I have begun the quest for a new line trimmer as I just sold off my collection of old and tired specimens. I don't have too many mowing accounts, about a days worth each week so I have primarily focused on what would be described as "high end consumer" models, i.e. commercial brand curved shaft models in the $200 range. One of these, well constructed of course, would certainly suit my needs. However, for a a bit more $$ I could upgrade to a strait-shaft, split boom model that I could use with other attachments. In particular, I generally have need for a brush cutter once or twice a year and the power broom and edger would be nice additions to the tool supply. My concern is, will the lower end split booms be rugged enough to support different attachments? I could be happy with the dedicated trimmer if I won't really be gaining anything by upgrading to a split boom.