Two questions: 1) Benefits of the carbon fiber string trimmer over others? 2) Compare rear motor model vs front motor model.

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Two questions: 1) Benefits of the carbon fiber string trimmer over others? 2) Compare rear motor model vs front motor models.
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The build quality is most certainly commercial quality and it is heavy duty.  The reason I still use my other model is because the Carbon trimmer does not have a slow speed which I really prefer to use.
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Hi ST,

Also, the rear-motor models (I have the PH1400) are more powerful and rotate counterclockwise
(which I prefer) but they are also heavier, so it depends on your needs/preference.

SCDC made a very important point about slow speed operation.
I find the PH1400 to perform very well at slow speed. For example, not eating up a lot of line when trimming along chain link fences.

I think that most homeowners would be perfectly happy with the basic 15"
front-motor trimmer, it's certainly lighter and more comfortable to use.
However, If you mow commercially, or otherwise need/prefer more power 
and counterclockwise rotation, go with a rear-motor.

Also, The PH1400 is versatile, in that it can accept several different attachments, I also have the edger attachment and it works great.

PS  The PH1400 is also louder in operation than the basic trimmer. I'd recommend using earplugs and/or earmuffs with it, and safety glasses with both.

Bob
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The only difference between the carbon and the aluminum shaft is $$.
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And added stiffness, a lifetime guarantee and less weight to offset the increased mass of the powerload head.
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There is no added stiffness when they both have the same aluminum coupling in the middle. I have never seen a broken or bent shaft on a string trimmer so a lifetime warranty is of no value. I have tried them both and I cannot feel a noticeable difference. I read somewhere that iwith the auto load head I the carbon shaft weighs as much or slightly more than the aluminum shaft model.
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I guess the aluminum shaft model is the one for you then. :-)
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If I could get a do over I definitely would get the aluminum shaft.