Which adapter kit is required to put a brush blade on the EGO String Trimmer?

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Brush cutter is not currently available in North America.  It is only available in the UK/Europe.

Hopefully that will change soon
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What you talkin bout Scott ?
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If a 2000W 15” string trimmer is a baby, what does a grownup look like?!?

+1 for the brush cutter tho!!!
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Just discouraged trying to cut tiny privet brush with the orange string that came on this. I feel much better now though. I found a stihl brushcutter blade and replaced the head with that. No more privet! And the trimmer is more beast than baby with that setup:



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Well that will get the job done.

After reading Blues post I think I understand that you were expressing 1000% interest.  Rather than complaining about a $1000 price tag which is how I read it.

Glad you got something working to take care of your brush
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I'll also chime in to say I love my Ego string trimmer but I'm not a fan of the string that comes with it. I've found it to be too brittle. I switched to Husqvarna Titanium Force string and that has proved to be much more durable. It's still not a brush cutter, but it chewed through some pretty thick stuff I have along the fence in my backyard.

Ego has been bringing Power Head attachments that are available in Europe to the U.S. I think the brush cutter is the last holdout. I can't help but wonder whether we'll finally see it this year.
i would like a brush cutter option too.
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We continue to share your ideas with the team. Please keep em coming! :-)
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It is officially spring now.......
Haven't been any new products announced for a  few weeks.....
Do you have something you would like to share with us Amber .......
:)
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Like a new 21 in. mower in the works sold with the high lift blade and an actual side discharge... or better, a 22 inch?
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The Oregon or Stihl 3-bladed brushcutter blade has been confirmed to work with the 15 inch trimmer that is part of the power head unit.

Caveats:

(1) I would not attempt this with the standard trimmer as its head design is different and more importantly, its motor is not as powerful as the 2K watt motor that drives the power head (equivalent to a 2.6hp 44cc gas engine). The power head motor is a BEAST.

(2) Do not attempt to use the circular saw blade. This blade has a tendency to kick back and stall when it gets stuck on dense material, resulting in harmful effects on the power head motor and drive assembly that will surely not be covered under warranty. FWIW, I've had a gas operated bike handle brushcutter that does the same thing, but it perhaps its able to absorb shock better than the EGO unit does.

(3) As an alternative, I have been using a Grass Gator Extra Heavy Duty brushcutter blade head with my CORE power 36v string trimmer with much success and no adverse affects on the trimmer. That head will cut through 1 inch privet stalks and keep moving along.

Video proof:

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Are you using a 10" diameter blade?  If so, has anyone tried a 12" blade? 
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So in the video it appears you didn't use a thrust washer - only the large cover and nut? This is sufficient to hold the blade under load? I bought the Stihl kit but the thrust washer has too few spline notches (10) and my STA1500 has 14 notch spline.

Thanks if you can advise me.
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I also bought the Stihl kit, how did the setup without the thrust washer work for you?
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Here is a video of me using the Grass Gator Extra Heavy Duty brush cutter head with my 36v CORE power trimmer (I still have this unit while I'm awaiting the arrival of my brand new EGO power head and trimmer combo)

Highly recommend this head if you are looking for brushcutter blade for your power-head string trimmer:



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theres obviously demand for this, since people are willing to mod trimmers to make their own. why not just get moving and release one for the multi tool already?
i agree. I would  buy the adapter now!
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I WANT to buy the EGO Power + Multi head system but the lack of a brush cutter is more than likely going to push me into the arms of another manufacturer. Not sure why the UK can have had one for years but none in the US and no news either. Oh well... time to look long and hard at Greenworks, Kobalt or Ryobi
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Still $129 for the PH and edger.  Still a crazy good price.

$149 for the power head alone.
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@Joshua Isley said:
Scott, can you tell me which Stihl adapter? And would this work on the 15" trimmer attachment?


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Also still not sure why Ego doesn't bring their handle bar brush cutter to NA.  Hopefully this spring.  It has been available in EU for quite a while.
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@szwoopp said: 
Still $129 for the PH and edger.  Still a crazy good price. $149 for the power head alone.
Wow! You're right now that I remember, it was cheaper to get the combo than it was to get the powerhead alone.
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Shhhhhh. we don't want the pricing department to hear.  This is just for us here to know until we all get in on the deal.
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@Scott Blanchard;
On the warranty issue, the EGO powerhead came with an edger attachment and was only $150 new for the pair - the same price as a bare powerhead!! 
Yeah, no worries. It was mostly a comment for someone who might come along and read this and not realize it would void the warranty.

I think it's a great idea. 

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Hey guys, been a while but I'm getting kinda tired of having to swap out my brushcutter blade with the string trimmer head all the time. I'm considering either purchasing another string trimmer attachment ($119 plus tax online), a full 15 inch dedicated string trimmer (non attachment capable $129 plus tax online), or another one of the $129 edger + power head units and retrofit the gearing assembly with a string trimmer gear assembly and trimmer head.

I'm leaning towards just buying the dedicated string trimmer and call it a day. However, I like a challenging project and modifying an edger attachment is appealing if its possible and cost effective. After all, I could sell the power head alone for nearly enough to pay for the purchase - I've already sold one and kept the edger attachment.

For the edger retrofit option, I'd need to pick up a used stihl trimmer head or similar and retrofit the head onto the edger shaft. Does anyone know what the business end of the edger shaft looks like and whether or not it would mate up to a Stihl trimmer power head?
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I would like to buy the Ego multi tool system, but my dealer says the brush cutter attachment isn't available in North America, but will be "soon."  How soon is "soon"?  It appears that Ego promised 2 years ago that it would be available "soon." Can you provide a more definitive time frame?
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Ego generally does not announce tools until they are released.  I have not seen anything regarding the brush cutter being released in north america.  So, in this case "soon" may just be the hopes/assumptions of the person you asked.
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It’s completely absurd that such a simple attachment isn’t available. Especially considering the hard part is already done it it’s sold overseas. If I had it to do over, I’d buy a product from a company that is actually expanding their ecosystem.
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US and overseas have different safety regulations, so it is not just a matter of shipping it over and selling it.
Ego has released 2 attachments for the powerhead this year - hopefully the brush cutter will be next..