View Full Version : Rope starter recoil

09-24-2001, 11:26 PM
Had my starter rope break on the Briggs 16 hp.

I cut rope and reattached handle lower on rope until rope could be replaced. I measured new rope to equal the length of original rope. When I pulled it to start the rope recoiled only part way? leaving twenty inches of slack. I determined that the mower starts fine and cut the cord to the length the machine seems to want.

My question is: Is this typical? If not how do I get full cord length to recoil properly?


Robert Doubrava
09-25-2001, 12:01 AM
try finding a bigger recoil spring? add more rope? im not sure. just some ideas.

09-25-2001, 02:53 AM
i had the same problem with one of my starter ropes, i think they just stretch out when you first start using them, try taking 2 inches off

Richard Martin
09-25-2001, 03:14 AM
When you replace the recoil rope you need to wind up the recoil within one turn of being coil bound before you put the new rope in.

09-25-2001, 10:02 AM
The trick is to wind the rope on the pulley, then preload the spring with one to one and half turns. Feed the rope through the hole and tie handle on. After that is done pull the rope to full extension and make sure you can rotate the pulley a bit farther by hand. If the spring is bound up and will not let the pulley turn any farther then you need to release some spring tension(start over and don't preload spring as tight). If the spring binds then if you don't correct this the spring will break.
Also use figure 8 knots, they will not untie themselves.
Good luck.

09-25-2001, 06:23 PM
Originally posted by sdwally

Also use figure 8 knots, they will not untie themselves.
Good luck. Yea!!!!!, I punched myself in the head on that one!:)

09-25-2001, 06:33 PM
Thanks for the help gentlemen! I noticed the figure 8 knot on the handle upon dissassembly but a standard knot attached to pulley wheel. I couldnt duplicate the 8 knot so I'll have to check my Army manual for knot tying assistance. Socking myself in the face may actually help me, but I'll try and avoid it.