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recoil to electric

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by LHSlawnman86, Jun 3, 2005.

  1. LHSlawnman86

    LHSlawnman86 LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 153

    my mower is becoming a hassle to have to pull on evey time i cut. i was wondering where i could find an electric started, how much they are, and are they hard to install. also, this is for a kohler command pro 15 horse.

  2. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    Your flywheel would have to have a ring gear. And you need a starter and a new keyswitch.
  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    In addition to what Tharrel said you will need the stator ($$$), voltage regulator, battery, battery tray and battery cables.
  4. GreenUtah

    GreenUtah LawnSite Senior Member
    from SLC, UT
    Messages: 866

    We did a walkbehind several years ago that had a 15 hp kohler on it that failed after 6 months, after a battle with kohler to warranty it( a story for another day..lol) we decided that it would get a kawasaki instead. A quick search on the web found a 15 hp kaw, but it was an electric start generator motor. At under 900 bucks delivered to us new, we decided to go ahead and give it a go. The motor bolted right in to existing holes on the exmark platform and we had to wrap our minds around the no throttle plate part(just ran a cable for choke, generators autosense load and rpm up accordingly on their own) putting a battery on was a serious trick, with a fabricated mount coming out from under the gas tank and floating over the fan intake of the motor, some switches to start and kill it and voila..conversion, about 1100 bucks. So think carefully about how annoyed you really are with that pull start! = )
  5. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,905

    If you're having to pull more than twice, the engine is probably out of tune. I would check common Maint. items before I spent a bunch of time/$$$ fixing a symptom, that is not the problem. But if ya just gotta have an electric arm, it's gonna cost..
  6. LHSlawnman86

    LHSlawnman86 LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 153

    i have tried replacing the spark plug, air filter, and the oil. i have no idea what the problem is.
  7. Bitter

    Bitter LawnSite Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 69

    pull the carb and buy a rebuild kit for it. get some gloves and carb choke spray and take apart the carb and clean it out real well and then install the parts from the rebuild kit. after that, and i assume your carb has adjustment screws, turn the 2 screws in all the way and then 2.5 turns back out. that should get it started. then ya know, tune the carb to your liking.

    most starting problems that arent fixed by airfilter and sparkplug changes are usually carb problems. i have an old old snapper thats a real pain to start and i know its the carb, its 25 years old and i dont think its ever been cleaned. i'll get around to it later or when it no longer starts. but yes, the engine should start with in 3 pulls after its been primed/choked. :) my franken mower always starts on the 1st pull. :D
  8. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    You should Check and make sure you are getting fully closed choke position with your throttle cable,These engines are hard to start without full choke.

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