The unsung hero of the well-kept yard that makes the neighbors jealous is the string trimmer. And if you've been thinking about buying an EGO string trimmer, you probably have a lot of questions.
When most people go about maintaining their yard, the lawn mower gets all the attention. While the mower might do most of the work, it’s the trimmer that really gives it a tidy, finished look. Think of your lawn as a head of hair – the mower is the razor and the string trimmer acts as the scissors.
But what kind of trimmer should you get?
If you're not familiar with the EGO string trimmer yet, you should be. So, let's take a look at one of the more popular options on the market.
What is a String Trimmer and How Does it Work?
A string trimmer, also known as a weed-wacker or a weed-eater, is a tool used for high-precision grass cutting. For instance, you may have mowed your lawn but were unable to get too close to the trees or the sidewalk. In this case, your string trimmer is the ideal solution. It's not nearly as large as a mower, so it can grass in tight quarters.
Despite its handiness, a string trimmer shouldn’t be the only tool in your lawn care arsenal. You should use it primarily to accentuate the work done by your lawn mower. After all, the mower can cover more ground faster and more reliably.
So, the string trimmer is essentially your clean-up crew. It comes in after everything is done and makes sure everything looks neat and clean.
The tool itself is long and thin, like a rod, with a blade at the very end. Trimmers run on either an internal combustion engine or with electric power. Most string trimmers are somewhat large, so they do require some upper body strength and the use of two hands.
You should always wear goggles or a visor when you're operating a string trimmer. This is because they’re known to create debris that can damage the eyes. Consumer Reports even suggests wearing hearing protection for some gas-powered trimmers.
In rare cases, the debris from string trimmers has also damaged windows and cars. So, make sure you stay aware of your surroundings when you're wielding one.
What Makes the EGO String Trimmer Unique?
In addition to including all the features expected of a string trimmer, the EGO string trimmer is totally cordless and runs on a 56-volt lithium-ion battery. Best of all, you can take it out and use it for other tools, as well.
It has a 15-inch cutting swatch and an extended, weather resistant, aluminum shaft that comes in at 49 inches. This gives you plenty of maneuverability in tight spaces around delicate flower beds.
The electric motor also makes for a much quieter machine. Also, you won't have to worry about breathing in noxious fumes, something you'll learn in the Lowes’ string trimmer buying guide. But that’s only the base model. The Ego string trimmer comes in multiple varieties, all of which are electric.
EGO 56-Volt Lith-ion Cordless Electric 15 in. Powerload String Trimmer
One Ego string trimmer model offers “POWERLOAD” technology, which is an innovation on the replacement process for the line.
Replacing the line on a string trimmer can be an arduous and infuriating process. However, EGO’s models streamline the process by requiring you to merely feed the line in to the head and press a button.
These same models also include a carbon fiber shaft and variable speed control, for those who really care about customization.
EGO 56-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Electric 15 in. Rear Motor String Trimmer Kit
Another Ego string trimmer model is equipped with a rear engine that gives off a 1200W output. The rear engine aids in the trimmer’s overall balance, making it easier to handle. While it doesn’t have “POWERLOAD” technology, this model is equipped with technology that still allows for an easy reload.
This model also comes with variable speed, a 15-inch cutting swatch and a steel shaft.
EGO ST1521S 15" String Trimmer with Carbon Fiber Split Shaft
The Ego string trimmers also come with two other shaft options: split shaft and straight shaft. A straight shaft is what most other trimmers are – a solid, immovable shaft. However, the split shaft comes apart to add more customization to the tool itself.
In fact, other compatible tools can be attached to the shaft once it comes apart, such as leaf blowers, edging blades or hedge trimmers. However, some reviewers have taken fault with the effectiveness of these add-on tools.
They also include a free-spinning bumper on the trimmer’s head, which adds an extra layer of spin from the blades. While this doesn’t sound like much, it aids maneuverability on the ground, allowing the head of the bumper to go with the ground instead of against it, which would cause friction and require extra force.
As you can see, the Ego String Trimmers come in a variety of options, which allows for the consumers to get the best product for their specific needs, whatever they may be.
How Much Does the EGO String Trimmer Cost?
As there are a number of variations to the EGO string trimmer, each version has its own specific price tag. This price point is generally decided according to the features available.
Lowest price point
The most basic and sparse model comes is the cheapest of the models. But, it’s still totally cordless, and comes with a 2.5 Ah battery and a charger. It also comes with the rapid reload head, which claims that it only takes seconds to rewind the line. It comes with speed control, too.
This is the ideal model for those who need a trimmer for only a few special occasions aren’t interested in all the bells and whistles.
Some of the pricier models include the ones that have the carbon fiber shaft. These clock in at around a little higher in cost, about $50 more than the most basic model.
If forking over extra money just for a carbon fiber shaft seems like a bum deal, you should also know that it comes with a lifetime warranty and that carbon fiber shafts are much more durable than their counterparts. Most of those come in stainless steel.
Of course, this model also includes all of the features of the basic model.
The most expensive version of the trimmers includes a rear motor with a 1200 watt output and a 5.0Ah battery, which is double the power of the other models. It also comes with a 210W charger.
