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.