Echo PB 650

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by EagleLandscape, Sep 20, 2006.

  1. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Messages: 4,350

    Hey guys. I've got the pb650 backpack blower, i think the newer model is the 651, but same thing pretty much. The recoil string broke, and I can't get recoil thing strung back up. Anyone got any tips or suggestions on how to get it to catch and retract like it should be? Thanks!
  2. dutch1

    dutch1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Jayhawk
    Messages: 2,249

    Without going into a long discourse, go to, click on parts lookup, then enter your model as pb-650 then you can select the proper serial number range. From there you can look at the recoil start and see the orientation of parts for repair.

  3. z_clark

    z_clark LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    I have never been able to re-string the coil from the 650. I have put much effort and time, and always a no-go. Call me lazy, but I just buy a new assembly. The $15 is well worth my frustrations!

    so that is my a new assembly....
  4. hartmas

    hartmas LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    Do not waste your time trying to do that. BUY A NEW pull kit..
  5. dutch1

    dutch1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Jayhawk
    Messages: 2,249

    If the recoil spring is OK, it's a 5 minute job.

  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,574

    If you are going to run these high compression engines you might want to learn how to put on a new starter rope. These monsters use about 2 or 3 a year if you really use them. Go watch the shop do it once and you will never need help.
  7. mhvt

    mhvt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    make sure you check the white plastic piece that the cord wraps around. I've had several that have broken on me ( I'm talking about the nubs that dogs grab.) My friendly neighborhood Echo dealer has replaced them free of charge.
  8. lawncuttinfoo

    lawncuttinfoo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,013

    I have the same problem, I think what you need to do for the pb650 is put as much line as you can spool in. screw the thing back together all spooled up then pull a bit of the cord out and cut it off and retie it to the handle. This is the only way I can come up with to put it back together without having the pull cord hang limp for a few inches.
  9. johnp900

    johnp900 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    without serial #'s to go on, the 650 had a "rebound" issue. When the blower was stopped, the compression rebounded against the starter & turned it backwards. Echo has a new starter kit to fix this. If it's under the two year warranty, it's replaced free

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