Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 388
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by WalterD Strong and enduring
Initially purchased the Ryobi 40V, which I returned after 2 days. Ran out of power every 25 minutes.
This Ego is powerful like a gas-powered trimmer, quiet, well balanced and lasts 45 minutes or more under moderate to light loads.
Its design is well thought out, the head doesn't continuously jam like Ryobi's and the whole unit has a sleek design.
You can tell Ego spends time thinking about every aspect, including the very easy and neat packaging. Simple to put together.
Battery charges in a short period of time, you can have a drink and a sandwich and you're ready to go again.
June 20, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Steve13 Don't waste your time!!!
This item looks appealing, but is poorly built and I retuned it after one use. The one time the I did use it the handle broke, the shaft bent when trying use the bump option to feed the line (more like a hard hit) and when the bump did work it fed so much line that I ran out in one use. You might ask if I was too rough, but not at all, I exchanged it for the ECHO 58V trimmer and it was night and day to use the same bump function. If you have options go for the Echo 58V trimmer. I bought the ECHO and give it 5 stars!
May 20, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by meeaspapa EGO string trimmer
There seems to be an issue with the bump feed on these trimmers. The string that comes with the trimmer seems too wound to tight. I tried to rewind it and it still would not feed. The solution for me was to replace the string. I purchased .080 string, rewound it on the spool. The bump feed works fine now. Too bad they can't remedy this problem at the factory.
May 31, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Hotwell 56 volts cordless weed wacker
I used it today for the first time. It has lots of power to do everything I asked it to do. Love it.
May 27, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by astonman EGO has got a Winner
I've used gas trimmers for at least the last two decades. While I've stuck with them, its been a love hate relationship so I was pretty excited to give this EGO 56-Volt trimmer a try. Before it arrived, I looked at their website. They state that their sole goal is to convert gas users to EGO. So what's the verdict?
The EGO trimmer is almost as good as my gas trimmer but what it lacks in one regard it more than makes up in others. My gas trimmer uses a .095 trimmer line versus the .080 line the EGO trimmer uses. That's not a huge difference but the larger line alone with more power is great for edging.
That is the only advantage my gas trimmer has over the EGO trimmer. It on the other hand is light, very well balanced, and powerful. It has a dual line, the battery last long enough for most yards, it's quiet, and it's down right easy to use. I've literally left my gas trimmer in the middle of the yard after fighting to get it to start. To me charging a battery is a 100 times easier than mixing gas and oil, going through the priming/start ritual, and dealing with the loud noise.
February 3, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Judson Very Impressed
I wasn’t sure what to expect out of a battery powered trimmer, but this weedeater has definitely impressed me. My first concern was power, but it quickly made me feel foolish for having doubted it as it easily ripped through weeds and brush – even took down a few tree shoots (very small - probably less than ¼” diameter at the base) that were trying to sprout in the back of my yard. I also like that it uses a thick gauge line so you’re not constantly having to replace it. The 12” cutting radius is quite adequate, and I appreciate the large guard it comes with – no one enjoys being pelted in the calf with a stray twig.
My other concern was battery life. I have a pretty large yard and can easily spend upwards of 30-40 minutes weedeating at the peak of the summer. To see just how it was going to stack up, after initially trying it out around the yard, I charged the battery all the way up, put it back on the trimmer and clamped down the trigger to see how long it would run non-stop. The answer: 39 minutes and 30 seconds. Now, while 39+ minutes should be plenty for the average homeowner, anyone concerned by that number needs to realize that that was 39 minutes of constant use. Because this trimmer is battery operated, it only runs when the trigger is pulled, so when you’re not actively weedeating, there is no drain on the battery. So, take out all the time you spend walking from area to area in your yard, taking a breather, throwing sticks for your dog so he’ll get away from the trimmer, or whatever – and if you’re left with more than 39 minutes of weedeating, then you’ll probably want to stick with a gas model. However, I feel like for the other 80-90% of homeowners, this product is ideal. You simply push a button to start it & it’s ready to go – no flooding, no throwing your shoulder out, no mixing oil and gas – just turn it on and go. It’s also MUCH quieter than a gas model – much more of a hum than a roar, and when you’re not actively pulling the trigger, it’s completely silent because it only runs when in use.
Other things to note – the product came almost entirely assembled and with enough of a charge on the battery to run for 15 minutes or so. You can go from unboxing it to using it in 10 minutes or less (the majority of that time was trying to get through the packaging). The battery for this thing is 56v, so it’s LARGE, as is its charger, thus you’re going to have to be willing to part with some counter space in the garage. The battery also has a fan that runs while it’s charging – something I didn’t expect. Not a huge deal unless you’re planning on charging this battery indoors or somewhere else that the noise will be a bother, but something I thought was worth mentioning just in case white noise drives you crazy.
All in all, this trimmer has made a believer out of me. The more I use it, the more I prefer it to my gas model. For the average homeowner, I really can’t find any reason not to recommend this product.
January 22, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by dcmikez Great trimmer, well balanced, gets the job done
I've been waiting for strong cordless options for a yard trimmer for a decade now and EGO seems to have hit the sweet spot.
This, by all appearances, is a standard, contractor grade trimmer, only instead of gas it's powered by a 56v li-on battery. After that, you really won't notice the difference in use, except you don't need ear plugs and won't choke on fumes. Win-Win.
I've owned a 36v cordless trimmer and it wasn't very good because the battery was so heavy it was easy to get fatigued using it. Not so with the EGO. The battery, though massive in size, is rather light and the trimmer is balanced so well that if you're on the taller side (5'10" or more) you'll have no problem using this for a day.
Keeping on the topic of the battery, it has a button on it that when you push it it will glow to tell you the amount of charge on it. It looks like a large power button and glows either green, yellow, or red. Once in the, again, massive, charger the button will flash through the light cycles until fully charged. A nice touch. The charger is actually fan cooled so it's not silent.
The trimmer also has a manual trim gauge that's simply a chromed rod that can be flipped over so you can see how far out your line will trim (unnecessary) and so you can't trim any closer than that range.(see photos of it in both stages).
The trimmer comes with minor assembly needed, simply use a philips head screwdriver to attach the trimmer guard and the hand grip to the shaft and you're ready to go. The trimmer works great and is plenty powerful. It had no problem cleaning up the weeds in our alley and dead brush from the winter. The only odd thing is that it's not instant on. When you pull the trigger there's a slight delay for the trimmer head to start spinning and get up to speed. You'll get used to this, though it is odd at first.
It comes with one battery, but if you're going to use this commercially, you'll likely want to buy a back-up. Battery charges in 30min, so with the 45min predicted run-time, you could keep it in constant use with 2 batteries.
The nice thing about this system is that the batteries are swappable for other EGO tools, as they should be, so buying an extra battery, or another EGO tool with a battery already would keep you working all day.
March 18, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by menarefrommars Hi hopes, low results
Gas trimmer died and wanted to try a cordless. This seem to have the best features with dual 0.080" lines and 58v battery. It was well balanced. Then I used it. The bump feed worked once then I had to stop every couple of minutes and feed the string out manually, The string shortened to a couple inches very quickly. Even with full out, it has a 6" cutting radius compared to my 9" gas trimmer and wouldn't get under the fence. Had to keep the head too close to the walls kept bumping the guard. I don't have the time to deal with a product that doesn't work. I cleaned it up, boxed it up, and am taking it back to get another Homelite gas trimmer.
May 11, 2014