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charging system with electric pto?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by seymour_glass, Apr 13, 2005.

  1. seymour_glass

    seymour_glass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    Hi. I have a ferris w/b with a "yellow pull-up" type clutch. I thought it was called an electric pto, and it started the blades with magnets or something like that. (don't laugh, i'm stupid)

    Now, last fall I bought an older scag w/b in need of a new engine. It's got a manual clutch. Now I'm pretty damn sure that, because of that, I don't need an engine with a charging system, so I went ahead and ordered one without. But I'm confused, because, as far as I know, my ferris doesn't have a charging system, but I was pretty sure that it does have an electric clutch!

    So what the hell is a charging system, and how does it that all work with different kinds of clutches?
  2. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    Its using a magneta to provide electricity. All engines will have it, they supply the electricty for the coils to make a spark for the spark plugs
  3. TClawn

    TClawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,036

    grass cuttin fool is correct, you need it to supply electricity to the spark plug. even my trimmers have it and they have a centrafugal clutch.
  4. fixer67

    fixer67 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,098

    Not sure where I got this, Briggs web site maybe. It may help.

  5. seymour_glass

    seymour_glass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    thanks guys for answering my question
  6. Mower Man

    Mower Man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    TClawn, grass cuttin fool, and seymour grass are correct...you need 'juice' on all the engines, and it's standard-built in.
    fixer67...nice illustration

    A recoil start w/o electric PTO wouldn't need a 'charging system'.

    To run powered accessories like, electric start, and especially an electric clutch (PTO).....more 'juice' is needed, and that's where a additional charging system is needed which may optional on some engine models.
  7. seymour_glass

    seymour_glass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    That actually really clarrified things better than anything, thanks mower man.

    Thanks again everybody

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