Most trimmers take between 30 minutes and three hours to charge to completion. The hefty price tag comes primarily for the increase in power, not so much because of the presence of unique features. All of this adds up to a trimmer that costs more than bare-bones models.
What do Other People Think About the EGO String Trimmer?
Among professional writers, the EGO String Trimmer fairs fairly well in their eyes.
Looking specifically at the higher-end models, they praised the carbon fiber shaft, pointing out that it manages to be both incredibly sturdy and light. Not only does the sturdiness take away the worry of the trimmer breaking, but the lightness is a relief on your back. Heavier models can be a real strain.
In this same vein, the trimmer’s distribution of weight is also pointed out as being kind to the user’s back.
Reviewers also speak highly of the “POWERLOAD” system. According them, it lives up to its promise of making the line easier to load. This is not a minor achievement, as loading the line on a string trimmer can often be infuriating. And it’s a tedious process, not unlike getting a string through the eye of a needle.
Maneuverability and the presence of a safety trigger, which prevents the trimmer from activating accidentally, are also cited as advantages to these machines.
The pricing is deemed appropriate by reviewers, as it lines up fairly closely with the competition. But best of all, the same price includes features that the others don’t, such as the “POWERLOAD” system.
After testing out seven different string trimmers, one reviewer declared the Ego string trimmer the best of them all. They specifically pointed out its power, despite being a cordless, electric trimmer, which tend to be less powerful than gas-powered trimmers.
The reviewer even tried it out on bamboo that was an inch thick, and the trimmer cut right through it with ease. Other trimmers tested could not make it through the bamboo at all.
As far as customer reviews go, the trimmer holds up well. Consumer impressions seem to largely reflect those of the professional reviewers.
On Consumer Reports, 70 percent of buyers said they would recommend the trimmer to a friend. Specifically, they praise the power, ease of use, and its light weight.
What few complaints have to do with the trimmer requiring a lot of line and one person’s trimmer failed to last a month before it broke.
How Does the EGO String Trimmer Compare with Other Trimmers?
As with any product, there’s a bevy of alternatives. Sometimes, it can be difficult deciding which one is objectively better. You need to find out which one is best suited for your specific needs. Therefore, here’s a short list of some of the EGO string trimmer’s biggest competitors and what they offer.
The ECHO SRM is cheaper than the highest-model from EGO, but more expensive than the lower models. It’s a straight-shaft model, so it’s primarily for taller users. Nonetheless, it’s praised by professional reviewers for its power and ability to cut through even the tallest and thickest grass.
It has a 22.8cc professional-grade engine and a 59-inch shaft. Unlike the EGO, this trimmer is gas-powered, which means it requires regular refueling. It's also going to be much louder. On the bright side, it has cushioned handles. It also features a “Speed-Feed” head, which claims to offer faster line reloading. But, there are more steps required than the EGO’s “POWERLOAD” technology.
Troy-Bilt TB2044 XP
- This gas trimmer's straight shaft design provides extended reach under shrubs and bushes
- Premium 27cc 2-cycle full-crank engine is easy to start and has less vibration than other engines
- Can be easily started by pulling the SpringAssist cord or by using a JumpStart engine starter
Price-wise, this Troy-Bilt trimmer is more expensive than the EGO's lowest model, but less expensive than its middle-of-the-road option. Like the ECHO SRM-230, this trimmer is praised for its power in tackling heavy thickets of grass.
This model also has a swiveling cutting head. This aids its ability to cut along an edge, such as a driveway or a sidewalk. This model has a shaft made of stainless steel. So, it won’t be quite as durable as the EGO's model with the carbon fiber shaft. Like the ECHO, this model is gas-powered, which is going to make it louder and subject to regular refuels.
Stihl FS 38
Unlike the EGO, ECHO, and Troy-Bilt, the Stihl FS 38 features a curved shaft, which makes it ideal for shorter users. This is also true due to the fact that it’s the lightest of the trimmers. It comes in at just 9.3 pounds. Because of the light weight and curved shaft, this trimmer is particularly easy to maneuver and get to hard to reach places.
Despite its light weight, reviewers report that the trimmer still proves impressive when it comes to its power. However, Business Insider contends that lightweight string trimmers are still not quite suitable for heavy-duty jobs. Because of its light weight and curved shaft don’t sacrifice power, this string trimmer is a great beginner product for those looking to try their hand at a string trimmer for the first time.
5 years Consumer Warranty/2 years Commercial Warranty
Troy-Bilt TB2044 XP
3-year limited warranty
Stihl FS 38
What We Think of the Ego String Trimmer
Considering the version with the carbon fiber shaft and “POWERLOAD” system, the Ego string trimmer seems like a safe bet for those looking for a reliable, powerful trimmer. It should also please those who want to avoid the madness brought on by trying to refill the head.
Its electric motor also gives it an advantage over its competition. That's because it’s both quieter and doesn’t require regular oil refills. Despite its electric power, reviewers don’t find any concessions made to the trimmer’s power.
The only trimmer that seems to have it beat on specific issues is the Stihl FS 38, which prioritizes ease of use with few concessions to power. Because of its incredibly light weight and curved shaft, the Stihl might be the way to go for smaller or lighter users.
The EGO, on the other hand, is better suited to experienced users looking to improve their trimming experience.
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