Jeremy,Apologies for my last attempted post.... technical difficulties
I feel the Gen 2 Echo trimmer addresses nicely the shortcomings of the Gen 1 trimmer. Balance, weight and power. It is not a pas model so it makes sense to keep the Gen 1 around. After hundred of hours of using a motor on the ground model the balance hasn't been an issue.
As a system Echo is lagging behind.....lagging behind companies that have only been making ope for a few years. Their blower(s), Pas powerhead, hedge trimmer, batteries, battery accessories, battery charges and mowers all need updating. They are reliable....yep.
I didn't think the gentleman understood the difference in voltage platforms. He seemed to indicate that he learned something so I don't think it was obvious to him. Did I miss something there?
I like Echo gas but they haven't done enough in the battery market to make me choose them. That may change, as like you, I have a good history with their previous products.
I want to purchase a battery trimmer prior to this summer. Have been considering the Echo 58v. Which trimmer do you think is best?
My criteria are that the trimmer be able to run .095 line on a speed feed head and weigh less than 11 pounds. 10 would be even better and that is with the battery installed. 2ah is fine. Low cost is not a primary concern.