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Re: [Shop-talk] Recoil starter repair?

To: Brian Kemp <>
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Recoil starter repair?
From: Dave C <>
Date: Sun, 04 Aug 2013 20:54:37 -0700
Cc: 'Shop Talk List' <>
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Thanks.  I got the top cover off without any problems and now I just 
have to get a new piece of line.  Looks like it's going to be a little 
easier than I thought.

On 8/4/2013 8:19 PM, Brian Kemp wrote:
> I had a 2000 Briggs mower and had to replace the string.  It was a 
> little smaller than your splitter, but should be similar.
> In my case, I undid the screws holding the gas tank on and moved it 
> enough to be out of the way.  I then popped off a plastic cap over the 
> string area and removed the top portion of the cover, to include the 
> string/recoil mechanism.  I did not have to do anything internal to 
> the engine.  Like Karl said, the cover/ pull mechanism just engages 
> the engine.
> If you string broke, you are going to have to figure out how much 
> tension is necessary and may have to wind it a time or two.
> If the existing string still works, prepare the end of the new string 
> to thread through the hole in the reel.  I heated it with a lighter 
> then rolled it to be narrow and slightly pointed.  Then pull the old 
> string to the limit and jam the reel in position with the old string 
> extended.  I had a place to stick a screwdriver.  I then cut the old 
> string, put in the new string through the cover and into the reel, and 
> tied the knot at the reel end.  I then used the old string to get the 
> right length for the new string an knotted it at the grip end.  
> Release the reel and let it wind in the new string then give it a test 
> pull.  If all is good, put it back together and you are good for 
> another decade or two.
> Brian
> On 8/4/2013 6:22 PM, Dave C wrote:
>> I need to replace the nylon pull rope on my log splitter.  It's an 
>> older (probably about 20 years) Briggs, vertical shaft, 5HP with a 
>> full plastic shroud over the motor.  It looks like the gas tank is 
>> built into the shroud, but I haven't looked closely.  Anyway, the 
>> cord is all frayed and I need to replace it, or have it replaced. I 
>> haven't dug out the manual yet, but wanted to get a sense for how 
>> much trouble it is to do it myself.  If it's a PITA or I would need a 
>> special puller I might just tow it down to the local small engine 
>> place and let them do it.
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