Which battery to get with Powerhead Edger - 2.5 or 5.0?

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This is the second post I've made about a dilemma that I have of what to purchase - I really appreciate all of the advice I've been given, and it's helped me to really hone my last question here. 

I'm trying to decide whether to get the Powerhead Trimmer/Edger combo with the 5.0 battery, or a stand-alone trimmer with the Powerhead Edger and the 2.5 battery that comes with it (I really like the sound of the Powerload system - I'm really tired of loading my trimmer manually).  

Since I'm getting the Powerhead edger either way, the biggest question I have now is which battery is best for the edger in my situation- the 2.5 or the 5.0?

I know that the 5.0 battery from the combo will give me a longer run time but I'm concerned it will be too bulky/heavy;  on the other hand, I like the idea of the lighter 2.5 battery, but I'm not sure it will have enough juice to get the job done - I have about 200 feet or so of sidewalk to edge.  I also have a 5.0 battery from my EGO self-propelled mower that has about 25% or so juice left a 35-minute mowing job, so I'm wondering if the combination of a full 2.5 battery with the 25% charge on 5.0 battery after mowing will be enough to get everything in one go.  Having never had an edger before, I really have no idea how long it will take!  Does anyone know the estimated run time of the 2.5 and 5.0 batteries when using the edger?

Also, will the 5.0 battery have more power than just using the 2.5 in the Powerhead Edger?  
 

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I would suggest the 2.5 battery . I like the 2.5 battery because the weight and it should last long enough. If not you have your 5 battery as the backup.
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I agree with Dennis.  A 5.0 Ah battery is quite heavy, and the trimmer/edger will start to feel quite heavy after a short time, especially with every twist and turn of the hands as you maneuver the machine.
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I have the original 15" split shaft trimmer and absolutely loves it.  I invested in the Power Head combo unit with Edger & Hedger attachment units.  To date, I have been using my 2.0 Ah battery for the trimmer and the 2.5 Ah battery for the edger.  I have never had any issue with battery time and power on the edger with the 2.5 Ah battery.  For the size of your yard, your 2.5 Ah battery will be sufficient for the job.

On the edger, you have setting 1 and 2 and from my personal experience, the 1 setting is more than enough to edge my lawn.  The only time I used setting 2 is when I have neglected my edging duty for more than several weeks.  Thus, you don't need the 5.0 Ah for the edger, the 2.5 Ah battery will serve you well.  Let us know your final decision ... :-)
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That really helps - I'm going to get the 2.5 - I think I'll really enjoy using it more that way.
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I opted for the 2.5 AH battery because of weight concerns. Before my EGO Powerhead I used a Stihl combo tool. The EGO with the 5 AH battery would actually be a bit heavier than Stihl with its gas engine. I’ve used the Ego with its 2.5 AH battery a few times and it has run for 1 hour without running out of energy. YMMV though as I only use the edger and weed eater on the lower speed.

Hope this helps.
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Thanks for responding everyone!  I think I'm going to go with the stand-alone trimmer and the edger with the 2.5 battery.  Sounds like that battery should be enough for needs.  
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To answer part two of your question, the powerhead system will provide more power with the larger batteries. Having said that, once you have your edges established and are simply maintaining them, the edger with the 2.5Ah battery should be just fine. Either way you do have the larger battery to fall back on if necessary.

I just thought I would mention that in case your first go with the edger was lackluster while using the 2.5Ah battery. ;-)

On another note, are you sure your self propelled mower came with the 5Ah battery and not the 7.5Ah battery?
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you're right!  I do have a 7.5Ah battery from my mower!  I either didn't realize it, or forgot.  Actually, I got the regular push mower (LM2101) first, but I returned it and got the self-propelled one instead, and that's the one with the 7.5Ah battery.  So for a backup, it should give me plenty of juice and run-time.  I think I'll probably use it the first time I edge, and then use the 2.5Ah to maintain it, with the 7.5 as my backup.  Thanks for pointing that out!  That's really helpful and sealed my decision for me.
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That’s what we’re here for! I’m sure you’ll be happy with your decision!
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2.5 can handle it, no problem.  I weed eat and edge two front yards, 140 feet of sidewalk plus driveways, and still have power left.
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thanks!  your comment and the others have sealed the deal for the 2.5Ah battery.  I actually realize that my other battery is a 7.5, not a 5.0, so that will help even more.