Unfortunate I'm doing my first returns

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Well I decided to get the Power+Hedge Trimmer as my first of several into this EGO system.  I have had it a little less than a month.  Its worked out OK..  No problems.  So I ordered the new String Trimmer attachment.  Picked it up last week.  Was jazzed that it now goes counter clockwise.  Used it this past weekend and well that's why I'll be returning.  While running the trimmer attachment and it now having the motor in the back makes it uncomfortably hot.  It brings back bad memories of my old gas echo trimmer.  My decision to return was a done deal after my review was removed from the EGO website.  I'm disappointed, but I have to much invested in EGO(21", 580, 14" CS, 15" ST OG etc...) to throw out the baby with the bath water.  I'll be getting the carbon fiber trimmer instead. :(
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You got the hedge trimmer attachment for the multi-head system? Then you added the string trimmer attachment? The motor in the multi-head gets hot while using the string trimmer, but not while using the hedge trimmer? Now you are returning all 3 pieces? 
You will buy the new carbon fiber string trimmer? I do lust after that one, but more for the power rewind feature. 
Will you buy a stand alone hedge trimmer too?
Did I ask enough questions? Heee.
Glad you are staying with EGO.
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I gave it a whirl and so did wife. The edger, hedger are held somewhat differently. No heat issue. The string trimmer usually is tucked under your arm resting on the inside part your bicep. The trimmer trumps any of the other attachments for my use. Already have hedge trimmer SA. I just got back from HD and I picked carbon string trimmer.. it seems to be better balanced than the power head. And like pee wee says. Everybody has a big butt...uggg this carbon shaft trimmer goes clockwise....dam it that was the big .positive ....dam it. Well I’ll try and decide if the carbon fiber one doesn’t get returned as well......
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I am very interested in your comparison of the powerhead + string trimmer attachment vs the carbon fiber shaft trimmer.

The price difference for me is 60$ between the attachment vs bare tool, so the ergonomics / weight balance is the deciding factor.

I feel that the power head is a bit heavy (when used with the edger, it feels like a "pro" piece of equipment, very sturdy, but also as heavy as a gas powered tool) which isn't an issue with the edger that wheels along sidewalks/driveway, but may become more troublesome with a string trimmer.
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The powerhead with a 5Ah battery attached to it is definitely a sturdy piece of equipment. I would argue that when used with the edger it’s not a big deal because half of the tool is resting on the ground.

Used with the string trimmer attachment it’s a bit different. That combination definitely feels more like a commercial piece of gear, but it also has the commercial level power to back up that feeling. It’s nearly unstoppable.

Ego’s regular 15 inch trimmers with the smaller batteries definitely are lighter and easier to handle, but for anyone doing heavy duty trimming and/or mild brush cutting the powerhead system stands alone.
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I guess that is why ego make several different string trimmers and 2 edgers. Different strokes for different folks.

Hopefully you find the tools that work well for you.
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I hope they will make a ridding mower, can you just imagine the fun?  Maybe with four batteries but if the mower had a removable deck you could add a hundred accessories. Just having an electric vehicle with soft tires would allow old and disabled people to have a bit of fun. Blades and a snow blower for the winter. Snow tires with chains to pull the kids up the hills for tobogganing. A horn and lights and signals would be cheap to build and that would allow some rural use. Perfect for anyone with a bit of land, you could add a trailer and you have the perfect multi use scooter.
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Hi Guys,
I've been putting a lot of hours on the PowerHead with edger and line trimmer attachments
the past few weeks using them commercially.

I haven't experienced any noticeable heat emanating from the unit at any time, it might get warm to the touch but that is all. And it's been up to 93 degrees here already.

With the edger attached and a 5.0Ah battery it does feel heavy when carrying it from place to place,
but not during use.

With the line trimmer attached and a 5.0Ah battery it doesn't feel nearly as heavy, and has a comfortable balance. Mind you, I was already used to toting heavy duty commercial gas trimmers
(Stihl FS130s). 

Mr. Mota, maybe there is a problem with your PowerHead, I don't think that it should be throwing off heat like you described.

Bob
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Welll maybe it was the one I had. I may put in an order for the power head. But buying by itself is more expensive. But it goes counter clock....
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Very good Mr. Mota,
Yes, I agree, the counterclockwise rotation is essential.
I think that you can still get the PowerHead bare tool with edger attachment online at HD for $129 it's Model#  ME0800

Bob
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Hi Guys,
I need to update what I had previously stated about the PowerHead with line trimmer attachment
not emanating any noticeable heat.

Also, I didn't realize until Mr. Mota made his second post, that he actually meant that
his arm was resting on the motor housing during operation.

I checked my PowerHead today after about 30 minutes of medium-duty operation,
plus it was said to be 94 degrees here today. The motor housing was indeed rather hot to the touch.

I can see that it would be very uncomfortable to operate if your technique/grip
kept your arm in contact with the motor housing for any extended period of time.

There are probably several reasons why I didn't notice this before:

1.  I use a palm-up grip with my right hand, which keeps my arm well away from the motor housing.

2.  I wear two layers of polyester microfiber long-sleeve shirts, which would isolate me somewhat  from any radiated heat.

3.  I wear mechanix-wear gloves all the time, and rarely touch the motor housing with my bare hands.

So I apologize for the initial misinformation.

Perhaps future generation PowerHeads and rear-motor models should have a higher capacity cooling fan to help mitigate the heat build-up.

Bob
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Great follow up Bob. I had actually planned on doing some testing.... tape a bbq meat sensor, videos etc etc... but wasn’t sure about return policy with Home Depot. So I decided just to return and get the carbon fiber trimmer. My guess is that the motor on the bottom works best going clockwise... The power head remedies that one thing. However with the motor being housed in the head we now have the heat that was never an issue on the OG 15 trimmer or likely newer models.. I’m going to give the carbon one a whirl and will decide if I can live without the elusive counter clockwise I so miss.... Thank you all for the discussion...
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Ok, I've got to ask. Why is counterclockwise better than clockwise? The only thing I can think of is that it tends to throw debris left instead of right?
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Just habit of how you hold your trimmer and if the debris in coming at you or away from you.  So, probably all depends on your first weed wacker and what you now perceive as normal or the correct rotation.

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Exactly... explained from my point of view ......walking fwd with a counter clockwise trimmer.. I’m controlling the cut by pushing the cut... clockwise is walking with you and as you walk fwd it’s on you to not be led by the cut.. much easier for you to push to fast and Knick edges... this scenario is specifically using it as an edger but really for me it’s applicable to any finesse trimming... big tall weeds who cares whack away... hopefully this makes some sense to y’all
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Yes, szwoopp is correct, and to my knowledge all commercial gas powered line trimmers
rotate counter-clockwise.

 After many years of perfecting ones technique and safety precautions,
using a trimmer that rotates the opposite way would feel completely wrong, 
and would require making a lot of technique and safety precaution changes,
like which way you walk with the trimmer, and monitoring/mitigating which way rocks and other 
missiles of destruction fly.

In my opinion, a clockwise rotation trimmer would be better suited for a left-handed user.

Bob
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Yes sir yes sir yes sir....