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  1. The tools have not yet been announced but the PDF catalog has already been updated to its 2019 version. https://egopowerplus.co.uk/sites/default/files/2018-12/42788_UK_EGO Trade Bro_A4_96pp_2019_AW_LR-compressed_0.pdf Among the recent additions : New options for the multi tool system (cultivator, short hedge trimmers) Two smaller mowers adapted to small yards (46cm and a SP variant), but nothing with dual battery option yet A new blower that replaces the 5750, 5800E (probably the european version of the US model that has been released last year) A standalone trimmer (ST1530E) with more RPM (7000), less vibration and counter-clockwise rotation compared to the ST1500. (could in fact correspond to the multi-tool with trimmer attachment) A standalone trimmer with powerload head, ST1510E, no mention of a carbon fiber shaft A professional trimmer with a D grip. 12v grass shears (introduction of a new compact battery system?)
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    Commercial Honda Engine Updates?

    Since you are looking for a vertical crankshaft engine (gxXXX without "v" are all horizontal), I don't think there is any option beside the gxv160. Is the kawasaki option a FJ180v? If so, that's a very respectable choice too.
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    What will Makita come out with next?

    Explains why DUC252z is on sale at the local shop. They are probably clearing old stock.
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    What will Makita come out with next?

    Quite frankly, I don't remember if it was 54v, 58v or 56v, at some point the rumor said it would be somewhere around ~60. Anyway, it's something bigger than X2. Sure, but I really like to idea of being able to power a 18v drill, a 36v chainsaw and a couple of high demanding OPE tools such as a 54v SP mower or a large backpack blower with the same batteries. Requiring as many as 6 or 8 packs for continuous operation might be difficult to sell, but having access to the wide range of 18v and 36v tools could compensate for that.
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    What will Makita come out with next?

    Are there other hints that Makita could release a X4 platform? Earlier this year, a Makita rep told me about a new tool factory being built in Germany and a new platform in the 50-100v range, which I thought would correspond to the 58v mentioned by Kornomaniac. Could that new platform be X4? It seems that Makita keeps releasing X2 tools, (the DLM461z mower among other). With 4 slots chargers being released by other brands, could that make sense?
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    Lego my Ego

    Are you happy with the mulching performance? I have got the LB5750 blower and the EGO power head, love them. I found the ST-150X trimmer disappointing, you are not missing anything imho.
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    New Makita BL x2 mower DLM461

    Which kind of new battery can we expect? Something in the 18v range with larger potential? perhaps an equivalent to the bosch "core"? Or the rumored 50-60v platform dedicated to OPE?
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    2x20V lawn mower

    Stanley "dirt monkey" posted a very negative review video of the Dewalt 2x20 mower on youtube. Perhaps his testing conditions are a bit extreme for this category of tool. Can't find information anywhere about this new Makita mower. Can you give a link?
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    What will Makita come out with next?

    Hurrah, the 18v chainsaw (DUC254Z) is finally arriving! Somebody on a Dewalt topic mentioned a Makita brushless mower with metal deck, is there any information about that?
  10. I would like an EGO de-thatcher too, it must be feasible since it is already offered by several other manufacturers (Greenworks 40v and Einhell 2x18v have one, but both look a bit flimsy). Where I live, since scarifiers are only useful 1-2 times a year, renting them for the day is the common practice, I am not sure I would invest much money into it. About reel mowers, I like the idea but my experience with them has been terrible. As I moved to my new house 2 years ago, I purchased the Gardena 380 EC (corded version of the one on your first picture) after having read so much good about reel mowers, thinking that the small format would help me to turn around obstacles. My conclusion is that these things are only good for 25 square meters, perfectly flat city lawns (and on a more personal note, that I should never trust bloggers when it comes to tools). They don't generate any suction to lift the grass up (perhaps a more professional model does) so don't even think about mowing in the evening if the kids have been playing on the lawn during the day. Otherwise you'll have to repeat the process multiple times a week which is only suitable of you have a very small property or tons of free time.
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    Sell Me (or not) on the One+ Edger

    I considered buying the Ryobi edger a little while ago. I changed my mind after having read too many reviews mentioning issues with the automatic feed system. That thing works by advancing the line every time the trigger is released, the problem is that it does so at a fast rate and regardless of whether more line is actually needed. Other than that, using a somewhat equivalent unit (Makita DUR181Z), I find the low weight and, more importantly, the pivoting head invaluable for edging. It is imho entirely justified to have an edger to complement a bigger string trimmer and use it for finishings. However I would personally not get the one from Ryobi, especially if I don't own their batteries. Moreover, if you are only interested by an edger, the newly released WG170 from Works seems superior in every way and comes with kitted batteries.
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    What will Makita come out with next?

    It's a french brand if I am not mistaken. Their "vinion" pruning shears are very popular in my region for vineyard work. I have seen some of their battery tools sold by specialized vendors, but they are very very very expensive.
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    2x20V lawn mower

    Yes it is. I asked that exact question to the support a couple of days ago, trying to decide if I should simply replace the trimmer with the power head or switch to another brand. Under no load, the 15" trimmer max rotation speed is 5800 rpm, the power head goes up to 7000 rpm at max setting (that's 20% more). Having held both in my hands to compare, the difference in sound pressure is very noticeable at full throttle and seem to confirm that the power head spins faster. Unfortunately, it comes at the cost of added weight and way more vibrations. Back to the Dewalt mower, I noticed the relatively low runtime in many reviews. Not a good sign for those expecting a self propelled version.
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    What will Makita come out with next?

    Are we sure that this new OPE line will rely on regular block batteries? Since Makita's new battery platform is aimed toward the pro market, couldn't they surprise us by deciding to offer exclusively backpacks? Some other manufacturers seem to be going that route... Oregon 120v, Ego professional, also some Husqvarna's top tier tools have no battery slots and can only be powered by a backpack battery.
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    2x20V lawn mower

    +1 I've recently bought the EGO 15" trimmer which is regarded as one the best battery trimmer on the market. It's a nice tool and can get some job done, but I still find it vastly underpowered compared to my Husqvarna 525LK. Rotation speed is what makes the difference. I also think that alkylate gasoline is a good option for most homeowners. Cost is a bit high but a good small engine should not consume much anyway.