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Ego Power+ STA1500 Attachment Review

This versatile tool takes out dense vegetation with ease
Ego Power+ STA1500 Attachment
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Price:   $120 List | $119.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Fantastic at weed eating, easy to use
Cons:  Requires additional motorized head, decently loud
Manufacturer:   EGO Power
By Michelle Powell and David Wise  ⋅  Sep 4, 2019
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  • Weed Eating - 30% 8.6
  • Ease of Use - 30% 6.7
  • Battery - 25% 3.5
  • Noise - 15% 5

Our Verdict

The Ego Power+ STA1500 string trimmer attachment is quite good, scoring in the middle of the pack overall. This weed eater is jam-packed with power, able to easily and effectively clear large swaths of weeds and grass and cut through the burliest plants without a hint of a struggle. It's easy to replace the string on and fairly comfortable to use. However, the battery life with the standard battery is lacking and it runs a little on the loud side.

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Pros Fantastic at weed eating, easy to useEasy to use, great battery life, low noiseInexpensive, quietQuiet, lightweight, easy to controlLightweight, relatively quiet, easy to service
Cons Requires additional motorized head, decently loudNot the lightest tool around, priceyNot the most powerfulPricey, short reachNot super powerful, short battery life
Bottom Line This versatile tool takes out dense vegetation with easeErgonomic and easy to use, this is one of our all-time favorite cordless yard tools to use when clearing weedsIf you are shopping on a budget and don't need an extra powerful tool, then this is the string trimmer for youThis is a fantastic all-around string trimmer that especially excels at maintaining large vegetated areasIf you need a string trimmer in your tool arsenal but don't have much money to spend, this one is the one to buy
Rating Categories Ego Power+ STA1500... Makita XRU15PT 36V Black+Decker LST136 Husqvarna 115iL Craftsman V20 Weedw...
Weed Eating (30%)
8.6
9.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
Ease Of Use (30%)
6.7
9.2
7.4
6.1
7.4
Battery (25%)
3.5
9.0
6.8
8.5
5.5
Noise (15%)
5.0
9.0
8.0
6.8
7.8
Specs Ego Power+ STA1500... Makita XRU15PT 36V Black+Decker LST136 Husqvarna 115iL Craftsman V20 Weedw...
Line Feed Mechanism Bump Bump Auto Bump Button
Cutting Path (in.) 15 15 13 14 15
Shoulder Strap Attachment No Yes No No No
Measured Sound Level from 36" Away 104.6 dBa 85 dBa 85.9 dBa 95 dBa 84 dBa
Measured No-Load Runtime 21 min. 88 min. 43 min. 92 min. 35 min.
Number of Speed Settings 2 3 6 2 2
Measured Weight 12.4 lb 10.4 lb 7.8 lb 10.0 lb 7.0 lb
Nominal Voltage 56 36 36 40 20
Tested Amp-hours 2.5 5 2 4 4

Our Analysis and Test Results

Unlike the majority of the other products in the group, the STA1500 isn't a standalone string trimmer. This product attaches to the Ego Power+ Power Head which is powered by the standard 56-volt Ego batteries. This can be nice if you are planning on buying additional yard tools, as other compatible attachments (edger, hedge trimmer, pole saw, bristle brush) are usually less expensive than buying standalone versions and are more compact to store. Unfortunately, this system can be quite an initial investment if you don't already own the Power Head, with a bundle pack of the STA1500, Power Head, battery, and charger costing quite a bit more than any of the standalone string trimmers we have tested.

Performance Comparison



We took each string trimmer to various locations to test them on all...
We took each string trimmer to various locations to test them on all kinds of grasses (short and tall), shrubs, and bushes. The Ego STA1500 was able to cut just about everything we pointed it at.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Likes


Right from the start, the STA1500 impressed us with its weed-eating capabilities, being one of the most effective trimmers to date at clearing unwanted vegetation. This trimmer has tons of power and was able to smoothly cut through just about any plant that we pointed it at. It absolutely flew through patches of dense grass and sliced through thick-stemmed weeds without a hint of a struggle. The STA1500 also feels quite nimble to operate, allowing you to clean confined spaces fairly easily.

The STA1500 has plenty of reach and is nimble enough for detail...
The STA1500 has plenty of reach and is nimble enough for detail work, though its excessive power makes detail work a challenge.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The STA1500 has a bump dispenser for feeding more line and it isn't a huge pain to replace the string when the time comes.

The padded grip makes it easy to securely hold on to the Ego while...
The padded grip makes it easy to securely hold on to the Ego while still being comfortable to grab.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The handle is really comfortable and nice to grab, with the entire trimmer feeling quite well-balanced and easy to hold.


It weighs just under 12.5 pounds, which is a little lighter than average for the string trimmers we have tested.

The guard on the STA1500 wasn't amazing at protecting us from flying...
The guard on the STA1500 wasn't amazing at protecting us from flying debris in our tests.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Dislikes


While we did appreciate the STA1500's unbridled power when cutting through thick vegetation, this turned into a liability whenever we tried to do detail work or precise cuts. It is difficult to maintain a constant speed with what we found to be an overly sensitive trigger, making it hard to be confident when trimming around delicate items. It's hard to use this string trimmer as an edger, as it doesn't feel great to hold vertically and we usually just ended up cutting trenches with the STA1500's abundance of power.

The trigger on the STA1500 is extremely sensitive and controls the...
The trigger on the STA1500 is extremely sensitive and controls the speed of the head. If you have the world's steadiest hand this may be great, but for us, it made it difficult to maintain a steady cutting speed.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

You do have the option of two different speed ranges with this trimmer, but the low power mode still feels like overkill for precise tasks. The battery life on this weed eater is also a bit of a disappointment, only lasting for 21 minutes in our runtime test when the STA1500 wasn't even cutting anything. This cordless string trimmer is also one of the loudest models, but we did appreciate that it wasn't especially high-pitched or whiny.

Regrettably, the STA1500 had one of the shortest runtimes of the...
Regrettably, the STA1500 had one of the shortest runtimes of the entire group.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Value


The Power+ STA1500 is a pretty good value if you already have the requisite motorized head or are planning on buying enough other Ego yard tools to make the investment worth it but most budget-conscious shoppers would be better served by other options.

Conclusion


The Ego STA1500 is a great option if you already have Ego yard tools or are willing to commit to sticking with the brand for a while but there are other options we would recommend over this one if you are solely looking for a string trimmer.

Michelle Powell and David Wise