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We keep breaking pull cords. What is a good, strong cord for replacement?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tcls83, Sep 4, 2006.

  1. tcls83

    tcls83 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 241

    It seems like once every two-three weeks there is a snapped pull cord on something. Going to the hardware store for a replacement cord is a pain. And, yes, we try to be gentle when starting equipment, or at least I do, but there is always a broken cord somewhere.

    What is a very durable rope material that can be exposed to the elements well that you guys would replace the stock pull cord with? Sometimes the trimmers, blowers, and walk behind do get exposed to the elements, and that could be a problem with the standard pull cords.
  2. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,192

    I got some rolls of Echo Replacement starter rope and that solved my problem. Don't remember the cost but wasn't cheap. I got several different sizes to match size of rope on each piece of equipment.
  3. JJLandscapes

    JJLandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 682

    the generic ones from the hardware stores are garbage.... try getting one from the manufacturer and it should last longer.

    a few break every year dont know how u do it every 3 weeks

    most the time i reuse the old broken piece depending on where the rip was and if there is enough length i will just slice it clean and re string it
  4. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,196

    i use some military 297 rope left over from when my family's factory closed. i have thousands of feet of the stuff and use it for everything from bean trellises to pull cords, even pulled an engine out of a willy's jeep with it doubled over like 30 times and hooked to a come-a-long once.
  5. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,022

    First what is it you are buying at the hardware store? Is it supposed to be used for pull cords? Or is it just some misc rope?

    Maybe get a roll of rope from Oregon/Stens. They usually have 2 quality levels...go with the better one.

    Also, check the recoils...is the rope guide warn/damaged/sharp? If it is then you are gonna break the ropes alot faster since it is rubbing on a rough surface instead of a smooth one.
  6. scaper27

    scaper27 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 115

    most likely the recoil where the string comes out is too sharp from pulling the string over and over again. Replace the recoil top, thats what i did, it was sharp as anything and would a couple of weeks at best
  7. ThirdDay

    ThirdDay LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 442

    We use the Echo rope as well and it ended all of our broken rope issues..it's really good, strong stuff!

    JKOOPERS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,259

    the rope i use is what they set main lines we they are paving (concrete) highways or streets . This stuff is so strong and tiny that i use it on my mowers and all hand held equipment . If anyone wants some only a $1.00 a ft. :laugh:
  9. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,697

    J. Thomas sells spools of recoil rope. Works great.
  10. thesargent

    thesargent LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 400

    it sounds like it my be rubbing on something sharp as your pulling it and causing premature wear. or your guys think that they have to pull the living snot out of it to get it started. when i was forman of a tree crew i had one worker that would pull so stinkin hard on the starter rope when he would start his saw, he broke way more starter ropes than anyone. i would always tell him to take it easy, just pull hard enough to start it.

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