Should I get the Powerhead Trimmer/Edger combo or Powerhead Edger and a Powerload Trimmer?

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Help!  I'm a little overwhelmed here, trying to decide on the Powerhead Trimmer/Edger combo or just getting the Powerhead Edger and a string trimmer separately.  I'm probably overthinking it, but are my questions.

1 - The combo comes with a 5.0Ah battery, and if I buy them separately, they each come with a 2.5Ah battery.  When using the string trimmer particularly, is the 5.0 battery too unwieldy and/or heavy, or do people find it causing arm or back pain?  Is there much difference in weight between the 5.0 and 2.5 batteries?

2 - If I get the combo, does the rapid reload feature on the trimmer cause as many problems as I've read about, and if so, should I go with one that has the Powerload system, or just a regular old trimmer where I load the string manually?  Does the Powerload system work well, and is it durable?

3 - If I buy the edger (Powerhead version) and a string trimmer separately, should I get a battery for each, or is one 2.5Ah battery enough for both?

4 - Finally, if I buy a separate string trimmer, which one would be the best for light or medium use (about 15-20 minutes per use)?  One with the Powerload, Rapid Reload, or just the basic trimmer?  (This kind of sounds like question #2, doesn't it?)

Thanks for any and all comments or tips!  David

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I was in the same boat. I just orderred the okwerhead edger and trimmer.

I'd like to hear some replies though.
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1- The Powerhead system is a chunky unit.  In my opinion, the 5.0 battery doesn't feel out of place on it, however the 2.5 will be lighter.  If you plan to use the Powerhead to its maximum power you'll want the 5Ah battery.  It is extremely powerful.

2- I think the Powerload system is durable.  We've seen a couple people who've had issues with it, but very few.  The Rapid Reload head works very well also.  Keep in mind the Powerhead spins the string trimmer CCW and the regular Ego trimmers with the motor at the cutting end all spin CW.  Just depends whether you have a preference.

3- I would get a battery for each, or a 5Ah battery.  A single 2.5 could be exhausted rather quickly when pushing the Powerhead system hard.  Did I mention it's powerful? ;-)

4- As far as I know, all of Ego's direct drive trimmers (with the motor at the cutting end) have about the same amount of power.  I doubt there's much difference between them in run time, either.

Hope that helps!
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Thanks for the info - I have an additional question.  I bought a blower with a 2.5 battery, and I forget to mention that I already have the self-propelled mower with the 5.0 battery, and it takes me about 30-35 minutes to mow; when I put the battery back on the charger, it has one green light lit up (I think that's about 25%), so I know it has some juice left.  I'm hoping that if I buy the Powerhead edger WITHOUT the battery (it normally comes with a 2.5 one), I can use the rest of juice on my existing 5.0 battery after mowing to edge (I have about 200 ft. to edge), and use the rest of the 2.5 battery from my blower to finish the edging if I need to.  Does this sound potentially reasonable, or is it a fantasy?  The reason I don't think I want to get the Powerhead combo (edger and trimmer) with the 5.0 battery is because I think I'm sold on Powerload trimmer, which comes with its own 2.5 battery.  I hope this makes sense!  

So in the end I would have:

21" self-propelled mower (with 5.0 battery)
Powerload trimmer (with 2.5 battery)
blower (with 2.5 battery)
Powerhead edger (without battery)

If I need to, I would go ahead and buy the 2.5 battery with Powerhead edger - how much run time do you think it would have?
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Thanks for the info - I have an additional question.  I bought a blower with a 2.5 battery, and I forget to mention that I already have the self-propelled mower with the 5.0 battery, and it takes me about 30-35 minutes to mow; when I put the battery back on the charger, it has one green light lit up (I think that's about 25%), so I know it has some juice left.  I'm hoping that if I buy the Powerhead edger WITHOUT the battery (it normally comes with a 2.5 one), I can use the rest of juice on my existing 5.0 battery after mowing to edge (I have about 200 ft. to edge), and use the rest of the 2.5 battery from my blower to finish the edging if I need to.  Does this sound potentially reasonable, or is it a fantasy?  The reason I don't think I want to get the Powerhead combo (edger and trimmer) with the 5.0 battery is because I think I'm sold on Powerload trimmer, which comes with its own 2.5 battery.  I hope this makes sense!  

So in the end I would have:

21" self-propelled mower (with 5.0 battery)
Powerload trimmer (with 2.5 battery)
blower (with 2.5 battery)
Powerhead edger (without battery)

If I need to, I would go ahead and buy the 2.5 battery with Powerhead edger - how much run time do you think it would have?
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I don’t have any power issues with my 2.5 battery and either the powerhead edger or trimmer. But your blower is going to want that 5ah battery, and that could be used up in the mower too. I can’t recommend a 2.5 battery with a blower.
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An "extra" battery lying around sure makes things easier and your saturday afternoon more enjoyable as to not worry about the charger until your work is done.

To me the extra $100 is worth it.
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About a month ago I got the power head / edger with 2.5 AH battery. Also got the string trimmer attachment. This setup works great for me and my .22 acre yard. Just today I edged, weed-whacked for about an hour and still had battery life remaining. I’m over 70 and was a bit concerned too with the additional weight of a 5 AH battery (2 addtl pounds).


See this discussion thread where ‘Szwoopp’ helped me out:

https://community.egopowerplus.com/eg...
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Over an hour on the 2.5Ah battery is impressive! I don’t think it would last quite that long for everyone since different jobs take more or less power, but that’s impressive none the less!
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My very first EGO tool was the "split shaft" 15" trimmer, and to this day, it is still my BEST EGO tool ever.  Don't get me wrong, I own other EGO tools as well, but this trimmer is my "absolute" favorite!  That said; here are my reasons for owning both the "dedicated" trimmer and the Power Head combo unit.

  1. I like to use a straight edge edger for my lawn, so investing in a Power Head and the Edger Attachment was a no brainer.
  2. I also bought the Hedger Attachment to trim those tall bushes, when a ladder is not warranted for extra work and/or safety reasons.
  3. When doing weekly yard work, I like to have all my tools available without the "hassle" of switching back and forth between different attachments (i.e. trimmer, edger, etc...)

So in the end, it boils down to your "personal" preference on what you are looking for.  If you only want one tool with multiple attachments - then the Power Head combo unit is the answer.  I hope that helps and let us know what your final decision is ... :-)

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Thanks for responding, David!  I like the idea of the separate tools, as well, plus I like the idea of the Powerload trimmer.  The stand-alone edger is out of my price range, so I'll have to go ahead with the Powerhead system on that one, but it will come in handy if I ever need the hedge trimmer, pole saw, etc.  
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You're welcome and have fun using your new tools, they will serve you well ... :-))))
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thanks everyone for your advice.  I'm pretty sure I'm going with the Powerload trimmer and the edger with a 2.5 battery.   I forgot that I can use the rest of the charge off my 5.0 battery after I mow, so here's hoping that it's enough!