EGO has revolutionized the world of cord trimmers with its ST1520 model. The EGO 56V Powerload String Trimmer boasts a lightweight carbon fiber shaft and an innovative wire loading system that has completely changed the game.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- The carbon fiber shaft is lightweight and durable.
- It features a Powerload button for easy line loading.
- Low vibration ensures a comfortable user experience.
- It offers excellent balance during operation.
- The cutting force is exceptional.
- The front handle is slightly small and more curved than desired.
When I first laid eyes on the EGO Powerload Cord Trimmer Head, I knew it would be the innovation that professionals and homeowners had been waiting for. Now, it’s finally here and it’s time to see the results!
The concept is brilliant, and the application is simple. Just thread the line through the eyelet in the head until it reaches the center, adjusting the length based on the gauge of the line you’re using. Then, press the Powerload button above the motor, and the trimmer will start itself. It operates quickly for swift maneuvers while remaining slow enough to prevent the line from hitting your face.
You’ll hear a chime from the mechanism, indicating the winding speed and helping you to stop before it’s fully wound. Need it a bit longer? Press the button again. Want it shorter? Bump it to retract some line.
The Impressive EGO Carbon Fiber Shaft
EGO has also innovated by introducing carbon fiber shafts, setting a trend that others have followed. While we don’t usually name project managers, this time it’s worth mentioning Kyle Selph, the driving force behind these remarkable advancements, especially in carbon fiber shafts. As an avid cyclist in his free time, Kyle understands the strength-to-weight advantage that carbon fiber provides, just like a road bike frame.
(By the way, he’s much faster than me on the road. I might have a chance if I can persuade him to attach the EGO motor and 56V battery to my bike. But I digress…)
The carbon fiber shaft delivers not only incredible strength but also significant weight savings. It’s virtually unbreakable, even in tough conditions. However, it’s the reduced weight that truly sets it apart. Trimming with heavy cord cutters often leads to back pain and discomfort. But with the EGO 56V Powerload String Trimmer’s carbon fiber shaft, the weight is minimized, providing greater comfort and ease on your back.
- Equipped with a 56V brushless motor.
- Features a padded D-handle for enhanced grip.
- Side-mounted trigger safety for added convenience.
- Available in both straight shaft (ST1520) and hinged shaft (ST1520S) options.
EGO 56V Powerload String Trimmer: Impressive Performance
The combination of Powerload and the carbon fiber shaft yields outstanding performance. Since its launch, this cord trimmer has consistently remained at the top of our ratings.
One standout aspect is its quiet operation, measuring just 80 decibels according to our tester’s ears.
EGO excels in controlling tool vibration, resulting in smoother operation compared to other brands. With a cutting width of 15 inches, it’s perfect for residential trimming needs. It accommodates both 0.080 and 0.095-inch lines, allowing you to choose thicker lines for tougher conditions or thinner lines for extended runtime.
To adjust the speed, simply press the trigger lightly. While it has a top speed of 4000 RPM, we recommend using the wide-open throttle at 5800 RPM to get the job done quickly. At this speed, the trimmer delivers ample power to tackle even the thickest grassy stems that might have been missed by a mower.
Impressive Runtime with the EGO 56V Powerload String Trimmer
Actual runtime will depend on factors such as the battery capacity, cutting speed, and the thickness of the line used. In our testing, with the 2.5Ah battery and 0.095-inch line, we were able to continuously trim for just under 25 minutes on high speed.
This should be sufficient for most lawns up to 1/4 or 1/3 of an acre without any issues. Even a half-acre lawn can typically be managed without the need for a battery replacement. However, if longer runtimes are required, upgrading to a 5.0Ah battery is an excellent option. It won’t add bulk to the trimmer, and you won’t have the hassle of stopping and going back to the garage to switch batteries.
EGO Powerload String Trimmer Pricing
You can purchase the bare-bones model (ST1520S) for $169 or opt for the kit that includes a 2.5Ah battery and standard charger (ST1521S) for $229 at your preferred EGO retailer.
There are also alternative Powerload trimmer options available. For instance, the ST1511T features a retractable aluminum shaft instead of a carbon fiber shaft.
The Bottom Line: The Ultimate Cord Trimmer
Currently, the EGO 56V Powerload Cord Trimmer is one of the best trimmers we’ve tested, suitable for any homeowner. It offers a complete package, including a lightweight carbon shaft, low vibration, effortless line loading, and exceptional performance.
EGO 56V Powerload String Trimmer Specifications
- Model: EGO ST1520S
- Power source: EGO 56V battery
- Cutting Tape: 15 inches
- Wire Diameter: 0.095″ or 0.080″
- Weight: 11.97 lbs
- Warranty: 5-year limited warranty on trimmer, lifetime warranty on shaft
- Price: $169 without battery, $229 with 2.5Ah battery and standard charger
Check out EGO’s website or visit your local Home Depot to learn more about this incredible trimmer and get your hands on one today!