Pull Cord Replace

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Roravalley, Sep 12, 2013.

  1. Roravalley

    Roravalley LawnSite Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 19

    I have a PPB200 weed trimmer and the pull cord snapped. I tried to replace it but am having trouble taking it part. Can anyone help?
  2. dboyd351

    dboyd351 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,109

    I believe ereplacementparts has videos on rebuilding a pullstart, or you could look a few threads down on this page about replacing the spring and I think there are some links that will help.
  3. TML

    TML LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 837

    Query recoil spring rewind and replacement on YouTube. Great videos step by step cant go wrong. I just went through similar with a older echo trimmer I got for free. Be very careful taking the rope pully out that's how my spring came undone.
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  4. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,314

    Don't take it apart....many times you can thread a new line in on some units.
    This shows every possible way and tool to deal with spring:cool2:
  5. Roravalley

    Roravalley LawnSite Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 19

    Thanks, most look pretty easy because the cord rewind is on the back of the motor but the one I'm working on the rewind is near the front of the motor and looks like you have to take the whole motor apart to get to it. Am I doing something wrong?
  6. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,340

    On most starters you can pry the sheet metal air vent louvers apart and enlarge the opening enough to grab the rope with needle nose pliers. Replace the rope and tie a new knot in the handle and the pulley. Start from which ever end is easiest. Now figure out a way to wind the rope around the pulley.
    You will probably have to wind the pulley out to the maximum tension. Hold it by jamming in a screwdriver. Install the new rope. Then let the rope wind itself into the starter.

    You may need to glue or staple the old rope to the new rope to aid in threading the new rope through the eye-guide. If not, use a paperclip with a hook on the end.
    10 minute job--took me 90 minutes.
    Easy once you have the experience.
  7. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,559

    Ah, then you have a "half crank engine".
    Lesson to be learned for next time: buy a "full crank engine".

    You're not doing anything wrong at this point. Unfortunately, it is such a big job to replace a starter on a half-crank engine "the right way" that you're better off replacing the machine than taking it to a shop. They're built to be disposable.
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,314

    Never mind my comments I see the problem. I thought it was echo.

  9. dboyd351

    dboyd351 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,109

    Exactly! +1.

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