Recoil Starter

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Jaeger, Aug 29, 2006.

  1. Jaeger

    Jaeger LawnSite Member
    Posts: 65


    Whats the scoop on some trimmers and such having the recoil starter at the front of the engine closer to the transmission. I have seen these on not so expensive units, but also on nicer commercial type units.
    I figure it is due to space constraints in using larger power heads.

    Insights welcome. I need to know.
    :) :confused:
    Kind Regards
  2. barnard

    barnard LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 618

    Never seen a trimmer with a transmission.
  3. saw man

    saw man LawnSite Bronze Member
    from utah
    Posts: 1,021

    What comm. trimmer has that?

    It's easier for the manufacture to produce and cost less. Makes it very hard to replace your own rope though.
  4. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Posts: 2,419

    Which is why you usually only see it on the cheap "box store" throw away brands. I don't think I've ever seen a Shindaiwa where the starter assembly is built into the front of the housing so that you have to take the whole machine apart to replaced the rope. They're always on the back end of the engine where all you gotta do is pop it off in 15 minutes and re rope it.
  5. Jaeger

    Jaeger LawnSite Member
    Posts: 65

    Your right. No transmission, I mean handle.
    My John Deere S1400 trimmer has this feature of recoil at front of machine.
    Come to think of it, not really a commercial machine although looks it.:)
  6. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,096

    The cheaper machines (home-owner grade) have it because it reduces cost. They are a pain to replace the pull cord or spring though, and not to mention those particular machines don't really hold up to to rigors of daily commercial use.

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