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Published on July 5th, 2013 | by Jeff Linderman


Handheld outdoor power equipment: Power head and attachments vs. individual tools

With the season of weddings comes new home ownership!

We frequently hear from these first-time DIY landscapers who are excited to learn that they can fix and improve their hand-me-down outdoor power equipment from friends and relatives by using our free Repair Help information.

When it comes to purchasing new outdoor power equipment, they tell us that they’re overwhelmed by it.

On the subject of handheld outdoor power equipment, we’re often asked: “Is it better to buy a power head and attachments as needed or buy the tools individually?

Echo Pro Attachment Series. See for information.

Echo Pro Attachment Series. See for information.

It certainly depends on a homeowner’s specific needs but I often recommend purchasing a power head from a respected outdoor power equipment brand and buying the attachments as needed. Today, string trimmers, edgers, hedge trimmers, pole pruners, leaf blowers and other staple tools are available as universal attachments to power heads.

These are the advantages:

  • It’s cheaper than buying each tool individually.
  • It reduces time and cost associated with maintenance. You’ll only have one engine to maintain.

Do they work well?  I’ve been a professional landscaper for 25 years and I regularly use my power head and trimmer and edger attachments so I say, yes! sells maintenance items for these products including tune-up kits and replacement parts.

Before making any decisions about what type of outdoor power equipment as well as brand/models to buy, check out reviews by Consumer Reports and other respected publications.

Also, it’s wise to become familiar with how outdoor power equipment actually works so that you can properly maintain them.  Check out our How it Works playlist on our YouTube channel.

Kawasaki MultiTask Power Head

Kawasaki Multi-Task Power Series. See for information.

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Since 1999, three and a half million people have purchased replacements parts and accessories from RepairClinic and saved more than $260 million in repair costs by fixing appliances, lawn equipment, power tools, and heating & cooling equipment on their own. From the beginning, RepairClinic has provided free troubleshooting and how-to resources on its website.

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RepairClinic’s free, advanced online repair help system empowers do-it-yourselfers to fix common problems associated with home appliances, lawn equipment, power tools and heating & cooling equipment. DIYers can enter a model number to choose from a list of common symptoms for that particular model, troubleshoot and watch award-winning, expertly-produced videos to learn the most likely causes and conditions and purchase the correct part. stocks more than one million parts and accessories for 160 brands of lawn mowers, small engines, snowblowers, string trimmers, furnaces, air conditioners, air handlers, heat pumps, washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, power tools and many other products.

Since 1999, the company has served more than three million customers including homeowners, first-time and beginner DIYers, advanced DIYers, appliance repair professionals, small engine repair shops and landscaping and lawn care business owners. RepairClinic orders are backed by a 365 Days. Period.® return policy that enables customers to return any part. Of the more than one million parts available on the website, 95 percent of parts ordered are in stock and guaranteed to ship the same business day. RepairClinic ships within the United States, U.S. territories and military bases and Canada.

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About the Author

Jeff Linderman is’s in-house outdoor power equipment and landscaping expert. For 25 years, Jeff owned and operated a successful commercial and residential landscaping business. He couldn’t afford the extensive downtime that came when he brought his equipment to be repaired at overloaded small engine repair shops. Instead, Jeff learned how to complete the repairs on his own. This interest in outdoor power equipment grew as Jeff completed extensive manufacturer training. Today, Jeff is a Briggs & Stratton® Master Service Technician, Kohler® Engines Expert Technician and a Kawasaki® Service Technician for Engines and Power Products. He has a B.A. in criminal justice from Michigan State University. Jeff worked for 25 years as a sergeant in the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department while he operated his landscaping business. He’s an avid fisherman and lives in the metro-Detroit area.

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