Trying to decide on trimmer

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Hello, new user here. I started looking at gas trimmers and then saw videos on battery powered ones. I when to Lowes and Home Depot and looked at Kobalt, Echo and Ego.

I am bummed that I missed out on the free battery, and have no experience on any of these trimmers or companies. I have less than a 1/4 acre lot.

1. Concerned about long term cost of going with battery tech.
2. Which brand? I see negative reviews on all brands listed.
3. I might want to move into a mower at some point.
4. Nice to see a Forum here for Ego

Thanks
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farocco, I would say EGO has the best battery technology. As far as use, the 15" Trimmer was ordered for me. I'm disabled and can't pull rip cords or carry the gassers let alone breath it with me being on oxygen. I can't test the unit until I receive it via Home Depot, and this is still an issue at this time.
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Thanks, let me know how it works for you. My local Home Depot is out of stock until next Friday.
The Echo seemed heaver, but more solid. 
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The echo is really loud. The motor is in the top and has a drive shaft going down the middle. Thats why it feels heavier. The shaft is steel, ego is aluminum. Ill take lightweight any day.

Watch this
https://youtu.be/vsar86i9Taw
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If I recall correctly the Echo does not have proper battery cooling. Heat is not healthy for batteries.
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Your going to get mostly ego fans here, and angry people taking every change to bash EGO because they ruined their tool.
Main thing you need to check is charge time and battery tech. Ego wins on all of these i think. The ECHO is made by ryobi i believe. So junk in my opinion.
I have no experience with kobalt. Make sure that all the tools you need are offered or will be offered, but do not go with Ryobi. Its just junk. Again my opinions.
The Echo requires, like 30 minutes cooldown on the batteries or something like that before you can start to charge it. Thats what i have heard. Wish i knew more about Kobalt. If i was to start over, i might give kobalt a try and Ego, to do a comparison and return the one i didnt like as much. I know i would have picked EGO in the end due to its battery Tech.

Just look at battery outdoor power equipment (OPE) reviews and comparisons on youtube and ratings on google. I won't send a link to them as you should independently research it yourself. Worst case senario. Buy ego tools. Use them. If you dont like them, return them.
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Ego definitely has the best battery technology, no question. This is what sold me on the brand. If that interests you, search YouTube for "Ego vs Echo", there are some great tear down and performance testing videos.
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I agree with Blue  Angel... I have two acres and the first time I used it, I had a lot of trimming to do. The areas that needed trimming had grown up to waist height. I used up the battery before I was finished but based on the severity of the trimming I did, and how much got done before the battery needed to be recharged, I have no doubt it will do normal trimming on my two acres on one charge. Having said that, I can also say I love having an extra battery. Should the need arise, one battery will be charged by the time I have discharged the the other one. That way I could, but hope I don't, go all day trimming and only need to pause to swap batteries. My property is too big for a regular mower but I might consider even replacing my blower in the future. Nice to know the batteries are interchangeable. I did compare Ego to the other popular brands but the length of the warranty and the research I did before led me to Ego .. so far I am happy with my choice.
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Will get the EGO trimmer when available. Do I need to buy an extended warranty from Home Depot?
How is EGO service? Thanks Jacob for the heads up on Echo and Ryobi
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Do your research on extended warranties before buying one.  I've never bought an extended warranty on anything as I'm under the impression they are very poor value (generally) and a genuine hassle to deal with if a claim needs to be made.  Having said that, I have no knowledge of Home Depot's warranties and how they work.

Ego warrants the tool for 5 years.
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Ego service is great. This spring has been busy for them. I think they sold too many tools for their customer service team to handle. This is a good thing for us as it will get us more tools :). The echo also claims 58 v. Their battery has exactly the same number of cell. Its a marketing lie. Kind of like dewalts 20v max. Its the same as their 18v tools.
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Bingo!  :-)
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All I can say is Ego is awesome.
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The extended warranty was purchased on my unit from HD. This way they might give you one off the shelf sooner. If you look at photos I posted farocco you'll see a tuff cut for any trimmer, so When I get this 15" it will be tested heavily and I'll use photos and video. Hope to get the SP mower and 16" chainsaw for the yard too.
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The ego 15 inch trimmer is smooth powerful and well-balanced. I love it
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If you value unbiased ratings from a reputable independent source, here are the 40+ volt battery powered trimmer ratings, according to Consumer Reports:



More detail on the models I've most often heard being cross-shopped against the top-rated Ego:



The Echo is actually rated much lower than most—it's just heavy, not high quality. And the Kobalt is actually one of the very worst rated.
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I don't really care for Consumer Reports.  But at least they do test the majority of products in a category that matter. 

I would say they are pretty accurate with the lawn tools, but don't use their advice on Washing Machines.

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Feeling Grinchy today SCDC?
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Only when it comes to Washing machines!!!  Holy mother of junk!  I don't think HE means High Efficiency, I think it means High Emotion.

I may rag consumer reports, but it's the most unbiased opinion you can find in this damned unreliable information age!

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I was actually just referring to your photo—just paying homage to Christmas in June? It won't be Christmas in stores until a month from now, right after the 4th of July.
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I kind of figured that, but had to bash my washing machine while I had a chance. 

I'm actually a real Christmas lover.  That whole time of year.  Cool outside, the tree, lights, mood and music.  Yeah.  I'm in a better mood just thinking about it.

My co-workers look at me funny when they hear Bing Crosby's Christmas music in the middle of the hot summer.

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I use Ego only, my first experience with battery powered lawn tools, I'm really happy with them. I don't know how they'll respond on the long run though. I just had them for a couple of months. But what I can say is that their batteries hold a lot of juice, at least the big ones
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I cant tell you about the Echo but I bought the Kobalt before I switched to EGO.  The Kobalt cut good and had good run time.  The two things that I just did not like was the smaller size trimmer line and the way the line feeds.  Every time you pull the trigger to start the trimmer it feeds more line even if you dont need it, causing you to eat through line.  This was a HUGE negative for me.  The EGO has a bump feed which has worked flawlessly for me and it uses the same line as most gas models.  This gives you the ability to use most any trimmer line that you have always used in the past.  Hope this helps.
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I really liked my gas Makita trimmer, but as it aged I had to get a replacement.  The 12" EGO trimmer wasn't the answer, I didn't like it much.  When they came out with the variable speed 15", they really nailed the sweet spot.

I wouldn't recommend the 12" to anyone.  Just get the 15.

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Great info Andy, thanks!

Personally, I hate having to pick up little pieces of trimmer string that sit around forever... sounds like the Kobalt would drive me nuts!!!
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Just got home from Home Depot with my new trimmer. What is the best brand of line to use? Have not tried it yet.
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Mine too, of the 5 Ego's I have.  Blower #1, and a close second is the trimmer.  The 14" CS leaks so much oil it's my least favorite by a mile.  I had to "diaper" it.
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Twisted line is okay but as SCDC mentioned, we've seen complaints that it sometimes doesn't feed properly.  It depends on the brand, etc.  That's why I suggested non-twisted in order to hopefully avoid feeding issues.
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OK.   The brand I have on hand is Rino-Tuff.  Is the best line that which is more, or less pliable than a problematic line?
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Eh. Try it. I would. Looks like great stuff. Honestly, it'll probably feed fine at higher rpm.
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I use that exact same line. Its loud. But really really tough. Bump feed works great with it.
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