handle up and down the shaft as needed, and the adjustability to go from trimming to edging really easily by just rotating the trimmer head).
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Amber. - Would you reply to this post and let me know that you've passed on my requests about a future 15 inch string trimmer?
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Done and done. :-) 
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Thanks Amber!
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The head doesn't rotate? Damn, that's a major flaw. Glad I saw this before buying.
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That's correct - the head doesn't rotate, unless you do something along the lines that have been mentioned earlier in this post.
I love the trimmer even though it's head is not intended to rotate. I would buy it again even without that feature. I think it's that awesome.
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I wonder if the head of the string trimmer that is a part of the power head system can be rotated so that you can rotate it 180 degrees to do edging with the line. Would someone who has the power head system including the string trimmer attachment let us know if that is so?
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My experience with using the 15" trimmer for edging is, it looks like I edged with an axe.

Too hard to control, my Ryobi or Black and Decker edges much better, tho less power, but the end product looks way better.