An electric starter for trimmers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mr. Magpie, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. Mr. Magpie

    Mr. Magpie LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 327

    Troy Bilt has this electric jump start for their trimmers. Is this unit powerful enough to start an Echo 28cc unit (I can install a nut on the arbor)? Does anybody out there start their 2 stroke units with an electric drill or whatnot (how do you lock up a drill/battery from getting stolen.... tough)? I would like to see all my options for accomplishing this, since it will save my shoulder. Thanks.
  2. 290

    290 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 216

    What do you do if it stalls in the middle of the lawn?
  3. petscanning

    petscanning LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 274

    if your trimmer runs right should start on the first or second pull.
  4. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,250

    Not worried about the trimmer but for a backpack it would be cool.
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  5. charmill26

    charmill26 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    that sounds like 10x more work than its worth. unless it somehow saves time for you to get out a drill/battery from the trailer. and walk over to the equipment. start it then walk it back to the trailer. then walk back to the equipment. instead of pulling a rope 1x per lawn. if you're equipment ran as good as it should your shoulder would be fine
  6. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    If your shoulder is that bad off you may consider another line of work...
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  7. macgyver_GA

    macgyver_GA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 826

    My kawasaki trimmer fires on the first pull usually. Sometimes the 2nd pull.

    I've seen and used that troybuilt thing. It's kinda gimmicky.
  8. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,025

    Tanaka had this 10-15 years ago. Look up an AST-7000 or AST-210.

    I have sold a few batteries for them over the years. People that own them love them.
  9. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 6,309

    Im sorry but that just seems like overkill. Alot of work just to start a trimmer
  10. Mr. Magpie

    Mr. Magpie LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 327

    Just finished wiring my inverter into my truck, now I got 800 watts to the back of my truck!

    Explanation: I pull in $75k a year all by myself. about 14 lawns per day, edger, trimmer, hedge clipper, all 2 pulls to start do the math! This adds up to a lot of pulls. Then side jobs clearing sometimes, more stress on the shoulder. Last week my wacker had no compression on one pull, and I threw my high school pitching shoulder out a little bit and took 4 days to heal. Plus, I play with my kids, workout and do a lot of other things with my shoulder. This is a good investment.

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