My Ego runs anti clockwise Steve - (was the Tradetools demo the opposite? can't remember) - the line loads the "correct" way too - I started a thread a while ago after buying a non-genuine speedfeed head for my Honda and it would only load so the line kinked back on itself when working - I'd never used one before - couldn't reverse the ratchet inside - queried the dealer - asked here - ended up putting in my spares bin - so I was pleased to see the Ego one worked as I would have expected - the bump feed is a bit erratic also tho - might free up with use I guess - have to bump it a few times - might try a genuine one when this one wears out.
If you're just maintaining regulars then the 2mm might be an a advantage - cut a cleaner slot.
That's odd Croc, I went into trade tools this week and got them to put a battery in one and it definitely went clockwise, even the guy in the store was surprised. Who knows maybe it was a dud?
The bump head worked fine today after threading the line around the other way, so all good and thanks to NathnSarah for the tip.
The battery lasted for 6.5 lawns again but only 62 mins of run time. I was much heavier on the throttle today and even did a bit of slashing with it so that would explain the shortened run time.
The 2mm line worked really well on the heavy stuff, maybe because there is less surface area to it and it cuts straight through with less resistance? Not sure, maybe someone on here can explain the pros and cons of line thickness?
I'm not sure it is as powerful as the Ego I tried at the demo but its more than enough for my purposes.
As for the hedge trimmer, it was almost a pleasure to use and I nearly enjoyed it (I can see John22 raising his eyebrows).
Well as much as you can enjoyed hedge trimming anyway. So quiet and no fumes in your face, I could smell the hedge as I trimmed it. I'm sure the Ego would be as good.
The weight is comparable to my Tanaka 210 and a little bit heavier than my Stihl HS45 but not a problem.
I trimmed a smallish overgrown hedge that usually takes me about 30 mins in 19 mins. Maybe because it is longer so trimmed more with each movement.
Overall very pleased with the battery gear, need to start saving for the blower next, I won't be going back to 2 stroke anytime soon.