Should I buy the multi-head system or just the individual tools that I need?

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I'm intending to get the edger this summer, and probably a string trimmer next year.  My question is, should I invest in the power multi-head tool and the edger and trimmer attachments, or would I be better off buying the individual edger and trimmer themselves?  I think those would be the only attachments I would need right now - I might the pole saw in a few years, if at all.  Any pros and cons going either direction?  I did notice that the stand-alone edger has a 5.0 battery while the edger attachment has a 2.5 battery - does that make much difference in performance?  I'm kind of befuddled here...any advice is greatly appreciated!
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I go back and forth on this. I tend to think that if the power head part of the multi-head system goes down I don't have how ever many tools available for my use because the power part of the system is down. If a tool only goes down, then I just don't have that tool. The string trimmer attachment does seem to be somewhat popular because it spins CCW which seems to be important to some folks. CW or CCW doesn't make a difference to me but I don't have a lot to trim so there's that. There's also mention of the multi-head system string trimmer being crazy powerful. I have the original 15" string trimmer and the new powerload trimmer and those both have plenty of power for me.
5ah vs 2.5ah results in available run time. More time with the 5ah battery. Note that the 5ah battery would also make whatever tool you are using it in feel heavier than the 2.5ah battery. Maybe not enough to matter, but just to be aware. I've also read on the forum that the larger battery shares the load better between the cells in the battery but someone who understands that better than me could chime in about that.
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Thanks for the input, especially about the battery.  I don't have a big place, so I'm not sure I need a super powerful trimmer.  Thanks again!
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If you have kids that you can distribute the work to...then you want multiple individual tools...:)

You can use the straight shaft trimmer with the 5ah battery and the first kid can get the folded shaft trimmer with the 2.5ah battery...:)
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What is the difference between the straight shaft trimmer and the folder  (regular?) shaft trimmer?  Is the straight shaft easier to use for an adult?  I see a slight price difference between the two, with the straight shaft costing a little bit more at Home Depot.
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The main difference is that the titanium straight shaft comes with the 5ah battery and the titanium folder comes with the 2.5ah battery...my understanding is the folder makes shipping costs cheaper...once you unfold it and put the bolt in you are basically using the same tool...:)

My wife likes the lighter 2.5ah battery...so she gets the folder and I use the straight shaft with the 5ah battery...When it is my son and I doing fence lines...he borrows the 5ah chainsaw battery for the folder...:)
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The split (folding) shaft is only that way for shipping purposes. It results in a shorter box. Once you unfold the shaft and screw it together you never take it apart again. My original 15" trimmer is a split shaft as is my new carbon fiber powerload trimmer. I can't imagine the straight shaft being any different in use than the split shaft.
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To clarify something Paul wrote: None of Ego's trimmers have titanium shafts. The ones with metal shafts are aluminum. They also have carbon fiber models.

In addition to shipping, the folded shaft trimmers are also easier to transport home if you buy it in store and own a smaller vehicle. The boxes the straight-shaft trimmers come in are very long. It was a challenge even in my Jeep Cherokee.

Like Mike said, once the split shaft trimmer is bolted together, you leave it that way.
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oops...you're right...i was thinking carbon fiber and wrote titanium...a formerly expensive manufactured material...:(

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/21/7e/80/217e80ea99263852f7b789ab7dd4d911.jpg
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Thanks for the info.  sounds like there's no real functional difference, except for the battery.  
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I bought the Edge Trimmer attachment + Powerhead (bare tool) for $129 on Home Depot's website, because I have a high hedge and specifically needed the pole  trimmer attachment for the powerhead system. (It was cheaper to buy the bare powerhead + edger combo than the bare powerhead by itself, so bonus edger.)

The "powerhead" system feels more "heavy duty" (mostly due to the weight) than the stand alone tools (chainsaw, CF string trimmer, blowers) that I own, and if I didn't have a high hedge where I need the reach I would probably prefer the handheld standalone hedge trimmer from a weight perspective.  [I don't think a professional landscaper would think it was heavy...I'm just used to my previous lightweight black and decker 18V tools...]

I don't mind swapping between the edger and hedge trimmer attachments, as I only trim the hedge a few times a year. Swapping out the attachments doesn't take much time or effort, so it wouldn't be BAD to have to swap between the edger/trimmer each week, but it is kind of nice to have a stand alone string trimmer so I can just leave the edger on all the time.

I was able to get a good deal on the CF string trimmer with battery kit, so I went with that instead of the string trimmer attachment just to get the extra 2.5AH battery and charger. I don't mind the "wrong way" spinning, and it has had plenty of power for me.
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Agreed that the Powerhead system is weighty when using the hedge trimmer on the extension. It’s definitely a tool to have in addition to the handheld hedge trimmer, not instead of, to be used only where the reach is needed.
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I don't actually need/own the 31" extension, just the standard pivoting hedge trimmer attachment. I am able to trim all my hedges with it (even the low ones), and it's not so heavy that I'm going to spend more money on a 2nd handheld one ;>