Weed Trimmer ease of use?

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Love Ego equipment! Just purchased the weed trimmer and having difficulty using it. I am 5 ft 2 in tall and the trimmer is too long for me to use! Any suggestions?
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Mary Ann Warner

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Mary, have you tried moving the handle forward? The D-shaped handle is adjustable fore-aft on the trimmer shaft.

That's about the only thing you can adjust to suit different users.
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It is long no doubt. If you have a heavier battery from another Ego tool, try it just for giggles. It won't do anything about the length, but you may find the heavier battery counter balances the trimmer a little better. I believe there is also a shoulder strap available. Again that is not a solution to the length per se, but perhaps allowing you to better manage it.
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Im not saying to do this, but you could make it shorter... someone handy could take the motor off where it meets the shaft. In there, there are 3 wires, disconnect them and push them up into the tube, cut the tube with a hacksaw, reinstall the head.

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Did you say something?
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Actually if it is a split shaft, the tube could be shortened at the joint end of the motors shaft, the hinge moved down and the cable either doubled over (doubtful) and stuffed into the shaft, or cut, shortened, and spliced at the hinge area. Kiss your warranty good bye though.
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Oh yeah, don't listen to me either.
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I wouldn't mess with the joint end.
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This is listed under the 12" string trimmer category... no split shafts here! :-)
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If it did have the hinge, I would be tempted to make the modification at the hinge to stay away from the motor.  If it has bolt on electrical terminations, fine, but if they are potted I would not want to mess with that.  Making splices at the hinge would be away from the heat of the motor and higher up away from any moisture from wet grass.  But for me this is all theoretical, I would never modify the thing, or at least not until the warranty ran out and by then I think I would be used to it.  
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Home Depot sells a carrying strap. That may ease your difficulty.